Share Historically, scientists of various racial/ethnic and gender identities have participated in the advancement of science and engineering in the U.S., but historically certain groups have been "hidden figures" who were denied full recognition of their innovation and leadership. Today, habitual exclusion increasingly discourages participation and recruitment of the next generation, which in turn undermines the strength and creativity of the U.S. scientific workforce. The AfroBiotech conference will focus on discoveries, innovations, and achievements from African-American scientists and engineers in biotechnology to feature the contributions of this underrepresented group to solving current problems and demonstrate the power of a diverse engineering community. By organizing African-American scientific talent from across the U.S. at a single event, AfroBiotech hopes to enable the biotech industry to hire diverse professionals, inspire organizers of other scientific conferences to invite diverse speakers, and inspire the next generation of diverse students and scholars to join this community. The venue for the inaugural AfroBiotech conference is Atlanta, home of the emerging Georgia biotech corridor. Keynote Speakers Cherie Butts, Biogen Anthony Guiseppi-Elie, Texas A&M University Cato Laurencin, University of Connecticut Kristala Prather, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Session Topics Metabolic engineering Synthetic biology and intracellular engineering Microbiome engineering Tissue engineering DNA Synthesis and genome editing Mathematical and Computational Modeling Bioengineering and our community Health and medical applications Conference Chairs Karmella Haynes, Emory University Manu Platt, Georgia Institute of Technology Organizing Commitee Edward Botchwey, Georgia Institute of Technology James Carothers, University of Washington Ayanna Jackson, Dow AgroSciences Amanda Marie James, Emory University Cato Laurencin, University of Connecticut Elebeoba E. May, University of Houston Kristala Prather, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sarah Richardson, Microbyre Amelia Smith, Georgia Institute of Technology Cranos Williams, North Carolina State University Highlights Expanding the Presence of Difference: Diversity in Engineering June 17, 2019Diversity of background helps provide diversity of perspective, which is often the basis of innovation and discovery in modern team-based research.