We are grateful for the participation and the contributions of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Science Foundation, and Sandia National Laboratories.

We are indebted to Ken Jacobson for his preparation of this meeting summary. Several members of the STEP staff also deserve recognition for their contributions to the preparation of this report, including Sujai Shivakumar, McAlister Clabaugh and David Dierksheide for their role in preparing the conference and getting this report ready for publication.


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We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Vinod Goel, The World Bank; Thomas Howell, Dewey Ballantine LLP; Kent Hughes, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; William Morin, Applied Materials; Dirk Pilat, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; and Andrew Toole, Rutgers University.

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