μTAS 2017

μTAS 201621st International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences

Chairs

Abe Lee

Don DeVoe

Chairs’ Memories

Favorite memories: The most memorable aspect of the conference was George Whitesides’ plenary interview by Thomas Laurell, and hearing George expound on a wide breadth of topics over breakfast ahead of the opening remarks on the first day of the meeting. The inaugural Shark Tank session was another favorite highlight.

Challenging aspects: Watching the lines grow while waiting for the ferry boats to take people across the Savannah river was agonizing. Fortunately, Sara Stearns was able to deftly step in to find a solution and keep transportation from being a major bottleneck.

New Activities

Several new initiatives were explored to enhance community building. A shark tank startup competition was held, with 7 finalists who pitched their technologies to the attendees and a panel of judges. A portable microfluidics competition was also held, with 11 finalists who presented a short video to showcase their devices. A graduate student mixer & trivial night and a women’s faculty mixer were both held for the first time, and QR codes were used to simplify the collection of contact information.

Awards

Competitions

Portable Microfluidics:
Daan Witters, California Institute of Technology, USA

Video Award:
Aniruddha Kaushik, The Johns Hopkins University, USA

Shark Tank:
P.A. Garcia et al., MIT, USA & A. Olanrewaju et al., McGill University, Canada (tie)