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PhysioTronics: Between Body and Machine technology

In this riveting lecture about the new frontier of bioengineering, award-winning researcher and lecturer Dr. J-C Chiao provides an overview of the latest miniature devices made using microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and wireless transduction techniques, and explains how these devices are incorporated into medical implants and wearables employed in the closed-loop management of pain and gastrointestinal diseases.


SpeakerJ.-C. Chiao, Ph.D.

  • The Mary and Richard Templeton Centennial Chair professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Southern Methodist University.
  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology.
  • IEEE Fellow, SPIE Fellow and AIMBE Fellow.
  • Authored/edited over 300 publications and holds 15 awarded US patents.
  • Founding Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF, and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology; and Chair for 2022 Sensors conference in Dallas.
  • O'Donnell Award in Engineering, The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST).
    • Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Excellence in Engineering Teaching Award.
    • Tech Titans Technology Innovator Award; Heroes of Healthcare Research in Medicine award.
    • IEEE Region-5 Outstanding Educator award and Region-5 Excellent Performance award.
    • IEEE Distinguished Microwave Lecturer and Sensors Council Distinguished Lecturer.
  • Dr. Chiao’s works have been extensively covered by global media including National Geographic magazines (in 33 languages), Washington Post, Wired, National Public Radio (NPR) and CBS television program Henry Ford Innovation Nation.

Mary and Richard Templeton Centennial Chair Southern Methodist University

Full Presentations

"Goldman Sachs is a tech company" and other truths/half-truths/lies at the intersection of finance and tech (i.e., Fintech) technology

Interested in finance? Yes, you will need to "code." No, that does not qualify you as a "coder." Don't worry, it gets better…

In this engaging presentation, Mr. Chang describes the customer and market activities that he currently directs for a digital lending platform company, MortgageHippo–a venture-funded startup with a mission of implementing leading-edge technology solutions in order to transform the customer journey in the mortgage-consumer finance sectors. As Mr. Chang details, venture funding at the intersection of finance and technology ("fintech") has grown exponentially–more than tenfold–over the past decade, turbocharging disruptive innovation in this sector. Since the start of this century, developments in technology have wrought tremendous changes in how many of the world’s largest financial services companies–including many Mr. Chang has personally worked for–“go to market” and accomplish their business activities.


SpeakerMarvin Chang

  • I currently run customer and market activities for a digital lending platform company. We are a venture-funded startup with a mission bringing leading edge technology solutions that transform the customer journey in the mortgage/consumer finance sectors. Venture funding at the intersection of finance and technology ("fintech") has more than 10x'd over the past decade, turbocharging disruptive innovation in the sector.
  • I'm also active as investor and advisor to companies in both the fintech and general tech space.
  • Previously, I led digital innovation initiatives at many of the largest financial services players, including Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Royal Bank of Scotland, and First Data. Since the start of this century, developments in technology have wrought tremendous changes in how these companies go-to-market and accomplish their business activities.
  • I "learned the ropes" as a management/strategic consultant and product manager/financial analyst at a number of tech companies, including Microsoft and Sun Microsystems.
  • I received an MBA from Cornell University and a BS, in Information Systems, from Carnegie Mellon University.

Chief Commercial Officer MortgageHippo

Artificial Intelligence: What's in Your Data? technology

Artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) continue to revolutionize how we work and live. From chess-playing computers to self-driving cars, these activities are only possible from processing enormous amounts of data and identifying specific patterns in the data. Data is the new gold rush, and how we obtain, process, and safeguard it raises important legal, technological, and ethical questions.


SpeakerAlexandria McCombs

  • Award-winning General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer
  • 20+ years experience in law
  • Industry leader as former Chair of the 10,000+ member professional organization, the American Bar Association Health Law Section
  • 2021 Recipient of the Champion of Diversity and Inclusion Award by the American Bar Association Health Law Section and Champion of Diversity by D CEO Magazine Corporate Counsel Awards
  • Proud parent of three students at HPISD (7th grader at HPMS, 5th grader at MIS, and 3rd grader at Boone)

Managing Chief Counsel McKesson Corporation

Dogs in Vests science

In this intriguing and heartwarming demonstration, Ms. Richard illustrates the extent to which dogs can both learn and communicate through the implementation of innovative training protocols.


SpeakerMiriam Richard

Miriam Richard earned a bachelors degree in kinesiology with a minor in psychology at the University of Texas, Austin. She went on to receive master’s degree in physical therapy from the Texas Woman’s University in Houston. She was then awarded a health coaching certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

She has been happily married for twenty-eight years. Miriam is the mother of three kids and three wonderful dogs. She resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. In addition to her work and ongoing holistic research, she writes educational and therapeutic songs to pass her knowledge on to others. She enjoys taking on projects wholeheartedly and is falloff passion for helping others. She enjoys taking on projects wholeheartedly and is full of passion for helping others. She recently finished a “Dogumentary” for Dogs in Vests and it is available to watch on YouTube.

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President Dogs in Vests

Fiber Optic Communications technology

In this presentation, Dr. Elahmadi describes the world of state-of-the-art optical communications and details its key building blocks.


SpeakerSalam Elahmadi, Ph.D.

