2022 TTI/Vanguard: [next]

Dec 6th - Dec 8th 2022
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Scottsdale, AZ

Each year [next] looks at the pending impact of disruptive technologies and innovations.


Assumption of Risk

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending this event, you agree to be voluntarily bound to our Assumption of Risk terms, which can be found HERE.

Conference Materials
Field Trip

You have likely heard that for seven years running Arizona State University has earned US News & World Report’s designation as the nation’s most innovative university. Under the two decades of very deliberate leadership by university president Michael Crow, “innovation” is variously evidenced through organizing researchers and research spaces to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration, making decisions that enable quantum leaps in the advancement of science, establishing an environment in which university partners and stakeholders have been happy to come along for the ride, and creating opportunities for cutting-edge research to translate into advancements that benefit society—and benefit the organizations, institutions, and companies that partner with ASU’s researchers and the centers in which they operate.

TTI/Vanguard will explore each of these components as variously applied to management of water, greenhouse gases, biomedical science, and advanced imaging during our field trip to ASU the afternoon of Monday, Dec 6, 2022. Please plan your travel to the [next] conference in Scottsdale accordingly. Here’s what we’ll see:

Biodesign Institute
• Next-gen imaging with the compact X-ray free-electron laser (CXFEL): Compressing the capabilities of miles-long linear accelerators into a mere 30'-long instrument enabling novel medically relevant imaging and fundamental science of superconductance—Petra Fromme or surrogate (BD-C; lobby model (dream of basement tour))
• Conceptual organization of the Institute, novel facets of the buildings, and service orientation of its 17 Centers, with the nonprofit DNASU plasmid fabrication and distribution facility as an example—Steve Munk (BD-A/B/C)

Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation: Global Futures Laboratory and LightWorks Tackle Global Warming
• Center for Negative Carbon Emissions and its MechanicalTree: Tree-sized passive direct-air carbon capture device demonstrated to pull 1000x more carbon out of the air than a living tree; being commercialized by Carbon Collect—Travis Johnson (and Klaus Lackner if available) (auditorium overview and adjacent to ISTB7)

Luminosity Lab (Fulton Schools of Engineering): Hands-On Opportunities for Student Inventors Working in Interdisciplinary Teams
• An array of commissioned inventions to solve real-world problems presented by partner companies/organizations, such as NASA, Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s sleep lab, and the U.S. military—Staff (Tyler Smith) and student presenters (Goldwater Center)

Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT)—Water Equity-Focused NSF Engineering Research Center
• Lab bench-scale research of nanoparticle-based solutions for water treatment and mitigation/management of environmental phosphorus and nitrates—Paul Westerhoff and colleagues/students (3rd floor, ISTB4)
• Scaled-up prototypes, as well as a broad array of water and deploy of nanoparticle-based solutions for water treatment and mitigation/management of environmental phosphorus and nitrates—Paul Westerhoff and colleagues/students (1st floor, ISTB4)
• Bonus: lightning tour of the world’s largest university-based meteorite collection—(2nd floor, ISTB4)


For questions about reservations and logistics for this event, please contact Brooke Lowenhar at or 212-224-3383.