1st Latin American, Student Organized bioMEMS Symposium Brings Together Pioneers in the Field - Bionics, Biochips, Nanotechnology and MEMS Business are Just Some Topics to Discuss

An event with no precedents, the Simposium BioMEMS brings together pioneers and leaders in the field. Bionics, Biochips, Drug Delivery, Biosensors, Energy Scavengers, RF MEMS, Nanotechnology, BioMEMS for in vivo and in vitro apps and MEMS Business are the main topics to discuss. Workshops include CoventorWare, Finite Element Analysis and VHDL-AMS. Tours and Social Events also included. - MEMS Leaders and Pioneers, Dr. Janusz Bryzek, Dr. Marc Madou, Dr. Roger Grace and Dr. Richard Normann act as plenary speakers. Registration Fee is 100 USD with a 50% discount for students. Conference bein sponsored by the Science and Technology Council of the State of Nuevo Leon, TEcnologico de Monterrey, MANCEF, Freescale, National Instruments and Coventor Inc.

Monterrey, Mexico (PRWEB) January 10, 2005 -- With the mission of boosting the MEMS concept, specially the bioMEMS applications, among the industrial, government and academic communities, Latin America’s first international bioMEMS conference organized by students, 20th Simposium Internacional de Electronica y Comunicaciones– bioMEMS, will be held in Tecnologico de Monterrey at Monterrey, Mexico, on March 3-5, 2005. The event expects 600 participants among students, doctors, researchers, industry people and government authorities. Symposium is organized yearly and for the second time focuses entirely on MEMS technology.

Conference is being organized by a group of students from different majors at Tecnologico de Monterrey, including electronics, electrical, mechanical, biotechnology, industrial and biomedical engineering. The team is being led by Rodrigo Martinez, Diana Davila, Juan Pablo Esquivel, Ruben Iza and Alfonso Sepulveda.

Conference is being mainly financed by the Science and Technology Council of the State of Nuevo Leon (COCYTENL). It also has the support of the MEMS Group at Tecnologico de Monterrey, MANCEF, Coventor Inc, Freescale and National Instruments.

Main program includes 7 plenary talks, seminars and workshops, expoMEMS, poster session and discussion tables as well as tours and social events.

Pioneers and top researchers in Micro and Nano Technologies have confirmed their assistance as plenary speakers: Dr. Janusz Bryzek, MEMS Leader and Pioneer, founder of six MEMS Companies such as NovaSensor and LV Sensors; Dr. JC Chiao, at the University of Texas at Arlington’s NanoFab Center and considered one of the top researchers in RF MEMS, Dr. Sylvia Daunert, Gill Eminent Professor of Analytical and Biological Chemistry at the University of Kentucky, Head of the Daunert Research Group who focuses on recombinant DNA technology to develop new bioanalytical techniques; Dr. Roger Grace, MEMS Leader and Pioneer, President and Founder of Roger Grace Associates, a marketing consulting firm specializing in high technology with clients such as Sandia National Laboratories, Omron and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Marc Madou, MEMS Leader and Pioneer, Chancellor’s Professor of the Biomedical Engineering, Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Departments at the University of California at Irvine, his active research includes polymer actuators for drug delivery, C-MEMS and CD based fluidics; Dr. Roop Mahajan, Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Packaging of Microwave, Optical and Digital Electronics and the MicroElectronic Devices in Cardiovascular Applications Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder; Dr. Richard Normann, Bionics devices and applications Pioneer and Leader, Founder of Bionics Technologies Inc. and Professor of the Biomedical, Ophthalmology and Physiology Departments at the University of Utah.

Dr. Farzad Pourahmadi, Pioneer and leader in the development of fully autonomous detection systems for real biothreat agents with integrated sample prep and PCR stages, Founder of MicroFluidics Systems Inc. and the Microfluidics Technology Group at Cepheid Inc; Dr. Robert Vajtai, Research Fellow at the Renssealer Nanotechnology Center, Former Fellow at the Max Planck Institute, Swedish Institute, NATO-NSF and others with his area of expertise being carbon nanotubes.

