Keynote Speaker: Israel Hernandez, Assistant Secretary for Trade Promotion and Director General of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service


Israel Hernandez

  Israel Hernandez was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director-General of the U.S. Commercial Service. The U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service was created by Congress to assist small and medium-sized American businesses to export and to protect the business interests of American companies overseas.
In this capacity, Mr. Hernandez is accountable to Congress for a number of mission-critical programs and initiatives. As the single point of contact in the U.S. government for trade promotion and business advocacy assistance, Mr. Hernandez oversees a global operation of more than 1,700 employees—both American and in-country staff—operating in 47 states and 80 countries.
Mr. Hernandez also works to improve the reach and exposure of the Commercial Service throughout the business community at the state and local levels.

 Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Trent, PhD, Senior Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center


Jonathan Trent

After receiving his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Dr. Trent spent six years in Europe at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Germany, the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and the University of Paris at Orsay in France. He returned to the U.S.A. to work at the Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine at Yale Medical School for two years before establishing a biotechnology group at Argonne National Laboratory. In 1998 he moved to NASA Ames Research Center to be part of NASA’s Astrobiology program. At NASA Ames, he established the Protein Nanotechnology Group and is currently also an Adjunct Professor in the Biomolecular Engineering Department at UCSC. For many years Dr. Trent has been studying the molecular adaptations of extremophiles—microbes living in extreme environments. His study of extremophiles address questions in Astrobiology and the limits of life. Using extremophilic proteins and combine self-assembly with genetic engineering, his group is also exploring how biology can be used in nanotechnology. Most recently, his research team is studying the microbial ecology of chronic wounds to look for ways of intervening in the healing process.

 Keynote Speaker: Cliff Reeves, General Manager, .NET Platform Strategy, Microsoft


Cliff Reeves


  Cliff Reeves has 30 years of experience in the software industry. He started with IBM Corp. as a programmer in England in 1971, and has held a wide range of software product development roles in the areas of database, application development, communication and messaging systems. He was an influential figure in the industry adoption of object technology and was most recently the senior vice president of Knowledge Management at Lotus Development Corp. in Cambridge, Mass. Reeves was closely involved with IBMs acquisition of Lotus Development in 1995, and he was responsible for rationalizing the Lotus-IBM product line after the acquisition. From 1996 through 1999, Reeves was vice president of Product Management for Lotus Communications Products, which include Notes and Domino. Reeves holds a masters degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University.
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