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Blue Tech Dreams on the USS Midway

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – May 24, 2017 – The latest STEAM Leadership Series event “Blue Tech Dreams: Water & Jobs Everywhere” will take 300 San Diego Unified high school students aboard  the USS Midway Museum, Thursday, June 1, from 9:00 – 10:30 AM PT to learn about San Diego’s new high tech and traditional ocean economy. Keynoters will be champion sailor and philanthropist Malin Burnham, author of Community Before Self, and Dr. Jyotika Virmani, prize lead for the $7 million Shell Ocean X-Prize.  Students will learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math,) hear career experiences from five local innovators and tour a festival of exciting ocean exhibits from startups and major companies alike.  Exhibits will include a robotic lifeguard named “Emily” (live water demo)

Students will be welcomed by RADM Mac Mclaughlin (US Navy Ret.) President and CEO of the USS Midway Museum. Following the keynotes, emcee Greg Murphy, executive director of the Maritime Alliance, will lead a career panel on the future of ocean technology, careers and jobs, with a discussion based on questions from students in the audience.

Career Panel speakers include (short bios below):

  • Rusty Jehangir, Founder, Blue Robotics
  • Dr. Daniel Rudnick, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Professor of Climate, Atmospheric Science and Physical Oceanography (Autonomous Ocean Platforms and Global Ocean Observing Systems)
  • Kathryn Carrillo, Senior Contract Administrator, BAE Systems
  • Captain Matt Kallenberg Pacific Tugboat Services,
  • Shannon Waters, Project Manager Smart Fin/Surfrider,

 “We are excited for our students to learn about the growing Blue Economy and the variety of job opportunities that accompany that growth,” said Michael Goodbody, from the office of secondary schools. “One of the coolest things about the Blue Economy is that it is providing jobs that touch so many different career fields. For this event we have recruited students enrolled in a variety of career themed pathways, from transportation to engineering.”

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Speaker and Company Bios

  • BAE Systems, Kathryn Carrillo, Senior Contract Administrator BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair is a compact modern shipyard with fully-equipped shops and can plan, manage and perform all levels of repair or modernization, both emergent and regularly scheduled, for more than 50 U.S. Navy vessels home-ported in San Diego and the various commercial ships that make port calls here.
  • Blue Robotics, Rusty Jehangir, Founder ,Elisa Miller. Blue Robotics’ mission is to provide low-cost, high-quality components to enable the future of marine robotics. The BlueROV2 is a capable, flexible and affordable mini-ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle).  BlueRov2.

  • Pacific Tugboat Services, Captain Matt Kallenberg. Pacific Tugboat Service is a locally owned Small Business specializing in marine services & equipment.  The Pacific Tugboat Service fleet of ocean and harbor tugs, crew boats, landing craft, work boats, skiffs, deck barges, tank barges, floating cranes and marine equipment represents the most diverse and capable fleet in southern California.
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Professor of Oceanography Daniel Rudnick, ARGO Float and SPRAY GLIDER, Autonomous Ocean Platforms and Global Ocean Observing Systems.  There are over 4000 Argo floats measuring the world’s oceans in many ways.

  • Smart Fin/Surfrider, Shannon Waters, Project Manager (swaters@surfrider.org) The SmartFin is a surfboard fin with sensors that measure important ocean properties that help researchers and coastal communities understand trends in ocean health. With the SmartFin, surfers become citizen scientists, turning wave sets into data sets simply while surfing their favorite breaks.

Other EXHIBITORS

  • Hydronalix, EMILY Robot Video and another.  Founded in 2009, Hydronalix has become recognized as a leader and international symbol in robotics innovation for beach and flood rescue with our successful patented EMILY product line.
  • Aquaai : robotic fish Liane Thompson, CEO and Simeon Pieterkosky, CVO.   applies bio-mimicry excellence to marine robotics creating robotic fish that mimic real fish. We call these agile and efficient platforms BIV, as in Bio-Inspired Vehicles. BIV platforms maneuver quickly, carrying a payload with interchangeable sensors, gathering data per client need.

Underwater Biospheres for growing herbs and vegetables with full monitoring capability from the surface.

  • Planck Aerosystems, Josh Wells, CEO  and Dave Twining, COO  Planck Aerosystems builds unmanned aerial systems (drones) for the maritime industry– a future where there are drones on every boat.
  • SeaPerch , Dave Massey. SeaPerch is an underwater ROV competition that allows students to build their own ROV and compete against other teams in regional events.  Successful teams advance to the national competition.  They will exhibit their SeaPerch kit and answer questions.
  • Training Resources Limited , Ray Gillip, President.  Leading private maritime training school based in San Diego that trains students to be merchant mariners—exhibiting a sit-down ship’s pilot simulator

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The Future of Personalized Medicine at the Illumina Theater/Alexandria

 SAN DIEGO, Calif. – October 28, 2016 – The latest STEAM Leadership Series event will introduce 250 San Diego Unified middle and high school students to “The Future of Personalized Medicine” on Friday, October 28th from 9:00 AM PT – 10:30 AM PT at the Illumina Theater/Alexandria. Students will learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) career experiences from keynoters Dr. Eric Topol, Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health, author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine and The Patient Will See You Now, Dr. Stephen Kingsmore, President and CEO of Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine, and Dawn Barry, Vice President of Marketing for Applied Genomics at Illumina, the San Diego company that leads the world in genetic sequencing.

