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Garrett Gray – The Truth About Success

 

The most well intended person is susceptible to ugly behavior. Witnessing an unexpected victory of a game that exposed an ugliness in human nature, Garrett Gray learned some unexpected consequences of success. His Ideas will help you avoid being the unexpected victim.

Garrett Gray is a Professional Engineer, an Award Winning Speaker and Artist and All Around Great Guy! Garrett speaks about his life experiences and lessons learned from his 25+ years in Engineering with audiences ranging from students to professionals. Garrett has a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a M.S in Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering from Iowa State University. Garrett brings his distinct blend of high energy, unique perspective and contagious enthusiasm to audiences whenever he speaks. Garrett,apastTEDx Emcee/Announcer, also films, directs & edits television programs for Tinley Park public access television. He also emcee and Announcer for TEDx IIT 2015.

Carl Seidman – Why I Retired at 32

 

Millennials will soon make up 60% of the workforce causing a major disruption in how Americans work and live. Companies must adapt to meet their needs. The solution is for the workforce to do something unexpected.

Carl is a strategic management advisor whose perspectives on life and work have attracted the attention of businesses and journalists around the world. He has worked with nearly 200 companies and thousands of professionals aligning business growth with interpersonal relationships and communication. Carl helps leaders craft empowered work cultures and speaks to young professionals about enhancing their confidence, acting on their ideas, and becoming more engaged in the workplace.

San Lae Lae Cho – Let’s Get To Know Each Other

Every year, close to a million international students attend schools in the United States, according to US News. These young people face many unexpected experiences, ranging from comical to puzzle. San Lae Lae Cho from Myanmar had little preparation for what was ahead. Her experience gave her an unexpected insight.

San Lae Lae Cho is an enthusiastic, curious and hardworking future architect with a growth mindset and communication skills. As a young architect, she is occasionally nominated for her architectural design. Not only is she an outstanding architecture student, but also excels in leadership and commitment through various involvements on campus such as student organizations and volunteer work. Due to this wide field of involvement, she has experience in leadership, teamwork, problem solving, decision making and stress management. From a unique cultural background of Myanmar, she loves experiencing new culture and working with a diverse community.

Michael Gorham – A Heart Attack Saved My Life

 

Rahm Emanuel said, “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” The same thing holds for serious health events. Such events are opportunities to change habits. Michael Gorham`s near-death heart attack saved his life. He lost 50 pounds, got off of all meds, and felt 20 years younger.

Michael Gorham is Industry Professor at IIT Stuart School of Business and Director of the Center for Financial Innovation. He serves on boards or committees of the CBOE Futures Exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the GARP Risk Review, Futures Industry Magazine, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He is co-author of two books; India’s Financial Markets: An Insider’s Guide and Electronic Exchanges: The Global Transformation from Pits to Bits. He was director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight, economist at the Fed and VP of Research and of International Marketing at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Chris Gladwin – Storing All Data

 

Like computing power, data storage capability grows every year. So data-intensive applications once impossible became a part of our everyday lives. This also means that massive data volumes that we can only imagine today will become commonplace in the future enabling applications that are fantastically powerful, ridiculous and sometimes beneficial.

Chris Gladwin is the Founder of Cleversafe, whose software is the foundation of many of the largest data storage systems worldwide. Their technology is used to store many of the files, maps, songs, television and movies you use every day. The company also created one of the 10 most powerful patent portfolios in the world and then was acquired by IBM in 2015. Prior to Cleversafe, Chris founded the first music service provider, MusicNow, and tablet computer company, Cruise Technologies. Chris is a member of the Illinois Tech Board of Trustees and will be the 2016 commencement speaker.

Kate Cesario – Everything Country

 

This fifth grader expresses her empathy and compassion in spoken words for her new friend who found a new country.

Kate Cesario is a fifth grader at Whittier School in Downers Grove, Illinois. She was the Midwest winner for the American Immigration Council’s “Celebrate America” Fifth Grade Essay Contest. In between swimming, Minecraft and climbing trees, Kate is passionate about sharks, social justice and understanding the world around her.

