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Civil and Environmental Engineering engineering

A broad overview of the fields of civil and environmental engineering, including: structural engineering, transportation systems, geotechnical engineering, stormwater management, environmental modeling, water supply and resources, wastewater systems, solid waste management, etc. The presentation will include descriptions of SMU's undergraduate and graduate programs in CEE.

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SpeakerJohn Easton, Ph.D.

Dr. Easton has been on the faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Southern Methodist University since 2000. Currently he serves as assistant chair, chief undergraduate advisor, and program director of the Master of Science in Environmental Engineering. He is a senior lecturer, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Environmental Engineering, including Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering, Aquatic Chemistry, Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, Biological Processes and Wastewater Treatment, Urban Hydraulics and Hydrology, Laboratory and Field Methods, and Environmental Epidemiology. He serves the university as secretary of the Council of General Education and the Lyle School as director of accreditation. Dr. Easton received his PhD in Environmental Health Engineering, along with an MS degree in Civil Engineering, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham; he also holds a BA degree in Biology from the University of Kansas.

Senior Lecturer and Assistant Department Chair Southern Methodist University

Electrical Engineering Development and Commercialization in the High Tech World engineering

I will bring some of the chips and products I designed to class, and provide a demo/experiment together. I will also speak on chip engineering and design.


SpeakerSiraj El-Ahmadi

An experienced executive with a proven track record of building and leading multi-disciplinary teams to design and scale award-winning technology products and solutions at startups and Fortune 500 companies. An inventor of more than 30 Patents, Siraj is team leader with deep cross-functional experience in R&D, Product Management, Business Development and Technical Marketing. Strength in anticipating critical market transitions and commercializing industry-first products to serve billion-dollar-plus addressable markets. Experience raising venture capital, interfacing with public market analysts, and adding strategic value via technical advisory and outside director board positions.

Software Development and Running the Cloud: Building the World’s Future technology

Do you want to be a wizard? Building software is the closest thing that we have in our world to creating a spell or casting a ward. You can go from a blank screen to an application to sell goods, algorithm to predict user behavior, or anything you can imagine using just your wits alone. Join together with other development wizards to combine your powers to build applications to improve people’s lives through your team’s work.

These applications have to live in the real world somewhere, and so, you must build your “cloud”: hundreds, or thousands, of servers all working in unison to run all the applications your users want to build. The cloud has to understand both the hardware underneath it as well as the Master Control ensuring that everything works together well. This is the basis of a whole world of invention and innovation.

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SpeakerAndrew Goetz

  • Graduated with a BA in Molecular Biology from Princeton University ‘96
  • Worked in Cancer Drug Development for 8 years - basic research and pharmacokinetics
  • Started a software company during the .com boom, some applications still in use
  • Moved into Human Resources Software technology
  • Joined IBM Cloud to lead development and IT teams maintaining the backbone of the Cloud

Senior Manager of Fabric Software Development IBM

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 Environment and Sustainability - Careers With Impact science

Explore the design of buildings for energy efficiency, environmental investigations into polluted water bodies, protection of cities from extreme weather events, and more. There are so many paths to create a positive impact on the environment. It is an exciting time in this field, and a field you can make a lifelong career from. Learn about the important work done through environmental science, engineering, life/earth sciences, geographic information system (GIS) mapping, and more.


SpeakerNovella Landau

Focus on Global Environmental Sustainability Practices

BS, Mechanical Engineering - UTA & Texas Tech University

Created global sustainability database for the open sharing of projects creating positive impacts on the environment. Posts can be freely submitted by any person or community, and span a wide range of categories (home water conservation, school recycling programs, energy efficient building features, renewable energy use, etc.).

Worked as a facilities consultant, performing building and property assessments of hundreds of facilities across the United States, often adjacent to environmental site assessors and other building specialists. City engineer among teams involved with construction of city systems such as water/sewer pipelines and distribution, streets and sidewalks, stormwater drainage planning, and transportation/traffic services.

Founder Ambient Green

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)

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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

What Kind of Engineer Do You Want To Be? engineering

If you want to become an engineer, have you ever thought about what kind of engineer you want to be? Manufacturing Engineer? Industrial Engineer? Quality Engineer? Environmental Engineer? Design Engineer? Safety Engineer? Facilities Engineer?

