Science & Technology Festival

November 13, 2023

First, choose your class period

Then take a look at past presentations below

Note, however, that enrollment ended on Nov 13, 2023.

Entrepreneurship in the High Tech World technology

I will discuss what drives entrepreuneurship in technolgy


Speakersiraj ElAhmadi

Siraj Nour ElAhmadi

Engineer, Inventor, Entrepreneur, CEO & Board Member

Experienced executive with a proven track record of initiating several technology start-ups to design and mass-produce award-winning technology products and solutions for the telecommunications industry. Strength in anticipating and mapping future market requirements against multi-facet, new technologies, and inventing new differentiated products. A consummate entrepreneur is passionate about introducing new technologies & products with unique, differentiated value propositions. Experience in Integrated Circuits, lasers, and complex electro-optic systems design.

Founder, CEO Menara Networks

History of Robotic Surgery medicine

Discuss applications of robotics in surgery, the history of robotic surgery, and future of robotics in surgery and medicine. See the daVinci Robot Surgery Up Close and Live.


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SpeakerDaniel Davis, DO, FACS, FASMBS, DABS, FPMBS

Dr Daniel Davis is Chief of Bariatric Surgery for Baylor University Medical Center and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery for Texas A & M College of Medicine. Dr Davis is on the general surgery faculty at Baylor University Medical Center Dallas responsible for training the next generation of surgeons and supervises the surgical clerkship of the medical students from Texas A & M College of Medicine. Dr Davis specializes in gastrointestinal surgery and weight loss surgery utilizing a minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgical approach. Dr Davis resides with his wife and 3 children in the Park Cities.

Chief of Bariatric Surgery Baylor

How marketers in the retail industry are leveraging Technology to connect to shoppers in a whole new way technology

Review at a high level what Software as a Service is and how it's transforming the retail industry Why retailers are leveraging technology to: * Maximize Customer Lifetime Value with real-time personalization at every touchpoint * Empower employees and associates with connected data and intelligence * Get to profit faster with automation


SpeakerDavid Chatterton

  • A +25-year career in Sales and Marketing in hi-tech software.
  • The past five years have focused on the retail and consumer goods industry.
  • Deep experience balancing the interests of shareholders, stakeholders, partners, and customers while aligning with organizational business strategy.
  • A strategic thinker known for uniquely connecting the dots in a complex environment and developing and executing transformation plans.
  • Undergraduate from UNLV in Managerial Finance, Financial Services, & Management
  • MBA from Baylor University (sic'em Bears!)
  • Married for the past 25 years and have 3 children (Ava Kate 17, Austin 17 & Dylan 20)

Vice President of Sales Salesforce

Large Format Display Technology technology

Large-format LED displays are the latest trend in audio-video technology. Businesses of all sizes and industries are embracing LEDs. This presentation will cover how LED display technology works, different use cases, and an in-class demonstration/hands-on demo.

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SpeakerJack McRoberts

• Graduated from Highland Park High School in 2017 and from Texas Christian University in the spring of 2021. • I first got involved with broadcasting and AV at HPHS by producing banquet videos for the football, baseball, men’s soccer, and lacrosse teams. • In college, I worked for TCU Athletics and the Dallas Cowboys. I specifically managed running replay, video boards, and sponsorship activations at these two organizations. • Founder and creative director at Copano Media Group, based in Dallas, Texas. Copano Media Group specializes in Audio Video Production and Integration as well as building large format displays.

Creative Director Copano Media Group

Orthodonture with 3D printing and Digital Surgery Planning medicine

Dr. Pollan will present about 3D printing braces, digital surgical planning, and basic orthodontics.

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SpeakerSarah Pollan, DDS, MS

Owner Park Hollow Orthodontics

The value of STEM training for arts and humanities careers other

This presentation explores the multiple ways knowing how to THINK like a scientist/mathematician is of benefit to artists (focusing on filmmakers) and arts scholars.

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SpeakerMark Kerins, PhD

  • As a senior in high school, on the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad team
  • Undergraduate degrees in chemistry and mathematics (Valparaiso University)
  • Masters and Doctoral degrees in film (Northwestern University)
  • Currently a professor at SMU, where I teach filmmaking, make my own films, and write about film

Film Professor SMU

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Dogs in Vests science

The science of scent and how Psychology, Biology, and Chemistry are used when training medical alert service dogs.

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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-nine 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 full of passion for helping others. She recently finished a Documentary, Dogs in Vests and it is available to watch on YouTube.

