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Techxperts is Florida Tech's speakers bureau, composed of over 30 speakers and 65 topics. The members of this bureau represent administration as well as the university's schools and colleges, including aeronautics, business, engineering, psychology, and science and liberal arts.

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Aeronautics/Aerospace

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Aeronautics/Aerospace

Aeronautics/aerospace/NASA space flight themed presentations available.

Capt. Winston Scott

 

Athletics

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Florida Tech Athletics Programs

An overview of the various athletics activities available at Florida Tech.

Bill Jurgens

 

Beaches and Oceans

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Arctic Meltdown

Sea ice is one of the most captivating features of the Arctic. The extent of sea ice in summer has decreased by ~30% since 1979 and the Arctic Ocean may be ice free during late summer by mid-century. Such a meltdown may have far reaching consequences to human activity in the Arctic.

Dr. John Trefry

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Biological Sciences

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Snake Infrared “Vision” and It’s Technological Application

The Clocks That Time Us: Circadian Rhythms in Man and Nature

Snakes: The Evolution of Function and Beauty

Dr. Michael Grace

Florida Tech Sportfish Research Institute

This is an overview of fisheries research at Florida Tech. We explore all life stages of fish, from eggs to adults, and all their habitats - from the open ocean to reefs to marshes along the edge of the Indian River. Our ultimate goals are to better understand and manage our valuable fishery resources.

Dr. Jon Shenker

Biology of Tarpon-Florida's Favorite Sportfish

The Silver King is the focus of much of our research effort, and the Indian River Lagoon is a critical habitat for these wonderful fishes. Local anglers help us in our research, and we're always looking for more volunteers. After our talk on tarpon, we hope to recruit the audience to participate in the research!

Dr. Jon Shenker

Creating Fish 'Condos' - Artificial Reefs Along the Florida Coast

Reefs are vital habitats that provide shelter and food for fishes. Our artificial reefs, built on a relatively barren sandy-bottom habitat, quickly became populated with huge numbers of baitfish, sportfish, and monster Goliath grouper. The videos from these reefs show some amazing fishes.

Dr. Jon Shenker

Ghostly Crabs: A Haunting Dilemma on Brevard Beaches

Dr. Richard Turner

Molecular Biology & protein structures

Protein Molecules : Beauty, Complexity, and Utility In 1913, an orderly pattern of x-rays was observed emerging from a crystal. The following century has resulted in the elucidation of nearly 45,000 protein structures. Academic, pharmaceutical, and government laboratories are now racing to solve the most critical biomedical protein structures to get a precise picture of these molecules and regulate their activity when things go haywire during disease. We will look at many of these beautiful structures and their role in our bodies, in drug design, and as industrial reagents

 

Dr. Tristan Fiedler

DNA & bioethics

Human life begins with nearly 6 feet of a molecule so thin that a powerful electron microscope is needed to see its 3 billion base pairs spanning 46 chromosomes. This elegant simplicity is housed in a double helix forming the fundamental molecule of heredity. Science has transformed this simple structure into a biotechnology revolution. This talk will address the paramount issues of stem cell research, genetically modified food, DNA testing, and human genome sequencing.

Dr. Tristan Fiedler

Life Sciences Research Overview at Florida Tech

37,000 square feet and 12 laboratories at FL Tech are bustling with Life Science involving both undergraduate and graduate student researchers. This cross-cutting presentation will showcase our acclaimed programs in aquaculture, biochemistry, ecology, and marine biology.

Dr. Tristan Fiedler

Genomes & Medicine: The era of Personalized DNA Sequencing

Dr. Tristan Fiedler

Will we all know our genetic fate within the next decade? The Human Genome project was completed in April 2003 at a cost of $2.7 Billion dollars. Within the next ten years, this price is predicted to fall to less than $1000. Such genetic information will give rise to a clearer picture of human nature and diversity. The discourse highlights the potential risks and benefits of knowing your personal genome sequence.

 

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Business/Economics

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Job Search Skills

This presentation covers the basics of resume writing, effective interviewing techniques, and other job search skills such as researching employers and networking. Separate presentations covering each topic in depth are also available.

