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Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions

ORAU’s Annual Meeting addresses key issues facing higher education

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ORAU's Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions is held to explore relevant topics in higher education. The meeting not only provides presentations by nationally recognized experts, but also gives our university consortium members the opportunity to partake in valuable discussions with council representatives and ORAU staff in conjunction with the meeting's yearly theme.

ORAU’s 2022 Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions will be held virtually March 7-8, 2022 and is focused on “Public Health Security and Innovation: Lessons Learned from COVID-19.” The meeting will provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss key technology, economic and policy challenges and opportunities. Experts and leaders from academia, federal agencies, and national organizations will share their views on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how those lessons affect future public health security and innovation.

Meeting information

  • Download the printable agenda (PDF)


    Session 1: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern

    Opening Remarks

    • Ken Tobin, Vice President and Senior Research Officer, Research and University Partnerships Office, ORAU
    • Andy Page, President and CEO, ORAU Special Welcome Address

    Special Welcome Address

    • Debra Reinhart, Outgoing Council Chair
    • Bruce Gnade, ORAU Board of Directors

    Opening Keynote Address

    • Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association

    Session 2: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern

    Panel: Preparedness: Detection, Prevention, Response and Control

    • Charles C. Branas, Gelman Endowed Professor of Epidemiology and Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University; and Member, Committee on Applied Research Topics for Hazard Mitigation and Resilience, National Academy of Sciences Report, “Enhancing Community Resilience through Social Capital and Social Connectedness: Stronger Together!”
    • John Drake, Director, Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases, and Director, Global Infectious Disease Intelligence Consortium, Coronavirus Working Group, University of Georgia
    • James Hodge, Director, Center for Public Health Law and Policy, Arizona State University

    Session 3: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern

    Panel: Bio-Economy: Supply Chain Resiliency and Workforce Needs

    • Diane DiEuliis, Assistant Director and Senior Fellow, National Defense University; Member, National Academy of Sciences Report, “Safeguarding the Bio-Economy;” and Former Deputy Director for Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, DHHS
    • Rachel Lipson, Director, Project on Workforce, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard University; and Committee Member, National Academy of Sciences Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID-19
    • Eleftherior “Lefteris” Iakovou, Professor, Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution, Texas A&M University


    Session 4: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Eastern

    Council of Sponsoring Institutions Engagement

    This time will be set aside for council business and announcements.

    Session 5: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern

    Panel: Modeling and Forecasting: Predictive Analytics

    • Mitra Basu, Program Director, Predictive intelligence for Pandemic Prevention, National Science Foundation
    • Katelyn Jetelina, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
    • Jade Mitchell, Associate Professor, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University

    Session 6: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern

    Closing Keynote Address

    • Hon. Keith Martin, Executive Director, Consortium of Universities for Global Health

    Closing Remarks

    • Ken Tobin, Vice President and Senior Research Officer, Research and University Partnerships Office, ORAU
    • Andy Page, President and CEO, ORAU
  • Georges Benjamin
    Georges Benjamin (bio)
    American Public Health Association
    Charles C. Branas
    Charles C. Branas (bio)
    Columbia University
    John Drake
    John Drake (bio)
    University of Georgia
    James Hodge
    James Hodge (bio)
    Arizona State University
    Diane DiEuliis
    Diane DiEuliis (bio)
    National Defense University
    Rachel Lipson
    Rachel Lipson (bio)
    Harvard University
    Eleftherior “Lefteris” Iakovou
    Eleftherior “Lefteris” Iakovou (bio)
    Texas A&M University
    Katelyn Jetelina
    Katelyn Jetelina (bio)
    University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
    Hon. Keith Martin
    Hon. Keith Martin (bio)
    Consortium of Universities for Global Health
    Mitra Basu
    Mitra Basu
    National Science Foundation
    Jade Mitchell
    Jade Mitchell
    Michigan State University

Past meeting archive

  • Monday, March 8, 2021

    Opening Remarks

    • Ken Tobin, Vice President and Senior Research Officer, Research and University Partnerships Office, ORAU
    • Andy Page, President and CEO, ORAU

    Special Welcome

    The Honorable Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director, National Science Foundation [ View presentation]

    Keynote Address

    Jill Crisman, Ph.D., SES, Principal Director for Artificial Intelligence, OUSD (R&E) [ View presentation]

    Panel: Advancing R&D and Resiliency


    • Bruce Draper, Program Manager, Information Innovation Office, DARPA [ View presentation]
    • Roberto Gioiosa, Director, Center for Artificial Intelligence-Focused Architectures and Algorithms, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory [ View presentation]
    • Shane Shaneman, Strategic Director, National Security and Defense, Carnegie Mellon University [ View presentation]

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021

    Panel: Skilled Workforce Needs


    • Patricia Martinez, Fellow, AI and Technology Office, U.S. Department of Energy [ View presentation]
    • Remco Zwetsloot, Research Fellow, Center for Security and Emerging Technology, Georgetown University [ View presentation]
    • Sidney D’Mello, Associate Professor, Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Colorado Boulder [ View presentation]

