2024 CMaT NSF Site Visit

April 8-10, 2024

Georgia Tech 

Atlanta, Georgia



The online registration is now closed. 

To register for the CMaT NSF Site Visit, please contact Victoria Nail-Taylor (Victoria.nail-taylor@gatech.edu).




NSF Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT)
Agenda for Annual Site Visit
April 8-10, 2024

Monday, April 8

2:30 p.m.    
CMaT Trainee activity  
All Trainees 
Petit Institute (IBB) Suddath Seminar Room 1128

4:15 p.m.      
All CMaT invited to keynote by Patient Advocate Doug Olsen 
Petit Institute (IBB) Suddath Seminar Room 1128

5:30 p.m.      
Park Tavern
all CMaT participants are invited to dinner, Park Tarven, 500 10th Street, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309

7:30-8:30 p.m.   
CMaT Trainee networking event with industry - Park Tavern

Tuesday, April 9

7:00 a.m.    
Check-in and breakfast         

7:25-7:40 a.m. 
Welcome and introductions
Georgia Tech Executive Vice President for Research: Chaouki Abdallah
Council of Deans: Raheem Beyah, Donald Leo, Bienvenido Vélez, and Ian Robertson

7:40-8:20 a.m. 
Director’s Overview (30 mins + 10 min Q/A) 
Johnna Temenoff

8:20-8:30 a.m. 
Research Program Overview
Melissa Kemp

8:30-8:50 a.m. 
Thrust 1 Presentation (10 min + 10 min Q/A) 
Thrust 1 Leads and Graduate Trainee Austin Feeney (Palecek Lab)
8:50-9:10 a.m.     
Thrust 2 Presentation (10 min + 10 min Q/A) 
Thrust 2 Leads and Graduate Student Trainee Amin Davarzani (Karumbaiah Lab)
9:10-9:30 a.m.    
Thrust 3 Presentation (10 min + 10 min Q/A)
Thrust 3 Leads and Research Engineer Trainee– Walker Byrnes (Balakirsky Lab)

9:30-9:45 a.m. 

9:45-10:15 a.m. 
Test-Bed 1 Presentation (MSCs) (20 min + 10 min Q/A) 
Test-Bed 1 Leads and Graduate Student Trainee Natalia Theran Suarez (Domenech Lab)

10:15-10:45 a.m.   
Test-Bed 2 Presentation (T Cells) (20 min + 10 min Q/A)
Test-Bed 2 Leads and Graduate Student Trainee Keerthana Shankar (Saha Lab) 

10:45-11:25 a.m.    
Test-Bed 3 Presentation (iPSCs) + C2C Update (30 min + 10 min Q/A)
Test-Bed 3 Leads and Graduate Student Trainees Margot Amitrano (Murphy Lab) & 
Fathima Shabnam (Palecek Lab)

11:25-11:35 a.m.    
Walk to the Marcus Nanotechnology Building for Posters, Test-Bed Demo, and Lunch
Golf cart transportation available for the NSF SVT and others as needed

11:35-11:55 a.m.     
Integrated Bioreactor Test-Bed Demo (Marcus Center Facility, For NSF SVT Only)

12:00-12:30 p.m.    
Seating assignments on back of name tag

12:30-1:10 p.m.
Poster and Project Demo Viewing

1:10 p.m.    
NSF SVT move back to Krone Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB)
Meet at elevator, Golf cart transportation available

1:15-1:55 p.m.   
NSF SVT Executive Session #1
Closed Door Session – Room EBB 4029 (same building as presentations, upstairs)

1:15-1:35 p.m.
Continued Poster and Networking session for everyone else

1:35 p.m.    
Group Photo for all CMaT
Meet in Marcus Building Atrium

1:45 p.m.    
Break & walk to the Krone Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB) for afternoon sessions
Golf cart transportation available
2:00 -2:30 p.m.    
Innovation Ecosystem (20 mins + 10 mins Q/A)
Cynthia Sundell and Scott Ransom

2:30-3:10 p.m.
NSF SVT Private meeting with industry partners and advisory board members 
Closed Door Session - Break for everyone else 
Stay in main presentation room: Krone EBB 1005

3:10-3:15 p.m.   
Break + Come back to Main Presentation Room

3:15-3:40 p.m.
Engineering Workforce Development (15 mins + 10 mins Q/A)
Shalu Suri and James Warnock

3:40-4:05 p.m.
Diversity and Inclusion (15 mins + 10 mins Q/A)
Cheryl Gomillion and Agnes Padovani

4:05-4:20 p.m.
Assessment (10 mins + 5 mins Q/A)
Lizanne DeStefano

4:20-4:30 p.m.    

4:30-5:10 p.m.
NSF SVT Private meeting with CMaT ERC trainees
Closed Door Session – designated participants only, check label on back of name tag
Stay in main presentation room: Krone EBB 1005
Break for everyone else 
4:30-4:45 p.m.
SLC President’s presentation –Rachel Carlyle & Fathima Shabnam
4:45-5:10 p.m.

5:10 – 6:15 p.m.
NSF SVT Executive Session #2
Closed Door Session EBB 4029
(CMaT Leadership Team (Executive Committee + Thrust/Test-Bed Leaders) stay in presentation room)

5:30 p.m.        
SLC Activity 
EBB 5029

~6:15-7:15 p.m.
NSF SVT discussion with CMaT leadership team
Main presentation room – EBB 1005
NSF SVT, CMaT Leadership Team (Executive Committee + Thrust/Test-Bed Leaders only)

Wednesday, April 10

7:30-8:30 a.m.
NSF SVT breakfast with Deans, CMaT Director, and Deputy Director
EBB 4029
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
NSF SVT – report writing
EBB 4029
Director, Deputy Director, and CMaT staff available to answer questions as needed


Meeting Logistics Attached



Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel

866 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA



Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

800 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA


Poster Session

For any questions regarding your poster, please contact Maria Pinto (maria.pinto@ibb.gatech.edu).



Please plan to arrive to Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport (ATL)



All attendees should plan to arrive before 2:00 pm on April 8, 2024



Please contact Victoria Nail-Taylor (Victoria.Nail-Taylor@gatech.edu) for any questions.