Tech Champs - HTC JSC Campus
CONNECTION ♦ SUPPORT ♦ COMMUNICATION ♦ RECOGNITION
Light Breakfast and Networking
7:15 - 7:45 a.m.
7:45 - 9:00 a.m.
focused in the energy, life sciences, information technology, NASA/aerospace sectors
Open to the community these meetings allow professionals to be involved with and influence the evolution of emerging technology.
2013 Tech Champs Memberships now available online!
Jim Le Duc, Ph.D. is the director of the Galveston National Laboratory (GNL), the only full-suit Biological Safety Level 4 (BSL4) laboratory in operation on an academic campus in the USA. He is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas and holds the inaugural Robert E. Shope, MD and John S. Dunn Distinguished Chair in Global Health. He also is the Principal Investigator for DOD grants supporting the National Biocontainment Training Center at UTMB. Under his direction, the Center has provided over 3000 training encounters to individuals in Asia, Africa, Middle East and in the USA.
Dr. Le Duc joined UTMB in late 2006 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was the Influenza Coordinator.
He also served as Director, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases (2000-2005), coordinating research activities, prevention initiatives and outbreak investigations for viral and rickettsial pathogens of global importance, including viral hemorrhagic fevers, influenza and other respiratory infections, childhood viral diseases, and newly emerging diseases such as SARS and monkeypox.
He served as the Associate Director for Global Health (1996-2000) in the Office of the Director, National Center for Infectious Diseases at CDC, and served as Medical Officer in charge of arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fevers at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland (1992-1996).
He also held leadership positions during a 23-year career as a U.S. Army officer in the medical research and development command, with assignments in Brazil, Panama and at various locations in the United States.
His professional career began as a field biologist working for two years with the Smithsonian Institution in West Africa. He is a Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America and a member of various professional organizations, has published over 200 scientific articles and book chapters, and is well recognized as an expert in virus diseases, biodefense and global health.
Gilruth Center at NASA
18753 Space Center Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77058
Traveling North on I45, take the NASA Rd. 1 exit and turn right at the light. Drive straight and access the NASA Rd 1 bypass. Continue in the left lane until you reach Space Center Blvd where you will be turning left. (You will see the Hilton and Clear Lake on the right). Do not turn into the first gate for JSC, but go straight to the second turn in, which will be the Gilruth Center. It has a low profile sign at the entrance and ball parks on each side of the driveway. It is best to park at the back of the lot as the doors you will need to enter are on that side. You will recognize it by the covered passenger drop off area. The banquet room will be directly on your left as you enter the building.