Science Festival

First, choose your class period

Then take a look at our presentations below

Note, however, that enrollment ended on Oct 28, 2016.

Flight Deck Physics and Courtroom Chemistry

Real world ways a non-science major has been required to master math and science from the carrier flight deck to the federal courtroom.


SpeakerEric Roberson

  • Baylor University - B.A. 1986; J.D. 1995
  • United States Navy 1986-1992
    • Bombardier/Navigator on A-6E Intruder carrier borne attack aircraft
    • 148 carrier landing (54 at night) aboard the USS Independence (CV- 62), USS Constellation (CV-64), and USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
    • Veteran of Operation Desert Shield
  • Trial Lawyer - 1995-Current
    • $30 Million dollars in jury verdicts in science based pharmaceutical injury cases

Former Naval Flight Officer/Federal Trade Prosecutor US Navy/Federal Trade Commission

From Nuclear Subs to Math Class: How Education Makes You Flexible

A description of how a well-balanced technical and liberal arts education help you stay flexible within a career and between careers.


SpeakerRick Lancaster

*B.S. In Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University *20 Years as Nuclear Submariner and 6 years as a Telecommunications Engineer *Math educator for 15 years *M. Ed. In Math Curriculum and Instruction, UT Arlington *Presenter at TI T-cubed conference 2015, very good with TI-84 and TI-nSpire calculators

Math Teacher Ursuline Academy of Dallas

What is Data Science?

Data science is a trendy term, but what does it really mean? What are some paths into this field? I'll provide an introduction illustrated with some of my own experiences.


SpeakerKelly Truelove, Ph.D.

  • I conduct technology research & analysis with a focus on Internet systems, work that often includes a data-science component.
  • Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley
  • B.S. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin

Principal Truelove Research

Full Presentations

Adult Cardiology and medical device implantation

I will discuss general adult cardiology, medical device implantation, and bring a factory representative from St Jude Medical to discuss the business side of medical device sales.


SpeakerScott Stephenson, MD

Adult cardiologist specializing in pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillaters.

MD Texas Cardiac

Emergency Room Medicine

Learn about the fast-paced field of Emergency Medicine from an ER doctor in your own neighborhood!


SpeakerMatt Bush, MD

Engineering Overview

General Discussion and Facts on Engineering; A Few Tips on Choosing a College; and What is Engineering School Like?


SpeakerLloyd Denman, P.E.

  • Highland Park High School, Class of 1983; National Merit Commendee, Varsity Football
  • Vanderbilt University, Class of 1987; Civil Engineering Degree, 2-year full academic scholarship; Fraternity member
  • Southern Methodist University, Class of 1991; Master of Business Administration
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and California

Assistant Director of Engineering City of Dallas

Engineers Make the World a Better Place

Engineering is a high-demand, high-paying career that needs people of diverse backgrounds to solve the world's most challenging problems.


SpeakerWanda Gass

  • Electrical Engineer with BS degree from Rice and MS degree from Duke
  • Semiconductor design of chips that are the brains of cell phones, entertainment systems and communication systems.
  • Worked at TI for 32 years and was elected as a Fellow, the highest level of Technical Staff
  • Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), an international professional organization, and responsible for organizing conferences and workshops.

President Design Connect Create

Geology - A Fun Way to Make a Living

Come hear from a geologist about how you can make a fun and rewarding living, take interesting trips, and use science every day.


SpeakerKennen Schmitz, M.S., MBA

  • BS and MS degrees in Geology from SMU and NIU
  • Worked as a Petroleum Geologist in Southern Louisiana
  • MBA from SMU
  • Worked for a large Wall Street firm managing oil and gas investments
  • Returned to Texas after experiencing first World Trade Center terrorist attack in 1993
  • Active member of PCBC

Geologist President, Winfield Operating Company

Highly Advanced TeleMED at Advance ER

Telemedicine is about to revolutionize the delivery of health care. This movement is "unstoppable" according to health care experts. Just witness how many people around you are using their cell phones to access information and entertainment on the Internet. It's inevitable that one's healthcare will "soon" be delivered via the Internet as well. Oh, pardon me... The time is already here, and it's called Telemedicine. You can find TeleMED technology at the very advanced Advance ER located in Park Cities and Preston Hollow!


SpeakerMichael Chiang, M.D. and Rajesh Rao, M.D.

Specialist Now(SM) Director Managing Partner, Advance ER Member of American College of Emergency Physicians

Specialist Now (SM) Director and Managing Partner at Advance ER

Neuroimaging and the Treatment of Stroke

This session will introduce students to the educational and training pathways and day to day practice of a medical doctor specializing in the treatment of stroke.


SpeakerLee Pride, M.D.

