Science Festival

First, choose your class period

Then take a look at our presentations below

However, you'll need to return on Jan 21, 2020 to proceed with the registration process.

A Food Scientist's View. Product Development in Food & Beverages

Attend if you ever wondered: "Who designs the products and produces the food and beverages you can buy in stores ?".


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 .

  • Worked for PepsiCo in Research & Development in Plano, Texas for 18 years developing snacks for Frito-Lay and other global brands such as Lays, Doritos, Cheetos and Sunchips..

  • Works for Walmart at the global Home Office in Bentonville, Arkansas developing frozen food for Walmart Private Brand across categories including Fruit, Smoothies, Juices, Single & Multi-serve meals, Ice Cream and Novelties.

Senior Manager, Product Development. Private Brands Walmart

At the Leading Edge of Discovery: Finding New Ways to Treat Cancer

This presentation will cover the molecular and cellular basis for current cancer treatments as well as ongoing research that is fueling future therapies.


SpeakerAngelique Whitehurst, PhD

  • Education *Bachelors Degree (BA and BS) in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Virginia Tech. *PhD from UT-Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas (UTSW). *Professional Experience *Post-doctoral Fellowship at UTSW
    • Assistant Professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill *Associate Professor at UTSW in the Harold Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center *Research Specialty - Cancer Biology.
      • Understanding the molecular mechanisms that permit uncontrolled growth of tumor cells
      • Identifying new targets for future therapies *Other Significant Professional Activities
      • Director, of the Molecular and Cellular Training Graduate (PhD) training Program at UTSW.
      • Editorial Board of Molecular and Cellular Biology (research journal).

Associate Professor, Simmons Cancer Center UT Southwestern Medical Center

Digital Fabrication at the atomic scale

Digital information technology changed your world; digital fabrication at the atomic scale will change it again. I will explain how and why you should consider being an engineer.


SpeakerJohn Randall, Ph. D.

  • I am a card carrying Nano-Nerd with a PhD from the University of Houston, 33 years of Industrial experience making really small things, and 29 US patents
  • I have worked for MIT's Lincoln Laboratory (4 years), Texas Instruments (15 years with 2 years in Belgium), and Zyvex as CTO, VP, and Pres (15 years)
  • Zyvex Labs has a plot to rule the world with Atom by Atom Manufacturing and is working to heal the blind (Human Trials in 2017)
  • I am addicted to computer programming, robotics, and playing Alto Sax
  • I love my wife and kids

President Zyvex Labs

Disruptive Technologies in IT - How to make the most of change!

Over the past 5 years, a number of disruptive technologies have been upending the traditional IT space. I will help explain some of these technologies, and how IBM is helping enterprises make the most of disruptive tech. I'll also talk about the varied careers available at a place like IBM.


SpeakerSpencer Knapp

  • For the last 7 years, Spencer has helped Fortune 500 companies understand how, and more importantly why, they should adopt cloud services. He also works with the necessary support and delivery teams to ensure successful delivery of IBM Cloud services to these companies.
  • He is also the Global Lead of IBM's Millennial Corps - an organization dedicated to helping IBM understand how to attract and retain young employees.
  • Spencer holds a BA in Biology from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He is happy to talk about how he used his liberal arts education to move into technology!

Watson & Cloud Platform Client Success Manager IBM

Engineering, Music, and Technology Development

Music and engineering are both creative and technical, exercising both logic and inspiration. Come learn about technology development in industry and academia.


SpeakerScott Douglas, Ph.D.

  • Received the B.S. (with distinction), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University
  • Teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU
  • Has research expertise in audio, adaptive systems, array processing and geolocation, speech enhancement, and machine learning
  • Plays saxophone and piano; sings bass.

Professor, Electrical Engineering Southern Methodist University

Introduction to Neurosurgery

Overview of what the field of neurosurgery encompasses along with the required necessary steps to become a neurosurgeon. I will show surgical videos and slides, and perform a live demonstration of endovascular coil embolization of a cerebral aneurysm on a flow model.


