search professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville; a visiting professor at the University of Burgundy, France; and a Distinguished Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He received his PhD in physics from the State University of New York at Albany in 1987. He is the author of over 263 publications in refereed journals, 45 book chapters, and 32 patents. Dr. Thundat is the recipient of many awards, including the US Department of Energy’s Young Scientist Award, R&D 100 Awards, the ASME Pioneer Award, the Discover Magazine Award, FLC Awards, the Scientific American 50 Award, the Jesse Beams Award, the Nano 50 Award, Battelle Distinguished Inventor, and many ORNL awards for invention, publication, and research and development. Dr. Thundat is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Electrochemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Dr. Thundat’s current research focuses on novel physical, chemical, and biologic detection using micro and nano mechanical sensors. His expertise includes the physics and chemistry of interfaces, biophysics, solid—liquid interfaces, scanning probes, nanoscale phenomena, and quantum confined atoms.
Sacoby M. Wilson is an assistant professor at the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health of the University of Maryland. Dr. Wilson formerly was at the University of Michigan in the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program, where he developed a research agenda examining built environments, planning, and health disparities. His research interests include the intersection of environmental and social determinants of health and health disparities, the effects of the built environment on vulnerable populations, spatiotemporal mapping of social and environmental phenomena, community-driven environmental-justice research on potential environmental public-health consequences, and geographic information system—based exposure assessment. Dr. Wilson received his PhD and MS in environmental health sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.