  • High School: McCallie School Chattanooga, TN 1981
  • B.S. Biology University of the South Sewanee, TN 1985
  • M.D. University of Alabama School of Medicine Birmingham, AL 1989
  • Training:Internship: Internal Medicine 1989-1990
  • University of North Carolina Residency: Neurology 1990-1993
  • University of Texas Southwestern Dallas Residency: Radiology 1993-1997
  • University of Texas Southwestern Dallas Fellowship: Neuroradiology 1997-1999

Neurointerventional Surgeon Associate Professor of Radiology and Neurosurgery, UT Southwestern Medical Center

New Advances in Surgery using the da Vinci Robotic System

New advances in robotic technology have allowed surgeons to perform, and patients to undergo difficult procedures in a minimally invasive way. Students will have an opportunity for a hands on experience with the da Vinci Surgical Robot.


SpeakerRichard Salter, MD

  • Attended Abilene Christian University, graduated 1983
  • Attended Texas Tech University Medical School, graduated 1988
  • Internship and Residency at University of Kentucky, completed 1992
  • Specialized practice in Ob-Gyn in Dallas for 18 years, started Advanced Ob-Gyn Associaites in 2008
  • Main interest is in minimally invasive and advanced gynecologic surgery, utilizing the da Vinci surgical robotic system.

MD, Ob-Gyn Advanced Ob-Gyn Associates

Nurses Who Care for New Babies and Moms

Learn about the career of a post-partem/baby nurse.


SpeakerKris Roberson, R.N.

Outbreak: Why You Really Can't Escape

I will describe recent local outbreaks and how it truly "takes a village" to prevent and respond to outbreaks of infectious diseases. Come learn about career options within the public health field.


SpeakerWendy Chung, MD

  • Dallas County Health and Human Services, Chief Epidemiologist
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician
  • BS—Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MS—Harvard School of Public Health
  • MD—University of Texas HSC, San Antonio

Chief Epidemiologist Dallas County Health and Human Services

So you think you want to be a “Rocket Scientist” - Part III? Reflections on a technical career…

In the course of this presentation, it is my hope that I will convey to you the importance that the STEM fields have to the individual as well as to our society in maintaining our degree of excellence. Coming from a physicist who has been fortunate with a diverse career, I hope that some of the details of my specific ‘life-line’ will serve as an example that will motivate you in your pursuits.


SpeakerRick Oden, Ph. D.

  • Ph.D. Physics - Arizona State University (1993); B.S. Physics - Montana State University (1987).
  • Working at Texas Instruments, Inc. - Digital Light Processing (DLP) Products Division for 16 years.
  • Former Staff Scientist and Alexander Hollaender Research Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN.
  • Research Fellow working Scanning Tunneling and Atomic Force Microscopy at The Universitat Berne, Berne, Switzerland.
  • Enjoy the outdoors and coaching kids sports (baseball, softball, track & field).
  • Nationally ranked USATF masters triple & long jumper.

TI Fellow Texas Instruments

The Diversity of Talent Needed in the Tech Industry

A career in tech means you need to be in front of a computer coding 12 hours a day, drinking Jolt cola and eating last night's left over pizza right? While there's certainly room for that demographic, I hope to provide an insight into the wide diversity of talent and roles that the high tech industry demands today.


SpeakerInger Dickson

  • Currently working as an Iteration Manager in the software delivery arm of ThoughtWorks, US Southwest region
  • BA from University of Arizona in Economics and French, Masters in International Business
  • Moved to NY after college to join the renewable energy industry, moved to the technology industry in 96
  • Started technology career as a business analyst and have since extended my backgrount to analysis, project management & consulting
  • Passionate about the intersection between technology, social justice and renewable energy

Lead Consultant Thoughtworks

The Science of Performance Nutrition - On the field, in the classroom!

Discover the nutritional science behind human performance whether it's demonstrated in running faster on the court or scoring higher on the test.


SpeakerMeridan Zerner

  • BS in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University
  • MS Nutritional Science from Oklahoma University
  • 28 years in fitness, nutrition and wellness
  • dietitian for Cooper Clinic, Cooper Fitness Center, Cooper Corporate Solutions, etc. for >16 years
  • Writer, media spokesperson, instructor, lecturer and marathoner!

Sports Dietitian MS, RDN, CSSD, LD Cooper Clinic

The Science of Snacks: having fun with science while making food

Did you ever wonder, "Why study Chemistry" or "Who makes the food and beverages I buy" ? Come listen, interact and learn.


SpeakerJonathan Licker, PhD

  • Earned a PhD from Cornell University in Food Science & Flavor Chemistry.
  • Serves on Cornell University advisory council since 2003. Provides guidance for the food science department’s students, faculty, programs, and curriculum.
  • Works for PepsiCo in Research & Development for Frito-Lay developing snacks including Doritos, Cheetos, Tostitos, Sunchips ...

Global Flavors & Seasonings Research & Development, Senior Manager PepsiCo

The Unlimited Opportunities in the Nursing Profession

What you need to get a nursing degree, the many areas of nursing available, a day in the life of an ER nurse


SpeakerNancy Valant, RN

  • 35 years experience as a registered nurse
  • Level 1 Trauma Unit
  • Surgical ICU
  • Plastic Surgery and Skincare
  • Marketing
  • Physical Rehabilitation

BSN, RN, CEN Methodist Dallas Medical Center