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2017 X-STEM Symposium Agenda and Registration

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April 28, 2017 / Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Advance registration is required. There will be no onsite registration.

Online registration for the 2017 X-STEM Symposium has closed. 
Contact with questions. 


X-STEM - presented by the U.S. Department of Defense - is an Extreme STEM symposium for middle through high school students featuring interactive presentations and workshops by an exclusive group of visionaries who aim to empower and inspire kids about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Learn more about X-STEM here.

Scroll down to view the speaker agenda.

Special note about Workshops:  We are unable to offer hands-on workshops at X-STEM 2017 due to logistical reasons.  We will endeavor to bring our popular workshops back in 2018.  We hope you enjoy the inspiring line-up of STEM role models who will be speaking at the X-STEM 2017 conference!  Please contact with questions.


Special thanks to Booz Allen Hamilton for hosting the STEM Career Luncheon during the 2017 X-STEM Symposium – an effort to give students a real life look at the careers of STEM professionals. Due to limited capacity, this luncheon is by invitation only.

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Friday, April 28, 2017
9:30am to 3:00pm
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington D.C.

Click on the speaker names below to access the full speaker bio or view the complete 2017 X-STEM speaker lineup here

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

Multiple speakers to kick off X-STEM 2017! 

The Welcome Address and Opening Remarks will be Live from Ballroom A and simulcast to Ballrooms B and C!

Session One - 10:00am to 11:05am

Ballroom A
Jagadeesh Pamulapati, U.S. Department of Defense
Bobak Ferdowsi, Systems Engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Ballroom B
Jennifer Golbeck, Director, University of Maryland's Social Intelligence Lab - Algorithms That Find Your Secrets & Predict Your Future
Andrew Augustin, Award-winning Game Designer and CEO of Notion Games - A Kid with a Notion: The Story of Notion Games

Ballroom C 

Jill Heinerth, Underwater Explorer - Exploring Innerspace
Christy Hansen, NASA Scientist - On Being a Force of Nature: From Human Spaceflight Operations to Exploring Earth's Polar Regions

Session Two - 11:20am to 12:25pm

Ballroom A
Marcus Eriksen
, Marine Plastics Pollution Expert and Founder of the 5 Gyres Institute - Saving our Synthetic Seas
Noah Wilson-Rich
, Urban Beekeeper, Founding Partner of Best Bees Company and MIT Media Lab Researcher - Urban Beekeeping as a Tool for STEM Education

Ballroom B

Eric Brown, Director, Division of Microbiology, Office of Regulatory Science, Food and Drug Administration - Leveraging Cutting-Edge Genomic Technology for Microbiology and It's Role in Safeguarding the US Food Supply
Jordan Green, Nanobiotechnology Cancer Researcher, Johns Hopkins University - How Nanobiotechnology is Turning Science Fiction into Science Fact

Ballroom C

Emily Cross
, High School Geoscientist and Winning Presenter at Sigma Xi's Annual Student Research Conference, Geoscience Medal - The Future of the Past
Charles Orgbon III
, Environmental Changemaker and Founder of Greening Forward - Tools for Young Changemakers

Session Three – 1:10pm to 2:15pm

Ballroom A 
Falon Fatemi, Technology Entrepreneur and Google's Youngest Employee, Founder and CEO of Node - How I Went From Google's Youngest Employee to Starting My Own Business
Albert Yu-Min Lin, Research Scientist, Emerging Explorer of the National Geographic Society for Technology Enabled Exploration and Co-founder of Planet3 - This is What a Scientist Looks Like

Ballroom B

Danni Washington, TV Host and Ocean Advocate, Fox's Xploration Nature Knows Best - Wonders of the Big Blue
Antonia Zaferiou
, Director of Motion Analysis for the Division of Sports Medicine at Rush University - Body Physics "Biomechanics"

Ballroom C

Greg Johnson, Former Astronaut, President & Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) - Taking Your Education and Career Journey to a Higher Altitude with Astronaut Greg Johnson
Stephanie Hill, Vice President & General Manager of Lockheed Martin’s Cyber, Ships & Advanced Technologies (CSAT) - Lessons from an Accidental Engineer

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

Ballroom A
Arthur Shapiro, Cognitive Neuroscientist and Vision Scientist, American University - Studying the Weird to Gain Insight into the Ordinary

Ballroom B
Patrick Harker, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and STEM Advocate - How STEM Can Get you Anywhere

Ballroom C

Corrie Moreau, Evolutionary Biologist and Entomologist, Field Museum of Natural History - Bugs in my Bugs: The Science of Rainforest Ants and Their Gut Bacteria


Dr. Knatokie Ford - Founder and CEO, Fly Sci Enterprise, LLC

Bob Hirshon - Program Director for Technology and Learning, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Fae Jencks, Former Senior Policy Advisor for Public Engagement, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House

Sheena Parveen, Meteorologist, NBC4 Washington D.C.


Access the X-STEM registration form here.

Media attending the event, click here to access the media packet.

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.

X-STEM is a program of Science Spark.