Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

DisrupTech showcase

Jul 14, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Los Alamos Golf Course Event Center

Event Description

New technologies emerging from the Laboratory that address everything from fusion energy to medical testing will be on display for members of the community, investors and business leaders at the DisrupTech showcase.

The following scientists will present their technologies to a private-sector panel in hopes of garnering support to bring the ideas to industry:

  • Pulak Nath and Jennifer Harris present PuLMo, a breathing “lung” bioreactor. This technology mimics critical functions of the human lung and can be adapted to develop other organs for use as a testing platform to study the effect of a wide range of chemicals on the human body. It could significantly reduce the time and costs associated with bringing a new drug to market.
  • Youzuo Lin presents how to employ a big-data technique to accurately locate and explore geothermal energy. Nine western states together have the geothermal potential to provide over 20 percent of the nation’s electricity needs. Lin’s research provides a novel, machine-learning-based, multi-physics solution for an accurate characterization of the subsurface reservoirs.
  • Dylan Harp presents technology to evaluate the reliability of predictive models on rare events. Scientists and engineers develop predictive models using the data they have. But when extreme events occur far outside of past experience, the models’ predictions are often revealed to be grossly inaccurate, with disastrous consequences. Harp’s technology is used to understand the robustness of decisions subjected to potential extreme events.
  • David Thompson presents a technology that could revolutionize high-time-resolution, low-light imaging. This improved imaging could be used for national security, scientific, medical and commercial needs, including auto and aviation collision avoidance and autonomous operation, as well as medical imaging.
  • Scott Hsu presents an alternative nuclear-fusion approach as a baseload power source to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, which are limited in supply and contribute to carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Hsu proposes developing nuclear fusion as a safe, secure, economical and carbon-free form of electricity production.

Tickets to DisrupTech can be purchased at www.LANLDisrupTech.com.