High Tech Conference

This one day event will focus awide range of topics as they relate to the research and practice of science, technology and culture.  The conference speakers are widely known and respected for their expertise and will present each topic in a manner designed to engage both the lay person and the industry professional.

Jonathon Taylor

Jonathon TaylorDirector, Texas Emerging Technology Fund, Governors Office of Economic Development and Tourism

Presentation Title
Opening Remarks by Jonathon Taylor

Presentation Summary
The Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) was created by the Texas Legislature with the goal of creating more innovative ideas in Texas and keeping them here, from the laboratory to the marketplace.  In the years since, the TETF has been instrumental in shaping the high-tech sectors of the Texas economy, and helped strengthen our state’s position as a national leader in business climate and job creation. To date, the TETF has allocated more than $193.7 million in funds to 133 early stage companies, and nearly $173 million in grant matching and research superiority funds to Texas universities.

Presenter Bio
Jonathan Taylor serves Texas as the Director of the Emerging Technology Fund, the state’s largest, most active seed and early stage venture capital investment fund with over $400 million in expenditures. He led the development of the strategic plan and manages the State’s investment in 133 portfolio companies and 22 large scale research projects.  Since taking leadership of the fund in 2010, Taylor has led change through increased transparency, decision making process improvements and expanded reporting. Taylor’s prior public service includes managing the $100 million Research Grant Matching and Research Superiority Grant programs, developing and leading the Texas Small Business Summits, and creating the Texas Small Business Advisory Council.   Taylor holds a BA in Political Science, Economics emphasis with a minor in criminal justice from Texas Christian University and served 8 years in the United States Army Reserve, as Staff Sergeant Combat Medic and Combat Advisor. He has earned the Combat Medic Badge, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with service star, a Global War on Terror Service Medal, NATO medal for ISAF, and several other commendations.


Andy Hines

Keynote Address 
Andy HinesLecturer/Executive-in-Residence, University of Houston Futures Studies
Principal, Hinesight

Presentation Title
A Dozen Surprises about the Future of Work abstract

Presentation Summary
In this keynote session, Andy Hines will bring together the experience and knowledge he has earned as an organizational, consulting, and academic futurist to provide insight about how emerging technologies are aligning to impact our economic well-being and overall quality of life.  Professor Hines suggests a dozen potentially surprising outcomes regarding the future of work and how existing trends and developments might unfold in ways that may seem “surprising” – if you are not paying attention. By thinking about these potential outcomes now, audience members will be able to anticipate, prepare, and be ready for the future of work. 

Presenter Bio
Andy Hines is Lecturer and Executive-in-Residence at the University of Houston’s Graduate Program in Futures Studies and is also speaking, workshopping, and consulting through his new firm Hinesight. His 20 plus years of professional futurist experience includes a decade’s experience working inside first the Kellogg Company and later Dow Chemical, and consulting work with Coates &Jarratt, Inc. and Social Technologies. His books include Thinking About the Future, 2025: Science and Technology Reshapes US and Global Society, and a new one coming soon on the future of consumer values. Recent media appearances include Coast to Coast radio, KUHT-8 Public Television on the Future of Jobs, and KRIV-26 News talking about the future of libraries. In his spare time, he is working on a PhD on “Integrating Foresight into Organizations.”

Professor Hines  previously served as Managing Director of Social Technologies (now Innovaro), and as an Adjunct Professor with the university for five years. He enjoyed earlier careers as a consulting and organizational futurist, and was a partner with Coates & Jarratt, Inc., a think tank and consulting firm that specialized in the study of the future. He was also Futurist & Senior Ideation Leader at Dow Chemical with a mission of using futures tools and knowledge to turn ideas into new business opportunities. Before that, Hines established and ran the Global Trends Program for the Kellogg Company.  Hines has co-authored three books -- Thinking About the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight (Social Technologies, 2007),” 2025: Science and Technology Reshapes US and Global Society (Oak Hill, 1997) and Managing Your Future as an Association (ASAE, 1994)m and has two more in the hands of publishers: ConsumerShift: How Changing Values Are Reshaping the Consumer Landscape and Teaching about the Future: The Essentials of Foresight Education; as well as dozens of articles, speeches, and workshops, including the 2003 Emerald Literati Awards' Outstanding Paper accolade for best article published in Foresight for “An Audit for Organizational Futurists” and the 2008 award for “Scenarios: The State of the Art.”


Aerospace Technology Sessions

Steve GonzalezSteven González
Director, NASA/Aerospace Acceleration and
Loaned Executive from NASA/Johnson Space Center

Mr. González serves as the NASA Loaned Executive for the aerospace sector.  He has over 23 years of experience in the aerospace industry.  He is currently the Deputy of the Advanced Planning Office at the NASA/Johnson Space Center (JSC), which is responsible for the 20 year strategy of the Johnson Space Center.  Prior to this position, Mr. González was the Chief of the Operations Research and Strategic Development Branch within the Mission Operations Directorate.  He has received numerous awards and was nominated as one of the 100 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business, the Rotary Stellar Award Nomination for demonstrating exceptional competence as  a leader.  He also received the JSC Certificate of Commendation, the Center’s highest honorary award for exceptional leadership and technical abilities for managing, the integration, scheduling, and testing of the software and hardware system deliveries for the new JSC Mission Control Center.  He received his Masters of Science at Texas A&M University and his Bachelors at Boston University.

Dayna SteeleDayna Steele
Dayna Steele is the creator of several companies, a media strategist, blogs for Fast Company and is the author of "Rock to the Top: What I Learned about Success from the World's Greatest Rock Stars." She travels the world helping grow businesses with her presentation "Find Your Inner Rock Star" and is working on her next book "I'm With the Band: Networking Rock Star (Network Your Way into Anything, Anywhere, Anytime!)"

 

Session 1
Presentation Title
The New Space Economy

Presentation Summary
The landscape (or spacescape) is changing and everyday new opportunities and new organizations emerge to grow the a new space economy.  The first era of space exploration has laid an incredible foundation upon which new markets and capabilities can emerge and this session will highlight some of the activities that are underway in this next era of space exploration.

