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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.

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Dogs in Vests science

We're going to demonstrate, through innovative training protocols, the extent to which dogs can learn and communicate.

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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.

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Constructing the Future of DFW engineering

A peek into the world of managing multi-million dollar construction projects in DFW.

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SpeakerCourtney Kelly, P.E.

*Nine-year construction management professional *Worked on construction projects for DFW and Love Field Airports, NTTA, and TxDOT *Attended SMU, obtaining undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering and Math (2012), and a graduate degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in structures (2013). Obtained a MBA from Lamar University in 2021. *Became a Licensed Professional Engineer in 2016

Project Manager McCarthy Building Companies

From Science Fair to Unraveling Periprosthetic Joint Infection science

In this presentation, I will share with you my experiences unraveling periprosthetic joint infection, and also, how I first got interested in science.


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 infective 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 periprosthetic 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

Schizophrenia, Medication, and the Brain medicine

More details to come! A fascinating presentation on Brain Science, effects of medication on the brain, schizophrenia, and other major mental health illnesses.

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SpeakerJoanna Price

Experienced Business Specialist from Johnson & Johnson working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in the therapeutic areas of Mental Health, Urology, Neurology, and Gastroenterology. Bachelor of Science (BS) focused in Marketing from Arizona State University.

Semiconductors: The Invention that Transformed the World engineering

Semiconductors are found in nearly every piece of technology that we use, and they play a critical part in our lives. This has only become more apparent recently, with the semiconductor shortage attracting enormous attention, causing unprecedented supply chain issues, and even exposing a serious national security crisis. But what even is a semiconductor? Why do we need them, how do they work, how are they built, and why can't we manufacture them fast enough? I'll answer all of these questions as I discuss the semiconductor industry and my job as a semiconductor manufacturing engineer at Samsung.

As a recent college graduate and HPHS alumnus, I'll also discuss my experiences studying mechanical engineering and help you decide which engineering path you might enjoy most.


SpeakerWills Rutherford

HPHS Class of 2018 Rice University B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Semiconductor Manufacturing Engineer at Samsung Part of team that operates 5,000 semiconductor vacuum pumps

Semiconductor Manufacturing Engineer Samsung Austin Semiconductor

Technology + Business: My career in the middle

I am going to talk how I am able to work on technology projects by supporting business units. So I have the best of both worlds - technology and business knowledge

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SpeakerJose Vargas

The Digital Divide technology

It is more important than ever for brands to embrace digital technology in their business. We will cover companies like YETI, Adidas, Ford and L’Oreal on how they embrace technology to make the customer experience better than ever.

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SpeakerCory Clark

Client Account Director

The Search for New Treatments for Melanoma Skin Cancer medicine

I am a physician-scientist specializing in melanoma skin cancer. As a dermatologist, I treat patients with advanced melanoma. As a scientist, I run a laboratory focused on finding new treatments for skin cancer. In this presentation, I will focus on several important questions: What exactly is cancer? How do we study cancer? How do we find new drugs and treatments for patients? Students will learn how physician-scientists perform biomedical research and translate their findings to bring cutting-edge treatments back to patients.

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SpeakerJennifer Gill, M.D., Ph.D.

-Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center -Principal Investigator of the Gill Laboratory -Dermatologist specializing in the treatment of patients with melanoma and advanced skin cancer -MD/PhD from Washington University School of Medicine -BS Cellular Biology from the University of Georgia

Assistant Professor of Dermatology University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center