Skip Navigation
  • UC Riverside
  • University Advancement
  • Strategic Communications

UCR Conference looks at Today’s and Tomorrow’s Commercial Technology

News Media Contact:
  Name: Kris Lovekin
  Phone: (951) 827-2495

UCR Conference looks at Today’s and Tomorrow’s Commercial Technology
TechHorizons UCR is for anyone interested in the latest and upcoming commercially useful technology.
(May 7, 2007)

Leroy E. Hood Leroy E. Hood
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — The University of California, Riverside is holding the “TechHorizons UCR” conference May 15 and 16 showcasing how advances in engineering technologies can transform industries as diverse as healthcare, alternative fuels, wireless networks and exotic materials. For details, call Joe DiGregorio at (951) 827-6106 or send and e-mail to

“TechHorizons UCR: Connecting Engineering Research to the Market” goes beyond the typical university research review. The Bourns College of Engineering, along with industry partners, will present current laboratory research with near-, mid- and long-term commercialization potential in the following areas:

• Intelligent systems technologies — impacts on autonomous navigation, human-computer interactions and sensor networks.
• Synthetic fuels and renewable energy — with the economic and geopolitical volatility of oil, and the environmental problems associated with it, attention is focused on what’s new in renewable fuels technologies such as biomass and cellulosic ethanol.
• Nanomaterials, devices and circuits — the future of nanotechnology in electronics and spintronic devices will fuel he growth of a potential trillion dollar industry.
• Sensors and sensor technology — from equipment maintenance to optical systems such as digital camera and microscopes, sensor technology and new developments in miniaturization, cost reduction and integrated arrays will find wide applications in industrial settings and communications, among other fields.
• Databases, data mining and knowledge discovery — distilling knowledge from vast amounts of data will allow researchers to explore applications beyond market research to meet new and emerging challenges.

The Keynote speaker at the 6 p.m. Tuesday night dinner is world-renowned molecular biologist Leroy E. Hood, M.D., Ph.D. He is the founder and president of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle and is considered the founder of “systems biology,” the study of how components of a system affect the overall function of that system. Hood holds 14 breakthrough patents in the biomedical field and is founder of ten biotechnology companies. Among his patents is the DNA gene sequencer, which laid the foundation for the Human Genome Project.

Hood's many recognitions include induction into the Inventors Hall of Fame later this spring; the 2006 Heinz Award, among the world’s most distinguished prizes for individual achievement; the 2003 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation; and the 2002 Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology.

Industry research & development executives, economic development leaders, engineers and scientists, investors and venture capitalists are encouraged to attend TechHorizons UCR to see the vision of the future of applied technologies explored at the Bourns College of Engineering. The college, founded in 1989, is one of the fastest growing engineering schools in the nation in both size and reputation.

Related Links:
  • TechHorizons UCR
  • The Bourns College of Engineering
  • The Institute for Systems Biology
  • Additional Contacts:
  • Joe DiGregorio
  • The University of California, Riverside is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment of about 17,000 is projected to grow to 21,000 students by 2010. The campus is proposing a medical school and already has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center. With an annual statewide economic impact of nearly $1 billion, UCR is actively shaping the region's future. To learn more, visit or call (951) UCR-NEWS.