Session 2
Presentation Title
Shaping the New Space Economy

Presentation Summary
The technologies that will enable the next era of space will be created through the collaboration and partnerships between NASA, commercial Space, International Space agencies and the non-aerospace technology community.  During this panel discussion, the panel members will share their perspectives and experience on how  these communities have come together to push the boundaries in technology and space exploration and what is possible in the future.  The audience will also gain insights on what they can do to participate in this next era of space exploration.


Emerging Technology Panel

Current Issues and Trends in Emerging Technologies:  Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, and Clean Energy (PANEL with Robert Ehrmann, Stephen Fonash and Dale Harrison)

Presentation Summary
Experts from private and public industry will assess emerging trends associated with emerging technologies to identify growing societal and economic issues. Panelists will explore ways that businesses can maintain a competitive advantage, identify areas where difficulties may arise, and discuss emerging trends, future innovation, new technologies, business processes and best practices to identify perspective markets and areas of business growth.

Stephen FonashStephen Fonash, PhD
Dr. Stephen Fonash holds the Bayard D. Kunkle Chair in Engineering Sciences, at the Pennsylvania State University. His activities at Penn State include serving as the director of Penn State’s Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization (CNEU), director of the National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education Center, and director of the Pennsylvania Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Partnership. Prof. Fonash’s education contributions focus on nanotechnology post-secondary education and workforce development. His research activities encompass the processing and device physics of micro- and nanostructures including solar cells, sensors, and transistors. He has published over 300 refereed papers in the areas of education, nanotechnology, photovoltaics, microelectronics devices and processing, sensors, and thin film transistors. His book “Solar Cell Device Physics” has been termed the “bible of solar cell physics” and his solar cell computer modeling code AMPS is used by almost 800 groups around the world. Dr. Fonash holds 29 patents in his research areas, many of which are licensed to industry. Prof. Fonash received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society.

Dale HarrisonDale W. Harrison
President & Founder, enGrant Scientific

Dale Harrison has 30 years of experience in the fields of science and technology development. He began his career as an experimental physicist working in the field of superconductivity. At 24 he founded his first startup company focused on high technology development with projects in the areas of laboratory and factory automation, robotics and embedded systems development, artificial intelligence and large-scale statistical data-mining and analytics.

He has worked in the biotechnology sector for the past 12 years with companies involved in the manufacture of synthetic DNA and synthetic proteins, genetic sequencing services and laboratory robotics. He has held multiple senior positions with several biotech companies in the roles of CIO/CTO, VP Sales & Marketing and CEO.

Dale is currently the Founder and President of enGrant Scientific, a startup company focused on tracking the funding of scientific research projects. enGrant Scientific maintains a database of 2.5 million funded research projects over the past 25 years including information on the senior researchers and their collaborators, the research objectives and outcomes including the peer-reviewed papers and patents as well as funding and spending trends.

Robert K. Ehrmann, MBA, MSRobert K. Ehrmann
Director of Education and Outreach
Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization

Robert K. (Bob) Ehrmann is the Director of Education and Outreach at the Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization (CNEU).  The CNEU is the home to the NSF National Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK) Center which has a national mission to facilitate the development of nanotechnology education programs community and technical colleges across the nation. The CNEU is also the home of the Pennsylvania Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Partnership, the nation’s leading program in associate and baccalaureate level nanotechnology education.  The Partnership offers the NMT Capstone Semester which is an integral part of fifty one degree programs at 29 post secondary institutions across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  CNEU focuses resources on addressing the incorporation of nanotechnology into K-12 education, post secondary education, and industry applications.  Prior to joining Penn State in 2004, Mr. Ehrmann was employed in industry.   During his twenty three year tenure with Corning, Incorporated he held multiple positions in engineering, product development, engineering / design management, production management and project management.  Mr. Ehrmann earned a BS Degree in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers University and a Masters in Business Administration from West Virginia University.


Paula S. deWitte

Paula S. deWittePresentation Title  
Redefining Ourselves:   The Challenge of Finding Career Opportunities during Our Life Stages.

Presentation Summary
High tech is exciting, challenging, and fun.  Having a rewarding and successful high tech career requires one be able to adapt to its rapid changes.  We are drawn to its need to constantly learn in order to innovate including a life-long commitment to educate ourselves.  Technologists must be prepared to redefine themselves several times throughout their career.  The challenge for each of us becomes finding opportunities during different stages of our lives.  This presentation will discuss the experiences and lessons learned by the presenter who made a significant career change at the age most people are considering retiring.  

Presenter Bio
Paula deWitte is a serial entrepreneur who has started or run operations in several high tech start-ups.  After over twenty-five years of a successful technical career, she entered law school at the age of 53.  Since graduating and passing the Texas Bar, she maintains her two businesses – a technical consulting firm and her law practice.  She writes and presents on aspects of redefining one’s life and career and was recently published in an ACM Newsletter for Women in Computing Science on this topic.  She holds a Bachelors in Mathematics and Masters in Education from Purdue University, a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University, and a Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University School of Law.


Glenn Gutierrez

Glenn GutierrezCOO and Co-Founder, PopScreen.com and RentalPerks.com 

Presentation Title
How to launch your business in under six weeks: The new approach to entrepreneurship

Presentation Summary
The new entrepreneurship era is all about customers and their problems. The number one reason that startups fail is lack of customers, not product development failure. The Lean Startup is an approach that attempts to acknowledge this and create success by helping new entrepreneurs combine fast, iterative development methods with customer development principles. In a nutshell, the goal is to help you launch your company fast and build around feedback from your customers. 

Presenter Bio   
Glenn Gutierrez is a Houston based serial entrepreneur who currently serves as the Co-Founder and COO of PopScreen.com and RentalPerks.com . PopScreen is in the business of making videos “Go Viral” and currently helps Fortune 500 Companies and Brands to help them achieve this goal. RentalPerks makes finding an apartment simple and rewarding, the service is set to launch this fall.


