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:
Teaching, lecturing, and facilitating (Education, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering)
Concept and early stage business development (Biotech, Education, Nanotech)
Mathematical modeling (Biotech, Energy, Engineering, Material Science, Mathematics, Nanotech, Physics)
ASTM standards verification (Engineering, Material Science)
Ian Durham's Problem Solving Experience:
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.
I was part of a team that developed a five-year strategic plan for Saint Anselm College in 2008-2009.
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.
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.
I was a co-founder of the Quantum Technology Group (QTG) and QRx (a related firm) that develops biomedical applications of nanotechnology (2009-2010).
I have given interviews regarding the recent events in Japan to New Hampshire Public Radio and WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH.
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).
I was part of a team that developed a long-term strategic plan for NASA's Aeronautics division in the late 1990s.
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.