Come Celebrate Science. 
Youth of all ages welcome !!!

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- Watch 33 Teams competing in World Robotics Olympiad - Regional Competition (VA, MD and DC)

- Listen to Industry experts speak about STEM, Robotics, Science and Economics.

- Engage with kids that dig robotics - learn more about Robotic Competitions / Age based options

- Free Hands-on workshop Java and EV3

- Inspiring 103 Youth Volenteers

- Interest meeting for kids who wants to start science club or First robotics team.

Guest Speakers

10:00 – 10:30 AM: Saivivek Thiyagarajan, Executive Director – Verizon

Leading Digital transformation with focus on Mobile platforms, AI driven customer experience and advanced analytics Specialties: Mobile/Web applications, microservices, Cloud, Devops, machine learning, Cognitive computing, AI based conversational Bots, Automation. Saivivek is a graduate from Birla Institute Technology and MBA from University of Maryland.

11:00 – 11:30 AM: Akash Pamal and Mithran Mohanraj, STEM Ambassadors, Magic with Science

Magic is one of the oldest and most successful performing arts. Akash and Mithran, who are great fans of Harry Potter, are also deeply passionate about science. They will use science to perform magic tricks and reveal the secret in this live and entertaining show. This will be a memorable science demonstration. Do not miss it!

12:00 – 12:30 PM: Deepesh Saxena, Director IT – Ciena

A business savvy tech, experienced in IT Strategy & Vision. A leader with over 25 yrs. Global experience in Enterprise and Corporate Systems. Deepesh holds FCA and Strategic Management from Copenhagen Business School. Having worked in multiple capacities and roles he has strategically aligned himself to concepts of ITIL, Project Management, DevOps and Scrum.

12:30 – 01:30 PM: Timothy Larson, Topic: Cyber Security Expert

Timothy has worked in a variety of positions over the past thirty years including IT consulting, systems engineering, software engineering, and IT operations. He is currently finishing up a Masters of Information Technology from Virginia Tech that included work in Software Engineering, Information Security and Analytics, and Information Technology Management. His last professional security presentation was at the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit in 2009.

01:30 – 02:00 PM: Tandra D. Turner, FBI – Director Projects, Topic Women in STEM

Tandra D. Turner has worked for Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for over 25 years in the Information Technology Field. She currently leads multiple software development teams. Ms. Turner is a graduate from Hampton University with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and a Master Certificate in Technology Management from University of Maryland University College (UMUC). She is a member of Federally Employed Women (FEW) and has served as the Vice President of the Northwest DC Chapter. FEW is an advocacy group established to improve the status of women employed by the federal government. On a personal note, Ms. Turner loves spending time with family and friends, doing volunteer work, traveling and teaching group exercise classes in her spare time.

02:30 – 03:00 PM: Dr. Yukti Sharma, Professor NOVA

Dr. Yukti Sharma is an experienced scientist in the field of neuroscience. She has worked on Alzheimer’s disease and published many papers in peer-reviewed journals with high impact factor. Currently, Dr. Yukti is working as Professor in northern Virginia Community College. She has been teaching different courses like microbiology, anatomy and physiology and other biology courses for past six years. Yukti has done Ph.D. And Masters In toxicology from India. She has research experience for more than 10years. She is experienced with all different skills in work in Lab like confocal microscopy, fluorescent microscopy, and immunostaining. In her free time, Yukti likes to cook and spend time with her family.

03:00 – 03:30 PM: Dr. Linval Crosdale, Professor University of Maryland University College

Dr. Linval Crosdale received his undergraduate education at the University of the District of Columbia where he received a B.B.A. in Accounting, and shortly succeeded in earning the professional designation as Certified Public Accountant in the District of Columbia, where he is currently licensed to practice. In 1999, he earned his M.B.A degree at Howard University while he worked as an Accounting Manager at Edison Electric Institute. After working at the United States Chamber of Commerce as a Budget Director, Dr. Crosdale returned to Howard University to pursue doctoral studies in Economics. In 2004, he accepted a position as Chief Financial Officer with the Leon H. Sullivan Founation while he completed classroom requirements for his PhD. Dr. Crosdale received a PhD in Economics in 2007 with a concentration in Monetary Policy and Banking. His Dissertation is available at the Library of Congress, entitled “The New Basel Accord and Risk Exposure: A Case Study of a Commercial Bank in Jamaica”

04:00 – 04:30 PM: Dr. Randy Lizardo, Surgeon | Topic Doctor Roboto: Robotics in Medicine

Dr. Randy Lizardo is a board certified minimally invasive surgeon who specializes in robotic and laparoscopic surgery. He is an assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The George Washington University where he did his medical training. He is the founding chair of the robotic committee at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland which was the first hospital in Montgomery County to provide da Vinci robotic Surgery. In 2017, his peers voted him as a Top Doc in Washingtonian Magazine. He grew up loving science, building Lego models, and racing remote control cars in his spare time.

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