Featured speaker and symposium chair
C. Jeffrey Brinker, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Brinker received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in ceramic science and engineering at Rutgers University. He joined Sandia National Laboratories in 1979 where he is currently one of four Sandia National Laboratory Fellows (the highest technical position at Sandia). He is jointly employed by the University of New Mexico, where he is Distinguished and Regent’s Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering with joint appointments in the departments of Chemistry, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and the Cancer Center. Over his thirty seven year career at Sandia and UNM, Brinker has made numerous pioneering contributions to processing, characterization, and understanding of porous and composite nanostructured materials and to the development of novel functional bio/nano interfaces and nanoparticle drug delivery platforms. Brinker has received some of the highest honors in the materials research field including the Department of Energy Ernest O. Lawrence Memorial Award in Materials Science and the Materials Research Society MRS Medal along with five R&D100 Awards. In 2002 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He is Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and Materials Research Society and in 2015 was elected into the National Academy of Inventors.