Science Festival

First, choose your class period

Then take a look at our presentations below

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

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

Registered & Licensed Dietitian

Explore the process of earning dietetic credentials and succeeding as a Registered Dietitian. Learn how Registered Dietitians work as part of the hospital interdisciplinary team and how nutrition effects the management of chronic diseases. Discuss common diets and food trends in 2016 focusing on benefits and possible side effects.


SpeakerAlicia Nicoud, RD, LD

  • HPHS Class of 2008
  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin
  • Worked in hospitals for past 3+ years in critical care setting
  • Diagnose Malnutrition and those at rise of Malnutrition, order alternative means of nutrition
  • Complete disease specific diet educations to manage disease states
  • Enjoy recipe development and testing in free time

Registered Dietitian North Hills Hospital

Full Presentations

Emergency Room Medicine

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


SpeakerMatt Bush, MD

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

From Deep-Sea Sharks to Open-Water Swimmers

The study of our oceans is a broad field with almost limitless possibilities! A scientist needs to stay curious and adaptable in order to take advantage of the opportunities that will come his or her way.


SpeakerJacquelin Hipes, M.S.

  • B.S. in Biological Sciences, with an emphasis in marine biology, from LSU (Magna Cum Laude)
    • Four years of undergraduate experience working in an oceanography research lab
    • Participated in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates summer program at Texas A&M Galveston
  • M.S. in Biological Oceanography from USF
    • Thesis work on the population dynamics of a deep-sea shark and the species associations of sharks in the Gulf of Mexico
  • As the Science Program Coordinator for The Longest Swim, I work with researchers from over a dozen universities and institutions to organize research at sea and to share key scientific ideas and results with the public

Science Program Coordinator for The Longest Swim ProGEA

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

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

Pediatric Orthopaedics

Pediatric Orthopaedics


SpeakerKarl Rathjen, M.D.

  • Staff Orthopaedist at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
  • Director of the Division of Orthopaedics at Children's Medical Center.  
  • Honor graduate of The University of Texas at Austin
  • Received his medical degree, completed his general surgery internship and his orthopaedic surgery residency at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
  • Completed his fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Children's Hospital San Diego.
  • Professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas 
  • Member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; the American Medical Association; the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America; the Texas Orthopaedic Association; and the Scoliosis Research Society.

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

The Life of a Rocket Engineer - Engineerig to Reality

Learn about the development and maintenance of Lockheed Martin's HIMARS Rocket.


SpeakerJoseph Ashmore III

  • Graduate From Texas A&M University Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • Employment – Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Systems
  • Current Position Senior Program Manager
    • International Business Capture for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and The Multiple Launcher Rocket System (MLRS)
    • Software Modernization For HIMARS
    • Command and Control (C2), Battle Field Management For HIMARS and MLRS weapon systems and performance
    • Contractor Logistic Support to the Middle East for HIMARS & MLRS
  • Other Work at Lockheed Martin
    • Designed and directed many phases of the HIMARS program from inception through completion to include design concepts, research, development, integration and test.
    • Managed all aspects of engineering management, engineering, and design and manufacturing engineering processes for HIMARS.

Program Manager Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Systems

Think Like an Architect

Review of outstanding architectural projects in the Dallas Arts District and how they have influenced the City. Review career options for aspiring young architects and answer their questions about the profession.


SpeakerVelpeau Hawes, FAIA

  1. Graduated from Texas A&M College, B of Architecture, 1959
  2. Served 4 years as an Infantry Officer
  3. Began Architecture career in Dallas in 1963.
  4. Retired from private practice in 2000 to start new career as representing Owners on high profile projects including: Nasher Sculpture Center Booker T. Washington H.S. Children's Garden Arboretum Perot Museum of Nature and Science Lamplighter School New Holocaust Museum
  5. Outstanding Alumni Award Texas A&M University 2006
  6. Lifetime Achievement Award Texas Society of Architects 2008

Architect Self

You can Make a Difference In a Child's Life: Pediatric Emergency Medicine

If you are energetic and love to help children, Pediatric Emergency Medicine is a career that combines critical care and primary health care in a high paced, exciting environment. Come hear what emergency medicine for children is all about and how you can make a difference in a child's life.


SpeakerPam Okada, MD

  • Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
  • Residency: Pediatrics: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Fellowship: Pediatric Emergency Medicine: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX
  • Current Position: Professor of Pediatrics and Attending Physician in the Pediatric Emergency Department

Physician University of Texas Southwestern Medical School; Children's Medical Center