Join us for a Groundbreaking Event at Utah State University – Eastern Price, Utah: UAMMI CrossTalk – Energy Storage & Critical Materials for National Independence.


Price, Utah –  Mark your calendars for September 20th and 21st, 2023, as the Utah Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) invites you to a revolutionary event, UAMMI CrossTalk – Energy Storage & Critical Materials for National Independence. The conference will take place at Utah State University – Eastern in Price, Utah. This exceptional event is open to all with a passion for innovation, sustainable energy, and the advancement of critical materials research.


UAMMI CrossTalk will be a day filled with unparalleled opportunities for knowledge exchange, networking, and the discovery of cutting-edge advancements in energy storage and critical materials. Attendees will be immersed in an engaging atmosphere, connecting with industry experts and exploring exciting exhibitions.


Event Highlights:


– Networking & Exhibitions: Start the day by connecting with like-minded professionals from 9 am to 10 am. Explore a diverse range of exhibitors showcasing the latest advancements in energy storage and critical materials technology.


– Conference & Exhibitions: From 10 am to 4:30 pm, attendees will have access to insightful presentations from distinguished speakers in the field, offering valuable perspectives on the latest trends and innovations.


– Lunch and Snacks: Enjoy a delicious lunch and snacks throughout the day to fuel your curiosity and enthusiasm.


– Evening Reception: After a day of learning and exploration, join us from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm for an enjoyable evening reception filled with delectable appetizers and drinks. This is an excellent opportunity to build lasting connections with industry peers and professionals.



Sept 21st Half-day UAMMI CrossTalk & Tours:


– On September 21st, the half-day CrossTalk session will take place from 9 am to 12 noon, providing even more in-depth insights and discussions.


– In the afternoon, starting at 2 pm, attendees can take part in exclusive tours to various facilities, including Merit 3D, San Rafael Energy Research Center, and Utah State University Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Center. These tours offer a unique opportunity to witness innovative technologies and practices in action.


Sponsorship Opportunities:


For companies looking to enhance their visibility and support this groundbreaking event, sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Melissa Larsen at or 516.945.5812 for more information on becoming a sponsor.


Incredible Speakers:

UAMMI CrossTalk boasts an impressive lineup of renowned speakers from various institutions and organizations:

Anthony Nickens, INL  

Division Director

Idaho Nation Laboratory

Eric Dufek, INL  

Department Manager for Idaho National Laboratory’s Energy Storage & Electric Transportation Department

Robert Fox, INL  

Distinguished Staff Scientist

Idaho Nation Laboratory

Thomas Tarka,

Senior Engineer Senior Engineer

National Energy Technology Laboratory



KaLeigh Long

Founder & CEO

WestWin Elements

Merlin Theodore,

Director of Carbon Fiber Technology Facility

UT-Battelle/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Michael Free, University of Utah

Professor and Chair in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering University of Utah

Mark Chalmers, Energy Fuels 

President and CEO

Energy Fuels Resources Corporation

Melissa Sanderson, American Rare Earths 

President, ARR: Founder, Ethical Sustainable Growth (ESG+)

American Rare Earths

Michael Riley, NexGen Materials

Founder – CEO

NexGen Materials

Tara Spalding, Kenetic 

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Kinect Capital

Chet Boxley


GlycoSurf, Inc

Wim de Jater, Torus 

Chief Operations Officer


Dean Wheeler, Brigham Young University

Professor, of Chemical Engineering at Brigham Young University


Jefferson Moss

Utah Policy Innovation Lab


Official Hotel:


For attendees requiring accommodation, we have partnered with Holiday Inn Express & Suites Price, an IHG Hotel, which offers a special “UAMMI” rate of $149/night from Sept 19-21, 2023.


Event Details:


Date: September 20th and 21st, 2023


Location: Utah State University – Eastern Price, Utah




RSVP: Secure your spot today by registering at the above URL.


Join us for a remarkable event that promises to shape the future of energy storage and critical materials for national independence. Be a part of the movement driving innovation, sustainability, and growth.


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About UAMMI:


The Utah Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) is a collaboration of industry, government, and academic leaders focused on advancing materials and manufacturing innovation in Utah and across the nation.


For media inquiries or further information, please contact:


KC Sanders

Director of Community Outreach

Phone: 801-603-5252