Lillian Smestad – Antimatter Matters

 

Is the unfamiliar twin of matter — antimatter — acting unexpectedly? For instance, would an anti-apple fall to earth differently from an apple? This could even open up the possibility of an anti-world existing somewhere out there. To better understand our place in the universe, let’s better understand antimatter.

Lillian Smestad, a Norwegian researcher of particle physics at CERN, specialized in the studies the smallest building blocks of Nature. The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded based on the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN while her PhD from UiO, was on the hunt for the Higgs boson with the ATLAS experiment. Lillian researched dark matter before her current engagement in getting to know antimatter better. She won FameLab CERN 2015 and was awarded Runner-Up in FameLab International 2015, the world’s largest science communication competition. Lillian thinks the world is an amazing place, which deserves our admiration.

Javid Akherat – Breakthrough in Dialysis Treatment

 

An engineer uses state-of-the-art computational tools to save millions of lives of dialysis patients worldwide. S. M. Javid Mahmoudzadeh Akherat and a team of researchers solved a big medical problem with knowledge of fluid dynamics and medicine. This innovative interdisciplinary approach resulted to a revolutionize customized medical treatment plan.

Javid Mahmoudzadeh Akherat received his Master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from IIT and is currently a PhD candidate at the MMAE department. His research focus is on blood flow simulation of the end stage renal disease patients using computational fluid dynamics and mathematical optimization. He is developing a predictive framework to improve the patency of vascular accesses for dialysis patients, which is expected to become a medical protocol for dialysis treatment. He is also a student leader, speaker, and the president of graduate student advisory council of the MMAE department and former vise president of the same organization.

Maya-Camille Broussard – Ingredients for Your Calling

 

In today’s competitive culinary job market, many young cooks and culinary artists are attracted to working for establishments that focus on career building and developing leadership skills. Broussard is interested in teaching others business skills such as preparing payroll, employing creative marketing tactics, and being an effective leader so that her staff may one day start and sustain their own business.

Maya-Camille Broussard is a creative entrepreneur, designer and culturist. In 2009, Broussard opened Three Peas Art Lounge in the South Loop of Chicago. As a curator, Broussard made viewing and collecting art less intimidating by incorporating a bar inside of her gallery and by featuring rising stars of the art world such as Amanda Williams, Hebru Brantley and Krista Franklin. After closing Three Peas Art Lounge, Broussard continued her work as a curator and designer while also spending a significant amount of time developing recipes for her current venture, Justice of the Pies. Justice of the Pies, a bakery that specializes in sweet and savory pies, was founded in memory of her late father, Stephen J. Broussard. The elder Broussard, who dubbed himself the “Pie Master”, was a criminal defense attorney with a passion for baking and eating anything made with a crust!

Robert Baittie – Park In The Sun

 

When an unforeseen diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease threatens the balance in Robert Baittie’s life, he makes a choice that leads to a most unexpected life-altering discovery: that within everyone exists the power to heal.

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 52, Robert Baittie has turned a personal setback into a much stronger push forward to fight the disease with a most “unexpected” outlook. His inspiring book. “Tremors in the Universe” shares his story of how a diagnosis of a chronic illness changed his life for the better. Robert’s story is not what most people have come to expect from Parkinson’s disease. Robert found another way. Another way of thinking. Another way of living.

Ken Nelson – Volunteer In Your Backyard

 

The CURE Network was founded in 2010 to provide medical,dental and vision services to the underserved in the greater Chicagoland area.The local need for these basic human services is great. Since its inception CURE Network has provided over 4700 patients with over $3,000,000 worth of free health care services! Unexpected was the professional and general volunteer support that allows us to stretch $1 into $9 worth of service.

