2015 Technology Institute Agenda

What is the Vision & Purpose for the 21st Century Research University?


Ana Mari Cauce, Interim President, University of Washington

21st Century Higher Education

Key Questions

  • How is the research university re-inventing itself and thinking of its impact on society?
  • What do students need to learn to be competitive in the 21st century economy and prepare for a changing world?
  • How can employers and lawmakers engage to better understand the challenges of the research university and influence its evolution?
  • What is the role of the public sector in the development of a 21st century research university?


  • Daniel Bernardo, Interim President, Washington State University
  • Ana Mari Cauce 
  • Vikram Jandhyala, Vice Provost for Innovation, University of Washington & Executive Director, CoMotion
  • Racquel Russell, Director, Government Relations and Public Affairs, Zillow
  • Moderator: Darcy Nothnagle, Head of External Affairs, Western Region, Google

21st Century Healthcare

Key Questions

  • How is Arivale helping people measurably improve their health?
  • What will 21st century healcare look like when "P4 medicine" becomes the rule rather than the exception?


  • Tom Alberg, Managing Director, Madrona Venture group

Keynote Conversation with

  • Susannah Malarkey, Executive Director, Technology Alliance
  • Dr. Lee Hood, Co-founder & Scientific Advisor, Arivale
  • Clayton Lewis, CEO & Co-founder, Arivale

Outcomes of the 2015 Legislative Session

Key Questions

  • What were the results of the 2015 legislative session?
  • How does the next biennial budget impact education funding and the innovation economy?


  • Honorable Larry Springer, 45th Legislative District, Washington State House of Representatives
  • Honorable J.T. Wilcox, 2nd Legislative District, Washington State House of Representatives

2015 Education Funding Impacts

Key Questions

  • How is the budget allocated differently because of the McCleary decision?
  • How will HB 1813 impact STEM and computer science?
  • How can we make the best use of the new funding to increase student achievement and the talent pipeline?
  • How is the private sector addressing the STEM workforce pipeline issue? How is the legislature, and what more is needed?
  • What are the next steps for competitive success?


  • Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent, Highline Public Schools
  • Honorable Chad Magendanz, 5th Legislative District, Washington State House of Representatives
  • Marcie Maxwell, Senior Policy Advisor on Education, Office of the Governor
  • Honorable Chris Reykdal, 22nd Legislative District, Washington State House of Representatives
  • Moderator: Dr. Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington

21st Century Learning Opportunities: Models for Success

Key Questions

  • How can technology best be leveraged to advance education?
  • How effective are blended learning models and can they be expanded?
  • How can a collective impact approach change the outcomes for our students?
  • How can we effectively engage students in research to prepare them for life sciences occupations?


  • Betheny Gross, Senior Research Analyst and Research Director, Center on Reinventing Public Education
  • Dr. Gregory Benner, Professor and Executive Director, Center for Strong Schools, University of Washington Tacoma
  • Dr. Gita Bangera, Dean of Undergraduate Research, Bellevue College
  • Moderator: Cheryl Vedoe, CEO, Apex Learning & Chair, Technology Alliance

Research Funding in Washington and Opportunities for the Future

Key Questions

  • What is the current federal and state funding landscape for life sciences? What are the implications for the future based on current conditions?
  • How can we incentivize and better enable life science research to thrive in Washington?
  • What are the best ways we can position Washington for success?


  • Nicole Bell, Co-founder & Executive Director, Cambia Grove
  • Shawn Bills, Legislative Director, Office of U.S. Senator Patty Murray
  • Maura Little, Director of Life Sciences & Global Health Development, Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Julia Ronlov, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine
  • Moderator: John Wecker, President & CEO, Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute

Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for Washington State

Key Questions

  • What is the research on climate change and how will it affect business in Washington state?
  • What are the options to address climate issues?
  • What are some of the best clean energy opportunities in Washington?
  • What are the risks and opportunities related to climate change for Washington businesses?
  • How can businesses effectively engage in this issue?

Keynote Presentations:

  • Kate Gordon, Vice Chair of Climate and Sustainable Urbanization, Paulson Institute
  • Moderator: Rogers Weed, Vice President, Product Management, 1Engery Systems
  • Carl Imhoff, Chair, Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium Manager, Electricity Infrastructure Sector, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Introduction: Brian Bonlender, Director, Washington State Department of Commerce

Panel Climate and Energy Policy Perspectives:

  • Honorable Kevin Ranker, 40th Legislative District, Washington State Senate
  • Nate Caminos, State Director, Office of U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell
  • Moderator: Rogers Weed, Vice President, Product Management, 1Engery Systems