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STEM Carib Conference
October 10-13, 2017



Dr. Vineetha Binoy
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Dr. Vineetha Binoy practises as a Medical Oncologist at Health City Cayman Islands. She is trained in Internal Medicine with specialty training in Medical Oncology. Dr Vineetha has previously worked and trained in India and Australia in Medical Oncology, Hematology and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. She believes in comprehensive and compassionate cancer care and has extensive experience treating a variety of cancers. She renders her services to the community in the prevention, screening, early detection, diagnosis and multidisciplinary management of hematological and non- hematological malignancies.Her special areas of interest includes women’s oncology, preventive oncology and Hematopoeitic stem cell transplantation.

Presentation Topic
  • Cancer remains a major global health challenge as it reaches epidemic proportions worldwide.But the good news is that cancer is not quite the death sentence it used to be. With new innovations and discoveries in cancer therapeutics people with cancer are not only living longer but are also enjoying a better quality of life than before.

    In my talk I would highlight some of the important recent developments in Oncology with focus on Precision medicine, Immunotherapy and gene therapy. The concepts of preventive and integrative oncology will also be discussed

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Mr. Todd Bohannon>
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I am a public school teacher of 15 years in the Seattle area. I have a Master’s in Education and am currently teaching middle school humanities in Sammamish, WA. In addition to teaching, I have been involved with a number of environmental education organizations, including, No Barriers Youth, an international immersion program for kids. No Barriers is a non-profit organization that provides students with transformative experiences in a number of locations around that world. Working primarily with middle and high school students, I have taken several groups of students to the Peruvian Amazon and the Peruvian Andes.

I am also a volunteer educator with REEF, the Reef Environmental Education Foundation. REEF works on a number of marine conservation projects around the world, including a vast citizen science project that trains the public to identify and survey fish populations on tropical reefs. For the past seven years, I have been working with REEF on The Grouper Moon Project. The goal of the project is to create an engaging, cutting-edge marine-sciences curriculum, presenting a multi-faceted view of the Nassau grouper, culminating in live-feed video sessions between students and scientists, allowing us to bring real-world field science into the classroom.

Presentation Topic
Breakout Grouper Moon Project

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Mr. Mick Davidson
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Mick Davidson first joined the Royal Navy in 1991 as a Marine Engineer Artificer. After an arduous 4-year apprenticeship, graduated as a Leading Marine Engineer and specialized in Electrical and Electronic equipment. Serving on all types of vessels, including submarines, frigates, destroyers and aircraft carriers. Promoted to Petty Officer and Marine engineer of the Watch, became responsible for all elements of ship safety, integrity and machinery operations.

In 1997 he left the RN and the Caribbean came calling, where he worked as Engineer Manager in the British Virgin Islands. Truly proving that a ship is like an island.

In 1999 Mick finally succumb to his true calling and joined the British Army as an Aircraft Engineer, after which he completed communications, surveyor and Special Observer training. He then went onto sound ranging equipment where he conducted the field acceptance trials of the ASP system. In 2004, Mick joined 32 Regiment Royal Artillery to become a Phoenix operator and Image Analyst and had successful tours of Iraq. Completing the United Kingdom Imagery Analysis Course (UKIAC) and then qualifying as a Pilot and Mission Commander on the Desert Hawk system, deployed to Afghanistan. Working closely with Brigade Reconnaissance Forces (BRF), Commando and Parachute units, quickly developed some useful CONOPs for this type of Tactical UAS. Upon returning, assisted in writing the UKs’ first Full Motion Video (FMV) course.

Mick then went onto pass the Hermes 450 Pilot and instructor courses and conducted several further tours of Afghanistan in this role, finally becoming Senior Operator and instrumental for the augmentation of TUAS into procedural airspace. In 2011 he became part of 47 Regiment RAs’ Operating Standards Cell (OSC) where he was responsible Currency and Competency of Pilots/Operators, managing Flight Safety and assurance direct to command. Whilst doing this he completed the WATCHKEEPER instructor’s course.

Mick has been deeply involved in the whole ISR process and with over 4000 hours of UAS experience is a true SME in the Tactical field of operations.

Returning back to his maritime and engineering roots, Mick has undertaken work with Remotely Operated Vehicles and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (ROV & AUV), and is currently instructing students in both areas.

Mick brings together an almost complete Unmanned Systems package that is now involved heavily in Human Factors concepts for future design, development and personnel selection. Recognising the similarities across all Unmanned Systems and able to provide full solution packages, he is extremely excited to have returned to the Caribbean to implement this disruptive technology with Security Centres International across the region and the USA.

Presentation Topic
Breakout Drones

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Dr. Robert Furey
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Dr. Robert Furey is Professor of Forensics and Integrated Sciences at Harrisburg University. Dr. Furey graduate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, earning his PhD in life sciences and specializing in ethology and behavioral ecology of social spiders. His research included social structure displayed by the west African Agelena consociate and the North American Anelosimus studiosus. Dr. Furey was the first to document the level of sociality in Anelosimus studiosus. His post-doc work included emergent behaviors in the South American social spider, Anelosimus eximius as a post-doc at the Universite de Vandouvre as a visiting European proifessor at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. Dr. Furey has been teaching in higher education for 30 years. As a graduate student, he restructured the ethology courses at the University of Tennessee. As a post-doc he redesigned the animal behavior course at the Universite de Vandouvre in Nancy, France. He was deeply involved with New Century College, a part of George Mason University, and developed pedagogy in learning communities, field studies, and experiential learning. Eleven years ago Dr. Furey joined Harrisburg University and started the Forensics Program, in both an academic sense as well as becoming deeply involved with local law informant through the Dauphin County Coroner’s Office. The relationship developed such that Dr. Furey is now the working forensic entomologist for Dauphin County and through extension Central Pennsylvania.