Brian Lang

Chief Executive Officer, Seniors In Touch

Brian LangPresentation Title  
Social Media Success for Senior Living Communities: Software Innovation

Presentation Summary
As an overwhelming number of Baby Boomers begin moving out of the workplace and into retirement communities, their reliance on technology as a way of remaining connected with the world-at-large is going to increase.  Innovation for the residents of Senior Living facilities is going to come from forward thinking companies, accrediting organizations, and professionals who understand Social Media as it applies to the aging demographic.  Social Media for Senior Living will succeed when it helps facilitate family connections and improves the quality of life for resident.  Attend this session to learn how companies such as Seniors In Touch are meeting these needs and to gain a better understanding of how technology can mitigate the impact this aging population will have on already stressed resources.

Presenter Bio   
Brian is 20 year veteran of building successful online communities and enacting Social Media strategies. For over a decade he served national faith groups as an executive advising and deploying online communication platforms, Internet business strategies, and inter-faith collaboration initiatives. Faith groups served included the Southern Baptist Convention, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Episcopal Church in America, the American Baptist Church, and the United Church of Christ. During the 90's he pioneered an online venture that partnered with Digital Equipment Corporation to create OnePlace.com, one of the earliest and still one of the most successful online faith based collaboration communities. In 1999 he wrote the best selling book “Making the Internet Family-friendly” by Thomas Nelson Publishers. He has also been featured on the cover of Adweek Magazine for innovation in marketing, public relations, and advertising.


Robert K. Ehrmann

Director of Education and Outreach
Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization

Robert K. Ehrmann, MBA, MSPresentation Title: PANEL
Current Issues and Trends in Emerging Technologies:  Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, and Clean Energy (PANEL with Robert Ehrmann, Stephen Fonash and Dale Harrison)

Presentation Summary
Experts from private and public industry will assess emerging trends associated with emerging technologies to identify growing societal and economic issues. Panelists will explore ways that businesses can maintain a competitive advantage, identify areas where difficulties may arise, and discuss emerging trends, future innovation, new technologies, business processes and best practices to identify perspective markets and areas of business growth.

Presenter Bio
Robert K. (Bob) Ehrmann is the Director of Education and Outreach at the Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization (CNEU).  The CNEU is the home to the NSF National Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK) Center which has a national mission to facilitate the development of nanotechnology education programs community and technical colleges across the nation. The CNEU is also the home of the Pennsylvania Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Partnership, the nation’s leading program in associate and baccalaureate level nanotechnology education.  The Partnership offers the NMT Capstone Semester which is an integral part of fifty one degree programs at 29 post secondary institutions across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  CNEU focuses resources on addressing the incorporation of nanotechnology into K-12 education, post secondary education, and industry applications.  Prior to joining Penn State in 2004, Mr. Ehrmann was employed in industry.   During his twenty three year tenure with Corning, Incorporated he held multiple positions in engineering, product development, engineering / design management, production management and project management.  Mr. Ehrmann earned a BS Degree in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers University and a Masters in Business Administration from West Virginia University.


Matthew Wettergreen

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MATTHEW WETTERGREENPresentation Title
Fostering Productive and Reciprocal Communities: CAROLINE COLLECTIVE

Presentation Summary
Regional centers of innovation share similar characteristics, but they are rarely economic or geographic. Instead, they exhibit similar cultural behaviors of communication, transparency and collaboration. On a smaller scale, these core values form the basis of many organizational foundations, but the effects of these values as practiced in these organizations can in turn create regions of innovation or large scale social change. Examples of these types of groups, called Communities of Practice, are coworking spaces, hacker spaces, and industry-specific affinity groups, like professional organizations. Whether your goal is to launch a startup or become an expert in your already chosen field, joining, or starting communities of practice can drive the success of your own business as well as define your region's business practices. In this session we'll discuss Communities of Interest, Communities of Practice, examples and characteristics of these groups, how to join or start your own and finish with some local, regional, and national success stories. 

Presenter Bio
Matthew Wettergreen has a formal education in bioengineering with a specialization in biomechanics and organ printing and an informal education in non-profit/arts management and marketing, community organizing, and digital strategy.  Dr. Wettergreen's work (Caroline Collective, Do713, Chicago Mayoral Campaign, Bandcamp, and Record Monsters) leverages technology to deliver products, solutions, and platforms that help people connect, collaborate or work effectively together. He is currently a lecturer at Rice University in Bioengineering and regularly tackles projects relating to coworking, communities of practice, rapid prototyping, and medical device design. 


Rajiv Malkan

Rajiv MalkanPresentation Title 
Global Trends in Information Systems

Presentation Summary 
Globlization is here to stay and as US grows by only 2%, other parts of the world is growing at 9%. In this globalizated economy, information revolution has transformed the way we do business. Of course, no body has the crystal ball, but this presentation will highlight some of the trends that are shaping up in information systems. How certain monotonous jobs are moving away, while higher end critical thinking integrated jobs are popping up here in US? What skills sets are needed to be successful in this competitive global market will be discussed.

Presenter Bio
Dr. Rajiv Malkan has over 25 years of experience in higher education. His experience includes – founding administrator of a college, division chair and a faculty member.  His speciality is education management; this includes strategic planning and leadership, curriculum development, course schedule and facilities management, developing alternative instructional delivery system such as open entry/open exit courses, online learning and working with corporate clients for short term (need based) courses.  Dr. Malkan’s academic credentials include three Masters degrees, a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and being the recipient of the prestigious Kellogg Fellowship in Leadership Development. In 2010, he was the recipient of The University of Texas at Austin, NISOD Excellence Award and Lone Star College-Montgomery Faculty Excellence Award.


Javier Fernández-Han

Javier Fernandez-HanHumanitarian Inventor
Co-developer Invent and Innovate

Presentation Title
To Invent Is Human: Idea Generation

Presentation Summary
Participants will enjoy an interactive and playful session in which they learn to use a simple, quick technique to generate many new ideas for products and services. This method of fast innovation makes use of heuristics from Invent and Innovate to transform existing objects, concepts and ideas. Prototype materials will be provided for participants to create prototypes of their ideas. As our world changes at an exponentially faster rate, the ability to quickly innovate new products and solutions becomes increasingly invaluable.  

