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.

Art of Non-Conformity

Travel the world using software design to solve business problems in new and creative ways!


SpeakerKatherine Nelson Galke

Education * BA: Finance, TCU * BA: Economics, TCU * Honorary Masters Degree: Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

Skills and Capabilities * Marketing * Sales/Business Development * Community/Culture * Technology/Engineering/Project Management * Software Development *Technology Transformation * Communication/Team Building * Operational Improvement/Automation * Accounting/Finance * Enterprise Program Management

Credentials * Facilitator & Implementation Expert in * Agile Project Mamnagement * Agile Software Development * Lean Startup Methodology * Certified ScrumMAster * PMP Certification * ACM Certification * Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT500) * Facilitator & Implementation Expert for Program Management * Certified in Somatic Therapy * Certified as Yoga Therapist * TESOL Teaching Certification

Ms. Nelson Galke's wealth of business experience in the last 18 years has taken her around the world, working in 50 countries, to date.

Strategic Transformation Principal Thoughtworks

Cardiac Electrophysiology: Where Engineering and Medicine Intersect to Provide Care for Patients with Heart Rhythm Abnormalities

I will discuss the medical devices (pacemaker, defibrillators, catheters, etc) that we use to care for patients with abnormal heart rhythms and how we perform procedures with these medical devices.


SpeakerManish Assar, MD

  • BS in Biomedical Engineering Science from Univ of Texas in Austin. Became interested in this because of artificial heart development in the mid 1980s
  • Medical school at Univ of California, San Francisco where I first learned of the field of cardiac electrophysiology (EP), specialty of heart rhythm abnormalities
  • Did internship and residency in internal medicine at UT Southwestern/ Parkland hospital which provided rigorous training and consolidated plans to pursue cardiology
  • Completed fellowship in Cardiology at Duke University Medical Center, and Cardiac EP fellowships at Duke and Univ of Western Ontario in Canada
  • Have been practicing as an interventional cardiac electrophysiologist at Baylor Univ Med Ctr where I am involved in patient care and research and the program director for the cardiac EP fellowship. heavily involved in teaching medical students, residents and fellows.

Invasive Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Baylor Scott and White Hospital Baylor Scott and White Health

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 McCoy

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

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

Deepsea Technology for Oil and Gas

Math and Science behind the latest Technology for Subsea oil and gas production. The Defense and Aero-Space industries assist.


SpeakerJohn Guffey

Various positions as Engineer, President or Country Manager globally in Brazil, Morocco, Vietnam, Netherlands, Indonesia etc etc Personally in charge of large offshore and onshore projects including 16 well platform connection to pre-drilled subsea wells. Fought oil well problems in Alabama, Morocco, Thailand, and dealt with various governments over technical and legal issues. Colorado School of Mines BS degree in Petroleum Engineering, Cornell University M.Eng degree in Geological Sciences

Engineering Geologist & GM Seamag DMS & Seapex Energy

Do you enjoy shopping online?

Learn about how eCommerce websites are developed, careers in the Online Retail industry and technologies including Mobile Commerce Applications and Omnichannel commerce solutions. Application development is not just about coding skills.


SpeakerSilvia Taylor

Three TAISTech Speakers TAISTech is a global implementation and services firm for Digital Commerce, experts in implementing, integrating and maintaining Digital Commerce applications.

Silvia Taylor, Vice President, Digital Commerce Delivery 20 years of experience in Digital Commerce and Online Retail, Product Roadmaps, B2B and B2C Oracle Commerce Implementations, Omni-channel Commerce Solutions, Agile Development, Cross-functional Systems Integration, Strategic Leadership, Oracle ATG Commerce, Oracle Cloud Commerce, Mobile Application Development (Native apps and hybrids).

Michael Graziano, Senior Vice President, Sales & Client Service Over 20 years of experience in technology eCommerce industry, Developing relationships and partnerships with Fortune 500 Companies to help them to deepen and extend their Web technologies. Align client needs with agency services to include Strategy, Website Design, E-Commerce Platforms, Online Marketing, Customer Loyalty, CRM, Online Media Buying, Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Hosting and Managed Services.

Darin Burris, Director, User Interface Development 20 years of experience in the User Interface (UI) development field, spending many of those years at such companies as Nokia and Sapient; Responsible for TAISTech’s User Interface Development Practice, helping to ensure TAISTech’s offering is best in class and helping the team grow and reaches new heights.

Vice President, Digital Commerce Technology TAISTech, A Mastek Company

Engineering as a Career Choice

I will describe enginering as a profession and as a basic career building block. Engineers are at the forefront of the technologies of tomorrow. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers thinks these are clean energy, pressure technology, bioengineering, manufacturing, and robotics. I will describe these and discuss the different engineering disciplines you can pick as a career choice.


