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Financing your start up - blood, sweat and a little pixie dust other

From the well-informed perspective of one who has served as both a start-up executive and a start-up investor, Scottish born* business guru Douglas Sinclair offers his insightful ideas about how to approach fundraising in pursuit and support of your dream (*a fact revealed only by his “slight” accent). As both an electrical / electronic engineer and businessman, Mr. Sinclair brings a wealth of experience and sage advice to the classroom in this engaging presentation.

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SpeakerDouglas Sinclair

Born in Scotland. Still have a "slight" accent Electrical and electronic engineer by background then Harvard MBA in 1983 Worked in 11 countries before coming to US in 1993 Chief financial officer of 14 companies. mainly Silicon Valley tech start ups Have been private company investor and board director last 6 years

From Academia to the Military to Business to Energy Technology: Cultivating Leadership Skills in Various Forms and Forums other

In this presentation, Mr. Jordan will provide a detailed look into the various contexts and professional pathways through which one can cultivate leadership skills – in the military, in a small-business environment, and at a Fortune 500 corporation. Mr. Jordan relays the many different facets of strong leadership, and illustrates how such skills are critical in a rapidly changing world.

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SpeakerWilliam Jordan

Graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2005 with a Major in Political Science. Air Force Civilian Institute Fellow at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy 2005-2007. Established wine importing and distribution company in New York and New Jersey in 2008. Logistics Officer in the United States Air Force Reserves in 2010. Started career with Oncor Electric in 2015 as Project Manager and resources consultant. Currently managing Distribution Design team focused on providing interconnections to Oncor's electrical grid, while serving as the senior hospital administrator for the Air Force Reserve's largest clinic.

Design Supervisor

The Rise of Customer Success in Tech - What is it? technology

“Customer Success” is a rapidly growing profession in the field of “as-a-Service” technologies. Spencer Knapp explores what this field is, how it is transforming the way technology companies interact with their customers, and what sorts of innovative technologies are driving this change in the world today.

In recounting his decade-long journey in helping everyone from Fortune 10 companies to SMBs understand how, why, and when to adopt cloud services, Mr. Knapp shares his personal experience leading a team of Customer Success Managers (CSMs) working with Microsoft customers in their ongoing digital transformation journey. Mr. Knapp describes how his team works with multiple groups to ensure that their customers are successful with Microsoft and details how Public Cloud, once considered a niche offering, has become one of the primary methods for infrastructure and application service hosting.

As the holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, Mr. Knapp particularly enjoys encouraging students who wish to leverage an undergraduate liberal arts education to move into the field of technology!

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SpeakerSpencer Knapp

  • Spencer leads a team of Customer Success Managers (CSMs) that work with Microsoft customers in their ongoing digital transformation journey
  • For more than 10 years, he has helped everyone from Fortune 10 companies to SMBs understand how, why, and when to adopt cloud services. His team works with multiple groups to ensure that their customers are successful with Microsoft.
  • Public Cloud, once thought as a niche offering, is now one of the primary methods for infrastructure and service hosting for applications
  • Spencer holds a BA in Biology from Luther College. He would be happy to discuss how he used his liberal arts education to move into tech

Azure Customer Success Leader Microsoft

Full Presentations

Polymer Chemistry - More Than Meets the Eye science

Polymers, more commonly known as plastics, are widely used in everyday life. Chemists have the ability to tinker with the molecular structure of polymers and therefore affect polymer properties. Polymer applications, including drug delivery and 3D-printing, will be described.

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SpeakerDavid Son, Ph.D.

  • B.S. in chemistry from Andrews University (Berrien Springs, MI)
  • Ph.D. in chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, D.C.)
  • Professor at SMU since 1996
  • Conducts research in inorganic and organometallic chemistry, including polymer synthesis and characterization
  • Teaches general chemistry and organic chemistry

Professor of Chemistry SMU