As an author, Marshall has written several books, including Robotic Nation essays and the book Manna. The article How to make a million dollars is also very popular. Marshall has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, the Dr. Oz show, CNN, MSNBC, and Modern Marvels.
Today Marshall is the Director of the Engineering Entrepreneurs Program at NCSU. He is an active participant in the entrepreneurial community in RTP as a mentor, coach, consultant and adviser.
Topic: Marshall is the keynote speaker for this year’s EnviroTech Summit
Topic: Clammerhead will talk about their Oyster Catcher Substrate, and its application in North Carolina waterways. If we are lucky, he may bring some of his premium oysters to sample 🙂
In his career as an environmental consultant, Allan has reviewed thousands of reports. The majority of his review time was not spent formulating new ideas for predicting contaminant flow or identifying opportunities to increase pollutant recovery. Instead, it was spent looking for stupid mistakes – the kind of mistakes that keep environmental consultants up at night, mistakes that could cause regulators to lose trust in his work, and mistakes that could cost his clients money.
Allan realized the best way to prevent errors is to use technology to eliminate the opportunity for them to occur in the first place. In 2013 he teamed up with two young computer geniuses to create OptaHub.com, a cloud-based platform that automates data upload, data management, mapping, statistical analysis, and reporting processes.
Topic: The Top 10 Mistakes Made by Environmental Consultants – and How New Technology can Prevent Those Mistakes
Rett’s follow-on assignments included a staff tour at Headquarters Tactical Air Command in the Electronic Warfare Directorate, F-4E/G Wild Weasel flying in the Philippines, and F-15E Strike Eagle flying based primarily in North Carolina. He held numerous fighter squadron positions, to include instructor, flight examiner, operations officer, and commander. He completed two tours in Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Southern Watch, and was selected as an initial cadre instructor for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia F-15S program. In 2002, Rett was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command as the Chief of the Current Operations Air Branch where he was a key leader in the execution of enhanced Pacific air defense programs, and support for the largest disaster relief operation in history following the 2004 tsunami in Asia.
Rett served a tour as the United States Air Attaché in Cairo, Egypt followed by an assignment as the Director of Theater Security Cooperation for United States Air Forces Central Command. In this capacity, he was responsible for development and execution of security cooperation activities in a 16-nation area of responsibility covering the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and Central/South Asia.
During his military career, Rett logged approximately 3,500 flight hours in T-41, T-37, T-38, F-4, F-15, and C-12 aircraft. In retirement, he has continued his passion for aviation by designing, building, operating and maintaining unmanned aircraft systems with autopilot, high definition cameras, datalink, and first person view. Rett joined the Duke University Marine Laboratory team in June 2015, serving as initial cadre and Program Manager for the Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab, and he is now a first-year PhD student in Duke’s Marine Science and Conservation program.
Topic: Drones in Marine Science…an Amazing Intersection of Science and Technology! Two years ago, the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, NC designed and developed a facility specifically dedicated to Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing (MaRRS). The Duke MaRRS presentation will highlight numerous platforms, sensors, and applications that will inspire the audience to develop their own maritime (or terrestrial) drone projects using rapidly emerging drone technologies and Duke University’s lessons learned.
Topic: Realtime visualization and analysis of environmental data. Using forage.ai to detect the movement of fungal plant disease across farms in the NC area to prevent the overuse of fungicides.
Sixteen years ago, at his first job, Federico found himself logging core as a junior geologist in Niger, Africa. One day, the modeling computer crashed with no internal resources to address the problem. His boss, perhaps recognizing his latent interests, gave him a shot at fixing the problem. And from that long night, Federico’s career has focused on information technology for the mining industry.
Federico’s latest venture is Imago, a company he co-founded a mere 15 months ago. In the past 12 months alone, his software has been deployed within 25 of the largest mines in the world, where it is being used by geologists and scientists to capture and catalog images of coreboxes, chips, blastholes, thin sections, drone footage, site imagery, acoustic, XRF and other types of geoscientific imagery.
Topic: Using commodity cameras to extract value from geoscientific images. Federico will demonstrate his latest software tool, which is now in use in 25 of the largest mines in the world. He will also discuss machine learning, and how, when coupled with geologic/geoscientific imagery, can be used for a wide variety of processes, including automatic grain size calculation, geotechnical calculations (RQD), and more.