Ken Nelson, MD completed his residency training in Family Medicine at La Grange Memorial Hospital and continued on to the University of Chicago where he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical Pharmacology. Dr. Nelson helped found the Prairie Medical Group in west suburban Westchester. For the past two decades, Dr. Nelson has volunteered his services at the La Grange-based Community Nurse Health Association’s (CNHA) free clinic for adults and has served as the clinic’s Medical Director since 1992. CNHA’s clinic provides primary and specialty care services to thousands of underserved residents from the western suburbs of Cook County. Expanding his commitment to volunteer health care, in 2010 Dr. Nelson led an effort to open Illinois borders to volunteer health care providers from other states by initiating HB5744 which was signed into law on June 19, 2010.

Mustafa Bilgic – Transparent & Interactive AI

 

Artificial intelligence algorithms are now everywhere. However, they are severely lacking in interactivity and transparency, leading to serious usability issues and trust concerns. Equipping the algorithms with richer interaction capabilities and enabling them to explain their reasoning have significant potential in making them more useful and friendly.

Mustafa Bilgic, PhD, received his Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from University of Texas at Austin and his PhD in Computer Science from University of Maryland at College Park. He has been an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in Illinois Institute of Technology since 2010. He received the best student paper award at the premier international data mining conference (ACM SIGKDD) in 2008, and in 2014 he received the prestigious NSF CAREER award and IIT College of Science Junior Research Excellence Award. He was profiled by ChicagoInno as one of the top entrepreneurs and innovators teaching at Chicago universities.

Laurel Bellows – Human Trafficking

 

Few are aware. Modern day slavery is rampant in every corner of our nation. Citizens and immigrants forced by violence, fear, and fraud provide labor and sex for the enormous profit of their captors. A commitment to take specific actions will minimize this horror and save lives.

Laurel is an internationally recognized business lawyer. A past president of the 400,000 member American Bar Association, she developed an action agenda to reduce slavery. Laurel provides business with tools to assure slave free recruitment and supply chains and a workforce educated to minimize this horror. Her accolades recognize her creative advocacy: past president of the Chicago Bar Association, Crain’s Chicago Power Players , Vision 2020’s Visionary Award, Athena’s Global Leadership Award and Lexus’ Rule of Law Award shared with Mary Robinson and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Laurel serves on Minister Gordon Brown’s Global Citizenship Commission.

John Katsoudas – Nano Liquid Batteries

 

Solid, liquid, gas. We learn about the three forms of matter and their physical properties in elementary school. In fact, our technological world is defined by these properties. When two of these are combined, a new form of matter with exceptional properties, the nanofluid, is created. The consequences are unexpected.

John is CEO and co-founder of Influit Energy and a research scientist with IIT for over 13 years. He has extensive experience in designing complex scientific equipment for the characterization of energy-related materials using synchrotron x-rays. After his B.S. in physics from IIT and before returning to complete an M.S., John had the unique opportunity to participate in the design and construction of a multimillion dollar recording studio with outstanding sound quality, which continues to attract A-list clientele. Most recently John was Co-PI on a $3.5 million ARPA-e funded research project to engineer a flow battery to meet transportation needs.

Vinesh Kannan – No Code is An Island

 

Teach Less CS: Rapid expansion in computing jobs rallies educators to increase CS education. However, rushing to teach future computer scientists a huge amount of computing content is not as important as building experiences around their learning. Schools are always told what to do more of. Sometimes, less is more.

Vinesh believes that every student has a responsibility to mentor others. He helps design enrichment programs and has taught 450+ students about collaboration, computing, and entrepreneurship. In 2014, Vinesh and his classmates launched the Student Computer Science Initiative (SCSI) at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) to make the CS classroom more collaborative while reducing pressure put on teachers. Having graduated from IMSA, he now studies Computer Science at the Illinois Institute of Technology and works for Chicago Public Schools’ CS4ALL Initiative, which is preparing 170+ high schools to meet a city-wide CS graduation requirement mandate by August 2016.

