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Date Created: April 3, 2001
Last Update: June 14, 2005

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About Our 2001 National Meeting

About the Meeting

What will technology look like in the year 2020? What existing technologies will have merged with others to form new frontiers and how will those frontiers impact our life styles? Will "smart" technology create new opportunities that pass by today's hot trends? Will new frontiers provide new tools to continue mining new materials and technology? The ATP National Meeting focused on the technology crossroads that will lead us from today to the frontiers of tomorrow.

The ATP National Meeting was held from June 3-5 in Baltimore, Maryland at the Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel, within a few blocks of the Inner Harbor Waterfront.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

  • Christopher Reeve
    Actor and Biomedical Research Advocate

  • Peter Schwartz, CEO of Global Business Network and author of The Long Boom

  • Peter Boer, President & CEO, Tiger Scientific and a noted futurist.

Highlights of the Meeting

  • Frontier Forums

  • Poster Sessions

  • ATP/Industry Showcase

  • Interactive Networking Opportunities

Who Attended our National Meeting

  • High-Tech Companies
  • Scientists
  • Engineers
  • University Researchers and Administrators
  • Venture Capital Funding Groups
  • ATP Awardees
  • Representatives from:
    • State Technology offices
    • State and Local Government Economic Development Offices
    • Technology Associations
    • Small Business Development Centers

About ATP

The Advanced Technology Program (ATP) bridges the gap between the research lab and the marketplace, stimulating prosperity through innovation. Through partnerships with the private sector, ATP's early stage investment is accelerating the development of innovative technologies that promise widespread benefits for the nation. As part of the highly regarded National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the ATP enables industry to leverage R&D resources, extending its technological reach for the benefit of the nation.

Technology research in the private sector is driven by today's global economic realities which force companies to make narrower, shorter-term investments in R&D that maximize return to the company quickly. The ATP views R&D projects from a broader perspective. The bottom line for ATP is the national benefits beyond the commercial payoffs to enter the marketplace. In sharing the relatively high risks of technologies that could potentially make a broad range of new commercial opportunities feasible, the ATP fosters projects with a high payoff for the nation as a whole, in addition to a direct but smaller return to the innovators. The ATP is designed to stimulate joint research ventures that link small, medium, and large companies, states, universities, and other organizations with end users to solve common problems with unique technical hurdles.

National Institute of Standards and Technology

As part of the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) works to promote U.S. economic growth by collaborating with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards. NIST carries out its mission through a portfolio of four major programs:
  • Measurement and Standards Laboratories that provide technical leadership for vital components of the nation's technology infrastructure needed by U.S. industry to continually improve its products and services;
  • the Advanced Technology Program, which accelerates the development of innovative technologies for broad national benefit through R&D partnerships with the private sector;
  • grassroots Manufacturing Extension Partnership with a nationwide network of local centers offering technical and business assistance to smaller manufacturers; and
  • highly visible quality outreach program associated with the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award that recognizes continuous improvements in quality management by U.S. manufacturers and service companies.
In fiscal year 2001, NIST is operating on a budget of about $720 million with nearly 3,200 staff members at its sites in Gaithersburg, Maryland and Boulder, Colorado. News and general information about NIST programs and services are available on the World Wide Web at, or you can call general inquiries at (301) 975-NIST (975-6478) or e-mail:

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