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2017/2018 Speakers

Hello, Computer Scientists!

Every week or two, we will have someone visit or video-chat with our class. The speakers will talk about what excites them in the technology world, how they got where they are, and what they are looking forward to in the future. The goal is to challenge ideas, to create discussion and to show that computer science is not just programming, but is changing the world all around us.

Typical schedule for fall semester, 2017 is:

  • Period 1 is at CTECH at 8 am.
  • Periods 4 & 5 are at Mayo High School at 10:30 and 11:20
  • Periods 7 & 8 are at John Marshall High School at 10:30 and 11:20
  • (Tuesday schedule is 11:00, and 11:40)
Typical schedule for spring semester, 2018 is:
  • Period 1 is at CTECH at 8 am.
  • Periods 4 & 5 are at Century High School at 10:30 and 11:20
  • (Tuesday schedule is 11:00, and 11:40)
The class will be on backchannelchat.com and I will moderate the questions and promote the most popular ones. The speaker can either have backchannelchat open themselves, or wait for me to ask questions on the class' behalf. Here is who we have lined up so far:
Name Company Topic Classes
Mark Schleussner Mayo Clinic Java, Image Management Sep 20/21
Brent Jacobs Western Digital Hardware, Software and Firmware Oct 2
Dr. Nicole Anderson Winona State University What does it mean to major in CS? Oct 12
Jim Ma RCTC What does it mean to major in CS? Oct 12
Josh Reyes Dark Sky How do we model the weather? Oct 27
Marcy Brandt IBM The Watson Super Computer! Nov 3
Travis Gafford Yahoo Global E-Sports Nov 17
Diana Sorenson University of Minnesota Industrial and Systems Engineering Nov 22
Stephanie Bowron, Karl Fritz, Richard Noel Mayo Clinic Professional Hacking and Security Dec 1
Claire Duvallet M.I.T. Biological Engineering Dec 18
Diana Sorenson University of Minnesota Mechanical Engineering (F1 racing) Jan 5
Homer McEwen KillaDBA Technology, Music and doing what you love Feb 9
Nadia Wood CTO, Thaddeus IT Architecture Feb 16
Emily Heyne Brown University Analyzing Biological Diversity in Costa Rica Mar 1
Dessa Harvey Brandhoot Professional Web Design Mar 9
Alicia Struble SPS Commerce Software Engineering Mar 23
Geri Ewing CEO, Firia Labs The Internet of Things April 20
Mike Lee Khan Academy Startups and Software Engineering April 27
Vanessa Grose IBM Virtualization May 7
Eric Wright Winona State, CS Lab Director Careers in IT May 9
Jamie Sundsbak, Nate Nordstrom and Chad Attlesey Collider, Brandhoot and Area 10 Careers in Technology May 11
Dean Johnson Cray Supercomputers Amazing Tech May 18
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