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Nobel Laureate MacDiarmid, Entrepreneur Chen
To be Featured at Jan. 17 MIT Enterprise Forum at UTD

‘A Conversation with Two Great Inventors of the Future’

RICHARDSON, Texas (Jan. 3, 2002) - “A conversation with two great inventors of the future,” featuring Nobel laureate Dr. Alan G. MacDiarmid and entrepreneur Wu-Fu Chen, is the topic of the MIT Enterprise Forum to be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, at The University of Texas at Dallas.

The MIT Enterprise Forum is sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alumnae Association. The Jan. 17 program also will be sponsored by the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA (CIE/USA).

MacDiarmid, who is the Blanchard Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, won the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his pioneering work with synthetic metals. He recently joined UTD as distinguished scholar in residence, chairman of the advisory board of UTD’s NanoTech Institute and as special science advisor to UTD President Franklyn G. Jenifer.

Chen has founded and invested in numerous high-technology start-up companies in the communications and networking fields. He was elected one of the top 10 entrepreneurs of 2000 by Red Herring magazine and has been ranked as one of the top 100 venture investors in the U.S. by Forbes magazine.

A professional interviewer will lead the discussion with MacDiarmid and Chen in a casual conversation style. The broad topic of the program will be innovation in both technology and entrepreneurship.

The forum will be held in the UTD Conference Center on the university’s campus in Richardson. A light buffet will be served beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to attend the forum. The admission cost is $35 for the general public, $25 for CIE/USA members and $10 for students.

To register for the event, please contact Mary Langford, MIT Enterprise Forum, at 972-377-4554 or [email protected] .

About UTD

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