Science and Technology Innovation Program

Leading Scientists Discuss Converging Technologies

May 09, 2013

The Science & Technology Innovation Program at the Wilson Center is working with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to interview scientists working at the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science. In this series of videos, participants discuss their definition of technological convergence, how this might affect various scientific fields and what obstacles must be addressed to reach convergence’s full potential. Some videos will also feature footage from laboratories across the country.

This project is part of the international study, "Societal Convergence for Human Progress: Beyond Convergence of Nano-Bio-Info-Cognitive Technologies," sponsored by the NSF, National Institues of Health, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Agricutlure. The latest report, "Converging Knowledge, Technology and Society (CKTS),” can be downloaded here:

The citation for the report is: "Converging Knowledge, Technology and Society: Beyond Convergence of Nano-Bio-Info-Cognitive Technologies” (M.C. Roco, W.S. Bainbridge, B. Tonn and G. Whitesides, eds.), Springer, 2013.

The first interviews can be found below, followed by a list of forthcoming segments. Questions or comments about this series can be directed to

George Whitesides, Harvard University

George Whitesides is a professor of chemistry at Harvard University and has earned numerous awards for his work. A prolific publisher, his research includes work on NMR spectroscopy, organometallic chemistry, nanotechnology and microfluidics, among other topics. Whitesides was interviewed at NSF in Balston, VA on June 26, 2012.



Bruce Tonn, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Bruce Tonn is a tenured professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, a program leader at the school’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment and a senior researcher in the Environmental Sciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Tonn’s work focuses on planning and policy analysis, environmental and energy policy, futures studies and sustainability, among other topics. Tonn was interviewed at NSF in Balston, VA on June 26, 2012.



Clement Bezold, Institute for Alternative Futures

Clement Bezold is founder and chairman of the Institute for Alternative Futures in Alexandria, VA. Bezold’s work focuses on foresight techniques and he has written and edited more than ten books on the future, specifically the future of health. Bezold was interviewed at NSF in Balston, VA on June 26, 2012.



Mark Lundstrom, Purdue University

Mark Lundstrom is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University. His work focuses on microelectronics and nanotechnology, including research into semiconductor device physics, computational electronics and the physics of nanoscale transistors, among other topics. Lundstrom was interviewed at NSF in Balston, VA on Dec. 10, 2012.



Piotr Grodzinski, National Cancer Institute

Piotr Grodzinski is a director of nanotechnology programs at the National Cancer Institute. Grodzinski’s work focuses on nanotechnology and its application with medical technology and cancer treatment. He has more than 15 patents and has authored more than 47 peer-reviewed papers and 100 technical publications and conference presentations. Grodzinski was interviewed at NSF in Balston, VA on Dec. 10, 2012.


Segments filmed and slated to be published in the forthcoming months:

Aude Oliva, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Eli Yablonovitch, University of California-Berkeley
Sangtae Kim, Morgridge Institute
Stanley Williams, HP Labs
Robert Urban, Johnson & Johnson
James Murday, University of Southern California
Jian Cao, Northwestern University
Lee Cronin, University of Glasgow
Roger Howe, Stanford University
Paul Alivisatos, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


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