You can connect with Miriam and follow her mission on

President Dogs in Vests

Engineering a Safer Transportation System engineering

Dr. Poe will discuss how engineers are building a safer transportation system through sensor technology, automation, and connectivity. Transportation engineering involves technology, software, computer science, and principles of physics. Dr. Poe will highlight examples of enabling automated vehicles to navigate roadways, protecting workers and drivers in construction work zones, and estimating flood likelihood to protect drivers from being trapped in storms events.

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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.

Engineering, Technology, and Medicine medicine

I have been a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon for almost 20 years. Having a background in engineering has been a tremendous benefit to me and has made me a better physician. Early in my practice, I began doing some consulting with various manufacturers. I have always approached every procedure with the foundation of my surgical training, but always looking at how can we do this more efficiently, predictably, and with less risk to the patient.

Early in my career, I designed some medical products for various companies. This collaborative effort led to further designs (2nd generation products). Ultimately, I started a (very) small company to make my own products.

I have also been blessed to work with other very talented surgeons and engineers and take care of some wonderful patients. Providing team coverage for athletes has been very rewarding as well.

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SpeakerWendy White, MD

Surgery - Burn, Trauma, Acute and Critical Care Surgery UT Southwestern/Parkland

Hand Surgery medicine

Hand surgery is one of many surgical subspecialties. It is a very fascinating and challenging field of medicine. Medicine is much more than a science. Medicine is a trans-disciplinary field that operates at the intersection of many different fields of study. Most doctors cannot do their jobs successfully without the help and cooperation of many other fields of medicine, technology, and research. The lecture will discuss those other areas of science and technology needed to successfully treat patients. The lecture will also inform students on the education needed to become a physician, specifically one in a surgical subspecialty, and explore the many facets of the day in a life of an orthopedic hand surgeon.

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SpeakerVictoria Knoll, MD

Dr. Knoll is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand and wrist surgery.

  • Oklahoma State University: bachelor’s degree in mathematics
  • University of Kansas School of Medicine: doctor of medicine
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas: surgical internship and orthopedic residency
  • University of Washington School of Medicine: fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery
  • Voted Best Doctor in D Magazine both Collin and Dallas County by her peers for multiple years

Dr. Knoll lives in University Park with her husband, two daughters, and dog. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching basketball, jogging, and snow skiing.

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Journey not Destination and Shooting with Intention technology

Journey not Destination and Shooting with Intention in Large image Digital Photography.

Waiting hours for a car to move out of the frame, the sun to hit in THE perfect spot or the shadow to crawl to its optimal …giving the subject the time, space and beauty it so rightly deserves. After traveling thousands of miles of backroads, desolate places, small towns and heart pulsating metropolises, I use natural light and patience to create a collection of art for for you to bring into your home, office, restaurant or any other rad area.

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SpeakerJarrod Oram

Jarrod Oram is a fine art photographer with work in design firms, showrooms and galleries, hospitality groups, commercial buildings, and private collections throughout the United States.

Before launching his photography business in 2021, he trained his eye in visual storytelling, living the film/ad agency/corporate creative life...doing everthing from supplying baby blue mink coats for hip-hop videos to producing tv commercials for the Oscars.

His images are a reflection of how he views the world through unmasked technicolor glasses. He searches for the beauty in the forgotten & abandoned, capturing the grace in the flaws and cracks & allowing the breadth of the world to shine through.

His work is based on journey and not destination.

Owner of Jarrod Oram Photography

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. The recent semiconductor shortage, which caused unprecedented supply chain issues and even exposed a national security crisis, only further demonstrated our reliance on semiconductors. But what even is a semiconductor? Why do we need them, how do they work, and how do we make them? I'll answer all of these questions as I discuss the semiconductor industry and my job as a semiconductor manufacturing engineer.

As a recent college graduate and HPHS alumnus, I'll also discuss my experiences studying engineering and the opportunities that come from it.

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SpeakerWills Rutherford

HPHS Class of 2018 Rice University B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Semiconductor Manufacturing Engineer at Samsung

Semiconductor Manufacturing Engineer Samsung Semiconductor

The ER, Poisons and Crime Scenes--Stories from the "Front Line" of Medicine 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. NOTE: PRESENTATION MAY CONTAIN GRAPHIC IMAGES THAT SOME VIEWERS MAY FIND DISTURBING

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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 and the fentanyl crisis. Dr. Hail also has provided toxicology commentary for local and national news venues and for documentaries on Dateline NBC, Court TV, National Geographic channel, the BBC, and the Oxygen channel.

Parkland ER Doctor & Medical Toxicologist North Texas Poison Center