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The Intersection of Business and Technology technology

We will start with some video of my favorite inventions - First, A powerful speed boat that has been modified so it can get under a low bridge at high tide using Cad Cam for design, a 3D printer for very strong parts, and an ESP8266 and ultrasonic sensor to create a web page. Then an electric Go-Kart built on a lightweight aluminum frame that is way over-powered by two 2000-watt brushless DC motors. But that power is kept in check by an ESP32 that is configured as an access point to provide remote (parental!) speed limitation.

Then we will transition to the wonderful surprise I experienced when I started ‘Business Consulting’ and realized almost every problem or opportunity was directly related to technology. We will discuss some examples - Process control systems for a Foam Rubber Manufacturer; Discount Pricing for Modelo/Corona Beer (Big Data); Drug Development for Johnson and Johnson (Molecules and Human Inertia) and Financial Services Product Pricing for Bank of America (Analytics)

This will be a discussion, not a presentation - so bring your questions!


SpeakerFrank Woolsey

• Grew up in a small town in Southern Illinois; Earned a degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois then joined KPMG as a CPA in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1977. • In the early 1980’s I Transitioned to consulting, moved to Dallas and joined Deloitte Consulting, where I remained until retirement in 2017. I lead our financial services practice, first domestically then globally and in the latter half of my career I invented new techniques for pricing and selling that link our fees to the success of our clients. Throughout my career I introduced a variety of innovations that are still making a significant impact on the success of what has become the largest professional services firm in the world • Our consulting teams provide extraordinary value at the intersection of Business and Technology. We help our clients understand and articulate their problems and opportunities in terms that can be addressed by available and future technologies. And we help technology professionals identify and overcome obstacles to achieve the desired results. • I retired from the business world and now spend full time on my lifelong love - inventing and building things. I learned cad/cam software, 3D printing, microprocessors and electronics and I taught myself to weld - both steel and aluminum! Welding aluminum is probably the hardest thing I have every learned! I still provide some ‘light’ consulting to small, emerging businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

Partner, retired Deloitte Consulting

Full Presentations

Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Software Are Changing the World technology

We’re already seeing AI in our cars, on our phones, in our social media and game apps, when we use Siri or Alexa, when we chat with bots for customer support, and in our GPS apps like Waze. AI is everywhere today and we'll continue to see AI even more in the future. What's in store for the future of AI and how will AI and software change our world for the better?

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SpeakerSejal Pietrzak

*Sejal Pietrzak has held executive leadership positions for fast-paced, global enterprise software companies for the past two decades. *Most recently, Sejal was the CEO of DealerSocket, a leading software company in the automotive industry. *Recognized with several awards including recently being ranked #7 in the Software Report’s Top 50 SaaS (Software as a Service) CEOs list, one of the top 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry, and one of the Top 25 Women in Private Equity-Backed Software Companies. *Holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from The College of William & Mary in Virginia.

Technology CEO & Board Member

Big Data for Transportation Safety and Mobility engineering

Dr. Poe will discuss how technology is creating big data that transportation engineers are using for improved transportation safety and mobility. Examples of application are enabling automated vehicles to navigate roadways, protecting construction workers along the roadway, and determining how to build out electrical infrastructure to supporting adoption of electric vehicles.

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SpeakerChristopher Poe, Ph.D., P.E.

  • Over 30 years experience in transportation engineering, including academic research and private consulting
  • Licensed professional engineer in Texas
  • Previously Adjunct Professor at University of Texas Arlington and Lecturer at Penn State University
  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.E. and B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University

Director, Product and User Experience Mixon / Hill, Inc.

Building Organs: One Gene, One Cell at a Time science

We will address how organs and blood vessels are made, all the way from the genetic code to developing embryos.

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SpeakerOndine Cleaver, PhD

  • Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, for the last 17 years
  • Postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University
  • BS, Molecular Biology - The University of Texas at Austin

Professor UT Southwestern Medical Center

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

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.

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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 head up the division and 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

The Genomic Era of Medicine medicine

This presentation will elucidate the existing and up-and-coming technologies and testing utilized to comprehensively consider patient care. Topics broadly covered will include hereditary cancers, cancer therapies, cardiovascular conditions, infectious disease (this field behind the testing for COVID19), pharmacogenomics and direct-to-consumer testing.


SpeakerMichelle Shiller, DO

*Molecular Genetic Pathologist *Utilize a wide array of testing platforms to diagnose, prognosticate and direct treatment of a multitude of disorders *Utilize predominantly genomic findings to direct therapeutic decision-making from a treatment as well as a preventive perspective *Develop algorithms to ensure every patient gets fair and equal consideration for relevant therapies *Assist with implementing programs to ensure the appropriate surveillance for those with hereditary disorders, particularly hereditary cancer predispositions

Molecular Pathologist PathGroup

The Rise of Customer Success in Tech - What is it? technology

Customer Success is a rapidly growing profession in the field of as-a-Service technologies. We'll explore what this is, and how it's evolving the way technology companies interact with their customers. We will also look at some of the innovative technologies driving change in the world today.


