Problem Solver

Ian Durham

Ian Durham

Areas Ian Durham is Knowledgeable in:

Quantum physics and it's broad applications including (but not limited to) applications in quantum information, telecommunications, nanotechnology, biotechnology, engineering, energy storage & production, and theoretical physics.

Problems broadly encompassing earth and energy systems including (but not limited to) public policy, geospatial mapping, geophysics, and green & renewable energy technologies.

Problems that require strategic planning and/or public policy issues relating to science or technology.

Techniques Ian Durham Uses:

Depends very much on the problem, but, if I work alone, I break problems down into manageable parts. When working in a group, I try to emphasize the need to break the problem down, but in both cases I try to also remain vigilant of the bigger picture (as opposed to getting too lost in the details).

Ian Durham's Problem Solving Skills:

  1. Teaching, lecturing, and facilitating (Education, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering)
  2. Concept and early stage business development (Biotech, Education, Nanotech)
  3. Mathematical modeling (Biotech, Energy, Engineering, Material Science, Mathematics, Nanotech, Physics)
  4. Spokesperson/interviewee (All)
  5. ASTM standards verification (Engineering, Material Science)
  6. Write (All)

Ian Durham's Problem Solving Experience:

  1. I am the founding editor of The Quantum Times which is a quarterly publication of the American Physical Society's Topical Group on Quantum Information.
  2. I was part of a team that developed a five-year strategic plan for Saint Anselm College in 2008-2009.
  3. I co-founded Durham Research, Inc. in 1998 and was co-PI on an SBIR award that served as the seed money for that company.
  4. I independently verified ASTM standards for oil containment boom developed for the Gulf Oil Spill (2010) by the PackGen corporation. I also gave an interview to ABC News in relation to the project.
  5. I was a co-founder of the Quantum Technology Group (QTG) and QRx (a related firm) that develops biomedical applications of nanotechnology (2009-2010).
  6. I have given interviews regarding the recent events in Japan to New Hampshire Public Radio and WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH.
  7. As Chair of the Department of Physics at Saint Anselm College, I initiated and continue to facilitate a new partnership between Saint Anselm College and the University of Notre Dame in the area of science and technology innovation. Specifically, I orchestrated the signing of a deal that allows Saint Anselm students direct admission to Notre Dame's new ESTEEM program (entrepreneurial master's).
  8. I was part of a team that developed a long-term strategic plan for NASA's Aeronautics division in the late 1990s.
  9. An essay I wrote was awarded Third Prize by the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi), an organization of 167 scientists and philosophers including three Nobel Laureates. I was also awarded membership in the organization as a result.