C.F.R.P. Composite Experimental A.R.T.
S.T.E.M. to C.E.L.L.
2012 | Seattle, WA
(C.F.R.P.) Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite Experimental (A.R.T.) Advanced Research Transition from (S.T.E.M.) Science Technology Engineering Mathematics to (C.E.L.L.) Coopetive Experimantal Leadership Learning
30TH ANNUAL REVIEW
March 19 – 20, 2012, marked the 30- year anniversary of the formation of the Polymeric Composites Laboratory, 20 years since we established the teaming program and also coincided with 20 years since Toray established its operation in Seattle as Toray Composites America under the leadership of Malcolm Katsumoto. What was accomplished with this review was not only to feature our scientific and investment achievements, but also to determine how we can altogether innovatively charter our future. Although we have been experimenting especially with many concepts since I broadened my university affiliations in 2005, a consistent theme has been centered on how to involve the public into the science of polymeric composite materials. The work of a chemical engineering colleague, Dr. David Edwards at Harvard, who has established Art Science Centers in Boston and Paris, has solidified our quest. Their group also created an Art Science prize that is targeting high school students the world over. I feel the time may be right to look at the art form of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP’s), and with the knowledge that we have generated over the years, be able to provide artists as well as the general public with the opportunity to express their creativity and explore this really unique material form. Accordingly, I have asked the four non-profits in our network that include the U. S., France, Japan, and Greece, to encourage the creation of art forms after our review. We hopefully can obtain contributions from each region and have the artists exhibit their creations at our store front in Seattle during the coming year. Furthermore, as we have done with the Domus/BBJ design competition and an ongoing collaboration with Bob Swain, a premier architect/designer, we decided to move forward with an analogous international design competition with CFRP after the review. This can encompass from art to science teams that involve all ages, specialties, and cultures. I have been communicating individually with several people in our BEDR network concerning this endeavor including art schools and classes taught by accomplished artists, scientists and engineers. My hope is that this new focus will take us to new levels of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial activity for our network.
James C Seferis
Resident Enterpreneurial Activities
Our focus this year on resident enterpeneurs in Seattle WA was very successful
Dr. Andrew Aprikyan having received his first S.B.I.R. on applied Nanotechnology to modify STEM cells with nanoperticles and CloCal acting as an incubator. He continues his involvement with us through both his company STEMGENICS and having created a division of health sciences in F.R.E.E.D.O.M.
Dr. Vassilis Drakonakis received his Ph.D from University of Texas at Arlington. His research was performed through P.C.L. Currently in practical training as resident enterpreneur, he is working in establishing an independent laboratory in Cyprus focusing on composites design, manufacturing and performance that will collaborate with European and US universities, and independent research institutes
Tyler Seamons joined Polymeric Composites Laboratory as an intern from Brigham Young University in Idaho working and learning about Composites Design and Manufacturing. He has produced the first high performance composite frisbee that is being commercialized.
Glenn Solver a Philippino high school student, attended the summer program at Northwest school coming from Greece interested in exploring college and studies opportunities in the US. The art class of the school was hosted at P.C.L. on Glenn's inititative.
Victor Brito having completed his M.B.A. at Duke University and currently on practical training at GloCal as resident enterpreneur arranged the visit and exposure to composites of 14 fellow Brazilian students in P.C.L. He is currently leading the development of several ventures while also exploring the use of crowd funding.
Dr. Chris Velisaris continues to work and develop C.S.T and S.E.F.K.O. group activities across Europe and Asia in addition to focusing on the development of IP in partnership with Intellectual Ventures, a new member of our P.C.L consortium.
Download: Status Report 2009-2011
James Dimitrios Constantine Seferis
Founder, Chairman of the Board, CEO
Polymeric Composites Laboratory
GloCal Venture Capital
GSM/GIVE – TANEO
March 15th, 2011