SpeakerAnthony Maioriello, M.D., M.S., FAANS, FACS

Board Certified Neurosurgeon specializing in Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Surgery Fellowship Trained Endovascular Neurosurgeon, UT Houston Neurosurgery Residency UTMB Galveston M.D. from Rush Medical College in Chicago IL M.S. from Northwestern University in Neurobiology and Physiology B.S. Biochemistry at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL

Neurosurgeon / Endovascular Neurosurgeon Texas Health Physician Group

Making Patients Beautiful: Jaw Surgery w Dr Wolford

See shocking before and after photos of surgical patients.


SpeakerLarry Wolford, DMD

Adams-Summerhill high school, PA Univ of Pittsburgh Temple Dental School Private practice Baylor Hospital

Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon Baylor University 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

Opportunities in petroleum engineering & unconventional oil and gas exploration

Opportunities in petroleum engineering & an overview of how unconventional oil and gas exploration works in the U.S.


SpeakerTom Elsener

Matador Resources from 2013 to Current - Incorporate all oil and gas disciplines (geology, reservoir, completions, land, legal, regulatory, accounting, midstream, exploration, A&D, etc) into comprehensive oil and gas development plans in 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 in 2007

Highland Park High School in 2003

VP - Engineering & Asset Manager Matador Resources

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Students attending this session will gain insight into career options in medicine, academic requirements and training timelines to be expected. Dr. Cooper will entertain and enlighten attendees with a review of of his lessons learned since attending HPHS and going on to a 30-year career in the field of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.


SpeakerDan Cooper, MD

  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeon
  • Senior Partner - The Carrell Clinic
  • Head Team Physician - Dallas Cowboys Football
  • US Consultant Team Physician - C. F. Real Madrid, La Liga, Spain
  • Head Team Physician - Dallas Stars Hockey 1994-2010
  • HPHS Alumnus

Orthopedic Surgeon, Dallas Cowboy Team Physician The Carrell Clinic / Dallas Cowboys Football Club

The Career of a Physician-Scientist

Medicine is undergoing a sea of 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.
  • Editor-in-Chief of the #1 cardiovascular journal Circulation
  • Active clinical practice focusing on general cardiology, hypertension, and heart failure.

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

Why Would an Electrical Engineer Became a Business Sales Consultant? (and what he learned along the way!)

Join Tim for a fun and engaging session where he'll share technical (and life) lessons he has learned over the past 3 decades.

From his first electrical engineering job at Hewlett Packard to running his own sales consulting business, students will learn how Tim leveraged his technical education to create a career full of challenges, rewards, travel, and fun.


SpeakerTim Wackel

Tim Wackel is one of today’s most popular sales speakers who has mastered the ability to make information entertaining, memorable and easy to understand. He combines more than 30 years of successful sales leadership with specific client research to deliver high-impact programs that go beyond today’s best practices. Tim’s keynotes and workshops are insightful, engaging and focused on providing real-world success strategies that audiences can (and will) implement right away.

His success as a sales consultant is built upon a lifetime of accomplishments and first-hand experiences that include:

• Being recognized as the number one producer in a 10,000 person sales organization

• Helping lead a Silicon Valley startup through a successful IPO

• Directing a 50 million dollar sales organization for a Fortune 500 Company

Today Tim is hired by clients who want their managers and salespeople to succeed in business and in life. His list of clients includes organizations like Allstate, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Wells Fargo, Lexmark, Philips Medical Systems, Red Hat as well as many professional and trade associations.

Tim is the founder and president of The Wackel Group, a sales training and consulting firm dedicated to helping organizations find, win and keep customers for life. He earned his Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Nebraska and currently lives in University Park where he and his wife raised their two children and are now enjoying more time on the golf course.

Technical Sales Trainer, Keynote Speaker & Executive Presentation Coach The Wackel Group