As EPA’s next generation emission measurement (NGEM) lead, Eben helps create new paradigms in air pollution source management. Following his Ph.D. in ultrafast spectroscopy and optical-material interactions at Wake Forrest University, Eben worked for a laser system start-up in San Jose, then a fortune 500 company in Boston, focusing on nano-instrumentation and product design. Eben joined EPA in 2003 and specializes in the development of novel technologies to meet difficult emerging air pollution challenges. He collaborates with industry, communities, and regulators alike, focusing on realization of implementable solutions.
Topic: A range of industries can emit air pollutants from fugitive leaks and malfunctions that are hard to detect, locate, and manage. These stochastic sources can create significant impacts on near-by populations, generating contentious issues. Enabled by the emergence of lower cost sensors and informetrics, a revolution in source understanding and management is on the horizon. Early detection and mitigation of stochastic sources by NGEM will create safer working environments, lower air shed impacts, and improved community relations. Ultimately, NGEM tools will allow industries to achieve source management objectives in more cost-effective ways, lowering both operational and regulatory burden.
Frank McInturff qualifications include a broad of environmental compliance, investigation, and remediation engineering; safety risk management; and technology project management. Mr. McInturff provides strategic leadership in leveraging technology for the delivery of EnSafe traditional environmental and safety services.
Topic: Although much of the technology evolution behind small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS or drones) has been driven by the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) strategic defense initiatives, it is the emerging commercial applications of sUAS that has driven new regulations and business use cases for imagery collection, data analysis, visualization and management. Learn how we charted the path for the first commercial sUAS use government and industrial customers. Projects have included the use of multiple sUAS aircraft, optical and LiDAR imagery collection, ground control, various post data analysis/visualizations and map management and collaboration. Data acquisition included high resolution imagery, real-world topographic mapping, stock pile volume analysis, and conceptual site model development with 3D views.
Topic: Virtual Marine Ecosystem: More Information, Better Solutions
Topic: The Art of Influence. As technical professionals and leaders, you might tend to use pragmatic results or data when communicating with your team, prospects, or clients. It’s understandable because it’s what you’re great at. However, by doing so, you’re only using half of the tools available to you, which might make you less effective. Amp up your influence abilities by learning two primary decision-making motivators and a conversation method that evokes information you need to be more successful anytime you need to gain agreement in decision-making.
Topic: Advanced Composites for In Situ Remediation of Groundwater and Surface Waters. This presentation will focus on two amendments AxNano is developing in their RemRxTM platform for in situ chemical remediation. RemRxTM CRP is a controlled release material for ISCO that AxNano is developing in collaboration with Professor Stephanie Luster-Teasley at North Carolina A&T. The highly tunable polymeric pellets can provide sustained levels of oxidant delivery into the subsurface with a single application, eliminating the occurrence of rebounding. Permanganate and persulfate-based CRPs are available for pilot scale field testing. AxNano is also developing RemRxTM CSI, a zero valent iron-based composite with functionalities to improve both reactivity and transport compared to current ZVI formulations on the market. The ZVI technology is being developed in collaboration with University of Arkansas Professor Lauren Greenlee.
AxNano has received federal funding through the Small Business Innovative Research programs of the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences’ Superfund Research Program, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology in support of developing these remediation technologies. We have also received funding through the One NC Small Business Program through NC Commerce. We are currently looking for pilot testing sites for both the controlled release CRPs for ISCO and the zero valent iron CSIs for ISCR.
Jason founded Azimuth1 in 2013 to solve hard data problems in the environmental and energy sectors
Topic: EnviMetric: A machine learning model for soil and groundwater remediation. Jason’s talk will describe a machine learning program created to show the most likely extent of contamination of soil and groundwater. Azimuth1 created EnviMetric with support from the National Science Foundation to provide a predictive model of contamination that is trained from thousands of prior contaminated sites, accounting for the contaminant type, soil structure, groundwater, geomorphology, and climate. The outputs of the model can be used to estimate the location of an unknown source zone, or to predict the likely 3D plume geometry from a known source zone location. The talk will explain the software’s data collection and augmentation, model preparation, and examples of case studies using model outputs. Tests with users have shown that the EnviMetric model provides a useful line of evidence for site investigation, and supports conceptual site modeling and risk reduction.