T. T. Chao Symposium on Innovation

Conferences & Symposia
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. CDT (UTC -5)
TMC Innovation Institute
2450 Holcombe Boulevard, Suite X
Houston, TX 77021
United States

Infrastructures for Innovation: Making Space for Innovation in the 21st Century

The T. T. Chao Symposium on Innovation celebrates and encourages innovation in the Houston, Texas, region. This event brings together established and emerging leaders in the technical, entrepreneurial, health-care, and policy arenas to think constructively about how Houston’s industrial and entrepreneurial heritage can be adapted to address society’s needs in the 21st century.

The Infrastructures for Innovation series within the Chao Symposium on Innovation examines and draws attention to the systems needed to support innovation and innovation-based industries and the ways in which historical industries continue to shape the future of innovation.

In this series, which spans symposia from 2018 to 2020, we will explore three elements of this innovation infrastructure.

  1. Capital (2018)
    Where is capital located, and how can it get to where it is needed?
  2. Spaces of Innovation (2019)
    Where does innovation happen, what connects the spaces, and how are they being remade for the 21st-century economy?
  3. Policy (2020)
    How do we understand the policies that guide and shape innovation and innovation-based industries from the local to the federal level? How do we reinterpret the models of yesterday, and what changes would be required to foster the kinds of innovation-based systems we need for social, economic, and environmental health?

Infrastructures for Innovation: Making Space for Innovation in the 21st Century draws attention to the places of innovation, exploring the relationships between the physical location of innovation and industry and what connects them. The symposium focuses on intersecting aspects of innovation space development: real-estate development as part of a broader process of transformation that connects what was with what could be; transportation as a means of understanding how people and materials flow through and between spaces; and intersections with the natural environment through processes of design that accommodate the new realities of a 21st-century climate. Speakers and participants in this symposium will explore the various topics intersecting with and emerging from discussions about the revitalization of the nation’s industrial cities, from rethinking transportation and mobility to next-generation energy-industrial infrastructures and the design of smart cities.


Conference Schedule

4:00 p.m.

Registration and Refreshments

4:30 p.m.

Opening Remarks

Albert Y. Chao
Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation

Robert G. W. Anderson
President and CEO, Science History Institute

Jody A. Roberts
Director, Institute for Research, Science History Institute

4:45 p.m.

Infrastructure 2.0: Reimagining Transportation and Mobility in the Future Industrial City


John P. Smolen
Partner, Nossaman LLP


Tom Schenk Jr.
Director of Analytics, KPMG

Alexander Pazuchaniacs
Assistant Director, Planning, Policy, and Permitting, Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, City of Pittsburgh

5:50 p.m.

Retooling for the 21st Century: Where Work Happens in the Next Economy


Arthur Daemmrich
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Director, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Smithsonian Institution


William Provine
President and CEO, Delaware Innovation Space

Alicia Llewellyn
Strategist, Johnson Space Center, NASA

Richard Gruber
Chief Commercial Officer, Merit SI, LLC

7:00 p.m.

Closing Reception



Parking for this event is free. The TMC Innovation Institute is located at 2450 Holcombe Boulevard, Suite X, in Houston, on the corner of Almeda Road and Holcombe Boulevard. Please enter through Entrance Gate 81 off of Holcombe Boulevard, and take a blue chip. Park in the lot on the righthand side once through the gate. Parking chips will be validated or collected on arrival. The Innovation Institute entrance is just past the large “TMC Innovation” sign.

The T. T. Chao Symposium on Innovation is an annual event designed and hosted by the Science History Institute and made possible by a gift from the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation in Houston.


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