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Moderator—Chuck Geraci, Associate Director, Nanotechnology Research Center, CDC NIOSH

As Associate Director for Nanotechnology, Chuck Geraci, Ph.D., CIH, is responsible for developing strategies for NIOSH to participate scientifically in the growing areas of advanced nano-manufacturing technology, advanced nanomaterial science, and in the new challenges arising from the rapid trend of converging technologies. He has over 30 years of Industrial Hygiene practice experience that has included the federal government, consulting, and private industry. Dr. Geraci earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Michigan State University. He is certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene in both the Comprehensive Practice and the Chemical Aspects of Industrial Hygiene and is a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Dr. Geraci was instrumental in having NIOSH contributions to worker safety and health included in both the U.S. NNI Strategic Plan and the NEHI Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Research Strategy. In addition to his work with the NNI, Dr. Geraci has been very successful in developing many partnerships with private companies involved in the development of nanomaterial processes and products, and extending these partnerships across NIOSH.

A. N. Sreeram Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the Dow Chemical Company.

A. N. Sreeram, MSE, PhD, joined Dow in June 2006 as Vice President of Core R&D, sparking innovation in a number of key market segments, including automotive, infrastructure and health. Prior to joining Dow, Sreeram served as the Global Technology Director and Chief Technology Officer for DuPont Electronic Technologies. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of Worldwide Technology for Cookson Electronics, and before that he led the Electronic and Flat Display Program for Sarnoff Corporation. Sreeram, who holds more than 20 U.S.-issued patents, earned his doctorate degree from the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), and his master’s degree in Glass Science from Alfred University in New York. He is also a graduate of the ceramics engineering program from the Indian Institute of Technology – BHU in Varanasi, India.

Larry Gibbs- been Associate Vice Provost for environmental health and safety at Stanford University

Lawrence M. Gibbs, MPH, CIH has been Associate Vice Provost, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) at Stanford University since 1992. Responsible for directing all the EHS and Emergency Management programs at Stanford University, he oversees the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility and the Stanford Nanocharacterization Laboratory, as well as a myriad of nanotechnology research conducted in materials science and engineering and at the Stanford medical school. He serves as a Consultant for industrial, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and government organizations, and has over 25 years of experience in developing, implementing, and managing safety, health and environmental programs for academic, research and clinical institutions. A major element of Mr. Gibbs work has focused on issues of risk communication regarding hazardous materials in the workplace and within the community. He has authored over 25 publications on EHS management, and co-authored two books. Mr. Gibbs is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with graduate degrees in Chemistry education from Boston University, and in Industrial Hygiene and Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Craig Merlic Associate Professor of Chemistry and Executive Director for the UCLA Center for Laboratory Safety

Professor Craig Merlic is the Executive Director of the UC Center for Laboratory Safety. Active in promoting chemical safety at UCLA and in the UC system, he serves as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Safety Committee and chair of the campus-wide Chemical and Physical Safety Committee and is a member of the UCLA Safety Oversight Committee. At the UC system-wide level, he directs an information technology group creating safety software tools for use at all ten university campuses. Professor Merlic obtained his B.S. in chemistry from the UC, Davis in 1982 and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry as a Hertz Foundation Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1988. After a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton University, he joined the faculty in the UCLA. His research focuses on applications of transition metal organometallic chemistry to organic synthesis and extends from catalysis to synthesis of new chemotherapeutic agents. He has published almost 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and received a NSF Young Investigator Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.

Lori Seiler, Associate Director for Global R&D EHS at Dow Chemical

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Lori Seiler, MPH, CIH, is the Associate Director for Global Research &Development (R&D) Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) at The Dow Chemical Company. She provides leadership of Global R&D EH&S, Research Sample Management, and R&D Mechanical Integrity. She has responsibility for the development and delivery of EH&S capabilities and solutions which enable innovation, compliance, and exceptional safety performance for the global R&D community. Lori joined Dow in 2001 and she has worked in various roles in R&D EHS. Lori’s experience prior to joining Dow included roles as an Associate Professor at Ferris State University in the Environmental Health & Safety Management Program; Senior Industrial Hygienist at Tosco Refining Company; and Environmental Health & Safety Engineer at Shipley Company. Lori received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Colgate University, and her master’s degree in environmental health from The University of Massachusetts. She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). Lori also continues as an adjunct instructor with Ferris State University.


Dr. Sapsford has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications, many in the area of nanotechnology, 12 book chapters and has 1 patent.  She has made a number of invited presentations on the topic of nanotechnology, especially in the area of characterization.

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