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STEAM Opportunities in Engineering and Business at the Institute of the Americas

Institute of the Americas, December 1, 2017

 

 The Institute of the Americas is collaborating with the San Diego Unified STEAM Leadership Series, the San Diego Unified School System, lead sponsor the Moxie Foundation, and others, in a major event in December 6, 2017, in order to underscore the importance of education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to the future careers of the youth of the region – from all sectors of society. 

Three-hundred junior high and high school students, many of Latin American origin, with interests in STEM participated in this event. 

Through interactive narratives with the participants, Latin American professionals showcased their experience and demonstrate how their achievements and personal pathways to success can serve as practical examples and models for students towards achieving their own potential. 

The participants learned about the new high-tech, business, and entrepreneurial STEM careers from exciting and knowledgeable experts. 

We aim to inform and inspire high school students from across the San Diego District and Tijuana with the variety of business, research and academic, as well as not-for-profit opportunities offered by the San Diego / Baja California mega region. Our objective is to enrich and empower these youth to be able to set their own goals and aspirations and to position themselves for the future to take advantage of the richness of opportunities. 

Special pilot: As a first for the STEAM Leadership Series, the main sessions and breakouts will be live-streamed to a host of academic institutions in Latin and South America – including, but not limited to, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. 

Some 400-hundred junior high and high school students, many of Latin American origin, with interests in STEM will participate in this event.

Through interactive narratives with the participants, Latin American professionals will showcase their experience and demonstrate how their achievements and personal pathways to success can serve as practical examples and models for students towards achieving their own potential.

The participants will learn about the new high-tech, business, and entrepreneurial STEM careers from exciting and knowledgeable experts.

We aim to inform and inspire high school students from across the San Diego District and Tijuana with the variety of business, research and academic, as well as not-for-profit opportunities offered by the San Diego / Baja California mega region. Our objective is to enrich and empower these youth to be able to set their own goals and aspirations and to position themselves for the future to take advantage of the richness of opportunities.

Special pilot: As a first for the STEAM Leadership Series, the main sessions and breakouts will be live-streamed to a host of academic institutions in Latin and South America – including, but not limited to, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay.

THE PROGRAM;

WELCOME REMARKS AND SPEAKER INTRODUCTIONS:

MICHAEL GOODBODY, Strategic Partnerships, Sand Diego Unified School District

STEVE CHAPPLE, Exec. Director of the San Diego Unified STEAM Leadership Series

JAMAL KHOKHAR, President and CEO, Institute of the Americas  (https://www.iamericas.org/en/)

MARCELA CELORIO, Consul General of Mexico in San Diego

KEYNOTE: WENDY MARTINEZ, MANAGER ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, RAYTHEON CORP.

Raytheon, the world’s largest maker of guided missiles, has 63,000 employees and a significant presence in San Diego and California.  Martinez, one of the highest ranked Latina engineers in the country, overseas a senior team of 10, all men.

CONFERENCE EXPECTATIONS: Luisa Reyes, STEM Manager, Institute of the Americas

FIRST BREAKOUT PANEL: SOFTWARE ENGINEERING & IT

Wendy Martinez, Chief Engineer, Manager, Electrical Engineering, Raytheon

Felipe Fernandez, Chief Operating Officer, Jelp, Software Engineering Visionary

Guillermo Mejia, Director Tijuana’s Mind HUB, Consortium of Software and IT Startup Companies

Luisa Reyes, STEM PROGRAMS MANAGER, INSTITUTE OF THE AMERICAS, MODERATOR

SECOND BREAKOUT PANEL: BUSINESS: BINATIONAL ECONOMY OPPORTUNIES

Gabriela Dow, Moderator & Owner, Mora Dow Consulting; Director, NV5; and Co-founder, “Plug & Play San Diego”

Adriana Herrera, Entrepreneur, Consultant/Advisor, Co-founder of GradIntent and Fashioning Change

Miguel Marshal, CEO, Centro Ventures

Adriana Heldiz, Reporter, Digital Editor, Voice of San Diego

 

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From the Skies to the Streets on the USS Midway

Some 300 San Diego Unified high school students learn about STEAM career experiences from five innovators who present new technologies including electric cars, satellites that provide internet connections to airplanes and other moving vehicles, an algae-fueled Baja 1000 motorcycle, and state-of-the art bicycles.

