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Plenary Speakers

Robert Baumann, PhD

Robert Baumann, PhD
Chief Technologist, Aerospace & Defense Products, Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX, United States

Robert started at Texas Instruments (TI) in 1989. While studying soft errors in DRAMs, he discovered that the reaction of 10B with cosmic-ray thermal neutrons in glass thin-films used as isolation was responsible for the majority of reliability failures in digital electronics – he patented/published his findings enabling the entire semiconductor industry to reduce microelectronic failure rates by 10x, particularly important in medical, automotive and aircraft applications. Selected by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) to lead expert’s panel on export controls in 2001, his group was directly responsible for 2007 changes in ITAR regulations that eliminated the risk of U.S. commercial electronics being inadvertently export-controlled, saving billions of dollars. He was leader and key author of the JEDEC JESD-89 and -89A Test Standard – for de facto standard for testing the effects of terrestrial radiation on commercial electronics. He also drove efforts to improve metrology for ultra-low alpha-particle packaging materials and served as vice-chair on group that created JEDEC JESD-221 test standard for alpha-particle emissivity measurements and reporting. In 2012 Robert joined TI’s Aerospace & Defense Products Group, where he focused on improving in-house radiation characterization and modeling capabilities to the point that it is a competitive differentiator, and leading cross-functional (design, process, system, applications) teams developing new power, microcontroller, and ferroelectric non-volatile memory products optimized for harsh and space environments. With 27 years in the semiconductor, electronics reliability, and radiation effects industry, Robert is an IEEE Fellow, an IEEE EDS Distinguished Lecturer (2005-2014), TI Fellow (Emeritus), and a frequent lecturer/invited speaker at international conferences, internal corporate and external customer training events, and Universities. Robert has > 80 technical papers/presentations in refereed journals/conferences, and 12 U.S. patents with several more pending.


John M. Capek, PhD

John M. Capek, PhD
Executive Vice President, Ventures, Abbott, Abbott Park, IL, United States

John Capek, Ph.D., is Executive Vice President, Ventures. Dr. Capek was appointed to his current position in June 2015. In this role, he leads Abbott’s venture investment organization as well as new ventures, including Abbott Electrophysiology. Previously, he had served as Executive Vice President, Medical Devices, and Senior Vice President, Abbott Vascular, heading up Abbott’s global vascular business.

Before joining Abbott, Dr. Capek served in various management roles at Guidant Corporation, including president, Guidant Vascular Intervention and vice president and general manager of Bioabsorbable Vascular Solutions. He also served as vice president and general manager of Guidant Germany and vice president, marketing, Guidant Cardiac Rhythm Management Group. Before joining Guidant, Dr. Capek was manager of New Product Technology at Eli Lilly & Company.

He has a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, a master’s degree in biomedical engineering, a master’s degree in electrical engineering, a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Bumsoo Han, PhD

Bumsoo Han, PhD
CEO, EB TECH Co., Daejeong, Korea

Bumsoo Han is CEO and President of EB-Tech. Co. Ltd., a company engaged in manufacturing industrial electron accelerators.

One of Dr Han’s major interests is the use of radiation technology for environmental remediation. He played a key role in setting up the first industrial scale electron beam facility for the treatment of wastewater at a textile industry complex. Recently, Dr Han and his associates developed a mobile electron beam facility that can be taken to site locations to demonstrate the applicability of the technology under real working conditions to end users.

Dr Han is recipient of several prestigious awards and has been serving as a board member of the Korean Association for Radiation Applications since 2009. He holds a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in the United States.


Anu Prakash, PhD

Anuradha Prakash, PhD
Professor, Director, Food Science Program, Schmid College of Science and Technology, Chapman University, Orange, CA, United States

Anuradha Prakash, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of the Food Science program at Chapman University in Orange, CA. She also serves as Science Advisor to the FDA Pacific Regional Lab-Southwest in Irvine, CA. After earning a doctorate in Food Science and Technology at the Ohio State University, Dr. Prakash spent several years at the US Army Natick RD&E Center, Natick, MA researching microwave freeze-drying and validating microwave sterilization for army rations. She teaches Food Processing and Product Development to students in the MS program. For the last eighteen years, her research program has focused on using irradiation to enhance the safety and shelf-life of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables and ready-to-eat meals. At present, she has USDA funding to evaluate the effect of irradiation on the quality of fruit treated by irradiation for insect disinfestation.


James Scongack

James Scongack
Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Bruce Power, Kincardine, ON, Canada

James Scongack is currently the Vice-President of Corporate Affairs for Bruce Power, Ontario’s largest independent electricity producer and operator of the largest nuclear facility in the World.

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice-President of Corporate Affairs is responsible for media/investor relations, external/employee communications, community and aboriginal relations, corporate social responsibility, waste management, environment and sustainability and stakeholder relations.

Prior to his role in Corporate Affairs, James held the role as Executive Assistant to the President & CEO, while managing various company initiatives including new build development projects for the company. Prior to that James worked within Bruce Power in the areas of Business Development and in Corporate Communications.