Presenter Bio
Currently a high school junior, Javier has been a  tinkerer and inventor since age 7. In 2008, he founded the non-profit organization “Inventors without Borders” to encourage and enable teens to use their talents to solve real-world problems. In 2009, he won the first place award in the Ashoka-Lemelson “Invent Your World” competition with his VERSATILE design, an algae and bacteria-powered system for providing food, fuel, fertilizer, and sanitation for developing communities. In 2010, he won the first place award for renewable energy in the Conrad Foundation “Spirit of Innovation” competition with his ACWa (Affordable Clean Water) design, a patent-pending solar, wind and geothermal-powered system for producing clean water from humid air at extremely low cost.  The Conrad Foundation subsequently selected ACWa for commercialization support through their Portal program. In 2010,  Javier co-developed “Invent and Innovate”, learning program to inspire and enable youth to use their creativity to invent products and services to serve their local communities. This program is being implemented in several Houston-area schools and is being adapted for implementation in India and Taiwan. During the summer of 2010, Javier worked for Martek Biosciences in Columbia, MD in the area of yeast-derived bio-fuels. Most recently, Javier launched Innovation Foundry – MIE to collaborate with My India Empowered, a NGO in Mumbai, India to rebuild a monsoon-damaged one-room school in the National Forest near Mumbai. Javier is interested in studying industrial design in college and continuing to invent solutions for the developing world. 


Linda Highfield

Director, Quantitative Research
St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities

Presentation Title
GIS and spatial analysis for public health: A valuable skill-set.

Presentation Summary
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a useful tool for a variety of healthcare and public health research endeavors. I will discuss the history of spatial analysis in public health; provide some background information on GIS and its application to health research and the intersection between GIS and spatial statistics. In particular, my presentation will highlight how GIS is used in our local region for health research. Examples will include how GIS has been used to target local areas to gather data on health issues, determine areas with the highest rates for diseases including, breast cancer and cardiovascular disease and determine where to target interventions to improve health outcomes. I will also discuss how GIS technology can improve access to healthcare and reduce emergency department utilization by the uninsured.

Presenter Bio
Dr. Highfield is the Director of Quantitative Research for the St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities (the Charities), a nonprofit public charity formed with a $150 million endowment from the St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.  Guided by its Center for Community-Based Research, the Charities has funded 1,500 grants totaling approximately $80 million since its inception thirteen years ago.  Prior to this position, Dr. Highfield was a postdoctoral research scientist at Texas A&M University.  Other professional experience includes working in the public and private sectors at various levels of academia and hospital institutions.  Dr. Highfield’s experience draws on the multidisciplinary fields of epidemiology, statistics, geography, computer science, public policy and public health.   Dr. Highfield received her PhD in Epidemiology from Texas A&M University. 


Peter Han

Peter HanPresentation Title
"Innovation Foundry: Young Innovators Inventing a Better World"

Presentation Summary
"Innovate or Perish" goes the mantra in Silicon Valley, Capitol Hill, and top business schools across the USA. Yet why are our teenagers stuck in dull, out-dated classrooms that are preoccupied with teaching to standardized tests?  Once the undisputed world leader in innovation, the USA has now fallen to 40th place in a recent ITIF survey on progress made in innovation capacity. As we plod on with our mediocre education system, our competitors are making major investments in equipping their young with 21st century skills through innovative education systems. One way we can catch-up and leapfrog our competition is to challenge our youth to solve complex real-world problems that require collaboration, problem-finding, creativity, innovation, and persistence. We call this "Venture-based Learning" of which Innovation Foundry is an example. We will describe how youth from Houston and Mumbai collaborated in an Innovation Foundry project this past year. Find out how you can join us in launching another Innovation Foundry in Houston for 2012.

Presenter Bio
Peter Han has consulted with large complex manfacturing firms in the areas of innovation, organizational development and development of talent for the past 20 years. He brings this experience to the cultivation of creativity and innovation in children, youth and adults. He works with a number of public and private schools to implement venture-based learning and serves as the chair of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advisory Board for Spring ISD. He co-developed the "Invent and Innovate" learning program with his son Javier Fernandez-Han. He and his wife pursue multiple venture-based projects with their two teenaged homeschooled sons. He speaks frequently on youth-led innovation and produces workshop for educators and students on this topic.


William Thurmond

William ThurmondPresentation Title
Emerging Markets:  The future of global energy, algae and biofuels

Presentation Summary
This session will include a review of  leading companies, projects, ventures, public-private partnerships, research labs, business strategies, and market forecasts for algae, biofuels and biomass product commercialization to the year 2020.

Presenter Bio
Will Thurmond is the founder and CEO of Emerging Markets Online, a business strategy and market intelligence firm focused on the future of global energy, algae and biofuels markets. Mr. Thurmond has started three consulting firms as an entrepreneur and chief rainmaker. Consulted dozens of Fortune 500 and emerging tech companies in global biofuels, oil, gas, electric power, telecom, international trade and cleantech commercialization.

Emerging Markets Online (EMO) provides start-up ventures, investors, governments, petrochems, and EPCs with results-driven business development strategies on emerging opportunities in bioenergy and technology commercialization.  Under Mr. Thurmond’s direction, Emerging Markets Online has received Forbes magazine's distinguished "Best of The Web" award 10 years in a row, alongside FinancialTimes.com and Standard & Poors. He is frequently a keynote speaker at industry conferences, and has contributed original articles, data, interviews cited in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, BusinessWeek; has been featured in TV interviews with Reuters, Fox, CNN, BBC, NPR, and was titled "Mr Biodiesel" by Fox News Radio's "Energy Week"

Mr. Thurmond holds an M.S., Strategic Foresight and Studies of The Future from The University of Houston; and earned a B.A, International Relations and Economics from Rollins College


Brian Autio

Brian AutioPresentation Title
GIS as a tool in oil & gas exploration and crisis response

Presentation Summary
British Petroleum, the global energy company, is focused on the exploration and production of oil and gas. It is responsible for a complex mix of assets and people, including deep water oil production and drilling platforms, feeding thousands of miles of pipelines, fuel terminals and offices, and thousands of people. Attend this session to learn how ARC GIS serves as an underpinning of BP’s crisis response effort and how it is used to view and analyze data within the oil and gas industry.

