Third Conference of Romanian American Professionals

    04/06/2021 - 14:00
    United States, (Virtual)
    05/06/2021 - 15:00
    Immigration Research Forum


The Immigration Research Forum (IRF) is hosting the Third Conference of Romanian American Professionals next month with the theme Nurturing Resilience Through the Pandemic.


The event will take place virtually on Friday, June 4th, 2021 from 2:00 - 5:30 PM EDT and Saturday, June 5th  from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT.


The focus of the event is to take stock of developments within the academic and professional councils established in the past and feature presenters from each field who will provide an overview of the evolution of our communities of practice, our knowledge networks that act as support resources for the entire Romanian American diaspora. We seek to focus the panel discussions on the nurturing of peer and mentor relationships that foster the true potential of the best and brightest members of our national community. We invite you to prepare presentations of your institutional and personal activities and efforts in this sense to create awareness and concerted support in promoting these through the following field specific councils: Arts and Culture; Medicine and Public Health; Legal counseling, Development and Public Policy; STEM and IT; Community civic engagement and Social entrepreneurship.



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IRF event agenda:


Opening Plenary Session, June 4th

We are thrilled to announce the participation, as honored guest speaker, of the Ambassador of Romania to the United States of America, H.E. Mr. George Cristian Maior. During the formal opening session, we will have the remarks of former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and former Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (2017 to 2021), American-Romanian engineer and intellectual property attorney Andrei Iancu. Former Ambassador of the United States to Romania and Maryland State Senator James Rosapepe will speak as Alianta Board Chair. Romania's representative to the International Monetary Fund and Senior Advisor to the IMF Executive Director, Mr. Liviu Voinea as well as World Bank Group Alternate Executive Director representing the constituency of Romania, Moldova and several other countries, Mr. Florin Vodita, will each speak about the impact of the pandemic on international finance and development policy professionals serving within these Washington, DC-based international institutions. Two Consuls of Romania will join us with presentations on developments specific to their fields of professional expertise. As a researcher, investor and entrepreneur vested in the bilateral exchange of IT and AI expertise between Silicon Valley and Romania, San Francisco Honorary Consul George Roth will speak on historic business-related developments in this sector. Connecticut honorary consul, attorney Dana R. Bucin is the Partner and Chair of the Immigration Group at Murtha Cullina LLP and will speak on the visa regime and the mobility of researchers, professionals and entrepreneurs impacting the bilateral ties and diaspora stakeholders. IRF adviser and active promoter of our council on medicine and public health, Prof. Dr. George A Calin is the Co-Director of The RNA Interference and non-coding RNA Center at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and will speak on Romanian-American medical professionals’ exchange programs. Focusing on the promotion of transatlantic research exchange opportunities we are elated to have the presentations of the two most important grants and research scholarship institutions underpinning these academic ties. Presenting on “The Fulbright Schuman Program: Research Opportunities for US and EU Citizens” we are elated to have Ms. Erica Lutes, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission for Educational Exchange. Presenting on the EURAXESS North America, Researchers in Motion platform that hosts the beneficiaries of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the European Research Council, we will have the Regional Coordinator, Mr. Jackson Howard.


Panel presentation sessions, June 5th

During the panel presentation sessions, it is with great excitement that we announce the following confirmed speakers, accomplished Romanian descent professionals active within the five outlined multidisciplinary fields: Mrs. Anamaria Maior Buzura, Chairwoman of the Augustin Buzura Foundation; historian, theatre artist, and poet Cristina A. Bejan; Novelist, Playwright, Theater Critic and Director Domnica Rădulescu, Distinguished Service Professor of Comparative Literature, Washington and Lee University; Oklahoma resident poet and translator Roxana L. Cazan, co-editor of Voices on the Move: Writing by and about Refugees (2020); New York based play writer Catalina Florina Florescu; Carlton Fields attorney Mr. Emil Hirsch; Fulbright-Schuman grant recipient, post-doctoral researcher Roxana Diana Galos; Senior Public Sector Specialist with the World Bank's Governance Global Practice, Ruxandra Burdescu; NIH Center for Scientific Review, Scientific Review Officer Dr. Ileana Hancu; Founder of Rheumatologist Oncall  Dr. Diana Girnita; founder of stopcancertv.ro and Weill Cornell Medicine Dr. Doru M. Paul; Principal Senior Research Scientist with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology (Calltech) Adrian Stoica; J.A. Jones Distinguished Professor is in applied physics, thermodynamics, and evolutionary design at Duke University, Prof. Adrian Bejan; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Director of U.S. Army Automotive Research Center of Excellence and Editor in Chief of ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics, University of Michigan Prof. Bogdan I. Epureanu; Department of Computer Science, Purdue University Associate Professor Elena Grigorescu; Founding President of Blue Heron Foundation in Los Angeles, Mrs. Stefania Magidson; U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Examiner Ana Muresan and Management, Program Analyst Gabriela Craciun, the President and Vice-President of Vice President of The American Romanian Cultural Society (ARCS at USPTO); Executive Director and Co-Founder of The American Romanian Cultural Society (ARCS- Seattle) Prof. Otilia Baraboi; Heritage Organization of Romanian Americans In Minnesota (HORA-MN) President Prof. Eugenia Popa; Founding President of Romanian United Fund (RUF) Mihai Lehene; Romanul Corporation of Connecticut , President Ionel Dragos Hau; RoAmPro board member Teodor Lazar.

It is with great excitement that we acknowledge the participation of accomplished Romanian American professions from several government institutions as well as many researchers from different academic institutions across the United States and professionals from various entrepreneurial ventures.