Dona Gaynor

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Chemistry

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Chemistry

A presentation for high school science teachers describing how green principles and practices can be incorporated into the laboratory curriculum.

Dr. Andy Knight

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Computers/Internet

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Writing Systems of the World

In the history of ideas, few innovations can compare with the writing down of human speech. From its origin in just a few isolated instances, writing progressed rapidly around the world. The world's writing systems include hieroglyphics, ideographs, syllabaries as well as many alphabets. The world's diverse writing systems challenge modern information processing.

Ryan Stansifer

Liability for Bad Software and Bad Customer Support

Dr. Cem Kaner

Computer Viruses, Spyware and Trojans: Watch Out!

Most computer users have heard of Computer Viruses, Spyware and Trojans, but what exactly is it, and how does it work? This talk introduces the basic concepts of "malicious code" at a level suitable for the average computer user, and includes some demonstrations of viruses in action!

Dr. Richard Ford

Computer Security for the Home User

Most homes have one - or more - computers sitting in them, but how much do you really know about securing your computer? Are you safe when you're on the Internet? This talk introduces some of the concepts of computer security in a way that should provide tips for the average home user to make sure they are surfing safely.

Dr. Richard Ford

Safe Computing

On the job or at work, we're often told that safety is everyone's job. But what exactly does being "safe" on a computer mean? This presentation introduces the audience to the idea of safe computing, and provides real-world examples of how to make your home and business environment safer by using computers more responsibly.

Dr. Richard Ford

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Education

 

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Energy

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Introduction to Renewable Energy

An overview of energy in primarily the United States with a focus on renewable energies. Information is also provided on conservation and efficiency, energy pollution, and the impending "Oil Peak", etc. Where will our future energy come from as the conventional oil crisis increases?

 

Frank Leslie

The Future of Energy
An assessment of future energy (primarily in the United States) with a
focus on our present supplies and changes, renewable energies, the "Oil
Peak", and what the future might hold. What forms will our future energy
take as the conventional oil crisis increases?"

Frank Leslie

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Engineering

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Robotics: From Hollywood to the Factory

In this presentation Prof. Larochelle provides an overview of the state of the art in robotics technologies: from robotic helpers in the home that can vacuum your carpets or mow your lawn, to the special effects robots that appear in each summer's Hollywood blockbuster films, to the robots that are working in today's factories producing everything from cars to computers to frozen pizzas!

Dr. Pierre Larochelle

Robotics: The Cutting Edge

In this presentation Prof. Larochelle presents a summary of the current state of the research in robotics research in the R&D labs around the world.  Moreover, a discussion of the long term future of robotics will outline what we can expect robots to be able to do in our factories and in our homes in the next 10, 20, 50 years.  Is artificial intelligence around the corner- is Asimov's Robbie the Robot going to be in every home soon? 

Dr. Pierre Larochelle

Robotics: Here & Now for Everyone

In the presentation Prof. Larochelle presents robotics projects, contests, and competitions that everyone can participate in.  Join the robotics craze that is sweeping the nation.  From Battlebots to FIRST to Lego Mindstorms robotics technologies are now accessible to everyone.  Hear how you can join in this fun & exciting hobby and start building your own robots at home- inexpensively while having a lot of fun!

Dr. Pierre Larochelle

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Florida

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Computer Modeling of the Indian River Lagoon (includes video and slides)

Dr. Gary Zarillo

Civil War in Florida

A look at Florida’s important role in the American Civil War, including the political, military, social, and economic events that marked this era in state history.

Dr. Robert Taylor

Florida and World War II

A discussion of Florida during the global conflict, emphasizing the important role the state played as a “school for victory” for large numbers of military personnel.

Dr. Robert Taylor

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Health/Medicine

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Stress

This talk will define what stress is, what common sources of stress are, and what we can do to better manage it and cope with it.

Dr. Philip D. Farber

Depression

This talk will present what clinical depression is, what are some of the causes of it, and what are current treatments for it.