Presenter Bio
Brian Autio is currently the Geospatial Team Lead for BP Information Technology & Services, Gulf of Mexico.  He has more than 25 years of industry experience in geospatial information management including ten years with BP Houston Crisis Center- 50+ activations (severe weather team and incident response team).  He has been a professional surveyor registered in five states and has served as an adjunct professor of Civil Engineering at Montana State University. 

Brian is graduated from Texas A & M University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (1985) and attended Michigan Technological University, Houghton, where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Land Surveying (1981) and an Associate of Applied Science in Civil Engineering Technology (1978).


Mark Reynolds

Mark ReynoldsPresentation Title
Data and Information trends in the field for the Oil and Gas Industry

Presentation Summary
An update of the application of Data and Information technologies and requirements within the Oil and Gas industry. A top-level of current data gatherings and utilization technologies and the future of information technologies will be provided. Finally, example job postings of real jobs will be provided to illustrate the technologies in use, and the demand for professionals.

Presenter Bio
Mark Reynolds is currently at Southwestern Energy where he works in the Fayetteville Shale Drilling group as a Staff Drilling Data Analyst. In this position, he pulls his experiences in data processing, data analysis, and data presentation to improve Southwestern’s work in the natural gas production and mid-stream market.

He began developing military avionics systems for General Dynamics and Sikorsky Aircraft. Since 1990, he has been developing Systems and Applications for the Energy Industry including integrated information systems, systems analytics, real-time processing, and operations management.

Recently, Mark has been working toward improved data collection, retention, and utilization in the real-time drilling environment. He will present an overview of the current Information Technology trends in the Oil and Gas Industry. Examples will reflect increasing demands on systems infrastructure, data visualization, and predictive analytics.


George King

Stephen FonashPresentation Title  
Part I:  Living in a Hydrogen Economy  (20 minutes)
Part II:  Innovation, Low Carbon – Closed Loop Manufacturing  (15 minutes)

Presentation Summary
Part I:  Living in a Hydrogen Economy  (20 minutes)
The environmental impact and the uncertainty associated with hydrocarbon based fuel necessitate a change in our current fuel mix.  Will hydrogen fulfill this need? Can the general public accept this change? Can we as a nation afford to postpone the inevitable? How, what and when will there be a technological breakthrough(s) that will lead the way?  

Part II: Innovation, Low Carbon – Closed Loop Manufacturing  (15 minutes)
A current project that is in the implementation cycle that will employ the key issues required to reduce the carbon footprint normally associated with the conventional manufacturing cycle.  A new hometown and related industrial complex is going to be built northwest of Albuquerque New Mexico.  After eight years of planning this project is in the final stage of design implementation.  What’s new; four million square feet of manufacturing space that will house up to five separate manufacturing units that will generate more energy than they use. 

Presenter Bio
He has worked in the energy sector for 35 years, starting in oil and gas exploration, production and related segments of hydrocarbon processing.  During his career, he has been involved in many levels of power generation, which included nuclear, coal and natural gas fired steam plants, hydrogen fuel cells, geothermal, thermal solar, photovoltaic, wind and bio-gas recovery systems.  His current activities include the design, development and construction of an inland desalination project, which will deliver fresh water to a new, low carbon manufacturing center, located west of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

George graduated from Texas A&M in 1975 with a degree in Industrial Technology.  He has worked for Mitchell Energy and Development, Stone and Webster Engineering, Houston Light and Power and Reliant Energy.  He started his own business in 1985 and has maintained a focus on efficient power distribution, energy management and renewable energy applications for the last 15 years.


The National Algae Association Lisa and Barry Cohen

Barry CohenPresentation Title  
Developments in Alternative Energy:  Algae

Presentation Summary
Attend this session to learn about how developments in algae research and production are impacting algae as an alternative fuel.  According to Cohen, producers are facing problems as a result of high soybean and vegetable oil feedstock costs and are looking to alternative feedstocks, such as algae, "We’ve got biodiesel producers that are contacting us every single day because they know they’ve got a problem, so by putting this together, we’re bringing the researchers together. We’re bringing the algae production companies together so that we can share information and exchange ideas. From that, we are pushing the commercialization of algae,” says Cohen.

Presenter Bio
The National Algae Association is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas and provides a new forum for researchers, producers and investors to advance the discussion and production of algae as a renewable energy source.  The association was founded by Barry Cohen of Biofuel Capital Partners, a private equity fund for biodiesel and other biofuels-related technology and production companies.


Cody Marx Bailey

Cody Marx BaileyEntrepreneur, Web Designer, Programmer, and Event Organizer

Presentation Title
Thinking-Outside-Of-The-Box
Networking your way to a successful career as a technology entrepreneur

Presentation Summary
For years, large corporate enterprises were viewed as the providers of dependable jobs and economic growth in America; however, over the past three decades, and particularly since the job-killing recession, a new business paradigm has arisen that place entrepreneurs center stage.  Attend this session to learn what it means to be entrepreneurial and learn how individuals are partnering in unique and creative ways to  making entrepreneurship work for them and their communities.

Presenters Bio
Cody works on many fronts to bring the technology and arts communities together in creative ways.  He co-founded the Creative Space, a co-operative work space in downtown Bryan, developed a robust Refresh group, produced the highly successful BarCampTexas, pulling more than 200 attendees to Bryan/College Station, and co-founded the very successful and unique BIL Conference, an every-man’s alternative to TED recently featured in The Wall Street Journal.  He is also a co-founder and organizer of Rock The Republic:A Spectacle of Sight and Sound and most recently spearheaded the implementation of a new business incubator developed in partnership with the City of Bryan.


