"Goals can be lofty. For example, eliminating dependence on nonrenewable fossil fuels. That’s a very scary goal. People think it’s just not possible. What we've learned is that we can innovate towards a bodacious goal like that one step at a time."
-- Dr. Bertolucci, President of Interface Research Corporation
The first annual Georgia Tech Product Re-X Conference organized by ECLIPS will be held on June 21, 2006. The Conference will bring together researchers, companies, public entities and non-governmental organizations with an interest in product recovery, recycling, remanufacturing and reuse. The theme of this year’s conference is Innovation, focusing primarily on innovative business models, product design solutions and economic development opportunities.
Panelists include senior executives from industry (IBM, HP, Ford, Canvas Systems, Jabil, Interface, Shaw, Cummins), representatives of industry associations (CARE, RBRC), managers from public entities (NSF, USDA, P2AD), non-governmental organizations (Medshare, INFORM Inc.) and universities (Georgia Tech, Maryland, Penn State, UCLA, Vanderbilt).
Registration fee for the conference is $95 before June 15 and $130 after that for industry participants. Reduced rates are available for panelists, public entities, NGOs, academics and students. Please browse this site for more information or contact Dr. Beril Toktay at (404) 385 0104 or firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred).
Dr. Michael D. Bertolucci
Dr. Bertolucci is the president of Interface Research Corporation, chairman of the Envirosense® Consortium, Inc. and senior vice president of Interface, Inc., a $1B enterprise with more than 5000 employees. With manufacturing sites in 7 countries around the world, Interface is the market leader in the sale of modular carpet tiles and commercial interior fabrics. As president, Dr. Bertolucci leads the parent company’s mission to become the first name in industrial ecology and to provide new innovative solutions for Interface as it strives to eliminate its footprint on the environment and to become sustainable. He has served on the board of the not-for-profit CEO Coalition to Advance Sustainable Technology (CAST) and the oversight committee of the National Research Council’s Division on Earth and Life Studies.