Dr. Philip D. Farber

Anxiety Dosorders

This talk will detail the different types of anxiety disorders, and the different types of treatments for them.

Dr. Philip D. Farber

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Language and Communications

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Clear Communication

This topic emphasizes organization of material and writing style to achieve clear communication in memos, letters, reports and resumes.

Sharon Irvin

Communicating in the Global Economy

This presentation looks at our Global Village from the intercultural communication perspective, especially in a business setting. It deals with communication strategies for both people from different countries as well as those in a culturally diverse workplace.

Dr. Judy Strother

Bridging the Communication Gap: Male – Female Communication Strategies

This presentation examines the reasons for the very real difference in communication styles between men and women and presents some solid strategies for bridging the gap.

Dr. Judy Strother

Pilot-Tower Communication: A Formula for Disaster?

This presentation discusses the very real challenges facing pilots and air traffic controllers as they try to communicate under the difficult conditions faced during flights. These challenges are greatly compounded when either (or both) the pilot and air traffic controller do not speak English as a native language. The threat to air safety caused by this kind of miscommunication is the focus of the talk.

Dr. Judy Strother

Become a Global Citizen and Acquire a Second Language!

In today’s world where people do business and travel internationally, it is becoming increasingly more important to speak a second language. Learn some ‘tips’ about how to become a successful second language learner and sound like a native.

Dr. Randall Alford

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Marine and Environmental Science

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Natural Hazards

Concentrating on natural hazards of Florida, this topic includes weather hazards such as lightning and tornadoes, tropical storms and hurricanes, seismic sea waves and tsunamis, and rip currents.

Dr. George Maul

Climate Change

Dr. Maul discusses how the Earth’s natural climate works and how humankind may be changing it, seal level and coastal temperature trends, human population growth, “lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

Dr. George Maul

Earth System Science Education

This presents the Earth from a systems perspective, integrating the Cosmosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, biosphere, and the Anthroposphere, - how do the spheres interact to harbor life?

Dr. George Maul

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Motivational Speaking

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Motivation and Team Building


An entertaining speech highlighting the steps to success as individuals and teams in the world of sport as it relates to all types of business.

Billy Mims

Slam Dunk Smoking


A fun and educational program for 5th and 6th grade children geared to helping them decide never to begin smoking

Billy Mims

Read to Succeed


A fun and educational program for 3rd and 4th grade children aimed to help them understand the importance of reading in all walks of everyday life.

Billy Mims

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Physics and Space

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Prospecting in the Stellar Graveyard

All about white dwarfs. Dr. Oswalt will discuss the life cycle of stars, his studies of the white dwarf stars and the constraints these results place on the age of the galaxy and universe. A discussion of some of the observations conducted at important observatories around the world.

Dr. Terry Oswalt

In the Asteroid's Shadow

All about asteroids, which preserve the only records of the physical and chemical processes, which marked the beginning of the solar system 4.6 billion years ago. Via a photographic expedition to the West Indies, Dr. Oswalt will explain what is known about the largest known asteroid Ceres.

Dr. Terry Oswalt

Star Bright, Sky Brighter

The Problem of Light Pollution. During a photographic tour of Kitt Peak National Observatory, Dr. Oswalt will describe the nature of light pollution from bright city lights. He'll discuss how it impacts astronomical research and the cost-effective solutions to the problem, which have been successfully adopted by cities such as Tucson, Arizona.

Dr. Terry Oswalt

Illuminating the Dark Universe

At the end of the 20th Century, humanity’s understanding of nature was turned on its head by the recognition that 99% of the universe is completely unaccounted for and composed of that which we have no experience. Dr. Hakeem M. Oluseyi will take you on a visual and historical tour of how the universe revealed its strange composition of dark matter and dark energy and our current efforts to understand these phenomena.

Dr. Hakeem M. Oluseyi

Is the Sun Going to Explode?

So you live on a tiny speck of stone that orbits a soon-to-be-unstable nuclear cauldron 100 times larger than planet Earth. There is  nothing to worry about, right? Dr. Hakeem M. Oluseyi will describe the realities of living with a star in an evolving galactic environment and our efforts to understand and predict space weather.

