Keynote Speakers

You are going to want to arrive early for the luncheons and get a good seat. The MSC Committee has  three speakers that will entertain, enlighten and educate us.  Each luncheon will be talked about for days and days. Don’t miss out!

Keynote Speaker – Wednesday Lunch

princevacMarko Princevac

“On Dynamic Forces in Fluids”

Dr. Princevac’s expertise is in the experimental fluid mechanics.  Throughout his career he designed and manufactured several laboratory setups including the water channel and air conditioned fire wind tunnel at UCR.  The water channel is used for dispersion modeling and detailed flow measurements through complex geometries.  The climate controlled wind tunnel is used for fire behavior and smoke formation studies.  In addition to laboratory work he organized and numerous field campaigns to investigate the fate and transport of pollutants.  His published works include novel turbulence parameterizations, dispersion model parameterization, formulations of thermally driven flows in complex terrain, explanation of hummingbird hovering mechanism, mixing efficiency in a microfluidic mixer, fire behavior, fire emissions, urban channeling, and scaling methods for simulating environmental flows in the laboratory.  His research is sponsored through the grants from Joint Fire Science Program, Department of Defense, California Air Recourse Board, US Environmental Protection Agency, Forest Service, San Dimas Technology Development Center, Solar Turbines and South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Keynote Speaker – Thursday Lunch 


 Hans Y. Devouassoux

After graduating in 1991 with an Electronics Engineering Degree, Hans Devouassoux joined the United States Navy with his first assignment to the National Security Agency. He quickly transitioned into the MUSKETEER Program, where he was assigned on developing New Technologies with a focus on Maritime and Airborne platforms. While in the Navy, he received multiple accolades from the Joint Chief of Staff office and other Agencies. Before getting out of the service, he received the Naval Security Group Ft Meade Sailor of the Year award.

He then transitioned over to Lockheed Martin in 1997 and worked at a Government facility in Warrenton, Virginia. His main focus was on developing new emerging technologies with a focus on Airborne and Land Platform to support Special Operation Teams and the Intelligence Agencies. While developing those technologies, he was responsible for the field testing of new developments. While at Lockheed Martin, his team received the prestigious Innovation Award from Lockheed Martin Corporate office.
While still with Lockheed Martin, he was requested to transfer to Las Vegas Nevada to work with the National Nuclear Security Administration. While assigned with DOE/NNSA, his main focus was being a member of the response team and developing new technologies and assets for the Nuclear Emergency Search Team (NEST), Search Response Team (SRT) and the Joint Technical Operations Team (JTOT). While on this assignment, he received many accolades and awards from Senior Agency personnel.

After 20 years of government services, Hans Joined Disneyland Parks and Resorts in May of 2012 as an Electronic Technology and Predictive Maintenance Manager. His current assignment is to manage new Technologies that support multiple business lines and the Predictive Maintenance Team. His team is responsible on supporting Disneyland California Adventure, Disneyland Resort, Infrastructure and the Hotels. A variety of technologies from Vibration Analysis, Oil Sampling, Laser Alignment, Thermal Infrared, Lubrication Analysis and AWA Motor Winding Analysis is performed on a regular basis to maintain a high reliability of its assets.

Hans continues to serve on different working committees and enjoys networking to share experiences and to learn from others.


Keynote Speaker – Friday Lunch 


Gregory F. Strouse   –   National Institute of Standards and Technology

“The Next Generation of Metrology – NIST Quantum SI”

With the new definition of the SI currently scheduled to be internationally accepted in 2018, the new SI definition will replace the classical SI [artifact based SI traceability (e.g., kilogram)] with the quantum SI based on quantum phenomena and fundamental and atomic constants. NIST is positioning itself to develop quantum-based sensors and standards to disseminate the quantum SI. These new devices will potentially enable zero-chain SI traceability be enabling NIST to deliver dual standards and sensors to the factory floor. The NIST vision is that these quantum-based innovations will improve the SI dissemination through dual standards and sensors to the point where routine exchange of artifacts for measurement quality assurance is no longer needed. Quantum and photonic based rugged small-scale devices open new horizons in measurement science and represent a disruptive technological shift in how metrology is done. For example, NIST envisions multi-function devices that can deliver multiple measurement capabilities across several thermodynamic metrology areas (e.g., temperature, pressure, humidity and vacuum) and chemical sensing. These quantum SI devices draw upon a range of technologies not previously exploited for these applications, such as nanofabrication, photonics, and atomic physics.

Several related research programs at NIST are geared towards realizing the vision of small or chip sized absolute sensors for practical applications. NIST is building a standard and sensor program, with the goal to establish a set of chip-scale tools that enable real-world use. These next generation metrology programs will be discussed in terms of the larger programmatic view of how quantum-based, chip scale technologies will disrupt the dissemination of the SI through the NIST quantum SI. Additionally, the impact of the forthcoming new definition of the SI scheduled to be fully deployed in 2019 will be discussed

Gregory F. Strouse is the Associate Director for Measurement Services of the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and is a member of the board responsible for assessments of the NIST Quality System. Since joining NIST in 1988, he has become a leading expert in temperature measurement and the realization and dissemination of the International Temperature Scale of 1990 (ITS‐90). He has designed and built up several new world-class facilities including laboratories for the calibration of standard platinum resistance thermometers, thermocouples and industrial thermometers, and he is a NVLAP technical and lead assessor. His current research interests include NIST-on-a-Chip embedded sensors, cold-chain management for vaccines, dynamic pressure sensors and standards, Johnson noise thermometry, acoustic gas thermometry, realization of the Boltzmann constant, photonic pressure standards and sensors, and development of alternative thermometers.