Students & Parents

Tech Talk Series - Fall 2013


Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 7:00pm
Kings Court English, Class of '38 Lounge

Nick McGill, Universivity of Pennsylvania Master's Program in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and an MSE in Robotics:  

Currently a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Nick, is pursuing a BSE dual-major in electrical and mechanical engineering and an MSE in robotics. His interests include medical devices, robotic design & mobile robots, and signal processing.  Outside of classwork, he enjoys photography, cooking, and travel.





Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 7:00pm
Ware College House, McClelland Hall

John Ross Cromer, MEAM '06: Owner of Voltmate LLC: 

Trading a career in oil refining for solar power entrepreneurship, John-Ross Cromer has spearheaded industry growth by dismantling market barriers to entry. His solar power design programs have been taught to engineers and architects in all 50 states.  Aided by strategic partnerships, he designed and installed the largest solar array in Mississippi, doubling the entire state'a installed capacity, and is booked for a repeat performance next year.  His latest venture Voltmate aims to disrupt the entire renewable energy sales market.  And he willingly credits the undergraduate math, science, and entrepreneurship courses currently offered by Penn engineering.





Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 7:00pm
Hill College House, Upper East Lounge

Dr. Stephen Sullivan, Associate Professor of Anatomy & Physiology Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA: 

Steve began teaching Human Anatomy & Physiology at the college level in 2002. By 2005 his course was paperless, using digital tools for all assessments and content delivery. By 2008, he had developed one of the first fully online A&P courses in the country using virtual physiology labs and cadaver dissections. In 2009 he began writing the digital content that currently accompanies McGraw-Hill’s popular line of A&P textbooks. Steve is now a lead A&P digital author for McGraw-Hill Higher Education and a recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. He maintains active membership in the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society and has given presentations at their annual conference each of the last five years.





Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 7:00pm

Mikaelyn Austin, PHL17 Producer of "Eye Opener" and Freelance Photographer for the Philadelphia Phillies:

Mikaelyn Austin is a Producer with PHL17, where she manages and oversees the daily production of "Eye Opener," a two-hour, live morning news, comedy and variety show.  She also currently serves as a freelance shooter for the Philadelphia Phillies, working one of their two live handheld cameras during in-game production for Phanavision. Mikaelyn first pursued a career in mixed media immediately after graduation from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.  She founded Philly Philms, an independent multi-media production company based in her adopted hometown of Philadelphia.  Under the Philly Philms moniker, Mikaelyn developed and produced three feature-length sports documentaries that aired on ESPN, Comcast SportsNet, PBS and Comcast.





Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:30pm
Stouffer College House, Mayer Playroom

Michele Grab, Director of Advancing Women in Engineering (AWE), University of Pennsylvania:

Michele Grab has been the Director of Advancing Women in Engineering (AWE) at Penn since October 2007 where she is charged with spearheading the AWE initiatives to recruit and retain women in engineering.  Prior to her position in Engineering, Michele spent 3 years as the House Dean of Stouffer College House and as an Academic Advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn. Michele came to Penn from Carnegie Mellon University, where she spent 5 years in the Dean of Student Affairs office working on gender and leadership programs, coordinated sexual assault outreach education, provided support services for sexual assault survivors, coordinated a scholarship program, and supervised a residential building of 300 residents. Michele has a master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a bachelor's degree in communications from the State University of New York at Geneseo.





Monday, October 28, 2013 - 8:00pm
Rodin College House, M30 Seminar Room, Mezzanine

Prof. Orkan Telhan, Fine Arts, Rodin College House Fellow: 

Orkan Telhan is interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher whose investigations focus on the design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility.




Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 7:00pm
Ware College House, McClelland Hall

Jerricka Hill, College ‘08
Charu Jangrid, M&T ‘14
Tomo Takebe, SEAS and SAS ‘04
Ka-Wing Tam, SEAS and SAS ‘04
Yizenia Dabideen, M&T '06

Alumni dating back to 2003 will be joining us for an exciting discussion panel.  The panel will discuss how the technology skills they learned in the Information Technology Advisors (ITA) program, and during their time as students at the University, helped to further their career path and choices.  Topics of conversation will range from where they started with their technical knowledge and how they grew their skillset into being a marketable bullet point to their past and for their current employers.