Science Festival

First, choose your class period

Then take a look at our presentations below

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

It Starts on the Inside...Making a Difference Everyday!

Who do you want to be when you grow up? Come explore numerous opportunities as a healthcare professional in pharmacy practice.


SpeakerMischelle Smoot, RPh

  • Pharmacist with twenty plus years of operational and management experience.
  • Team Lead skilled in Specialty, Compounding, Hospital and HCV/HIV care.
  • Oversight of clinical and financial aspects of integrated and non-acute care systems.
  • Multi-state licensed pharmacist.

Senior Director, Pharmacy Services US Bioservices/AmerisourceBergen

Full Presentations

Careers in Oil & Gas, Offshore Platforms, LNG Plants

I will discuss different types of engineering careers and the highlights of my career in LNG production and debottlenecking offshore platforms around the world.


SpeakerMarie Naklie McCoy

  • Floating liquefied natural gas expert
  • 44 years engineering experience, working in 20+ countries worldwide
  • 28 years with Mobil Oil
  • 16 years consulting in offshore & liquefied natural gas worldwide
  • Married, 2 children

Chemical engineer, offshore platforms and liquefied natural gas Engineering Consultant, Stanford Consulting

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

Formula for Success: Rise Early, Work Hard, Strike Oil

Interested in the Oil and Gas Industry? Come learn what it is all about and what it takes to get there!


SpeakerAudrey Burks

  • Graduated from Highland Park High School in 2008
  • Graduated from Texas A&M University with a Petroleum Engineering Degree in May 2012
  • Started full time with Pioneer Natural Resources in July 2012 -Operations Engineer in the Barnett Shale -Reservoir Engineer in the Eagle Ford Shale -Completions Engineer in Permian Basin -Business Analyst for COO and President -Reservoir Engineer in Permian Basin

Petroleum Engineer Pioneer Natural Resources

Innovative Technologies for Reconstructive Surgeries

Innovative Technologies for Reconstructive Surgeries


SpeakerWalter Humann

  • President and CEO of Osteomed Corporation.  OsteoMed is a leading global innovator, developer, manufacturer and marketer of specialty medical devices, surgical implants and powered surgical instruments.
  • Leibinger / (Pfizer & Stryker) - 1993-1999
  • Bank of America - 1986-1993
  • SMU MBA - 1986
  • University of Texas at Austin & nbsp; BBA / Pre-Med - 1984
  • HPHS Graduate - 1980

President, CEO of OsteoMed OsteoMed LLC

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

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

The Art of Making Art . . . Is State of the Art

This presentation will focus on how "artists" use the scientific aspects of Sound, Lighting, Video, as well as other theatrical devices and technology to create great theatrical productions and live shows.


SpeakerH. Bart McGeehon

  • Designed and Collaborated on the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Miss America Pageants, Beauty and the Beast, and Always . . Patsy Cline on Broadway
  • Designed over 50 theatrical productions including such children's classics as The Cat in the Hat, The Little Mermaid, Ferdinand the Bull, 1000 Cranes, A Christmas Carol, Goodnight Moon, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Curious George, The Little Prince and Aladdin
  • Designed and Stage Managed in regional, national touring companies & professional theatres all over the US, Canada & abroad
  • Worked and collaborated with some of the nations leading playwrights including Robert Shennken (The Kentucky Cycle) and Arthur Kopit (The Phantom of the Opera)
  • Recently designed the Award winning Uptown Players' production of Hedwig & the Angry Inch and Angels in America

Director of Production and Operations Dallas Children's Theatre

Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Vandermeer will be covering the basics of Veterinary Medicine (i.e. requirements for licensing, day-to-day operations in a veterinary practice, surgical procedures, etc.)


SpeakerJohn Vandermeer, D.V.M.

  • Native of Highland Park and graduated from Highland Park High School in 1983
  • Undergraduate education in Biomedical Science at Texas A & M University
  • Veterinary degree from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine
  • After graduation in 1990, returned to Dallas and joined Highland Park Animal Hospital
  • Professional interests include orthopedic surgery and endoscopy

Veterinarian Highland Park Animal Hospital

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