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March 2012 March 2012 Meeting
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 in Blacksburg

Bradley Davis, Ph.D.
Vice President of Engineering
NanoSonic Inc.


Recent efforts and success in the design and fabrication of nanocomposites and conventional material systems have provided specialty materials for a variety of engineering disciplines including those which benefit important application areas for electrical engineers. Using proprietary chemistry and production processes, chemists and chemical engineers have produced materials with specific molecular designs that impart advantageous electromagnetic, mechanical, environmental and other physical properties; these have expanded the design space for existing technologies and have led to the creation of new products and approaches to complex systems. Furthermore, the availability of multifunctional materials allows the electrical engineer to expand and optimize systems in a multidisciplinary environment where electrical properties must compete with other priorities.

Optimized systems may improve the performance of a product, its efficiency, survivability, longevity and its size and/or weight; thus, its application (airborne, spaceborne, etc.), cost and maintenance. New materials have not only opened design space for product development and optimization, but have also resulted in new application areas requiring redefinition of performance specifications.

In this talk, the application of novel materials and the importance of these materials to the function, maintainability and survivability of several systems will be briefly discussed; introductions to applications in electromagnetic, electronic and power systems will be examined.


Dr. Davis’ expertise lies in design, construction and modeling of passive and active electromagnetic systems. His background includes industrial experience in propagation and the design and development of antennas, radar systems, sensor systems, and power systems. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech, and is currently VP of Engineering at NanoSonic, Inc. of Giles County, VA where he leads efforts in electromagnetic applications of novel materials in areas including antennas and sensor systems. Dr. Davis was previously employed by Virginia Tech, Central Maine Power, Westinghouse Defense Electronics (Northrop-Grumman) and GTE. He also holds a Professional Engineer’s license and has published over 30 journal and conference papers.

Related links:
NanoSonic Inc.

Meeting Details:
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk: 8:00 PM
Members & Guests $20.00, Students $10.00

Holiday Inn University-Blacksburg
900 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060

From I-81 take Exit 118B (11/460 to Christiansburg/Blacksburg).
Take 460 west towards Blacksburg to Prices Fork Rd exit (Downtown) just past main campus.
Exit onto VA-412 N/Prices Fork Rd/State Route 685 toward Downtown.
Make a U-turn at W Campus Dr. Destination will be on the right.

Holiday Inn is at the corner of University City Boulevard and Prices Fork Rd.

Click on the Holiday Inn link above for map and directions

Please contact Joe Hartwell or John Dilley (540-443-2800 ext. 8607) to make reservations by 5 PM, Monday, March 19, 2012 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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