The Cupertino Library Teen Services Department and the Monta Vista Technology Student Association (a student run organization from Monta Vista High School) hosted their Spring 2013 Technology Symposium on May 17th 2013 at the Cupertino Community Hall. The event was attended by over 320 students and community members. The speakers for the event were Ms. Sepideh Nasiri, VP at Women 2.0, Mr.Zachary Smith, Technical Director at HXLR8R, Mr. Jagath Reddy Junutula, Senior Scientist at Genentech and Ms. Cordelia Willis, Criminalist, Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory.
The symposium was opened by Karan Gugle, president of MVTSA as he welcomed the guest speakers and attendees.
Ms. Nasiri spoke of the gender gap in technology and talked about some of the steps students can take to address it. Ms. Nasiri's hard hitting data combined with her motivational content generated an electrifying buzz among attendees and was sure to inspire a large number of women in the audience.
Mr. Smith talked about advanced manufacturing techniques in digital fabrication and played videos from his own automated manufacturing plants. He lamented the lack of major advancements in fabrication and 3-D printing compared to the progress made in hardware and software but urged the audience to look at it as an opportunity for progress and disrupting the current status quo.
Mr. Junutula explained cell biology and the underlying causes of malignancy. He then ventured on to explain the different types of cancers and the logic of focused research addressing specific types of cancer. Mr. Junutula emphasized the importance of personalized medicine and targeted therapy in helping combat cancer.
Ms. Willis closed the Symposium with a rousing talk centering on the importance of forensics in law enforcement. She explained the scientific basis of several techniques used in the investigation process and went on to describe the actual procedures she has used in examining real-life crimes. Ms. Willis described several cutting-edge techniques such as the measurement and modeling of crime scenes using lasers, analyzing DNA with techniques that can use tiny drop of blood, body fluid analysis, and bullet and firearms forensics.
Ms. Ellen Kulla, an officer of MVTSA, expressed the vote of thanks and closed the symposium and officers Sachan Ganesh and Sarah Im managed the raffle event, which was also sponsored by the Cupertino Library.
The symposium was not only a learning opportunity for the audience but also an opportunity to network and build connections with those at the top of their respective fields.