Recent Talks

I write and speak about technology and its impact on our daily lives and economy. I’ve written three books and several articles about various technologies, including driverless cars and artificial intelligence, 3D printing, entrepreneurship, and commercializing university R&D.

To learn more, download my resume or contact me at melbak at gmail dot com. Or follow me on twitter at @melbakurman.

Invited speaker, NIST, “Introduction to 3D Printing,” NIST Monthly Innovation Series, Gaithersburg, MD, March, 2014

IEEE webinar, “3D Printing:  a Disruptive Technology,” Februrary, 2014

Invited speaker, Braskem Corporation U.S. Annual Retreat, “3D Printing, Materials, and the Future,” Pittsburgh, PA, January 2014

Invited speaker, Cornell University Alumni Event, “Seeing the Future: 3D Printing and Life as We Know It,” Cornell Club, New York, NY, December, 2013

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Invited speaker, Taking Shape: Additive Manufacturing Summit, hosted by Bemidji State University, “Ten Principles of 3D printing:  the promise and peril of a machine that can make (almost) anything,” Minneapolis, MN, November, 2013.

Invited speaker, 3D Printing and Intellectual Property Conference, Center for Law in the Information Society of Leiden University (the Netherlands), “When Complexity Gets Cheap,” November, 2013.

Invited keynote speaker, INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry Annual Conference, “3D printing and the new manufacturing,” Denver, CO, October, 2013.

Invited speaker for a panel sponsored by the New York State Assembly, “3-D Printing: Economic Development, Regulatory and other Public Policy Issues,” New York, New York, September 2013.

Invited speaker at an AAAS Luncheon, “3D-Printing: The Good, the Bad, and the Science,” Washington, DC, September 2013.

Invited speaker, “The Ten Principles of 3D Printing,” Inside 3D Printing Conference, San Jose, California, September 2013.

Invited speaker, “3D Printing:  a new industrial revolution?” Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China, July 2013.

Invited speaker, Forum on Additive Manufacturing, Beijing, China, June 2013.

Invited keynote speaker, Cornell Engineering Alumni Association. “Zero: How 3D printing shrinks key cost barriers to nearly nothing,” Summer, 2013, Washington, DC.

Invited speaker, U.S. Council on Competitiveness Regional meeting, “The next industrial revolution? Maybe,” Spring, 2013, Oak Ridge Tennessee.

TedX 2012 at the University of Vermont. 3D printing and Ultra-large Systems of Manufacturing.

Invited guest lecturer, Cornell University, “3D Printing and the product development process, Fall 2012.

Invited keynote speaker at the university technologies track at the Discovery 12 conference in Toronto, Canada’s largest innovation showcase and conference, June, 2012.

Moderator and keynote speaker at the session, “Rapid prototyping – how increasing the productivity of your company decreases the time to market, “ Discovery 12 Conference, Toronto, June, 2012.

Invited breakout session leader and Steering Committee member, International Commercialization Forum 2012, hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence in Toronto, Canada, March, 2012.

Invited plenary speaker, “University technology commercialization: what lies ahead.” ICAP Patent Brokerage Summit on Patent Monetization, San Francisco, November 16 & and 17, 2011.

Speaker, “Open Source Hardware Legal Frameworks” at the Open Hardware Summit annual meeting, New York, NY, September 2011.

Invited guest lecturer, “The long tail effect of 3D printers on product design and marketing,” Cornell CATALYST summer engineering camp, August, 2011.

Invited panelist, “3D printing comes to the nation’s capital,” Public Knowledge Organization, April, 2011.

Invited speaker on IP Marketing webinar series, “Internal Metrics and Benchmarking: New Era Measurement of TTO Performance and Impact,” March, 2011.

Invited speaker, “From Idea to IPO” course at the New York Academy of Sciences, December, 2010.