Dr. Montague W. Demment has been an influential advocate for developing colleges and universities in growing nations through his role as Vice President of International Programs with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Dr. Demment will illustrate how U.S. institutions of higher education, if partnered with developing-nation colleges and universities, together can strengthen institutions of social mobility, innovation, and economic growth, while establishing critical diplomatic, economic, and political ties with the United States. Africans will represent half of the 2 billion people projected to be added to the planet by 2050. This youth will either be, if well educated, a source of creativity that will lead to economic growth and social cohesion or if not, a source of instability. With targeted investments, U.S. universities can help developing countries reduce poverty, alleviate hunger, grow economies and develop innovative solutions to the world’s most challenging development problems.
Alpha Sennon is an international agriculture sensation from Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He has founded the non profit WHYFARM and developed the AGRIman character to educate youth about agriculture worldwide. Mr. Sennon will deliver a fast-paced and informative lecture about Agricultural Entrepreneurship and how it can used to find Agricultural solutions using a mixture of arts, creativity, music, poetry, and animations as tangible extension tools, making Agriculture, AgriCOOLture for youth. This session will feature the development and growth of WHYFARM as an example of a creative Agrilution.
Monsanto CTO, Inventor of GMOs and World Food Prize Laureate, Robb Fraley, will explore the global challenges our world faces and agriculture’s role in overcoming them. Every day farmers battle weeds, insects and disease to bring crops to harvest. By 2050, we will have roughly 10 billion people joining us at the dinner table. Farmers will need access to a broad range of tools to grow enough food to feed our growing world population. Through strong collaboration, investment in STEM education and continued innovation, together we can protect biodiversity and help ensure that everyone has access to a balanced plate.
Dr. Robert Fraley is executive vice president and chief technology officer at Monsanto Company. He has been with Monsanto Company for more than 30 years, and currently oversees the company’s global technology division which includes research discoveries and continuous innovation in plant breeding, plant biotechnology, ag biologicals, ag microbials, precision agriculture and crop protection.
Throughout his career, Dr. Fraley has contributed to years of agricultural development through a number of significant activities, including authoring more than 100 publications and patent applications relating to technical advances in agricultural sciences. Dr. Fraley is recognized as the father of agricultural biotechnology, and has been involved in research on agricultural biotechnology since the early 1980s.
Dr. Fraley has been recognized and honored as both a key contributor to the worldwide scientific and agriculture communities, including routine recognition for the tremendous impact that his discoveries and applications of science have had in supporting farmers and the agriculture demands of our planet.
Dr. Fraley’s honors include: a World Food Prize Laureate (2013), the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton (1998), the National Academy of Sciences Award for the Industrial Application of Science for his work on crop improvement (2008), among other recognitions.
Dr. Fraley’s educational background includes Fellowship from the University of California, San Francisco, a Ph.D in microbiology/biochemistry from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois.
Jeffrey Lansdale is the President of the Escuela Agrícola Panamericana, Inc. (ZAMORANO), which is based in Honduras, Central America. Previously he was the Dean of the Graduate School for the Central American Technological University (Unitec | Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana).
Mr. Lansdale has over 30 years of experience in education, working in different sectors. He began his academic career as a Vocational Instructor in the American Farm School (Thessaloniki, Greece), moved on to be a Professor at Zamorano and Adjunct Professor at North Carolina State University.Dr. Lansdale has also worked with different programs related to education. He was Project Director for vocational training programs in Thai villages; Coordinator and Senior Technical Advisor of Honduran Peace Scholarships Project with USAID/Honduras, managing a $10 million budget for 4,000 Honduran community leaders; Founder of Environmental Youth Leadership Program, obtaining an initial grant for $450,000 and subsequently raised more than $2 million from different sources such as APSO (Ireland) to support the program.More recently he worked as Chief of Party for the USAID/Honduras post-Hurricane Mitch Reconstruction Projects. He was also Senior Advisor for Policy Reform for the Honduran Ministry of Education, focused on the decentralization of the national education system and the implementation of Education for All, a program sponsored by the donor community to ensure 100% primary school coverage and quality education in Honduras.
Jeffrey Lansdale has a Ph.D. in Education from Cornell University, as well as an M.A. in International Management of the School for Training, Vermont, and an M.S. in International Agriculture of California Polytechnic State University. He earned his B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University, California.
Dr. Fuh Seng Shieu is currently the President of National Chung-Hsing University located in Taiwan as well as a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NCHU. He received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University. He has been the Dean of College of Engineering, Dean of Office of Research and Development, and Chair of Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NCHU, and the Director of the Division of Material Science and Engineering. He is a member of the Think Tank of Central Government Technology Devolpment, has served as the Director for National Nanotechnology Human Resource Development Program, the President of the Chinese Institute of Engineers at Taichung Charter, and the President of the Taiwan Association for Thin Films and Coating. He was named a Fellow for the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining, and for the Australian Institute of Energy.
An important mission for higher educations is to share their vision and resources to the society. A national program for nanoscience and nanotechnology that consists of academic excellence research, industrial utilization of nanotech, core facility and sharing mechanism, and human resource development, was initiated in Taiwan since 2003. The project goals of the human resource development include promoting life-long learning and popularization of nanotechnology knowledge, upgrading the advanced and professional education of nanotechnology, K-12 education and extension to the general public, along with international exchange and cooperation. By a systematic approach and collaboration with different agencies, they have successfully accomplished their missions. Dr. Fuh-Sheng Shieu will share their experiences of how they implemented nanoscience and nanotechnology education in their country and extended their efforts around the globe. The outcome of this program has made Taiwan one of the leading countries in nano education in the world.