Clifford C. Dacso

Clifford C. DacsoPresentation Title
The Future of Worldwide Healthcare: Translational Community Medicine

Presentation Summary
Translational medicine, the process of turning a basic scientific insight into a clinically relevant and sustainable treatment that is available to all patients, is one of the most important goals of 21st century health care. In practice, however, the sheer volume of resources and time required for an idea to go from "bench-to-bedside" causes thousands of promising ideas to founder before they can be applied in the real world. The consequences of this failure are particularly acute in under-resourced communities and in the developing world. The judicious application of technology to point of care decision making provides leverage for under-resourced communities worldwide.

Presenter Bio
Clifford C. Dacso, MD, MPH, MBA, has been helping patients and clinicians acquire, structure, and use information to improve healthcare for over 35 years. He is founder and Executive Director of the Abramson Center for the Future of Health, a research center that leverages technology, clinical medical expertise, and theoretical mathematical decision theory to support individuals as the primary managers of their own health. Dr. Dacso’s research and development focuses on new technologies that integrate information and support for patients with chronic disease, particularly in under-resourced communities. Dr. Dacso’s work with developing countries includes co-founding CRASA (Centre de Recherche et Amélioration de la Santé en Afrique) and research on Buruli ulcer and breast cancer detection and prevention. This work has resulted in three patent applications, two National Science Foundation grants, two NIH grants, a Texas Emerging Technology Fund grant, a 2010 Goradia Innovation Award, a Microsoft Imagine Cup prize and numerous publications and presentations at national and international conferences.

Extended Bio
Dr. Dacso is the John S. Dunn Sr. Research Chair in General Internal Medicine, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine, Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor at University of Houston, Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, and a Consultant to the Biological Diagnostic Institute of Dublin City University. He holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (BA, MA 1972), Baylor College of Medicine (MD 1975), University of Texas (MPH, 1980) and Pepperdine University (MBA 1990). He was a 1999 Eisenhower Fellow.


Laura Spignola

Laura SpignolaPresentation Title
Whipsawed?   International Trade Winners, Losers & Development Policy (LIVE WEBINAR)

Presentation Summary
Industry trade typically exhibits incremental changes from year to year.  In this session Ms. Laura Spingola will present the latest results of original research on the status of international trade by U.S. industries.  She will describe current surpluses and deficits and provide insights for economic development policy.  Employment opportunities attributable to trade will also be addressed during this live webinar.

Presenter Bio
Laura M. Spingola is the founder and President of Trade Resources Ltd., a Chicago-based international market development company that provides international management, marketing, training and reporting services for business.  She has conducted business in Europe, Asia and the Americas for trade and investment. She has provided international services to industry and trade associations, economic development organizations, governments, universities and companies for over twenty-six years. She has lectured and written original research and other topical reports that have been published internationally.  She has designed and led full-scale participations in trade shows nationally and internationally. Ms. Spingola is an Adjunct Professor of International Management at Loyola University Chicago and an instructor of International Trade Research in the FITT Certified International Trade Professional program.  She is active in many professional and civic organizations including the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Industrial Roundtable where she has won numerous economic forecasting awards.  Laura holds a BS degree in Marketing with a minor in Urban Studies from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business where she studied under Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, and an MBA in International Management from Loyola University Chicago.


Dorinda Rose

Dorinda RosePresentation Title
IT Trends in AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) Industry

Presentation Summary
 The AEC industry has been faced with increased challenges in the last few years, with the lack of projects available, collaboration tools, technology advancement and creative approaches in supporting the goals set by organizations in this economy.  Dorinda Rose has spent the last 6 years as IT Specialist, CAD Analyst and IT Business Analyst at Leo A Daly, an international architecture, planning, engineering and interior design firm.  She has been a driving force in providing support in collaboration tools, such as Projectwise and Sharepoint.  She has also managed the desktop virtualization project company-wide, and currently supports BIM (building information modeling) products like Revit.

Presenter Bio
Dorinda Rose, IT Business Analyst, has spent the last 8 years working in various industries, taking on several roles within the IT Department.  She has managed Intranet sites, project websites to share information with stakeholders.  She also manages the onsite construction for new office startup sites. Additionally, Dorinda is a driving force for cross-training among the IT Department.  Her efforts have improved the effectiveness and efficiency of the IT Department during a time of downsizing.   Dorinda has written for Processor Magazine and for Examiner.com (Houston Technology Examiner).   She is a member of NAPW and PMI, currently working for an international Architecture/Engineering firm in Houston.


EcoArchitect LaVerne Williams

LaVerne WilliamsPresentation Title
Advanced Green Technology and Sustainable Design Concepts which Dramatically Lower the “Living Cost” of Homes

Presentation Summary
The study and application of building science and building ecology has identified many green building design concepts and construction systems that have been invented (and re-invented) to dramatically improve the sustainability, durability, health, adaptability, comfort  and livability issues which plague current home design and construction methods. This seminar will demonstrate, with case studies, how a home can become well-used and well-loved oasis for living well.  Such homes can easily go beyond net-zero energy homes to become income producing homes from the excess energy they generate.  Their owners can become more self-sufficient and reduce toxicity.  This seminar will demonstrate how this is being done in this area. 

Presenter Bio
Laverne Williams is an Architect, Building Ecologist, Bioneer, a LEED Accredited Professional, and the CEO & Founder of ENVIRONMENT ASSOCIATES, Architects & Consultants, a pioneering green building architecture practice which has demonstrated nearly forty years of Leadership in creating Healthful, High Performance Green Homes and remodeling projects and other good works.  Recognized as one of this nation’s dedicated green building pioneers, his concerns since the 1970’s for the “Living Cost” of our homes, buildings and communities, and their effect upon our overall quality of life and health have led him to focus his efforts where it matters most, the places we call home.  As an originator of “Design for Passive Sustainability” (Design for homes, property and community as if our lives depends upon it), he is the architect for many innovative and precedent setting green homes and green technology which include Houston’s Passive Solar Demonstration Home in 1980 and the first certified LEED Platinum building project completed anywhere on the Planet by a Houston-based entity.  Both of the preeminent National and Local green building programs have each awarded Environment Associates’ (EA) their highest green building design awards available for homes he designed. 

