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A Food Scientist's View: Product Development in Food & Beverages science

Considering a career at a Fortune 50 company? You might be surprised that there are many such companies focused in the food industry. Come learn how food science helps drive retail through a product developer's perspective.

In this novel presentation, Dr. Licker will describe his work at Walmart’s global Home Office in Bentonville, Arkansas where, as a member of the Walmart Private Brands team, he helps to develop various frozen food items, including Fruit, Vegetables, Smoothies, Juices, Single & Multi-serve Meals, Ice Cream and Novelties.

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SpeakerJonathan Licker, PhD

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

  • Earned a PhD from Cornell University in Food Science & Flavor Chemistry.

  • Served on Cornell University advisory council since 2003-2018. Provided guidance for the food science department’s students, faculty, programs, and curriculum. .

  • Worked for PepsiCo in Research & Development in Plano, Texas for 19 years developing Snacks for Frito-Lay and other global brands such as Lays, Doritos, Cheetos and Sunchips..

Senior Manager, Product Development. Private Brands Walmart

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.

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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.

You can connect with Miriam and follow her mission on www.DogsinVests.com.

President Dogs in Vests

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 .

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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

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SVP - Reservoir Engineering & Senior Asset Manager Matador Resources

Peering into the EarthX Omni Globe other

In this fascinating presentation, Mr. Flournoy offers a first-hand, 3D look at the inner workings and models of global wind currents, the continental drift, tsunami simulations, seasonal fires and air traffic models.

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SpeakerLarry Flournoy

25 years in oilfield geophysics, drilling, and geomorphology 20 years at Texas A&M researching telecommunications and computing including: 15 years telemedicine research for US Army and civilian uses 4 years CIO of Health Science Center Multiple K-20 grant projects 6 years consultant for EarthX

Science on a Sphere Data Modeling EarthX

Sustainable Aviation technology

Aerospace engineer and innovator Scott Drennan shares his passion for talent and technology in this riveting glimpse into the future of mobility. Mr. Drennan describes current efforts to create a more accessible, sustainable and environmentally friendly aviation market. As part of his presentation, Mr. Drennan examines vehicle propulsion, fuel, and operational concepts being developed in order to reduce the carbon footprint of flight.

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SpeakerScott Drennan

  • Passionate About Talent and Technology
  • Aerospace Engineer and Innovator
  • 26+ years at Bell Helicopter
  • Chief R&D Officer for Hyundai Air Mobility
  • Currently Advising & Consulting in the Aviation Field as Drennan Innovation, LLC

CEO & Founder Drennan Innovation

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Business Concepts in Engineering and Related Fields engineering

Mr. John Bray offers an elucidating presentation for students interested in any of a host of far-ranging topics: Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Business, Investment Banking, Architecture, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, Green Energy, Growth Strategies, Business Valuation, or Management Consulting.

For students with a dual interest in Business and Engineering, Mr. Bray’s presentation offers a crash course in how these fields are connected to one another, and also highlights several career paths that satisfy both of these interests–as well as many others. Mr. Bray will discuss actual case studies and growth strategies utilized by different types of companies, ranging from start-ups to some of the largest Architecture, Engineering, and Environmental firms in the United States.

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SpeakerJohn Bray

*John Bray is an Advisor within Zweig Group’s Mergers & Acquisitions team in Dallas, TX.

*He is responsible for business development, financial analysis, executing market research, and leading client communications with firms of all sizes in the Architecture, Engineering, and Environmental Services industry.

*In addition to his role as Advisor, John is the Office Leader for Zweig Group’s growing Dallas Office.

*John is a regularly featured author in The Zweig Letter newsletter and guest of The Zweig Letter Podcast to discuss topics such as growth strategies, business development, building strong company culture, and other topics.

*He was also a featured speaker at the AIA Aspire Southwest Annual Conference in 2020, and is a Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA) by the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA).

Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor Zweig Group

Creating Champions of Change through a Culture of Civility other

In this thought-provoking presentation about a highly relevant, current topic, Scott Murray addresses society’s current challenges – including those posed by technological advances – in protecting honest civil discourse in a rapidly changing world. Against this backdrop, Mr. Murray introduces several “champions of civility” who have turned adversity into opportunity.

From U.S. Presidents to U.S. Opens, the World Series to the World Cup, the Olympic Games to 35 straight Super Bowls, Scott Murray has covered them all. He spent three decades with NBC television as a multi-EMMY-Award-winning TV anchor, host, and broadcast journalist. He has been recognized as a Living Legend of Journalism by the Press Club of Dallas and has been honored with the prestigious Silver Circle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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SpeakerScott Murray

 From U.S. Presidents to U.S. Opens, the World Series to the World Cup, the Olympic Games to 35 straight Super Bowls, Scott Murray has covered them all. He spent three decades with NBC television as a multi EMMY Award-winning TV anchor/host and broadcast journalist. He’s been recognized as a Living Legend of Journalism by the Press Club of Dallas and is a recipient of the prestigious Silver Circle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
 Scott presently is CEO of Murray Media World, a television production and A/V event company he created with his son. They each received an EMMY for a documentary they produced and hosted, entitled “D-Day Remembered… 70 Years Later” when they traveled to Normandy, France with two dozen World War II Veterans. Scott also stays active as a keynote speaker, sharing his presentation entitled, “Leadership America… Creating Champions of Change through a Culture of Civility.”  In addition, Scott annually serves as an emcee/moderator of hundreds of corporate, charitable, sports and educational events, as well as serving on the board/advisory boards of countless children’s, civic, charitable, and non-profit organizations. Scott is a published author of two books, while presently working on a third.
 Scott is proud to have been honored with many awards such as: Man of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, Governor’s Award, Director’s Award from the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice, George Washington Medal of Honor Freedom Award, Patrick Henry Silver Patriot Award, National Youth Leadership Council Gift of Leadership Award, Diversity and Inclusion Award, United Way Hercules Award, Tom Landry Award of Excellence, and, Scott's most cherished personal award, Father of the Year.

Chairman/CEO Murray Media World

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.

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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

The Physician-Scientist science

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!

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SpeakerJoseph Hill, MD, PhD

  • Cardiologist-scientist whose research focuses on molecular mechanisms of remodeling in the disease-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