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Congratulations to our 2017 inaugural class of Foresight Fellows!
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The Foresight Fellowship is an exclusive one year supportive program committed to giving change-makers the support and mentorship to accelerate their bold ideas into the future.
Our mission is to catalyze collaboration among leading young scientists, engineers, and innovators who are working on emerging new technologies that have the power to transform society. Since 1993 Foresight Institute has been rewarding those who are making strides in the field of Nanotechnology with the Feynman Prize. In 2016, one of our former Feynman Prize winners, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work with molecular machines. Foresight Institute recognizes that providing a strong network and knowledge base for new fellows to access will accelerate their missions and reflect our goals to further support those making important strides in a variety of fields.
During the 1 year program, Fellows will be invited to engage in events, connect to fellows and mentors, and increase their skills to succeed with their endeavors.
2017 Foresight Fellows
Chuyang Cheng, Molecular Machines
Chuyang Cheng is currently a Postdoc Researcher working in Sir Fraser Stoddart’s group at Northwestern University, from which he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry. He received his BS in Chemistry from Peking University. His research focus is on design and synthesis molecular machines as well as incorporating molecular machines into functional materials. Mr. Cheng was the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Student Award from the Foresight Institute. He is most enthusiastic about controlling molecules to do what he expects them to do precisely.
Eric Hinterman, Space Technologies
Eric Hinterman is a current Ph.D. Candidate at MIT in Astronautics and a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Notre Dame and worked in the chemicals industry for three years prior to beginning his graduate studies. Eric is intensely driven to develop technologies needed to colonize Mars, as he believes it is critically necessary to increase the long-term survivability of humanity by colonizing another planet. His background in chemical engineering and current program in astronautics provide a unique basis for his studies in the development of in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) technologies critical to enabling astronauts to survive on Mars. He hopes to move into industry after receiving his degree and drive humanity towards space colonization for the betterment of future generations.
Eva-Maria Strauch, Protein Design
Eva-Maria Strauch is currently an acting instructor/translational investigator at the University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin’s Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She is inspired by the meticulous atomic details by which proteins are arranged and their involvement in almost all processes in life. She believes that if we understand how a virus’s proteins encode information about how to enter and hijack specific cells, we will identify its Achilles heel and be able to stop viral infections. We might also learn new ways to fight cancer cells.
Nell Watson, Machine Ethics
Nell Watson is an engineer, entrepreneur, and futurist thinker who grew up in Northern Ireland. She has a longstanding interest in the philosophy of technology and how extensions of human capacity drive emerging social trends. Nell lectures globally on machine intelligence, AI philosophy, human-machine relations, and the future of human society, serving as Associate Faculty at Singularity University. She is Co-founder of OpenEth.org, an ‘ethical explication engine’ that aims to crowdsource ethical heuristics for autonomous systems. In 2011 Nell founded Poikos (now QuantaCorp.io), a computer vision technology company, that enables fast capture of body measurements from two pictures.
Christopher Wilmer, Molecular Machines
Christopher Wilmer is currently an Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh where he leads the Hypothetical Materials Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical & Biological Engineering from Northwestern University and BASc in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto. He was the co-founder of NuMat Technologies and co-founding editor of the journal Ledger. Since he first read Eric Drexler’s Engines of Creation and Ray Kurzweil’s The Age of Spiritual Machines, he wanted to become a physicist. He believes the world needs more engineers developing nanotechnology.