SpeakerJoe Fowler

*BS, MS, PhD Mechanical Engineering Texas A&M University *Co Founder, President 1984-2016 Stress Engineering Services. Multi discipline consulting firm with 400+ employees *Distinguished Alumni Texas A&M College of Engineering *Board of Governors American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 100,000+ Members *Former Chair of Board Offshore Technology Conference - 50,000-100,000 attendees run by 12 professional societies

Co Founder Stress Engineering Services Inc

Learn about the career of a geriatrician

Dr. Jamshed was named "House Call Educator of the Year" in 2014 by the American Academy of Home Care Medicine. She will discuss the career of a geriatrician and taking care of the vulnerable elderly in Dallas.


SpeakerNamirah Jamshed, MD

Namirah Jamshed is an Associate Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center in the Department of Internal Medicine. She joined the Division in 2015 as part of the Geriatrics Division to focus on providing home based primary care to the elderly in the Dallas Metroplex Community. She is the current Medical Director of the Mildred Wyatt and Ivor P. House Call program. Dr Jamshed grew up in Pakistan and moved to the United States in 1998.. She completed her geriatrics fellowship training at UCLA, Los Angeles in 2007 and has been working to provide health care to underserved communities since then. She is certified in both Geriatrics and Hospice/Palliative Care and was the first program director of the geriatrics fellowship at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Jamshed has also served as medical director of a hospice. She also received the Geriatrics Academic Career Award (GACA) from the Health Resources & Service Administration in 2007. She was named the "House Call Educator of the Year" award by the American Academy of Home Care Medicine in 2014. Her interests include curriculum development and developing QI processes to improve patient care. In Dallas, Dr. Jamshed has dedicated her time exclusively to taking care of vulnerable elderly in the community.

Associate Professor, Molecular Biology Dept UT Southwestern Medical Center

Medical Nutrition Therapy and Analysis of Nutrition Current Trends

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 2017 focusing on benefits and possible side effects.


SpeakerAlicia Nicoud, RD, LD, CNSC

  • HPHS Class of 2008
  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin
  • Worked in hospitals for past 4+ years in critical care setting
  • Diagnose Malnutrition and those at risk 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 Medical City North Hills

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

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

Playing in Everyone's Backyard: Life as a Data Scientist

Dr. McGee will present work using statistics and visualizations to examine important questions in genetics and social science. She established a master of science in data science program at SMU.


SpeakerMonnie McGee

  • Published over 40 scholarly articles
  • Established a master of science in data science program at SMU
  • PhD in Mathematical Statistics from Rice University
  • B.A. in mathematics and English from Austin College

Associate Professor of Statistical Science Southern Methodist University

Reflections on a Technical Engineering/Science Career at Texas Instruments: How & Why I Got Here

As a physicist and developer of Digital Light Processing (DLP) Products, Dr. Oden will discuss the importance that STEM fields have to the individual as well as to our society in maintaining our degree of excellence. He will share some of the details of specific life experiences.”


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, Engineering Physicist Texas Instruments

Technology application: when best isn't always better

Knowing technology is only half the battle. To actually solve problems in the real world you have to be able to find the right solution for the client, not necessarily the best one possible. Additionally learning how to make tech work for you will be helpful in many fields and careers, not just pure tech or even pure STEM ones.


SpeakerFord Wesner

*Information Technology Degree from TCU *Background experience is diverse as far as tech domains and non-tech business practices *Web Developer for a small firm out of college *Switched to freelancing the same type of work after two years, did that for about three years *Was hired full-time two years by a non-IT company to implement their systems, am recently back to freelancing *I most enjoy getting to work with a broad array of different types of clients and making a big impact in what they do

IT Specialist/Web Developer self-employed

The ER, Poisons and Crime Scenes--Stories from the "Front Line" of Medicine

This presentation will include stories and pictures from the ER at Parkland--our nation's busiest emergency department and medicine's "front line." Then learn how my journey in emergency medicine led me to study medical toxicology at the North Texas Poison Center and how I then developed a forensic toxicology practice testifying in Federal drug crime cases involving the opioid epidemic and in murder mysteries.


SpeakerStacey Hail, MD

Stacey L. Hail, MD, FACMT is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She currently serves as attending physician in the Parkland Hospital Emergency Department and the North Texas Poison Center. Dr. Hail received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Southern Methodist University in 1995. After receiving her Medical Degree at the Medical College of Georgia in 1999, she completed both her emergency medicine residency and medical toxicology fellowship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Hail has a prolific forensic toxicology practice serving as an expert witness for attorneys throughout the United States. She has testified multiple times as a witness for the Department of Justice involving federal drug crimes due to the national opioid epidemic. Dr. Hail also has provided toxicology commentary for local and national news venues and for documentaries on the National Geographic channel, the BBC, and the Oxygen channel.

Associate Professor Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Veterinary Medicine

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


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