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.

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TI is in your classroom and in your world. You may know us for our calculators, but we are a semi-conductor company. We design, make, test and sell semi-conductor chips that can be found in every type of electronic system – from electric vehicles to industrial robots, solar panels to satellites. To keep up with the innovations of tomorrow, we need students today to learn and invest in STEM classes for future careers. Come learn about the rapidly growing innovations of Texas Instruments, and the vast career opportunities that make investing in tomorrow an exciting place today!

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SpeakerSyndy Lynch, M.Ed.

Syndy Lynch works in Education Technology at Texas Instruments where she leads her team as they support educators and students in STEM classrooms around the country. She also oversees sales data systems and reporting tools for her team. She recently began a new role of managing TI relationships with retail accounts. She is passionate about sharing her love of STEM with students and teachers. Syndy is a former math teacher and high school volleyball and soccer coach. Her passion for STEM in the classroom launched her into her STEM career at TI.

Director of Sales Operations & Account Manager Texas Instruments, Division of Education Technology

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 and how they embrace technology to make the customer experience better than ever.

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SpeakerCory Clark

Client Account Director

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

Full Presentations

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 Marketing Can Make or Break Your Company technology

Think that a great idea is all you need to create a successful company? We'll discuss how your marketing & sales strategy drives success including: * Branding * Partnerships * Growth Hacking and more.

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SpeakerHillary Sinclair

Hillary New Sinclair is passionate about advising and working with women-led startups. With a background in multi-channel marketing, corporate direction and operational scalability, Hillary has created strategies that drive revenue, engage users and accelerate company growth. Hillary is currently advising The Flourish Fund and Onthemuv. Previously, Hillary was Executive Director of Founders Network, a successful entrepreneur and marketing consultant. She has developed B2C marketing solutions for F500 companies including Avon, Yahoo!, eBay, Kraft Foods, Charles Schwab, DirecTV and Visa. Hillary is on the Steering Committee for the Changing Tides Movement, the Women's Leadership Committee of Founders Network and was a 2018 Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year with the Women in IT Awards. Hillary is also an HPHS grad; Go Scots!

Texoma Semiconductor Tech Hub: Future of Electronics Manufacturing in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma engineering

Semiconductor chips are in everything. Currently, most of them are not made in the U.S. We are trying to change that. Based at SMU, the Texoma Semiconductor Innovation Consortium (TSIC) received in October 2023 the Regional Tech Hub designation under a U.S. Economic Development Administration program created by the 2022 CHIPS Act legislation. My talk will focus on how our Tech Hub will unify the efforts of almost every college and university in the Metroplex on high-tech electronics manufacturing training, certifications, and degrees.

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SpeakerScott Douglas, Ph.D.

  • On the SMU faculty for 25 years.
  • B.S., M.S, and Ph.D. all from Stanford University and all in Electrical Engineering.
  • An expert in audio processing, machine learning, and high-tech systems design.

Professor and Associate Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering SMU

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