Bionics, Biochips, Drug Delivery, Biosensors, RF MEMS, Nanotechnology, Energy Scavengers, BioMEMS in vivo and in vitro applications and Micro and Nano Technologies Commercialization are the main topics of the event. Workshops include CoventorWare, Finite Element Analysis, VHDL-AMS, Accelerometers and MEMS Testing.

The conference follows the work being done at various Mexican universities and government entities to consolidate MEMS as one of the strategic technologies to support and develop in order to achieve technical and economic success.

Registration fee is 100 USD. A special student price of 50 USD is being offered. Fee includes 7 plenary talks, one seminar or workshop, VIP entrance to ExpoMEMS, tour, social events and several other benefits.

For further information please contact the organizing committee at e-mail protected from spam bots or visit the Conference webpage www.biomems.com.mx

About MEMS work in Nuevo Leon
MEMS work in Nuevo Leon started in 2001 at the Monterrey Campus of Tecnologico de Monterrey. The so called MEMS Group, headed by Dr. Sergio O. Martinez, currently has more than 30 undergraduate and graduate students with 7 faculty members doing active research. Current work is being done mainly in bioMEMS, RF MEMS and MOEMS. Specific projects include closed loop drug delivery systems, micro mirrors for optical coherence tomography, non-invasive arterial pressure measurement system, neuron probes with embedded circuitry and SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) detection systems.

A MEMS Design lab, started in 2003 by the MEMS Group, is currently being expanded with partial funding from SUN Microsystems.

Following university’s research interests, the world’s first student organized MEMS Symposium was held in the Monterrey Campus from April 29th to May 1st, 2004 attracting more than 250 participants and actuating as spearhead for MEMS awareness in the government and academic communities.

By August 2004, The Science and Technology Council of the State of Nuevo Leon began sponsorship to the university by funding the creation of a Technological Business Entrepreneur System to boost the introduction of BioMEMS Technology in the economic activity of the state and is currently considering funding specific MEMS projects.

About the Symposium
With a twenty year background and an important legacy in the academic and scientific formation of professors and students in Mexico and Latin America, the 20th International Symposium in Electronics and Communications, SIDEC, again opens its doors to welcome the technological evolution.

Since its beginnings, in 1985, when an enthusiastic idea of discussing the latest technologies rose from within the Student Society of Electronics and Communications Engineering, the objective has been to create a forum capable of giving participants that knowledge not acquired in the classroom, actualizing them and adding an extra value to their professional formation. Also, it has represented an excellent opportunity to exchange points of view and ideas with students, professors, business and industrial personalities, achieving synergy between academic and industrial fields. As years has passed, multiple generations have been enriched in diverse topics such as telecommunications, artificial intelligence, robotics, bioelectronics and several others, delivered by prestigious speakers with international recognition.

Among the achievements obtained in the past editions, two are of special importance; the worldwide first student organized symposium about Microsystems and the first student symposium to be satellite broadcasted to Latin America.

About Monterrey
Monterrey, Mexico, the capital city of the state of Nuevo Leon, was founded in 1596 in a valley near the Sierra Madre Oriental in the historical site called “Ojos de Santa Lucia”. Topped by the famous “Cerro de la Silla”, symbol of the city, Monterrey is considered the industrial pole of Mexico, due in part to the presence of approximately ten thousand industries of different specialties.

With 5 million habitants and more than 400 years of history, Monterrey has always distinguish itself as a source of brilliant and entrepreneur people coming from its different universities. Considered the best technical school in Latin America in the last 30 years, Tecnologico de Monterrey at Monterrey counts 7,500 engineering students, near 50% of the total student body. Despite the extreme weather during most part of the year, Monterrey, often called the “Sultana del Norte” offers beautiful sites around it which give the visitor exciting options for hiking, mountain cycling, climbing and other extreme sports. For cultural enrichment, it has many museums to discover along with several history sites, silent witnesses of the growth of the city. Its world class gastronomy offers anything from the traditional “Cabrito” to the most exotic international dishes. Shopping malls, conference centers, prestigious universities, night clubs, top concerts, sports events and an International Airport, General Mariano Escobedo, with 250 daily flights are some of the features its world class infrastructure offers to the visitor.

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