Suresh K. Sitaraman

Dr. Suresh K. Sitaraman is a Regents’ Professor and a Morris M. Bryan, Jr. endowed Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Dr. Sitaraman is the Lead Faculty for NextFlex at Georgia Tech, and also directs the Computer-Aided Simulation of Packaging Reliability (CASPaR) Lab. His expertise is in the areas of micro- and nano-scale structure fabrication, testing and characterization and physics-based modeling and reliable design, as applied to flexible and rigid microsystems. Prior to joining Georgia Tech in 1995, Dr. Sitaraman was with IBM Corp. Dr. Sitaraman has co-authored more than 330 journal and conference publications over the past few years. He has managed several research and development projects funded by US federal agencies, industry, and other sources totaling millions of dollars, and has mentored a vast array of post-doctoral fellows as well as doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s, and high-school students.


Dr. Sitaraman’s work has been recognized through several awards and honors. Among them, he has received the Zeigler Outstanding Educator Award from Georgia Tech/Mechanical Engineering in 2019, the NextFlex Fellow recognition in 2018, the Outstanding Achievement in Research Program Development Award (Team Leader) from Georgia Tech in 2017, the ASME/EPPD (Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division) Applied Mechanics Award in 2012 and the Thomas French Achievement Award from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University in 2012. Dr. Sitaraman has received the Sustained Research Award from Georgia Tech – Sigma Xi in 2008 and the Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award for the Development of Graduate Research Assistants, Georgia Tech in 2006. His co-authored papers have won the Commendable Paper Award from IEEE Transactions on Advanced Packaging in 2004 and the Best Paper Award from IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies in 2001 and 2000. Dr. Sitaraman has also received the Metro-Atlanta Engineer of the Year in Education Award in 1999 and the NSF-CAREER Award in 1997. Dr. Sitaraman serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology. Dr. Sitaraman is an ASME Fellow

Keynote Presenter

Antonio Facchetti

Antonio Facchetti is a co-founder and currently the Chief Technology Officer of Flexterra Corporation. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University and a Guest Professor at Linkoping University. He has published more than 550 research articles, 15 book chapters, and holds more than 130 patents. He received the ACS Award for Creative Invention, the Giulio Natta Gold Medal of the Italian Chemical Society, the team IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe Award, the corporate Flextech Award. He is a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Inventors, MRS, AAAS, PMSE, Kavli, and RSC.

Focus Session 6 Focus Session Invited Speaker

Colin Fitzpatrick

Prof Colin Fitzpatrick is Head of Department and an Associate Professor in the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering at the University of Limerick, Ireland

His research interests cover a range of topics in the area of technology and sustainability including the Circular Economy, WEEE Management, Electronics Repair & Reuse, Electricity Demand Management, Conflict Minerals, Planned Obsolescence, & Environmental Sensing and he has published widely in these areas.

His teaching areas include Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering, Electronics & the Environment, and Energy Demand Management.

He has chaired the National Standards Authority of Ireland Technical Committee 22 “Environmental Standardization for Electrical and Electronic Products and Systems” the national mirror committee for European and International Standardisation bodies in this area.

He has been a member of the International Program Committee for Care Innovation in 2014 and in 2018 and for Electronics Goes Green in 2016 and 2020. He has hosted the UNU E-Waste Academy for Scientists in Limerick in 2016 and will again in September 2022.

He was conference Chair for the Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE) virtual conference in 2021.

Focus Session 7 Focus Session Invited Speaker

Stefania Carapezzi

Dr. Stefania Carapezzi is currently holding the position of Post-Doc Researcher at the group PHYDENANO ( of Dr. Aida Todri-Sanial, Microelectronics Department, LIRMM, University of Montpellier, CNRS, Montpellier, France. Her research focuses on the field of Technology Computer-Aided Design (TCAD) modeling and simulation of semiconductor devices. Presently, she is investigating Beyond CMOS devices: 1) vanadium-dioxide oscillators and 2) 2D Molybdenum disulfide memristors, to be applied in Oscillatory Neural Networks, an innovative neuromorphic computing architecture which is at the core of the H2020 European Project NeurONN ( Previously, she was involved in developing TCAD models for nanoscaled transistors, such as short channel double-gate III-V MOSFETs, and suspended carbon nanotube FET. Carapezzi received her Ph. D. in Physics at the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. Prior to joining CNRS, she was Research Fellow at the Department of Physics and then at the Advanced Research Center on Electronic System, University of Bologna.


Focus Session 7 Focus Session Invited Speaker

Wei Gao

Wei Gao is an Assistant Professor of Medical
Engineering, Ronald and JoAnne Willens Scholar, and Heritage
Medical Research Institute (HMRI) Investigator in Division of
Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of
Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at
the University of California, San Diego in 2014 as a Jacobs
Fellow and an HHMI International Student Research Fellow. In
2014-2017, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University
of California, Berkeley.
He is an Associate Editor of Science Advances. He is a recipient of Pittsburgh Conference
Achievement Award, Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award, Sloan
Research Fellowship, 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, IEEE EMBS Early Career
Achievement Award, IEEE Sensor Council Technical Achievement Award, MIT
Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35, and ACS DIC Young Investigator Award.
He is a Highly Cited Researcher (Web of Science), a World Economic Forum Young
Scientist, a member of Global Young Academy, and a National Academy of Engineering’s
USFOE alumnus. His research interests include wearable biosensors, digital medicine,
micro/nanorobotics, bioelectronics, and nanomedicine.
For more information about Gao’s research, visit

Presenter Tutorials

Dimitra Georgiadou

Dr Dimitra Georgiadou is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow leading the Organic & Flexible Nanoelectronics lab in the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of
Southampton. She also serves as the Deputy Impact Champion and Outreach Officer in the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Machine Intelligence for Nanoelectronic Devices and Systems
(MINDS-CDT). Previously she was Industrial Fellow at the Department of Materials, Imperial College London (ICL), working with PragmatIC, a UK-SME developing flexible radiofrequency electronic devices for the Internet of Things, and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Department of Physics (ICL). Dimitra earned her PhD in Chemical Engineering/Organic Electronics from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, while she holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the same University. She also holds a Master’s Degree (Honours) in Advanced Materials Science awarded jointly from the Technical University of Munich, Ludvig Maximilians University of Munich and University of Augsburg in Germany. Her research interests are the fabrication and optimisation of nanoscale opto/electronic devices with flexible substrates by applying novel materials concepts and alternative patterning techniques. She has so far co-authored more than 55 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Focus Session 1 Focus Session Invited Speaker

Eva Melnik

Eva Melnik, works at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH as a scientist in the field of biosensor development for point-of-care.

She received her PhD in chemistry from the University of Vienna, Austria, in the field of surface modification of photonic sensors for biomedical applications. She is currently working on the advanced development of printed electrochemical sensors.

Her research interests include concepts for printable surface modification and On-Chip reagent integration to realize ready-to-use biosensors for medical use.

Focus Session 6 Focus Session Invited Speaker

Gregory Whiting

Dr Whiting is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, and the Principal Investigator for the Boulder Experimental Electronics and Manufacturing (BEEM) Laboratory.  His research is focused at the intersection of additive manufacturing, novel materials, and functional devices. The BEEM Lab uses printing as a method to fabricate unconventional electronic components and systems including those that are that can be readily customized, mechanically flexible/conformable, large area, widely distributed, biocompatible, and controllably transient.  These devices can find application in a wide range of areas with a current focus on developing sensing devices designed for integration into the environment (for example in soil and plants), to optimize agricultural inputs, enhance soil carbon and nitrogen stocks, and reduce energy consumption.

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