    Council Engagement Session [ View Council Engagement Session Report]

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021

    Keynote Address

    Gil Alterovitz, Director, National Artificial Intelligence Institute, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [ View presentation]

    Panel: Ethical, Legal, and Societal Implications


    • Partha Bhattacharyya, Program Director, AI and Technology Centers for Aging Research, National Institute on Aging, NIH
    • Darrell West, Vice President and Director, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
    • Brian Bataille, Chief Data Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency [ View presentation]

    Closing Remarks

    • Ken Tobin, Vice President and Senior Research Officer, Research and University Partnerships Office, ORAU
    • Andy Page, President and CEO, ORAU
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020

    Keynote Address

    Panel Session 1: Critical Infrastructure Systems and Resiliency
    Watch the Panel Session 1 recording

    Panel Speakers

    • Rouzbeh Ross Nazari, Co-Director, Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • Our Critical Infrastructure - Is it Really Ours? Sam Visner, Director, National Cybersecurity FFRDC, MITRE Corporation
    • Our Critical Infrastructure - Is it Really Ours? Hannah Hess, Cyber Security Software Engineer, MITRE Corporation
    • Resiliency at Multiple Scales - Connected Interdependent Infrastructures, Jibonananda Sanyal, Group Leader, Computational Urban Sciences Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Panel Session 2: Transitioning Innovative Research to Practice
    Watch the Panel Session 2 recording

    Panel Speakers

    • Operationalizing University/City Smart Cities Partnerships: Portland State University's Digital Cities Testbed Center, Jonathan Fink, Director, Digital City Testbed Center, Portland State University, and Kevin Martin, Manager, Smart City PDX, Portland, Oregon
    • Smart and Connected Communities: Technology and Social Science Working Together for a Better Society, David Corman, Program Director, National Science Foundation

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    Keynote Address

    Panel Session 3: Social and Economic Impact
    Watch the Panel Session 3 recording

    Panel Speakers

    • The 2020 Readiness Challenge: The Social and Economic Impact of Smart Cities, Jason Nelson, Executive Director, Partner Engagement; Smart Cities Council
    • The Chattanooga Smart Community Collaborative, Reinhold Mann, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research & Chief Scientist, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (See CUIP MLK Smart Corridor Testbed flyer)
    • Erik Johnston, Co-Director, Center for Smart Cities and Regions; and Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2019 - Pollard Technology Conference Center

    Keynote Address

    • Clean Energy: Technology, Policy and Finance, Dan Reicher, Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University

    Panel Session 1: CO Capture

    Panel Speakers

    • An Overview of DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy Carbon Capture Program, Lynn Brickett, Manager, Carbon Capture and Carbon Use and Reuse R&D Technology, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Air Capture and the Need for Negative Emissions, Klaus Lackner, Director, Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, Arizona State University
    • Deployment of Subsurface Carbon Sequestration with and without EOR: Challenges and Lessons Learned, Brian McPherson, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Utah; and Science Director, DOE Southwest Regional Partnership on Carbon Sequestration

    Panel Session 2: Environmental Impacts

    Panel Speakers

    • Understanding the Health, Environmental, and Climate Change Consequences of Different Energy Technology Strategies in the United States, Inês M.L. Azevedo, Professor, Engineering and Public Policy; and Co-Director, Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making, Carnegie Mellon University
    • Research Priorities for Understanding Potential Population-Level Exposures to Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Development, George M. Hornberger, Distinguished Professor and Director, Institute for Energy and Environment, Vanderbilt University
    • Chemical Looping Combustion, Gasification and Reforming Technology and CO 2 Capture , Liang-Shih Fan, Distinguished University Professor, Ohio State University

    Wednesday, March 7, 2019

    Keynote Address

    • Using Coal as a Precursor for Value-Added Products, Edgar Lara-Curzio, Distinguished Scientist and Leader, Mechanical Properties and Mechanics Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Panel Session 3: Future of Fossil Fuels

    Panel Speakers

    • Getting to Near-Zero Emissions Coal Generation, Angelos Kokkinos, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary Clean Coal and Carbon Management, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
    • U.S. National Fossil Fuel-CO 2 Emissions Determined from Measurements of Carbon Dioxide and Its Radiocarbon Content, John B. Miller, Chief, Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases Group, Earth System Research Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • The Future Directions of Food-Energy-Water Nexus Research, Brandi Schottel, Associate Program Director, Environmental Engineering and Sustainability Cluster, National Science Foundation
ORAU Annual Meeting on AI, machine learning

ORAU Annual Meeting on AI, machine learning

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have the potential to supercharge the scientific research enterprise in the United States. That is the vision of the Honorable Senthuraman Panchanathan, director of the National Science Foundation, the opening keynote speaker of the 76th Annual Meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions.

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