Where I work, all of these kinds of engineers (and more) work at one place! What do these kinds of engineers do in support of manufacturing the state-of-the-art F-35 Fighter Jet?

Come by and I'll tell you all about it!!

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SpeakerLuke Gilpin

I graduated from SMU with degrees in Geology, Mechanical Engineering, and Geophysics. My first job out of college was a Petroleum Engineer with Mobil Oil Co. as in the New Mexico oil fields. After one year, the oil business crashed and I got laid off. I then took a job in Fort Worth as a Facilities Engineer at Lockheed Martin where the F-16 Fighter Jet was being built. We currently build the F-35 stealth fighter. After a few years, I became an Environmental Engineer cleaning up waste disposal sites at the Lockheed facility. Ten years later, I became a Quality Engineer auditing environmental, safety and health management systems. Ten years after that, I took a job as a Safety Engineer whose job is to reduce risks of employee injuries in a manufacturing plant.

Staff Safety Engineer Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

Full Presentations

Everything has a price - how data and analytics are applied to risk assessments in business technology

Technology and Analytics are Disrupting How Risk is Priced in the Market. All businesses face risk; how can the modern world put a price on those risks to predict success and ensure insurance commensurate with the risk levels of an individual project or business?

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SpeakerAmelia Valz

SVP, Specialty Construction, Arch Insurance Group Inc.

Amelia currently serves as the SVP of Construction Specialty Products for Arch, with direct responsibility for the Subcontractor Default Insurance (SDI) line of Business. She is responsible for management and growth of the product as well as maintaining key client and brokerage relationships. Directly before joining Arch in 2020, Amelia spent 2 years at Willis Towers Watson. There she was licensed in all 50 states and held national roles as both the Professional Liability and the Subcontractor Default Placement leader for the WTW Construction Team. Before joining Willis, Amelia started her career by spending 16 years on the carrier side of the industry, with roles at Zurich North America and then XL Catlin. Her specialty was manuscript construction risks, with underwriting and management roles across Subcontractor Default (SDI), Builders Risk, Contractor’s Equipment, Contractor’s Pollution Liability, and Construction Professional Liability.

SVP of Construction Specialty Producets Arch Insurance Group Inc.

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

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 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: VIDEO MAY CONTAIN GRAPHIC IMAGES OF REAL SURGERY AND INTERNAL ORGANS 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. 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.

Parkland ER Doctor & Medical Toxicologist North Texas Poison Center

The Physician-Scientist medicine

Medicine is undergoing a sea of change at many levels: changes in healthcare delivery, economics, biology and technology. Whereas these myriad changes we face can be daunting at first, there has never been a more exciting time to make the world a better place through science and medicine!

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SpeakerJoseph Hill, MD, PhD

  • Cardiologist-scientist whose research focuses on molecular mechanisms of remodeling in the disease-stressed myocardium.
  • Graduated with an MD, PhD from Duke University
  • Pursued postdoctoral scientific training at the Institut Pasteur in Paris
  • Clinical training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
  • Faculty of the University of Iowa for 5 years
  • Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Harry S. Moss Heart Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center since 2002
  • Research focuses on deciphering mechanisms of structural, functional, and electrical remodeling in heart disease with an eye toward therapeutic intervention.
  • Editor-in-Chief of the #1 cardiovascular journal, Circulation
  • Active clinical practice focusing on general cardiology, hypertension, and heart failure.

Professor of Medicine and Molecular Biology, Chief of Cardiology UT Southwestern Medical Center

Working in Sports Video & Television other

"Working in Sports Video & Television" is a presentation with Paul Williard, a self-employed video editor and producer who has worked for the likes of ESPN, NFL Films, the Dallas Cowboys, Imagine Entertainment, and others, mostly in the documentary space. Starting at Keller High School and taking film courses taught by Manuel Vasquez, Paul continued to pursue a career in video, and will give you a comprehensive look at what goes into making videos of all kinds, whether they are for a Netflix documentary or for Instagram. In addition to the strategies for creating videos, he will take you through the different kinds of specialized equipment and software needed to put together high-end videos. Paul will also touch on his struggles and successes, aiming to give personal advice on how to make it in the film industry.

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SpeakerPaul Williard

Freelance Video Editor and Producer Fig Tree Productions (self-employed)