• Hands-on entrepreneur and executive with strong project management and a cross-disciplinary background that includes signal processing, fiber optic communication, RF design, and mixed-signal IC design. • Successfully launched industry-first telecom products enabling multi-million-dollar yearly revenues • Over 16 years of experience in System Design, Test, and Deployment of wireless, wireline, and optical communications systems • Author of numerous granted patents and peer-reviewed publications. • Invited speaker to technical events & conferences • Ph.D. EE

Founder & CTO Menara Networks

From Science Fair to Scientific Society President science

As a result of COVID-19, we probably all know a little more about microbiology than we did just a few years ago. Dr. Robin Patel has a lot more to teach us about this fascinating field. Specifically, Dr. Patel will share her experiences as a microbiology scientist and will tell us how she first developed an interest in science.

Next, Dr. Patel will describe how, as the Director of the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, she works with her colleagues to study biofilms and resistance to antibiotics–a global health crisis. As Dr. Patel will explain, biofilms cause a large number of infections in modern clinical practice, such as periprosthetic joint infection and endocarditis.

Dr. Patel will recount how she and her team, through a combination of in vitro studies as well as animal infection models, are developing new and improved diagnostic tools for unraveling the process of biofilm-associated infections, as well as treatment strategies for tackling antibiotic resistance.


SpeakerRobin Patel, MD

Robin Patel, M.D., is the Director of the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory at Mayo Clinic. In this research laboratory, she and her colleagues study biofilms and resistance to antibiotics. Biofilms cause a large number of infections in modern clinical practice, such as periprosthetic joint infection and endocarditis. Resistance to antibiotics is a global crisis.

Dr. Patel and her team are unraveling the process of biofilm formation and resistance to antibiotics. They are developing new and improved diagnostic tools and treatment strategies for biofilm-associated infections and to tackle antibiotic resistance. Her group uses in vitro studies as well as animal models of infection for their studies.

Dr. Patel is a Past-President of the American Society for Microbiology. She is the Co-Director of the Mayo Clinic Clinical Bacteriology Laboratory; in this state-of-the-art clinical facility, she and her colleagues develop and deploy cutting-edge assays for clinical detection of bacteria, identification of bacteria, and characterization of antimicrobial resistance and susceptibility.

Focus areas

Biofilm-mediated infections Novel approaches to diagnosing prosthetic joint infection Novel antimicrobial agents for therapy of bacterial infections Animal models of infection Clinical bacteriology diagnostic assays

Elizabeth P. and Robert E. Allen Professor of Individualized Medicine, Professor of Microbiology, and Professor of Medicine Mayo Clinic

Life is an Adventure - Be Ready For It technology

Technology will be front and center for the rest of your life. Find what you are good at. Push yourself. Evolve throughout your career.

In this energizing presentation, Mr. Taulbee offers tips about honing cutting-edge technology acumen and remaining tech-savvy throughout your career. From the perspective of one who bears primary responsibility within AT&T for crafting the software vision, setting strategic direction, and developing overall design for the company’s business systems, Mr. Taulbee reveals what approach he has taken to drive software automation, software-controlled ordering, and revenue acceleration.


SpeakerScott Taulbee

  • Responsible for AT&T platform architecture in the Global Operation and Services organization
  • Personal mission is to bridge organizations within AT&T and drive value for our customers
  • BS Electrical Engineering (Va Tech)
  • MMath in Computer Science (University of Waterloo)
  • Executive MBA (Emory University)

Director - Technology AT&T

Opportunities in Petroleum Engineering & Unconventional Oil and Gas Exploration engineering

In this presentation, Mr. Elsener provides an overview of how unconventional oil and gas exploration works in the U.S., and describes the exciting current opportunities in the petroleum engineering field .


SpeakerTom Elsener

Matador Resources from 2013 to Current - Incorporate all oil and gas disciplines (geology, reservoir, drilling, land, legal, regulatory, accounting, midstream, exploration, A&D, etc) into comprehensive oil and gas development plans for a public company traded on the NYSE.

EnCana Oil & Gas from 2007 to 2013 - Various onshore unconventional oil and gas engineering including Reservoir, Completions, Drilling, Exploration and Business Development

Rowan - Offshore roustabout summer of 2005

Texas A&M - BS Petroleum Engineering, 2007

Highland Park High School 2003

SVP - Reservoir Engineering & Senior Asset Manager Matador Resources

Taking the "open" out of open heart surgery medicine

We will discuss the field of Pediatric Interventional Cardiology and how the latest advancements are helping children (and adults) avoid further open heart surgeries.


SpeakerVivian Dimas, MD

*Undergraduate at Southern Methodist University *Medical School at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center *Pediatric Residency, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center *Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital - Advanced Training in Pediatric Interventional Cardiology - Advanced Training in Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplantation *Associate Professor of Medicine, UTSW Medical Center Dallas (2006-2020) *Director of Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization, Medical City Children's Hospital (2020 - present) *Director of Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Medical City Heart and Spine/Medical City Children's Hospital (2020 - present)

Director, Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization; Medical Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Physician Service Group

There is no such thing as a poison? Fundamentals of toxicology in our everyday lives science

What is riskier: drinking out of a plastic bottle made with bisphenol A or sweeping your front porch? The answer might surprise you! Come learn more about the complex and increasingly critical field of environmental toxicology.


SpeakerRay Brown, PhD

  • Environmental toxicologist specializing in childhood exposure to lead (Pb)
  • Research includes studies in Lubbock, New Orleans, Memphis and West Dallas
  • Taught students at five universities including Texas Tech, University of Richmond (UK), Xavier University of Louisiana and Baylor *Prior to teaching worked for the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Tetra Tech EMI (San Francisco)

Teacher Highland Park ISD