Spring 2013 Technology Symposium
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.