CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST) is pleased to announce the addition of entrepreneur Adam Khan to its board of directors.
Khan is the founder and CEO of AKHAN SEMI in Gurnee, IL. Khan studied both physics and electrical engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and worked with the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory on award-winning research, including co-inventing the Miraj Diamond™ Platform, the world’s first CMOS Compatible N-type Diamond Materials & Devices. He is an R&D 100 Winner, and was named by Forbes Magazine to their 2014 ’30 Under 30’ list.
Khan joins an esteemed board filled with Chicago’s civic leaders, representing research and academic institutions, museums, and industry. They include people such as the President and CEO of the Adler Planetarium, Michelle Larson; President and CEO of the Field Museum, Richard Lariviere; President and CEO of the Museum of Science and Industry, David Mosena; the Director of Argonne National Laboratory, Peter Littlewood; the Vice President for Research and National Laboratories at the University of Chicago, Donald Levy; The Chief Information Officer for the City of Chicago, Brenna Berman; the Vice President of Global Nutrition and Research at Pepsico, Maria Velissariou; and the Vice President of Discovery at AbbVie, Jim Sullivan.
“We are thrilled to have Adam join our board,” said Krisztina Eleki, executive director of C2ST. “His enthusiasm for our work, and his commitment to furthering STEM education is apparent. We welcome his fresh perspective.”
Khan has long been a proponent of STEM education. Just last summer, AKHAN SEMI and the College of Lake County signed a memorandum of understanding to further workforce and economic development. Potential areas for collaboration between Khan’s company and the college include entrepreneurship training and development, academic programs, training and workforce development, and joint educational programs and events.
Khan first became familiar with C2ST when he presented as part of a program, “The Nature of Nano,” with then-director of the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory Amanda Petford-Long. Khan remained a fan, and presented again this fall, at a pub science program, “C2ST Speakeasy: A Diamond Age of Microelectronics.”
"I am delighted and honored to be joining the C2ST board. As Founder and CEO of a high-tech company, researcher, and STEM Education advocate, I am incredibly excited to participate & build on C2ST's excellent work with the Northern Illinois community, particularly for advancing youth engagement," said Adam Khan.
C2ST produces approximately three dozen public programs per year, alone or in partnership, on a variety of topics. Upcoming programs include ‘Climate Disruption: What We Can Do Now’ on March 9, ‘Smell and Behavior in Humans’ March 15, and ‘The Science of Addiction’ March 23.
Chicago Council on Science and Technology is a not-for-profit that was founded in 2006, which works to bring together Chicago’s scientific leaders—from academic institutions, corporations, museums, National laboratories and in government—to provide a forum for the discussion of current issues of scientific interest. In an age when barely one in four voting adults meet a basic level of scientific literacy, C2ST aims to reignite an excitement and passion for science and technology, and remind Chicagoans of the quality and quantity of R&D that takes place in their backyard.