Agenda and Registration – X-STEM DC 2019

X-STEM DC 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 9:30am to 3:00pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center Washington, DC

Attendee registration for X-STEM DC 2019 has closed.  There will be no on-site registration.  Please contact [email protected] with questions.

Advance registration is required to attend!  View the agenda and speaker line-up below.

EXHIBITS: PLEASE NOTE – X-STEM is a conference-style event. The Festival Expo exhibits will NOT be open during X-STEM DC 2019. The Festival’s next biennial Expo weekend will be held in spring 2020!

X-STEM DC 2019 Agenda

View the 2019 speaker line-up here or click on the speaker names below for more details.

Welcome Address and Opening Remarks - 9:30am to 9:45am

Multiple speakers to kick off X-STEM!

Session One - 9:45am to 10:50am

Stage One
Dr. Mireya Mayor – Primatologist, Explorer, Author, TV Host – WILD ABOUT SCIENCE: My Journey from NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer
Dr. Tyler Allen – Cancer Research Scientist, Duke University – Using Cell Biology to Make a Lasting Impact

Stage Two
Dr. Padhu Seshaiyer – Mathematical Scientist, George Mason University – Global Problem Solving Using STEM
Gabriela A. Gonzalez – Engineer and STEM Education Advocate, Intel Foundation – Revelations During My Improbable Journey

Stage Three
Dr. Serena McCalla – STEM Educator and Scientist, iResearch Institute / Jericho UFSD – Defining your Own Future
Hannah Herbst – Teen Inventor and Social Innovator – From Compassion to Innovation a Never Ending Adventure

Session Two - 11:05am to 12:10pm

Stage One
Dr. Bill Schindler – Archaeologist and Anthropologist, Washington College – Experimental Archaeology, Ancestral Diets and Modern Health
Zack Lemann – Entomologist and Bug Chef, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium – From the Schoolyard to Singapore: Eating Insects Here, There, and Everywhere

Stage Two
Tim Vanderham – Chief Technology Officer, NCR Corporation – Innovation in Unlikely Places
Jess Loeb – Software Engineer, PlayStation – Using Problem-Solving and Creativity to Drive Innovation at PlayStation

Stage Three
Amy Sterling – Crowdsourcing Expert, EyeWire – How Gamers are Mapping the Brain
Dr. Kafui Dzirasa – Neuroscientist and Psychiatrist, Duke University – Brain Machine Integration

Session Three - 1:10pm to 2:15pm

Stage One
Amy Kukulya – Underwater Vehicle Engineer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution – Ocean Exploration Through the Eyes of Animals
Dr. Christian Hubicki – Robotics Research Scientist, Forida A&M-Florida State College of Engineering – The Challenge of Creating Robots That Walk and Run

Stage Two
Dr. Erin Macdonald – Aerospace Engineer and Educator – Merging Science With Science Fiction
Dr. Darryll Pines – Dean and Professor of Aerospace Engineering, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland – Gamera: A Project Inspired by Davinci

Stage Three
Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young – Administrator for Agricultural Research Service (ARS), U.S. Department of Agriculture – Science in Your Shopping Cart
Dr. Irwin Adam – Creative Scientist and Food Futurist, Future Food Studio – The Flavour Hack

Session Four - 2:30pm to 3:00pm

Stage One
Justin Shaifer – STEM Educator and Founder of Fascinate Inc. – Why STEM is DOPE!


Maggy Benson, Office of Education and Outreach, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Amelia Draper, Meteorologist, NBC4

Bob Hirshon, President, Springtail Media


Attendee registration for X-STEM DC 2019 has closed.  There will be no on-site registration.

Advance registration is required to attend.

No Refund Policy X-STEM tickets are non-refundable. The USA Science & Engineering Festival reserves the right to revise the X-STEM event agenda and list of participating speakers. Attendees will have the opportunity to register for seats at specific talks and we will do our best to accommodate those requests. In the event that a speaker becomes unable to participate, attendees registered for that speaker will be reassigned to an alternate talk.

Questions? If you have any questions, please contact Nancy van Dillen at [email protected].

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