Science & Research

Cloe Shasha is the Speaker Development Curator for TED, a non-profit organization geared at sharing ideas through short, powerful speeches and presentations. TED stands for “technology, entertainment, design” and it is Cloe’s job to research and choose potential new speakers to share their ideas onTED’s stage, podcast and video programs.
Victor Schoenfeld is the head winemaker at the Golan Heights Winery in Israel, the third largest winery in Israel. In the three decades he’s been at the winery, Victor has become a driving force in Israel’s emerging modern wine industry. Under his leadership, the winery has won numerous awards, including top honors as a Wine Spectator Top 100 Wine of the Year in 2008 and again in 2018.
Fred Serricchio is a senior engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he’s worked for the past 25 years. And if you’ve ever heard the phrase ‘cmon, it’s not rocket science,’ for Fred Serricchio, it really is!  Fred’s work with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory has led him to work directly with the Mars Exploration Rovers as an Attitude Control System Engineer and in the Mars Science Laboratory. Fred’s work has been focused on cruise operations, entry, descent and landing (EDL), testing and operation, and surface operations.
Fred Serricchio is a senior engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he’s worked for the past 25 years. And if you’ve ever heard the phrase ‘cmon, it’s not rocket science,’ for Fred Serricchio, it really is!  Fred’s work with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory has led him to work directly with the Mars Exploration Rovers as an Attitude Control System Engineer and in the Mars Science Laboratory.
Fred Serricchio is a senior engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he’s worked for the past 25 years. And if you’ve ever heard the phrase ‘cmon, it’s not rocket science,’ for Fred Serricchio, it really is!  Fred’s work with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory has led him to work directly with the Mars Exploration Rovers as an Attitude Control System Engineer and in the Mars Science Laboratory. Fred’s work has been focused on cruise operations, entry, descent and landing (EDL), testing and operation, and surface operations. He got his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his masters in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
Fred Serricchio is a senior engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he’s worked for the past 25 years. And if you’ve ever heard the phrase ‘cmon, it’s not rocket science,’ for Fred Serricchio, it really is!  Fred’s work with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory has led him to work directly with the Mars Exploration Rovers as an Attitude Control System Engineer and in the Mars Science Laboratory. Fred’s work has been focused on cruise operations, entry, descent and landing (EDL), testing and operation, and surface operations.
Daniel Sieberg is the CEO and founder of iO Enterprises - an early-stage startup building an empathic A.I./AR experience in service of what humans need. He also leads iO Ventures to advise innovative startups of all stripes including Ground and Pressland. Prior to iO Enterprises, Daniel was a co-founder (#AMA, search online about it), a x-Googler (6 years as a senior exec) and alumni sci-tech correspondent/reporter at CBS News, CNN, ABC News and the Vancouver Sun (15+ years).
Fred has been a senior engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the past 25 years. And if you’ve ever heard the phrase ‘cmon, it’s not rocket science,’ for Fred Serricchio, it really is!  Fred’s work with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory has led him to work directly with the Mars Exploration Rovers as an Attitude Control System Engineer and in the Mars Science Laboratory.
Dr. Aidyl Gonzalez-Serricchio, Science Co-Chair and director of STEAM at The Buckley School, earned her B.S. in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and then her Doctorate in Genetics from California Institute of Technology.
Dr. Aidyl Gonzalez-Serricchio, Science Co-Chair and director of STEAM at The Buckley School, earned her B.S. in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and then her Doctorate in Genetics from California Institute of Technology
Dr. Art Shaffer is a Staff Scientist in the Lymphoid Malignancies Branch, National Cancer Institute, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he and many other researchers are working tirelessly to find the cure for the 400+ diagnosed cancers.  He’s currently working to find a cure for Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma. Art has worked at NIH for almost 20 years and says he wakes up every day grateful and excited to go to work. Art did his undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware where he got a BA in Biology.  Eventually he signed up for graduate school at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to pursue his PhD. Pull up a mug of your favorite caffeinated brew and learn how you can break into this fascinating field in this Espresso Shots episode!
