A single idea can revolutionize the way people live and work. Consider how different society and the environment are as a result of the development of the silicon chip or the internal-combustion engine. Global health, robotics and artificial intelligence, energy, and environmental challenges -- which of these areas will be the birthplace of the next "World-Changing Idea"?
Join Michael Moyer, Editor of Scientific American magazine, for an engaging, lively roundtable debate with some of the individuals working on the challenges whose ideas have the potential to change the world.
Barry D. Gold
Barry Gold is the initiative lead for the Marine Conservation Initiative at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Gold comes to the Foundation with many years of experience in science, conservation, and philanthropy. Before joining the Foundation, he managed the David and Lucile Packard Foundation's efforts to develop a scientifically credible framework for ecosystem-based management of coastal-marine systems. He also directed their work to more effectively link science with policy and decision-making.
Prior to that, Gold was chief of the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center where he led an effort to understand and restore the Colorado River ecosystem throughout the Grand Canyon. Gold has extensive experience working at the interface of environmental science and policy and has held senior positions at the Department of the Interior, the US House of Representatives, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Gold received a B.S. from the University of Miami, an M.S. from the University of Connecticut, an M.A. from George Washington University and a DSc from Washington University.
Dr. Peter G. Hartwell is currently a senior researcher at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California. As a member of the Information and Quantum Systems Lab, he is the lead of the microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) team. He has extensive experience in commercializing silicon MEMS products, working on advanced sensors and actuators, and specializes in MEMS testing techniques.
He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1992 with a B.S.E in Materials Science and Engineering. He then joined NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California working in electronic packaging. He left JPL in 1993 to attend Cornell University where he received a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering in 1999. He did brief post doctoral work at HP Labs before joining the staff in 2000. His work at HP has been documented in numerous publications and patents. He joined the IQSL group at HP Labs in 2005.
Lynn Jurich co-founded SunRun because she believes going green is the most important social objective and economic opportunity of the 21st Century.
Previously Jurich was a member of the investment team at Summit Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm with over $9 billion under management. During her tenure at Summit Partners, Lynn completed investments with an aggregate market value of over $900 million in the financial services and technology sectors. Jurich holds an MBA and BS from Stanford University.
Michael Moyer is Senior Technology Editor at Scientific American.