SpeakerSpencer Knapp

  • Spencer leads a team of Customer Success Managers (CSMs) that work with Microsoft customers in their ongoing digital transformation journey
  • For more than 10 years, he has helped everyone from Fortune 10 companies to SMBs understand how, why, and when to adopt cloud services. His team works with multiple groups to ensure that their customers are successful with Microsoft.
  • Public Cloud, once thought as a niche offering, is now one of the primary methods for infrastructure and service hosting for applications
  • Spencer holds a BA in Biology from Luther College. He would be happy to discuss how he used his liberal arts education to move into tech

Azure Customer Success Leader Microsoft

Tissue Engineering Life – from PhD to Provost engineering

In this presentation, Dr. Loboa will discuss approaches to elucidate and optimize biomimetic materials for wound healing, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine applications. Focus will be placed on regeneration of skin and musculoskeletal tissues and approaches to wound care and tissue regeneration while combating multi-drug resistant bacteria. She will also share stories about her personal and professional journey as a mom, a woman in STEM, and her current role as provost and vice president for academic affairs at SMU.

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SpeakerElizabeth Loboa, Ph.D.

o Dr. Loboa received both her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and her master’s degree in biomechanical engineering from Stanford University, and earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UC Davis. o She has served as SMU’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since July 6, 2020. As the university’s chief academic officer, she is responsible for the overall quality of teaching, scholarship and research and all aspects of academic life, ranging from admissions and faculty development to supervision of SMU’s library system, international programs, and SMU's eight degree granting schools: Cox School of Business, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman School of Law, Meadows School of the Arts, Lyle School of Engineering, Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Perkins School of Theology, and Simmons School of Education and Human Development. o Prior to SMU, Dr. Loboa was the 11th dean of the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering since October 2015 and Ketcham Professor of the College of Engineering. Since 2018, and concurrent with her deanship, she served as vice chancellor for strategic partnerships. She was the first woman to serve as MU College of Engineering's dean. o Dr. Loboa has been recognized for her work as an engineer, inventor, researcher and academic administrator. She is a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Academy of Inventors, the Biomedical Engineering Society and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. She has earned the Insight into Diversity Giving Back Award, the Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award, the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award and the UK-US Stem Cell Collaboration Development Award. Loboa also is the recipient of the University of California Davis Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal as well as the Stanford University Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award. o She and her husband, Todd, are the proud parents of 5 beautiful children (and 2 incredibly cute dogs).

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs SMU

Understanding how RNA controls biology and using that understanding to discovery new therapies science

The central dogma of biology is that DNA makes RNA makes protein. We now realize that RNA not only makes protein but can also control many other aspects of how cells survive and deal with their environment. RNA is central to understanding how diseases occur and to how they can be treated. In this talk, I will discuss surprising roles for RNA within cells that affect our basic understanding of how nature operates. I will also discuss how we can convert that basic understanding into the practical steps necessary to bring potential therapies for diseases like cancer and vision loss to patients.

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SpeakerDavid Corey, Ph.D.

I grew up in Cambridge Massachusetts and went to Harvard University, receiving my BA Chemistry degree in 1985 I received my PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1990 in Chemistry I have been a Professor at UT Southwestern since 1992 in the Pharmacology and Biochemistry Departments I am the President of the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society (the Scientific Society devoted to the study of RNA/DNA drugs and vaccines) My two daughters went to HPHS, graduating in 2018 and 2020

Professor UT Southwestern

Using neuroscience research to explore questions of evolution, pain, and psychiatric disease science

Dr. Kolber will use examples from his own research to illustrate the diversity of career options in the field of neuroscience. Neuroscience is a field with deep ties to medicine and disease while being firmly rooted in philosophy, psychology, and evolutionary biology. Dr. Kolber's research has included investigations from individual cells all the way to human patients suffering from chronic pain and psychiatric disease. Dr. Kolber will also discuss strategies for those interested in graduate school in biomedical research where early experiences in college can be critical for ultimate success in the field.

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SpeakerBen Kolber, Ph.D.

• Kolber is an Associate Professor in Neuroscience at The University of Texas at Dallas where he also serves as faculty in the Center for Advanced Pain Studies and director of the Systems and Cellular Neuroscience PhD program. • He received his B.S. degree from the University of Dayton in Biology and Psychology and his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in Neuroscience.
• Kolber is passionate about educating and training the next generation of diverse, responsible, and skeptical scientists by actively engaging trainees at all levels (undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate) in questions of pain biomedicine. • Kolber’s research group has three primary directions to solve critical issues in chronic pain. • The group (1) studies the central nervous system mechanisms of chronic pain and psychiatric disease, (2) examines integrative nonpharmacologic therapies to treat chronic pain in humans, and (3) searches for novel natural products and drug delivery strategies to treat pain and depression.

Associate Professor and Director of Neuroscience PhD Program The University of Texas at Dallas