Ellen Schnur & Jim Mecir – Being Shy is Being Selfish

If you are on a baseball team or a work team, it’s your responsibility to bring out your best self, especially when the going gets tough, or the burden falls on everyone else. The voice of fear or negativity in our head too often prevents us from doing that, and we let the team down.

After years in business and training, Ellen studied improv at Second City and discovered the real world applications improv offered. Things like:

– How to make stronger connections with clients.

– How taking risks helps you to get past your inner critic.

– How saying “Yes, And” can change everything!

Ellen believes that applying and practicing improv tools and principles, along with business communication tools and research, creates better speakers, team members, and leaders. And it’s is SO MUCH FUN!

Ellen Schnur has led Applied Improvisation workshops for businesses and organizations including Dow Corning, Diners Club, American Association for Manufacturing Excellence, NAWBO, TEDxIIT, Zebra Technologies, VanDerCook College, Smith Bucklin, Toastmasters, and more.

Jim Mecir is a former 10-year Major League Baseball player. He pitched for five teams including 1996 World Series Champion New York Yankees and the 2002 Oakland Athletics who were the inspiration behind the book and movie “Moneyball”. Jim is known for his ability to overcome a birth defect to persevere in the Major leagues. In 2003 he won the Tony Conigliaro award given to the player who overcomes an obstacle through the spirit of courage and determination. Jim transitioned from the mound to the stage where he speaks about overcoming adversity and performs teamwork workshops for ImprovTalk.

Frances Bronet – Feeling The Force

To embrace the full spectrum of people across all abilities and disabilities, with cultural, physical, and social contexts, designers and choreographers face the unexpected in the ready-made accessible space. In this talk, Frances Bronet investigates dance, mobility, and ordinary inhabitation of bodies and spaces, from prosthetics to space design.

Frances Bronet, ACSA Distinguished Professor and Chancellor of Distinguished Professors, ACSA, is Provost at Illinois Institute of Technology after being dean of University of Oregon School of Architecture & Allied Arts as well as UO Acting Provost. She has designed in & published work on multidisciplinary design for the past 25 years. Bronet has produced multiple installations with renowned national and regional dance companies and has been funded by National Agencies from NEA, NSF to NEH. Her writing on space-making asks how movement and specifically ‘actioned’ bodies can affect how we build space.

Haydn Shaw – Why Half of What You Hear about Millennials Is Wrong

Half of the criticisms leveled against Millennials are NOT due to their generational characteristics. Instead, they come from an unexpecTED source: the recently identified and little known life-stage of emerging adulthood. Not knowing the difference causes unnecessary problems for teams, families, and workplaces.

Haydn Shaw has researched and helped clients regarding generational differences for over twenty years. He is the author of Sticking Points: How to Get 4 Generations Working Together in the 12 Places They Come Apart and FranklinCovey’s bestselling workshops Leading Across Generations and Working Across Generations. He also writes on generations and leadership for the Huffington Post. TIME wrote, “Shaw is an expert on cultural differences at the office.” He has spoken to over 100,000 people and worked with more than 1,500 organizations.

The Big Bang of Computing | Ioan Raicu

The advent of computation can be compared in significance to the invention of reading, writing, and mathematics. Computer Science, the scientific study of computation and its applications, is on the verge of an explosive growth that far outstrips the rate at which the educational system is producing qualified graduates.

Dr. Ioan Raicu is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science (CS) at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), as well as a guest research faculty in the Math and Computer Science Division (MCS) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). He is also the founder (2011) and director of the Data-Intensive Distributed Systems Laboratory (DataSys) at IIT. He has received the prestigious NSF CAREER award (2011 – 2015) for his innovative work on distributed file systems for extreme-scales. He was a NSF/CRA Computation Innovation Fellow at Northwestern University in 2009 – 2010, and obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Chicago under the guidance of Dr. Ian Foster in March 2009. He is a 3-year award winner of the GSRP Fellowship from NASA Ames Research Center. His research work and interests are in the general area of distributed systems.