Extended Bio
Williams’ professional and personal honors include: being a designated national & local “Houston Hero for the Environment” by C.L.E.A.N., as a “Texas Conservationist” by the Texas Legacy Project, and “Houston’s 2011 Greenprenuer” jointly by the Houston Citizen’s Chamber of Commerce, and the Houston Area Urban League.  EA was awarded the coveted “Hershey Conservation Award” and the “Egret Award” by the Houston Audubon Society in 1993.  He helped with the founding of several environmentally oriented non-profits, including the Texas Solar Energy Society and HARC’s “Cultivate Green” organization and has been a part of the Texas Energy Advisory Council.  Designated as one of Houston’s “City Brights” by the Houston Chronicle, Houston’s main newspaper, watch for his “EcoArchitect” online blog coming soon on http://www.chron.com/.


Robert Harriss

Robert HarrissPresentation Title
Issues & Trends in Sustainable Development

Presenter Bio
Robert Harriss is President and CEO of the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), an institution devoted to sustainability science, engineering, and education. He is an educator and researcher with a passion for creating collaborative, interdisciplinary environments that inspire youth and citizens to engage in the grand challenges of the 21st century. Bob has previously studied environments in the coastal Gulf of Mexico, the Amazon Basin, and the North American Arctic. Using measurements from ships, aircraft, and satellites he and his students and colleagues have aimed to describe and model how “earth systems” work. He has been a faculty member at Florida State University, University of New Hampshire, Texas A&M University, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.  Bob also served for ten years as a senior scientist at the NASA Langley Research Center and three years as Science Director of the Earth Science Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. His education includes a B.S. in Geology in from Florida State University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Earth Science from Rice University.


Coleman Sisson

Coleman SissonColeman Sisson is the CEO of BubbleUp, LLC in The Woodlands, TX.  Coleman has a BS degree in Data Processing and Quantitative Analysis from the University of Arkansas. He has over 30 years experience in the high-tech industry and has worked with Jimmy Buffett since 1989. He has held President and Vice President positions in several public companies including Liberate, CyberSafe, Powersoft and Compaq Computer Corp. Mr. Sisson is the senior technology adviser to the Buffett organization and in this capacity has created highly successful products and services driving strong, recurrent revenues.

BubbleUp is a brand development and digital services agency.  Its primary strengths include graphic design, hosting, e-commerce, ticketing, digital marketing and community management services. 


Katrina Kokoska

Katrina KokoskaPresentation Title
The Real Cost of Social Media

Presentation Summary
The use of social media networks is free, but effectively using them to market yourself or your brand is not. We'll take a look at what costs what in the world of social media, how those costs stack up against a traditional marketing campaign, and things to consider when planning your budget. We'll also discuss why integrating social media into your marketing budget is important, and how to get started.

Presenter Bio
Katrina Kokoska is the Manager of the Creative Services Division at Schipul - The Web Marketing Company where she oversees our client’s web marketing initiatives including strategy development, ongoing content creation, social media marketing, account management and client training. Katrina’s experience includes both offline and online marketing and advertising as well as project management and website development.  Katrina excels at integrating offline and online marketing campaigns, including development and implementation of social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Flickr.  Discovery Green, the Houston Zoo, and the Children’s Museum of Houston are just some of the web marketing projects that Katrina oversees.  Katrina received a Bachelor's Degree in Writing at Florida State University and a Master's Degree in Advertising at the University of Texas at Austin.

You can find Katrina’s staff bio and photos online: http://schipul.com/people/katrina-kokoska/


Daniel Bally

Daniel BallyPresentation Title
Creative, innovative, and practical uses of GIS in urban planning

Presentation Summary
This presentations aims to demonstrate the analytical and visual capabilities of GIS for developing, analyzing, and visualizing urban planning concepts. These include the practical use of 3D analysis for emergency response and innovative ways to reimagine neighborhood design. The discussion will explain each project’s design, the geoprocessing and visualization methods used, and the implications on the planning process.

Presenter Bio
Daniel Bally is a GIS Supervisor in the City of Houston’s Planning and Development Department and has nearly a decade of experience. Prior to joining the City, he worked for an engineering firm focusing on transportation planning. He has presented at the Texas GIS Forum and at the ESRI User Conference in the past on topics ranging from asset management to disaster response. He has AICP and GISP certifications and teaches GIS as an adjunct instructor at Lone Star Community College - Montgomery.


Stephen Fonash, PhD

Stephen FonashPresentation Title
Nanotechnology: What does the future hold?

Presentation Summary
Nanotechnology has the potential to transform aerospace, agriculture, information technology, national defense, transportation and many other sectors by driving the next wave of innovation in science and engineering.  Leading experts in the field will discuss current issues and trends associated with this emerging technology.

Presenter Bio
Dr. Stephen Fonash holds the Bayard D. Kunkle Chair in Engineering Sciences, at the Pennsylvania State University. His activities at Penn State include serving as the director of Penn State’s Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization (CNEU), director of the National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education Center, and director of the Pennsylvania Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Partnership. Prof. Fonash’s education contributions focus on nanotechnology post-secondary education and workforce development. His research activities encompass the processing and device physics of micro- and nanostructures including solar cells, sensors, and transistors. He has published over 300 refereed papers in the areas of education, nanotechnology, photovoltaics, microelectronics devices and processing, sensors, and thin film transistors. His book “Solar Cell Device Physics” has been termed the “bible of solar cell physics” and his solar cell computer modeling code AMPS is used by almost 800 groups around the world. Dr. Fonash holds 29 patents in his research areas, many of which are licensed to industry. Prof. Fonash received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society.


