Michael Morris from Butler University in Indianapolis gave the first AQRTPWorkshop presentation. Mike did his Caltech PhD thesis with Kip Thorne on theoriginal formulation of spherical wormholes. Morris-Thorne wormholes, firstdescribed in a 1988 paper in the American Journal of Physics, are spatialshortcuts that an advanced civilization, one capable of manipulatingplanet-masses of energy, might be able to snatch from the quantum foam, inflateto a useful size, and stabilize by placing a Casimir-effect spherical capacitorin the wormhole mouth.  These could, in principle, be used forfaster-than-light travel and even time travel.
Prof. Maerkl received B.S. degrees in Biology and in Chemistry from Fairleigh-Dickinson University. He then joined the Biophysics and Biochemistry Department at the California Institute of Technology and contributed to the early development of microfluidic technology. In 2008 Prof. Maerkl was awarded the Demetriades-Tasfka-Kokalis prize for the best Caltech PhD thesis in the field of Biotechnology. He was also awarded 1st place at the Innovator’s Challenge, a competition amongst inventors and entrepreneurs from Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and Caltech. Since 2008 Prof. Maerkl holds a position as an Assistant Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in the Institute of Bioengineering and the School of Engineering. Prof. Maerkl published 28 peer-reviewed publications many of these in high-impact journals including Science, Nature Genetics, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Methods, and PNAS.