Insider's Corner: Dr. Wade Adams, Lifetime Achievement Awardee in Nanotechnology

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Dr. Wade Adams, Lifetime Achievement Awardee in Nanotechnology


Dr. Wade Adams, internationally known nanotechnologist, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Nanotechnology at the 2015, ‘A Celebration of Entrepreneurs’ Gala benefiting Houston Technology Center on May 14th.


Dr. Adams is Department and Associate Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University (Rice). He is also a Senior Faculty Fellow in Materials Science and Nano Engineering at Rice. In 2002, Adams was hired by Richard Smalley to serve as the Director of the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology; a position he held for 10 years.


Prior to working at Rice with Professor Smalley, Dr. Adams retired from the US Air Force with the rank of Colonel. As the Chief Scientist of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate for the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, he was responsible for advising staff on the laboratory’s $350 million annual research budget. He also directed 600 scientists in an in-house research program.


For the past 44 years Dr. Adams has conducted research in polymer physics. He has written more than 200 publications, including review articles and three books. Adams also delivered over 800 presentations and is the holder of five patents. He is the winner of several awards, such as the International Research Award, which he received in 1997 from the Society of Plastics Engineers.  Dr. Adams also has many professional affiliations.


In 2014, Dr. Adams co-founded Advanced Quantum Wire, formed to transition one of Richard Smalley’s energy/nanotechnology visions into reality.


We asked Mr. Adams, when he is not making advancements in nanotechnology, what sport does he enjoy playing? He replied, volleyball, as he once had the opportunity to become a Director of the US Volleyball Association.