2017 Speakers

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Keynote Speakers

Ursula Burns

Chairman - Xerox Corporation

Ana Mari Cauce, Ph.D.

President - University of Washington

Francis deSouza

President and Chief Executive Officer - Illumina

Philip J. Hanlon, Ph.D.

President - Dartmouth College

Susan Hockfield, Ph.D.

President Emerita - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

President-elect - AAAS

Brian Kelly

Editor and Chief Content Officer - U.S. News & World Report

Andrew N. Liveris

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer - The Dow Chemical Company

Pamela T. Luster, Ed.D.

President - San Diego Mesa College

Margaret Mannix

Executive Editor - U.S. News & World Report

Ioannis N. Miaoulis, Ph.D.

President and Director - Museum of Science, Boston

Andrew W. Moore, Ph.D.

Dean - School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D.

Director - NASA Johnson Space Center

Scott Peters

U.S. Congressman - 52nd District of California

G.P. “Bud” Peterson, Ph.D.

President - Georgia Institute of Technology

Albert Pisano, Ph.D.

Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering - University of California–San Diego

Debra L. Reed

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer - Sempra Energy

Darlene V. Shiley

President - The Shiley Foundation


Ashok Agrawal, D.M.

Managing Director for Professional Services; Director of External Affairs - American Society for Engineering Education

Janet Bandows Koster

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer - Association for Women in Science

Anthony Barela

Principal - Vista High School, Vista, California

Kelvin Beachum

NFL Player and STEM Advocate - Jacksonville Jaguars

Vince Bertram, Ed.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer - Project Lead The Way

Nancy Butler Songer, Ph.D.

Dean and Distinguished University Professor, School of Education - Drexel University

Victor V. Buzachero

Corporate Senior Vice President - Scripps Health

Curtis Cain, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools - Wentzville School District, Wentzville, Missouri

Peter Callstrom

President and Chief Executive Officer - San Diego Workforce Partnership

Dianna Cowern

Creator - Physics Girl

Melissa Diaz-Cisneros

Fifth Grade Teacher - Chula Vista Hills Elementary School, Chula Vista, California

Matt Dozier

President and Chief Executive Officer - EAST Initiative

David Drucker

Senior Vice President, Sponsorship and Advertising Sales - Channel One News

Catherine Dunn

Principal, State Solutions - ACT

Ann Durham

Deputy Sector Navigator for Health, San Diego/Imperial Region - California Community Colleges Health Workforce Initiative

Charles Eaton

Chief Executive Officer - Creating IT Futures Foundation

Executive Vice President, Social Innovation - CompTIA

Erika Ebbel Angle, Ph.D.

Founder and Executive Director - Science from Scientists

David L. Evans, Ph.D.

Executive Director - National Science Teachers Association

Ida Rose Florez, Ph.D.

Owner/Consultant - Early Childhood System Solutions

Gabriela Gamiz

Director of Community Engagement - Harvey Mudd College

Lindsey Gardner

Director of External Relations - STEM Education Coalition

Linnea Garrett

School Director - Chicago Tech Academy High School

William H. Gary, Sr.

Executive Vice President, Workforce, Community and Economic Development Division - Cuyahoga Community College

Marybeth Gasman, Ph.D.

Professor of Higher Education - University of Pennsylvania

Director - Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, University of Pennsylvania

Ron Gonzales

President and Chief Executive Officer - Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley

Cheryl K. Goodman

Executive Director - Athena San Diego

DeEtte Gray

President, Intelligence and Security - BAE Systems

Stephanie Gregson, Ed.D.

Director, Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division; Executive Director, Instructional Quality Commission - California Department of Education

Helen V. Griffith, Ed.D.

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer - e3 Civic High School, San Diego

Jordan Harrison

Director, College Town - Reality Changers

Jessica Howard

STEAM Program Director - Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation

Paul Johnson

Cyber Systems Engineer, Mission Systems Sector - Northrop Grumman

Ross Kasun, Ed.D.

Superintendent - Freehold Township School District, Freehold, New Jersey

Gladis Kersaint, Ph.D.

Dean and Professor of Mathematics Education - Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut

Olivia Khalili

Director, Yahoo for Good - Yahoo

Houri Khatchadorian

Member, Board of Managers Education Commission - California State PTA

Jesse Lovejoy

Director, STEM Education and 49ers Museum - San Francisco 49ers

Hernán Luis y Prado

Founder and Chief Executive Officer - Workshops for Warriors

Viola Maxwell-Thompson

President - Information Technology Senior Management Forum

Irving Pressley McPhail, Ed.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer - National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

Keith Miller, Ph.D.

President - Greenville Technical College, Greenville, SC

Hala Mirza

Vice President, Corporate Communications and Citizenship - Regeneron

Jamillah Moore, Ed.D.

President - Cañada College, Redwood City, CA

Marcos Morales

Assistant Vice President & Head, Talent Management and National STEM Initiatives - INROADS

Michael Morella

Associate Editor - U.S. News & World Report

Meredith Morris

STEM Education and Site Communications - The Dow Chemical Company

Cindy Moss, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Global STEM Initiatives - Discovery Education

Maria Nichols

Director, School Innovation - San Diego Unified School District

Tina S. Nova, Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer - Molecular Stethoscope

William Oakes, Ph.D.

Director, EPICS Program; Professor of Engineering Education - Purdue University

Julia Olsen, Ph.D.

Director of Teacher Development, College of Education - University of Arizona

Ron Ottinger

Director - STEM Next, University of San Diego

Carol O’Donnell, Ed.D.

Director - Smithsonian Science Education Center

Joseph Panetta

President and Chief Executive Officer - Biocom

Anna M. Park

Chief Executive Officer - Great Minds in STEM

Sharon J. Pierce, Ed.D.

President - Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Jessica Rannow

President - Society of Women Engineers

Patricia Reily, Ed.D.

Veterans Services Director - California State University–San Marcos

Larry Rosenstock

Chief Executive Officer - High Tech High, San Diego

Mary Sandy

Director - Virginia Space Grant Consortium

Ellen Sherratt, Ph.D.

Deputy Director, Center on Great Teachers and Leaders - American Institutes for Research

Elizabeth H. Simmons, Ph.D.

Dean - Lyman Briggs College

Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development; University Distinguished Professor of Physics - Michigan State University

Marti Skold-Jordan

Manager, US Community Partnerships - GlaxoSmithKline

Natasha Smith-Walker

Executive Director - Project Exploration

Steven Snyder, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer - Fleet Science Center

Gerald R. Solomon

Executive Director - Samueli Foundation

Vincent Stewart

Executive Director, STEM Network - Children Now

Lynn Strickland

Executive Director - Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee

Megan Thomas

Senior Director of Collaborative Philanthropy - San Diego Grantmakers

Ricardo Valerdi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Systems and Industrial Engineering - University of Arizona

Founder and Chief Scientist - Science of Sport

Judy Vredenburgh

President and Chief Executive Officer - Girls Inc.

Katherine Wilcox

Executive Director - EnCorps STEM Teachers Program