Innovate with Lab-Corps!


The next Postdoctoral Career Exploration Lunch will provide a chance for postdocs to learn about entrepreneurship, innovation and how the Lab-Corps Program can help launch ideas and broaden your career outlook. Please join us for lunch, learning and networking!

Date: February 18th

Time: Lunch served at 11:45 AM; Program from 12:00-1:30 PM

Location: Building 203 Auditorium

Please confirm your attendance through Postdoc Event RSVP Page.


  1. David McCallum (Argonne Strategy and Innovation Office):                 Welcome and introduction to Argonne Lab-Corps/Chicago Innovation Exchange Collaboration
  2. Wolfgang Connell (Chicago Innovation Exchange): Lab-Corps training methodology and results
  3. Cathy Milostan (ES): Lab-Corps experience and Entrepreneurial Lead for SonicLQ: The Sonic Leak Quantifier
  4. Elina Kasman (XSD): Lab-Corps experience and Entrepreneurial Lead for Dynamic Aperture
  5. Panel Discussion featuring guest speakers and Diego Fazi (Argonne Strategy and Innovation Office, Postdoctoral Alumnus and 2015 Lab-Corps team Entrepreneurial Lead for Frequency Based-Demand Response) and Andrew Senesi (Postdoctoral Appointee, XSD, 2015 Lab-Corps team Entrepreneurial Lead)

About the Speakers:

WolfgangWolfgang Connell is the Assistant Director of Programming with the Chicago Innovation Exchange and a key collaborator with the Lab-Corps Program.


DiegoDiego Fazi is the Innovation Program Coordinator with the Office of Strategy and Innovation at Argonne. The Strategy and Innovation Office is tasked to find new ways for Argonne to attract clients and additional sources of revenue, commercialize lab-developed technology and ultimately benefit the U.S. society and economy. As a postdoctoral appointee, Diego served as the Entrepreneurial Lead for the team, Frequency-Based Demand Response in the 2015 Lab-Corps competition.

ElinaElina Kasman is an X-Ray Optics Fabrication Specialist at Argonne National Laboratory, where she is responsible for crystal optics fabrication activities of the Optics Group, primarily for use in the Advanced Photon Source. Elina has extensive industry experience in manufacturing and start-up environments and has co-founded and led an early Cleantech start-up.  Elina holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Elina served as the Entrepreneurial Lead for Dynamic Aperture in the 2015 Lab-Corps competition.

DavidDavid McCallum is a Business Capture Manager with the Strategy and Innovation Office at Argonne and serves as the Argonne Lab-Corps Program Manager.


CathyCathy Milostan is an Energy/Environmental Policy Scientist with the Energy Systems Division. Cathy served as the Entrepreneurial Lead for SonicLQ: The Sonic Leak Quantifier in the 2015 Lab-Corps competition. SonicLQ is a revolutionary technology that uses sound waves to both locate and quantify leakage of air through a buildings envelope.  SonicLQ combines the leakage quantification and all season testing capabilities of blower door testing with the leakage location and flexibility of building size capabilities of thermal imaging.

AndrewAndrew Senesi is a postdoctoral appointee in the X-ray Science Division, and completed his PhD in chemistry and nanotechnology at Northwestern University. His current research interests involve understanding the assembly of nanoparticles into hierarchical structures, and the use of X-ray scattering to characterize nanoscale systems. Andrew participated in the Lab-Corps pitch competition in 2015, working with a team to develop the next generation of energy efficient windows incorporating nanoparticle composite films, which would allow solar heat penetration into a building at during cold weather, but would reflect the heat as the ambient temperature increases. More recently, Andrew has worked with the UChicago CIE Innovation Fund as an IF Associate.






About Kristene Henne

Kristene “Tina” Henne is Argonne’s Postdoctoral Program Lead for the Argonne Leadership Institute. In this role, she facilitates the postdoc appointment process, postdoc career development, mentoring, advises the Postdoctoral Society of Argonne and serves as a navigator for postdoctoral issues.
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