Science Festival

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Then take a look at our presentations below

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

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

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

The Career of a Physician-Scientist

Medicine is undergoing a sea change at many levels: changes in healthcare delivery, economics, biology and technology. Whereas these myriad changes we face can be daunting at first, there has never been a more exciting time to make the world a better place through science and medicine!


SpeakerJoseph Hill, MD, PhD

  • Cardiologist-scientist whose research focuses on molecular mechanisms of remodeling in the stressed myocardium.
  • Graduated with an MD, PhD from Duke University
  • Pursued postdoctoral scientific training at the Institut Pasteur in Paris
  • Clinical training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
  • Faculty of the University of Iowa for 5 years
  • Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Harry S. Moss Heart Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center since 2002
  • Research focuses on deciphering mechanisms of structural, functional, and electrical remodeling in heart disease with an eye toward therapeutic intervention.
  • Active clinical practice focusing on general cardiology, hypertension, and heart failure.

Professor of Medicine and Molecular Biology, Chief of Cardiology UT Southwestern Medical Center

Full Presentations

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

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

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

Perot Museum TECH Truck Powered by Dell

The TECH Truck is an exciting new outreach initiative dedicated to bringing free, STEAM-based programming to audiences across the DFW area. In particular, the TECH Truck will target under-served populations who may not otherwise have access to the Museum and provide a range of high and low-tech experiences for them to explore.


SpeakerTECH Truck

  • The TECH Truck is a mobile innovation lab dedicated to bringing free STEAM-based projects and experiences to audiences in the DFW area.
  • In particular, we will target under-served communities who may not otherwise have access to the Perot Museum.
  • The TECH Truck will provide a range of hands-on activities that incorporate both high and low technologies ranging from 3D printers, laser cutters, craft materials, and more.
  • Launched on October 1st, 2015, the TECH Truck is a new outreach initiative powered by Dell.

TECH Truck Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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

Story of a Tech Startup: Bootstrapping from Idea to Reality

Hear how a simple idea — along with some high school programming work — became a rapidly growing e-commerce startup.


SpeakerJames Skidmore

  • Graduated HPHS in 2008, and Texas A&M in 2012
  • Currently COO & Co-Founder of
  • Background in:
    • Technology startups
    • Management consulting
    • Web & mobile development

COO, Co-Founder OrderMyGear

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 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

To Heal the Blind with World's Smallest Bioretinal Implant

The presentation will explore how Nanotechnology allowed us to make the worlds smallest bioretinal implant that will restore eyesight of blind individuals. It will also explore the growing world of Nanotechnology and Microtechnology at Zyvex.


SpeakerRahul Saini

  • Director of Micro and Biosystems at Zyvex with a vision to cure disease with grain of rice size injectable implants. He is also head of mechanical design for Zyvex's nanotechnology initiative for atomically precise manufacturing.
  • Currently working on the smallest bioretinal implant in the world to restore eyesight for the blind. Besides inventing ridiculously miniature devices; most notably he has invented world's smallest electron scanning microcolumn to see at the nanometer scale.
  • Rahul's formal education includes degrees in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from IIT and University of Florida. He is a Florida football fan, a true gator at heart, and loves college football.
  • Rahul likes to teach and has taught Microsystem courses to graduate students at University of Texas at Arlington.
  • His current exploit involves teaching his son how to play guitar and soccer.

Micro & Nano Systems Engineer Zyvex Laboratories