James is currently a Board member of the Energy Council of Canada, Southwest Economic Alliance and serves as Chair of World Nuclear Association Communications Committee as well as the Bruce Power-Saugeen Shores-Kincardine Physician Recruitment Committee.

James also sits on the Board of Directors for Easter Seals Ontario and the Southwest Economic Alliance. James has a Master’s Degree from the University of Guelph College of Management and Economics in Leadership and a BA (Hons.). James is also a Chartered Director through the DeGroote Business School Directors College.

Aldo Malavasi

Aldo Malavasi, PhD
Deputy Director General, Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria

Aldo Malavasi was appointed as Deputy Director General of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, effective 30 July 2014.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Malavasi held the position of Director President of the Medfly and Mosquito Facility Brazil in Juazeiro since April 2005 and served as Secretary General of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science from 2007 to 2011 and subsequently from 2013 to 2014.

In 2013 and 2014, Mr. Malavasi was also a member of the IAEA Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Applications (SAGNA). He has participated in several IAEA expert missions to a number of Member States in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The missions focused on the use of nuclear techniques for the control of insect pests that affect and impact agriculture and human health.

Since 1995, Mr. Malavasi holds the title of Professor of Genetics and Evolution from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he finished his Masters and Doctorate degrees. Mr. Malavasi was the Regional Coordinator of the Carambola Fruit Fly Programme in the northern area of South America for the Interamerican Institute for Cooperation (IICC) on Agriculture, Organization of American States, Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana (France) from 1997 to 2002. He was also a member of six technical and advisory boards in different countries, Chair of the International Symposium on Fruit Flies and a member of expert missions on scientific and agricultural development to more than twenty countries.

Mr. Malavasi has published more than 50 technical papers and chapters in various scientific publications.

Jianfeng Zhang

Jianfeng Zhang
General Manager, CGN Nuclear Technology Application Co., Ltd., Shenzhen, P.R. China

Jianfeng Zhang currently serves as director and CEO of CGN Nuclear Technology Application Co., Ltd. (CGNAT), a member company of China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN), the largest nuclear power company in China.

CGNAT is a leading nuclear technology application company with electron accelerator, irradiation service, new material, nuclear instrument, radiotherapy and nuclear medicine as its core businesses.

Prior to his current appointment, Jianfeng held position as deputy general manager of CGN New Energy Holdings Co., Ltd. (formerly known as CGN Meiya Power Holdings Co., Ltd.) and as Assets Management and Capital Operation Director for CGN in 2007.

Jianfeng also worked for JP Morgan Securities (Asia Pacific), Morgan Stanley, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Arthur Andersen prior to joining CGN.

Jianfeng has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Tsinghua University and a master’s degree in accounting and finance from London School of Economics and Political Science

James Olthoff

James Olthoff, PhD
Director of the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML), Applied Electrical Measurements Group, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, United States

Dr. Olthoff joined the Applied Electrical Measurements Group at NIST (then the National Bureau of Standards) as a Research Physicist in 1987. In 2014 he was named Director of the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) after having served four years as PML’s Deputy Director for Measurement Services.

As Director of PML, Dr. Olthoff is responsible for the maintenance, development, and dissemination of the U.S. national measurement standards. He also manages the full suite of NIST calibration services in dimensional, electromagnetic, ionizing radiation, mechanical, optical, thermodynamic, and time and frequency metrology.

Prior to his appointment to PML, Dr. Olthoff served as Deputy Laboratory Director of NIST’s Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory (2007-2010), Division Chief of Quantum Electrical Metrology Division (2003-2007), Division Chief of the Electricity Division (2000-2003), and in several supervisory and research positions.

Olthoff received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland in 1985 in the area of atomic, molecular and optical physics. He then held a two-year appointment at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine before arriving at NIST.In addition to his extensive management experience at NIST, Dr. Olthoff has authored or co-authored more than 120 publications and has co-authored or edited four books. During the period of his research, he had the highest citation record of the NIST Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory. His production of assessed electron interaction data for the semiconductor industry was published as the first Standard Reference Data set of EEEL, and formed the basis of the 775-page book he co-authored entitled Fundamental Electron Interactions with Plasma Processing Gases. It remains the definitive book on electron interactions with this class of industrial gases.

Some of his specific research areas included:

  • Measurements of toxic by-products of high-voltage power systems
  • Comprehensive measurement and assessment of fundamental cross sections for electron and ion interactions relevant to electrical discharges
  • Applications of mass spectrometry to analysis of reactive ions in low density plasmas

More recently, Dr. Olthoff has filled high-profile positions representing NIST and the United States within the international metrology community. Dr. Olthoff’s international metrology responsibilities have included serving as the Chair of the Sistema Interamericano de Metrologia (SIM) Quality System Task Force (QSTF), representing SIM on the Joint Committee of the Regional Metrology Organizations (JCRB), serving as the Chair of the Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements, representing NIST on the CIPM Consultative Committee on Electricity and Magnetism, and representing the U.S. on the SIM Council and General Assembly. Dr. Olthoff serves as the NIST representative to the Board of the NCSL International, and has recently been elected as the Executive Vice President of NCSL International.