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Chuck Wade Symposium

We would like to invite you to join friends and colleagues of


Charles Wade



for a symposium in honor of his contributions

to the education and training of students in sciences and engineering


The event will be held on October 1st and 2nd, 2009

at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California.

Click here to download the Symposium Schedule.


Throughout his career, Chuck has been dedicated to fostering education and mentorship to train young future scientists.  Currently the manager for the Scientific Services group at IBM Almaden Research Center and Co-Director of the Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies, Chuck began his career as a professor at University of Texas at Austin for 13 years.  After joining IBM in 1979, he remained active in reaching out to students and promoting better training in the sciences.  Chuck has been involved in coordinating and creating research opportunities for students and postdocs at IBM Almaden Research Center to provide a unique training environment in an industrial research laboratory.  He continues to coordinate internship activities at Almaden which provided many of us with the training and exposure that has stimulated our own careers.

As a way of saying ‘thanks’ and to celebrate his many contributions, on the evening of October 1st we will begin with a “Chuck Roast” dinner, which is meant to be a light-hearted affair to meet up with old friends and share some of our favorite Chuck stories.  This event will take place at Almaden Research Center.  Some confirmed dinner speakers include Bob Johnson, C.S. Yannoni, Mark O’Neil-Johnson, and of course, Almaden researchers.

On October 2nd, the symposium will highlight the work of current and former IBMers, CPIMA colleagues and former postdocs, as well as former students and interns with whom Chuck has associated over the last 30 years.  The confirmed speakers-covering a broad range of disciplines-include Zhenan Bao, Cecil Dybowski, Curt Frank, Eva Harth, Craig Hawker, Jeffrey Pyun, Julia Rice, and A.J. Shaka.  We also encourage everyone to participate in the poster session which will take place in the afternoon, with the hope that the poster session will be just as diverse as the confirmed speakers.

You must register online for the event before September 1, 2009 in order to attend. There is no fee to attend the symposium talks and poster session on October 2nd. However, the “Chuck Roast” Dinner on October 1st is $30 per person, which includes the full dinner and entertainment.  Seating is limited for the Chuck Roast and is available on a first-come first-served basis.  Your online payment secures your dinner reservation.

Click HERE to register for the Chuck Wade Symposium.

Limited subsidies are available for students.  For more information, contact Al Nelson (

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Please visit the Almaden website for information related to travel:

If you require a hotel, the most convenient location is the Holiday Inn Silicon Valley.  When making your reservation you may request the IBM rate.

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We hope to see you in October!


The organizing committee:

Curtis Frank (Stanford University)

James L. Hedrick (IBM Almaden Research Center)

Alshakim Nelson (IBM Almaden Research Center)

Daniel J. O’Leary (Pomona College)