MORE: The speaker program kicks-off with Kristi Jaska, vice president of Strategy and Innovation at ViaSat as the keynote, with emcee David Wagner, science and technology reporter with KPBS to lead a panel on the future of transportation with a discussion based on questions from students in the audience as well as live-streamed classroom interaction from students around San Diego County. The live stream will be accessible at XX. Students will use #steamleadsd to ask questions via Twitter.

Panel speakers include:

  • Benno Baenziger, Co-Founder, The Electra Bicycle Company and Benno Bikes
  • April Bolduc, Electric Vehicle Customer Engagement Manager, SDG&E
  • Kristian Gustavson, Research Team Lead, Field Division for Asymmetric Research Group
  • Kristi Jaska, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, ViaSat
  • Eric Maglio, Conceptual Design Engineer, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

    “Our goal is to inspire San Diego students through interactions with the latest technologies and innovative thinkers in our region,” said Steve Chapple, series founder and author of the Intellectual Capital column about game-changing people and ideas.
    “This is an important opportunity for our students to interact with professionals in the community and to connect their interests with a real career option,” added Daniel Barone, teacher on special assignment at the San Diego Unified School District. “We match students in Linked Learning career pathway classes based on the theme of each event, so for this one we’ll have students from engineering and automotive pathways.”

 

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Oceans, Sustainable Seafood, Humans and the Sea

Experts from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, NOAA and UC San Diego capture the imaginations of high school students interested in green technology as they demonstrate how their research helps to protect and preserve the ocean. Ralph Keeling and Stephen Mayfield keynote on CO2 emissions and algae biotechnology, followed by Chef Rob Ruiz, Noelle Bowlin of NOAA and Jessica Blanton of Scripps on their careers in studying and serving sustainable fish.

 

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Women in Biotech at the Salk Institute #1 – Tina Nova

Heartily dismissing negative stereotypes of scientists, legendary biotech entrepreneur Tina Nova, co-founder of Genoptix, and Salk Institute professor Janelle Ayres rocked an auditorium full of high school girls with stories of how hard work and confidence led to their joyful lives and satisfying careers in science. Following these two keynotes, Ayres joined Salk senior scientist Carol Marchetto and Natalie Calatayud and Kaitlin Croyle of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research as they each shared their own paths to success.

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Riding the Wave of Ingenuity – Fernando Aguerre

Reef co-founder Fernando Aguerre urges high school students to follow their hearts as he recounts how his love for surfing and his desire to live near his brother in California led him to leave Argentina and build a hugely successful career as a surf brand entrepreneur. Then, he recalls, with plenty of money but little time for a personal lives, the brothers sold the business, allowing Fernando to pursue his passion for spreading surfing around the world as president of the International Surfing Association. This presentation is the third of The STEAM Leadership Series, featuring speakers in conversation with students about embracing creativity in learning. 

[DIRECTOR’S NOTE:  Interestingly, Fernando Aguerre’s talk, along with Diego Miralles’ (see “Healing Innovation,”) have often received the top-most hits and shares from students and viewers in San Diego and worldwide.   These are great, wise, fun, animated lectures, but it may also have something to with the fact that approximately 55% of the students in the San Diego public high school system are of Latin background, broadly defined.  Aguerre and Miralles both hail from Argentina.   Their passion for learning and sport and motivating others comes  through strongly!  Check it out.]

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Drones on the USS Midway with Chris Anderson

“It’s not taking pilots out of planes. It’s putting propellers on smart phones.”

So says Chris Anderson, co-founder of 3D Robotics describing “Solo,” the world's first Smart Drone. Anderson was among a group of leading engineers in unmanned aerial vehicles gathered on the USS Midway to inspire San Diego students to consider careers in engineering and technology. Others on board included Mike Atwood and Darren Moe of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems who described the military missions of the “Predator” UAV; George Guerre of Northrop Grumman lead designer of the “Global Hawk” a drone as large as a commercial jetliner which is currently used for weather surveillance and humanitarian purposes, and, finally, Mike Veale of San Diego Zoo Safari Park who touched many in the audience by explaining how he plans to use drones to aid in the stopping of rhino and elephant poaching in Southern Africa. This event–second in the Series–was presented as part of the STEAM Leadership Series, created by Intellectual Capital and KidsEcoClub in partnership with the San Diego Unified School System.

San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten welcomes students to a program on drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles on the deck of the USS Midway Museum. This clip is an excerpt from “Drones on the USS Midway,” featuring leaders from 3D Robotics, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Northrop Grumman and more engaging with students interested in STEAM careers involving science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

 

 

 

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Healing with Innovation – Diego Miralles, MD

Dr. Diego Miralles, the charismatic Global Head of Innovation for Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, inspires students from San Diego’s Kearny High School with his story of leaving a comfortable life in Argentina, sacrificing to get ahead in America, discovering a drug to suppress HIV, and ultimately defining success by the positive influence he and others have on the people around them. This presentation is the first of The STEAM Leadership Series, featuring speakers in conversation with students about embracing creativity in learning.