Dale W. Harrison

President & Founder, enGrant Scientific

Dale HarrisonPresentation Title
10 Myths Around Creating a Startup Company

Presentation Summary
Since the dot-com bubble of the late 1990’s much has changed about the way startups are created and funded. Many of these developments are poorly understood outside the startup community and many myths persist. These persistent myths are often the greatest obstacle to successfully launching a new startup in the current economic environment. This talk will outline several of these myths and discuss the current state of the startup community with specific examples of how several current local startups have successfully navigated the startup and funding process.

Presenter Bio
Dale Harrison has 30 years of experience in the fields of science and technology development. He began his career as an experimental physicist working in the field of superconductivity. At 24 he founded his first startup company focused on high technology development with projects in the areas of laboratory and factory automation, robotics and embedded systems development, artificial intelligence and large-scale statistical data-mining and analytics.

He has worked in the biotechnology sector for the past 12 years with companies involved in the manufacture of synthetic DNA and synthetic proteins, genetic sequencing services and laboratory robotics. He has held multiple senior positions with several biotech companies in the roles of CIO/CTO, VP Sales & Marketing and CEO.

Dale is currently the Founder and President of enGrant Scientific, a startup company focused on tracking the funding of scientific research projects. enGrant Scientific maintains a database of 2.5 million funded research projects over the past 25 years including information on the senior researchers and their collaborators, the research objectives and outcomes including the peer-reviewed papers and patents as well as funding and spending trends.


Van Oler

Presentation Title
Wireless Wizards – Smartphones and the Wireless Networks Behind Them

Presentation Summary
Presentation will discuss the ongoing consolidation of the wireless industry, with an emphasis on the irony of AT&T re-emerging as the dominant carrier 27 years after being dismantled by the federal government.  Presentation will also explain and quantify the demands placed on wireless networks by smartphones as compared to their predecessors (to support a customer base equipped with smartphones, a typical cell site must be able to hand fifty times more data than would be necessary for a similar number of customers equipped with ‘non-smart phones.’

Presenter Bio
Van Oler, MS | Microwave Engineer and Granite Engineer for AT&T Mobility

Van is responsible for increasing efficiency and profitability of wireless networks through rigorous topology analysis, identification and eradication of inefficiencies, and complete and accurate documentation of the resulting network in the industry standard Granite database.  He has ten years of experience as a commissioned officer in military communications, including service as a U.S. Army Ranger, and more than a decade in the commercial telecommunications sector with Verizon Wireless, Motorola, and T-mobile. From 2004-2006, Van served in Iraq, Kuwait, and Qatar leading the development and construction of voice and data infrastructure (both wired and wireless) at a number of locations of interest to the Department of Defense. Van has a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Maryland. Van is currently serving as an assistant coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the University of Cincinnati's ice hockey team. Van and his wife Jennifer reside in Cincinnati, OH.


Danny Kainer

Danny KainerPresentation Title
Scientific Research at a Community College – Real World Opportunities for Students to Make a Difference

Presentation Summary
The Lone Star College Biotechnology Institute has been sponsoring student research projects tied to larger scale real world applications for the past two years.  These projects have been made possible by collaborations with private industry and address cutting edge research in alternative energy and environmental remediation, two areas thought to be critical to the long term well-being of humanity.  Unlike traditional science educational settings, research projects force both students and professors to participate in the discovery process together, often leading to surprising insights into how our world works and what types of technical solutions might make that world a better place.  Such intrinsically motivating features of these projects lead to extremely high levels of enthusiasm and engagement from the students fortunate enough to participate in this exciting opportunity.

Presenter Bio
Daniel Kainer is currently in his ninth year as a faculty member at Lone Star College-Montgomery.  He is currently serving his second year as director of the Lone Star College Biotechnology Institute (LSCBI) which is home to the first biotechnology program in Texas.

After receiving bachelor degrees in psychology and philosophy from the University of Houston, Kainer received his Master’s degree in microbiology from Texas Tech University and his doctorate in cell biology from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.  During his graduate school years, he experienced the joys of teaching, first-hand, as a teaching assistant and decided to pursue a secondary composite science teaching certification.  After teaching high school for one year, he did post-doctoral research at the University of Texas School of Public Health before settling into the full-time teaching career he currently enjoys at Lone Star College.

Dr. Kainer has a wide range of academic and entrepreneurial interests.  He parlayed a life-long love of astronomy and a career as a biology educator into the development of several continuing education courses and workshops covering the fascinating topic of astrobiology.  Since 1998, he has operated a small ecommerce business, selling thousands of items on ebay, amazon, and other internet venues.  He is currently an established online bookseller and has translated this personal entrepreneurial experience into short courses offered at Lone Star College.

During the past two years, Dr. Kainer has begun several research initiatives within the framework of the LSCBI and via collaborations between LSCBI and various community partners.  Such collaborations have resulted in the development of several algae-derived biofuels and bacteria-derived electricity, and water bioremediation research projects, some of which have been integrated into the biotechnology curriculum at Lone Star College.  The establishment of such projects have led to the research opportunities for Lone Star College biotechnology students which includes the unique opportunity to help develop one of the first commercial scale biorefineries in Texas, right here on the Lone Star-Montgomery campus.


Andrew Nunn

Andrew NunnPresentation Title
Operation Zeus: Leveraging Social Media as a Fundraising Tool for Social Entrepreneurship

Presentation Summary
Andrew W. Nunn is the art director of Operation: Zeus, a multi-layered non-profit organization for Veterans, which is in the process of filming a documentary about this generations' Veterans.  Operation: Zeus has seen tremendous outreach and support through social media, such as Facebook, Tumblr and especially Kickstarter.  Over $8,000 dollars have been raised in support of Operation: Zeus to date. Andrew will speak about how social media and internet communication have set Operation: Zeus on a path toward success.

Presenter Bio
Andrew W. Nunn is a photographer, currently attending the Art Institute of Austin, where he is the Vice President of the Student Veterans Organization.  Being a Veteran, student, small business owner and Artist, he relies heavily on social media and communication to promote and conduct personal business.

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