Lauren Boas Hayes, a Threat Intelligence Analyst at Facebook, has built a career in cybersecurity as a practical application of her passions: human rights and social justice.  A graduate of Georgetown University’s Class of 2013, Lauren majored in International Politics, completed a concentration in Security Studies and earned a certificate in Justice & Peace Studies. Outside of the classroom, Lauren landed internships on Capitol Hill and at the U.S. State Department. After graduation, Lauren got her break in cybersecurity at Deloitte & Touche, one of the largest professional services network in the world, where she served as Cyber Risk Services Senior Consultant. Press play to learn more about how Lauren channeled her International Politics degree into a career she loves in cybersecurity and why you might want to consider starting a career in the consulting world!
Lindy Morris Fishburne is the Managing Partner of Breakout Ventures, a venture capital fund, or in layman's terms, the pot of “seed” money that investors give startups to get their ideas off the ground. Lindy, who specifically works with STEM startups, focuses getting budding science and tech companies out of the lab and into the market. Lindy is also the Executive Director of Breakout Labs which is re-shaping the way early-stage science is funded so that independent researchers and early-stage companies can advance their most radical ideas.  Breakout Labs is not a typical foundation grant—they are a revolutionary, revolving funding model where successful projects fund the next generation of audacious scientific exploration. Lindy has come a long way since her Anthropology Major at Duke University, where she learned that although the social sciences interested her she didn’t have the patience or interest in doing field research herself.  In her role as the Managing Partner of Breakout Ventures and Executive Director of Breakout Labs, Lindy works with the leaders of tomorrow to get them where they need to be today.
Mick Ebeling is an award-winning film, television, and commercial producer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and public speaker. He is the founder and CEO of The Ebeling Group, an international production company and creative think tank representing some of the world’s leading design/director collectives. He is also the founder of Not Impossible Labs, an online crowd-sourcing platform instigating the creation of low-cost, open-source, DIY devices to help people in need. Not Impossible Labs (NIL) was founded based on Mick’s firm belief that ideas that once seemed impossible turned out to be possible. That momentum led to the formation of Not Impossible Labs, which was launched in 2013 in San Francisco. Since launching, the volunteer community of makers, engineers, hackers, and producers continues to grow, and new devices are already being created.
Vivek Wadhwa researches exponentially advancing technologies that will soon change our world.  These advances--in fields such as robotics, artificial intelligence, computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine and nanomaterials--are making it possible for small teams to do what was once possible only for governments and large corporations to do: solve the grand challenges in education, water, food, shelter, health and security.  Vivek Wadhwa is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, engineer, computer software programmer, author and professor. Professor Wadhwa is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School and Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering at Silicon Valley.
Mike Steep is the Executive Director of the Digital Cities Program at Stanford University and an adjunct professor. He works in the field of disruptive technology where he analyzes innovation in the tech industry and its ability to change and improve life in urban centers. He got his B.A. in American Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School in the late ‘70s and then went on to receive his M.B.A. in General Management and Finance from the University of Virginia Darden Business School. After graduating, he worked at Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, Apple, Microsoft Corporation, PARC, and a variety of other tech companies and startups.
Lindy Morris Fishburne is the Managing Partner of Breakout Ventures, a venture capital fund, or in layman's terms, the pot of “seed” money that investors give startups to get their ideas off the ground. Lindy, who specifically works with STEM startups, focuses getting budding science and tech companies out of the lab and into the market. Lindy is also the Executive Director of Breakout Labs which is re-shaping the way early-stage science is funded so that independent researchers and early-stage companies can advance their most radical ideas.
Mick Ebeling is an award-winning film, television, and commercial producer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and public speaker. He is the founder and CEO of The Ebeling Group, an international production company and creative think tank representing some of the world’s leading design/director collectives. He is also the founder of Not Impossible Labs, an online crowd-sourcing platform instigating the creation of low-cost, open-source, DIY devices to help people in need. Not Impossible Labs (NIL) was founded based on Mick’s firm belief that ideas that once seemed impossible turned out to be possible.
Before he had “Dr.” in front of his name, Art Shaffer was a college student at the University of Delaware trying to figure out his path just like so many undergraduates. Eventually, he decided to take his love for Science and double down on it -- first, getting his BA in Biology, then signing up for grad school at Johns Hopkins U School of Medicine to pursue his PhD.
Professor Cal Newport is a proud Millennial and a computer science professor who has never owned a social media account.  Yup. You read this right. Newport has his PhD in computer science from M.I.T and has deliberately eschewed Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. because his research shows it’s bad for your brain and your ability to do deep thinking.
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