Dr. Hakeem M. Oluseyi

The Multi-cultural History of Astronomy

When and where did astronomy begin? What were its earliest uses? How has the history of civilization been impacted by human’s astronomical activities? How has astronomical knowledge passed between cultures resulting in our current understanding? You won’t find the answers to these questions in any astronomy textbook. Dr. Hakeem M. Oluseyi will take you on a journey through an illustrated history of astronomy covering Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas including the impact of astronomical knowledge on politics, spirituality and technology.

Dr. Hakeem M. Oluseyi

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Psychology

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Concussion in Sports

A surprisingly large number of athletes – youth and adult – suffer brain concussions while participating in their sports. This talk describes what a concussion is, what the symptoms are, how recovery proceeds, and what preventive measures may be helpful. The main thrust of this talk will deal with concussion potential from heading the ball during soccer games. There is still great controversy over when and how normal heading might produce a post-concussion syndrome that could dull normal brain functioning. Factors that will be discussed include age of the participant, gender, number of headings, and the basic mechanism of brain concussion. The talk is geared toward a general audience of parents and children and takes about 50 minutes

Dr. Frank Webbe

Memory Problems in the Elderly

As adults reach old age, it is common for them to be beset with memory problems. This talk will discuss the changes that can be expected as a part of normal aging, and contrast these with the abnormal changes that occur with dementing illnesses such as Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dr. Frank Webbe

The benefits of sport psychology

Sport psychology has become so popular that professional teams and athletes routinely have sport psychologists on their staffs or on retainers for consulting. This talk will discuss what sport psychology is, who can benefit from sport psychology interventions, and what defines a sport psychologist.

Dr. Frank Webbe

Using Personality to Predict Job Performance: Promise and Pitfalls

Cultivating Innovation in Your Organization: Learning to Learn

Zen & the Art of Leadership

Dr. Richard Griffith

Coaching For High Performance

Employee Commitment: Measurement and Impact

Dr. Lisa Steelman

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Religion

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Florida Tech Protestant Campus Ministry

The Florida Tech Protestant Campus Ministry is a not-for-profit organization serving the unique spiritual needs of the university community. PCM offers weekly and monthly activities, pastoral care, and church referrals for students, employees, and alumni. Find out how you and your organization can partner with PCM to offer the best ethical resources to our future world leaders.

Rev. Darice K.W. Dawson

The History of Women in Ministry

This is a rare looked-upon topic that is full of action and diversity. Throught this multi-media presentation, see how female leaders from the dawn of time have been very purposefully and effectively active in the world’s main religions. Be inspired by their amazing work, and see how you may be a called leader in your faith.

Rev. Darice K.W. Dawson

The Crucial Young Adult Years

Young adults – this age group is most absent in politics, churches, organizations, etc. Yet they are in the process of making the most crucial decisions of their lives, those of education, career, family, faith, and ethics. If we’re not present to offer educated, ethical, and diverse options to their growth process, what will the future of our world look like? See how you and your group can interact with this fascinating, ongoing generation to pass on needed tradition and keep us young at heart.

Rev. Darice K.W. Dawson

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Transportation

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Airports and Your Community

This includes all aspects of airport planning, design, operation, and administration.

Dr. B. M. Barker

Aviation Security

Airports and airlines are discussed, along with the history of the issue, regulations, international standards, and technologies.

Dr. B. M. Barker

Aviation Education

Included in this topic are program development, flight training, and accreditation.

Dr. B. M. Barker

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Potpourri

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The Unique Philosophy of the Bhagwad Gita

The lectures discuss the philosophy of Karma Yoga described in the Gita. Karma Yoga is a unique philosophy, with great tolerance, how doing one's normal work with the right attitude not only helps one deal with everyday problems, but allows one to grow spiritually and eventually receive deliverance or "moksha". Depending on the need, the topic can be delivered in one or a series of lectures.

Dr. Ashok Pandit

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