This year the IMS Closing Ceremony will feaute two great speakers: Darlene J.S. Solomon, PhD. from Agilent Technologies and High School Student and Engineering Whiz, Joey Hudy. For more information on both talks please click on their names or scroll down.



"The Century of Biology is Great for Engineering"

Darlene J.S. Solomon, PhD.
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Agilent Technologies
Thursday, 21 May 2015 - 16:30-18:00 
Phoenix Conventer Center
Abstract: If the 20th century was the century of physics, experts believe the 21st century will be defined as the century of biology. This refers to expanding our knowledge of living systems to the point where we can develop biology-based solutions to some of our planet’s largest societal challenges -- healthcare, energy and the environment.
The age of Physics enabled huge advances in engineering, which brought forward incredible capabilities in electronics, computers, wireless communications and the internet – all mainstream contributions now ubiquitous in our daily lives. These areas continue to advance, but the rate of change in our understanding and application of this knowledge is slowing relative to previous decades. This is reasonable given our deep knowledge of physics which underpins these technologies. However, today it is our understanding of biology that is changing at an unprecedented pace.
Decades of government and private investment in life science research has led to great advances in our understanding of how living organisms function. This understanding has been significantly aided by parallel advancements in computational capacity and access to genetic information through revolutionary improvements in our ability to sequence DNA. We’re right on the cusp of understanding cellular structure and function at an integrated, systems biology level that describes the complex roles and interdependencies of DNA, RNA, proteins and metabolites.
These breakthroughs in our fundamental understanding of cellular biology enable important applications in health care - Personalized Medicine, for example - the first wave in our Century of Biology. Personalized Medicine is an approach that goes beyond traditional medicine to include molecular analysis of patient conditions. For some diseases like cancer, personalized medicine is already prevalent. Synthetic biology, the redesign of biological organisms to perform practical and useful purposes, is the next wave in our century of biology and it is just beginning. Synthetic biology takes our basic understanding of living organisms beyond health care applications into applied science applications such as the manufacture of chemicals, advanced materials, household goods and renewable fuels. While biological-based manufacturing is definitely gaining traction, many challenges remain as we are not even close to a full understanding of the complexity of biology.
Technology leadership based on a culture of innovation, contribution and sustained R&D investment has been at the core of Agilent’s success through decades of market and technology waves. Industry leading product R&D investment is complemented by centralized funding of Agilent Research Laboratories which look beyond the evolution of current products and platforms to create the technologies that will underlie tomorrow’s breakthroughs. This organic investment, supplemented by strategic company acquisitions, has enabled Agilent to leverage its world class capabilities in electronics (now Keysight Technologies) and transform itself from a market leading electronic measurement company to one at the forefront of molecular and biological measurement. These contributions enable Agilent customers to answer new questions at the leading edge of life science, diagnostics and the applied chemical markets. In this talk, Solomon will provide insight into Agilent’s transformation, the century of biology, and the significant opportunities it presents for engineering contribution.
About the Speaker: Darlene J.S. Solomon is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Agilent Technologies. Solomon received her doctorate in bioinorganic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and completed Stanford University’s Executive Development Program. Solomon was inducted into the Women in Technology International's Hall of Fame in 2001, received the YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry Award in 2004, and named to Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching in 2007 and Corporate Board Member’s 50 Top Women in Technology in 2008. Solomon serves on multiple academic and government advisory and review boards, including the National Academies’ Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology of the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, Stanford University Interdisciplinary Biosciences Advisory Council, UC Berkeley’s College of Chemistry, Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium (BASIC) and A-STAR Board for Singapore Economic Development (2004-10).



"Dont Be Bored...Make Something!" 

by Joey Hudy
Thursday, 21 May 2015 - 16:30-18:00 
Phoenix Conventer Center
About the Speaker:
Joey Hurdy is a High School student and engineering whiz from Anthem, AZ. At the Age of 14, he attended the second White House Science Fair to showcased his invention. Last year Business Insider magazine named him one of the world’s 10 smartest kids. Recently, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich hired this 16-year-old on the spot last October after watching him at a Makers Faire in Rome.
In his own words:

I want to tell you about myself.

* My name is Joe Hudy
* I am 17 years old
* I am a Senior at Herberger Young Scholars Academy on the campus of ASU
* I have tried to do karate, soccer, baseball, tennis, but non of them I am good at or completely like. The only thing I am good at is making things.
* Not a big fan of school
* I know how to program in C, Openscad and a little bit of binary
* I know how to use visual studios, Eaglecad, Openscad, Arduino, Replicator G and a couple of more
* My favorite subject in school educationally would be science but as teachers go I like my LA the best
* Make, Elenco, Shopbot and a lot more have helped get me to where I am today
* I have a 3d Printer from +Afinia3DPrint
* I have been to the White House 3 times.

* I work for +Intel

I want to speak to other kids about how they can make and do anything they want too. I also want to talk about the importance of STEM Education in the schools. Going to Maker Faires has changed my life - it can change yours too.









For more information visit Joey's blog: