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The Virginia Mountain Section of the IEEE November 2011 Update
For a list of planned future meetings, see the excomm minutes.

- Meeting Announcement: Thursday, November 17, 2011 in Roanoke

- Please make reservations by 5:00 pm, Monday November 14, 2011.
  See details below.

- Continuing Education Credit Hours

Bio-Nano-Materials for Sensing & Medical Applications
Presented by Dr. Dwight L. Woolard, U.S. Army Research Office

The U.S. Army has strong interests in biologically-based nanoscale (bio-nano) architectures that enable enhanced extraction and controllable multiplication of the THz/IR regime spectral signatures associated with specific bio-molecular targets. Emerging DNA-based nano-assemblies (i.e., either materials or structural devices) will be discussed that realize novel sensing paradigms through the incorporation of organic and/or biological molecules such that they effect highly predictable and controllable changes into the electro-optical properties of the resulting superstructures. Results will be given to illustrate the utility of functionalized DNA materials in sensing, as well as how the basic associated science is to be leveraged to address medical applications.

Dr. Dwight L. Woolard manages the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) – U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) Program on Solid-State & High-Frequency Electronics which emphasizes: (1) THz-Frequency Science & Technology, (2) Nanoelectronics & Molecular Electronics, and (3) Advanced Solid-State Device Concepts.

Dr. Woolard presently leads one of the largest U.S. Research Programs in THz-Frequency Science & Technology, and pioneered the development of THz Spectroscopy for biological agent sensing. Dr. Woolard has been active in the research areas of THz-Frequency Bio-Sensing Science, THz-Frequency Oscillations & Lasing in Solid-State Tunneling Devices and Novel Nanoscale/Molecular Device Concepts since joining the ARL in 1993.

Dr. Woolard is a graduate of North Carolina State University – Raleigh, Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was elected an IEEE Fellow in 2004 “for leadership in the discovery and development of novel sensing methodologies and advanced electronic devices at terahertz frequencies,” and was the receipient of the 2008 IEEE-USA Harry Diamond Award “for contributions and leadership in the discovery and development of novel electronic and optoelectronic devices and systems, with emphasis on terahertz frequencies. He was recognized for his Program Management skills by a 2011 U.S. Army SBIR Achievement Award.

Meeting Details:
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk: 8:00 PM
Cost: Members & Guests $20.00, Students $10.00

Holiday Inn - Roanoke Valley View (click here for map)
3315 Ordway Drive
Roanoke, Virginia

Directions to Holiday Inn - Roanoke Valley View:
I-581, Exit 3
Hershberger Rd West
1st Right onto Ordway Drive, ¼ mile,
Right into parking lot.

Please contact Joe Hartwell ( or John Dilley ( , 540-443-2800 ext. 8607) to make reservations
by 5 PM, Monday, November 14, 2011 and specify the number of attendees.

Continuing Education Credit Hours
One Continuing Education Credit Hour will awarded to professional engineers (licensed in Virginia) who participate in the meeting.
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