The Economic and Technological Impact of the $1 billion National Network of Manufacturing Institutes (NNMIs) initiated by President Obama. This program is about the real impacts of the NNMIs on the nation and on the 101 corridor due to UCSB’s participation in three NNMIs.  UCSB has a leadership role in the American Institute of Manufacturing – Photonics (AIM Photonics), one of the largest of the NNMIs.

The presentations will be provided by two of UCSB’s most exceptional serial entrepreneurs, John Bowers, and Umesh Mishra, joined by the Dean of the College of Engineering, Rod Alferness, who will introduce and kick off the program.

Keynote – John Bowers, Professor and Serial Entrepreneur

bowersJohn E. Bowers is Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also cofounder of Terabit Technology (sold to Ciena), Aerius Photonics (sold to FLIR), Calient Networks and Aurrion. His research interests are primarily concerned with silicon photonics, optoelectronic devices, and optical switching. Bowers is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the IEEE, the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the American Physical Society.

Introductory Speaker – Rod Alferness, Dean, College of Engineering

Rod-AlfernessRod C. Alferness, former Chief Scientist at Bell Labs, became the Richard A. Auhll Professor and Dean of the University of California, Santa Barbara, College of Engineering on September 1st, 2011.

Alferness is world-renowned for his work on integrated optical device switching technology and networks. His research has been central to the development of fiber optic communications networks.

Alferness is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and of the Optical Society of America (OSA). He received the 2005 IEEE Photonics Award and the 2010 OSA Leadership Award, and has served as President of the OSA and of the IEEE Photonics Society.

Speaker – Umesh Mishra, Professor and Serial Entrepreneur

mishraUmesh Mishra, Professor in the Electrical and  Computer Engineering Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he has been a director of several GaN research centers. Umesh the CTO and co-Founder of Transphorm. Prior to co-founding Transphorm in 2007, Umesh co-founded Nitres Inc. in 1996 – the first start-up company to develop GaN LEDs and transistors. Nitres was acquired by Cree in 2000. Umesh was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2010 and received the IEEE David Sarnoff Award for “The Development of Gallium Nitride Electronics”

Moderator – Leslie Edwards, PhD, UCSB Director of Corporate Business Development

Leslie Edwards, PhD, is the Director of Corporate Business Development for the College of Engineering and Math Life and Physical Sciences at UC Santa Barbara. Leslie provides corporations with insightful access to campus faculty, students, strategic planning for heightened corporate visibility, and other key tools for success between industry and the university. She has an extensive background in relationship building between UC Santa Barbara and corporations. Before coming to UC Santa Barbara, Leslie spent a decade working in the biotech industry and has experience with corporate research, product development, and management. She has been the Manager of division pharmacology and toxicology at a biophysics company, Miravant, worked at Amgen as an Associate Scientist when there were less than 130 employees, and as a consultant in the field of regulatory toxicology.


Event Registration:

When:  Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93103


  • Student $15.00
  • Regular (Online pre-registration only) $30.00
  • At the Door $40.00
  • Parking $4.00 – $6.00 (separate; paid at lot)


  • 5:00 – 6:00 Networking Hour, Check-in & Registration for Walk-ins
  • 6:00 – 7:30 Discussion
  • 7:30 – 8:00 Q&A

Registration includes appetizers and refreshments.

If you miss the early-bird registration, not to worry! We welcome walk-in guests to register at the registration table in the lobby of the venue.

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