Presentation Topic
Plenary Forensic Entomology
Breakout Forensic Entomology

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Mr. Greg Gillispie
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Gregory Gillispie is a PhD student at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM). He graduated from University of Delaware with a B.S. in Exercise Science: Biomechanics and Motor Control in 2014 and from the Wake Forest-Virginia Tech School of Biomedical Engineering Sciences with an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2016. His undergraduate research included studying the effects of increasing body temperature on blood flow to the brain and recommissioning a Wii BalanceBoard to assist in physical therapy from hip and knee replacement surgeries. His Master’s research in the Wake Forest Center for Injury Biomechanics involved testing for range of motion and pull-out strength of hybrid screw systems used in spinal fusions as well as the mechanical evaluation of fixation methods used to treat pelvic fractures. Recently, his research has focused on bioprinting and the regeneration of orthopedic junctions with current projects targeting the bone-to-cartilage and bone-to-tooth interfaces. He also works as a member of the Wake Forest Innovations medical device design team to help move medical devices from conception to commercialization. Ongoing projects include work on an intramedullary nail for radial head fractures, a non-migrating biliary stent, and a screwdriver for the tapping and inserting spinal fusion screws.

Presentation Topic
Breakout Bioprinting as a Regenerative Medicine Strateg
Plenary Medical Applications of 3D Printing

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Andre “Charlito” Gooden
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Andre Gooden is the owner of Charlito’s Greenhouse, a small working island farm that models, promotes, and educates about sustainable food systems, environment, stewardship, community engagement and development, and access to real, good food for everyone.

Charlito’s Greenhouse is a local grower of vegetables, herbs, and trees where freshness and passion are always in full bloom. They are dedicated to naturally-harvested food products that are farmed and produced with a love for community. They do this by taking time to perfect our craft, developing a sustainable relationship with the land and respect for its heritage, designing and building personal gardens, and sharing our progress with fellow friends in food.

Charlito’s Greenhouse is more than a farm. They have created a community space that brings conscious consumers together - people who are passionate about spreading healthy love by learning and sharing information about nutrition, wellness, and good living.

They love welcoming customers to the farm and together they explore the connection between healthy lands and healthy people. They strive to create dialogue within our community by sharing our experience and listening, learning, and building knowledge together. Thinking critically about food choices, considering quality, amount, source, and where, when, and under what circumstances foods are consumed is always in season. From natural coconut oil for inner health or outer beauty to fresh herbs for delicious meals or visual delight, there is so much to be discovered.

Charlito’s Greenhouse wants to empower everyone in the Cayman Islands to make informed food choices that are aligned with their needs and values. Their goal is to be a partner in the creation of strong communities where everyone can enjoy good health and meaningful relationships in the garden, around the table, and beyond.
Presentation Topic
Breakout Farm to Table Movement in Cayman

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Ms. Isabel Gumeyi
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Isabel Gumeyi is a Senior Manager in the Risk Assurance Services (RAS) group at PwC. She is a certified IT professional with over ten years of experience providing practical, value-added assurance and advisory services to clients in multiple industries and jurisdictions. She assesses IT risks and advises clients on how to enhance both business processes and IT controls in line with best practice.

Prior to joining PwC Cayman, Isabel spent three years enhancing her professional experience with PwC Bermuda where she provided a range of IT audit and advisory services to insurance, reinsurance and telecommunications clients. In Cayman, Isabel’s client base consists mainly of companies from the financial services industry but she also works with local operating companies.

She also explores emerging technologies such as Blockchain, advising clients on strategies, governance, risk/control and frameworks considerations. Isabel’s portfolio includes data protection and information security initiatives within the Caribbean region for PwC as well as for external clients. She also conducts training and awareness sessions on IT related aspects.

Isabel is Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA); Certified Information Security Manager (CISM); Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Computer Management Information Systems.

Presentation Topic
  • Disruptor OR Disrupted: which one are you?

    inTech is transforming today’s status quo and promises to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The issue is no longer whether it is feasible to use borderless virtual currency or if machines can be designed to kill, technology has proven to be limitless hence it’s now more about what how quickly you can anticipate, strategize and utilize it in order to stay ahead of the game. The presentation will focus on Blockchain, one the leading Fintech innovations that is revolutionizing how business is conducted. In this interactive session, audience will be able to walk-through some basic scenarios around crypto-currency transactions – with a challenge to determine how they can utilize it in their daily lives to become a self-disruptors.

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Mr. Andrew Hacker
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Professor Andrew J. Hacker is the Cybersecurity Expert In Residence at Harrisburg University and Founder and CEO of MistIQ Technologies. At Harrisburg University, he is helping to further the University's position as a world class institution in Cybersecurity. As CEO of MistIQ Technologies, Mr. Hacker is building an innovative technology called Smart Data that will help protect consumer privacy while still providing device manufacturers access to usage data. MistIQ’s patented Data Defined Computing will enable a new data economy and enhance the business and consumer value of information by creating a new kind of infrastructure for privacy, security, artificial intelligence and data analytics.

Mr. Hacker is the former Deputy Chief Information Security Officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where for 6 years, he supported the Enterprise Information Security Office in managing information security, guiding State Agency CISOs and Executives, interacting with State and Federal partners, and protecting citizen data and government systems and operations. He played a major role in creating enterprise security strategies, standards and policies, enhancing overall application security, and was responsible for risk management and compliance across the commonwealth.

Publications in Network World, Information Week, Help Net Security.

Certifications: CISSP, ISSAP, PCI QSA (former), CTGA, CGCIO
Presentation Topic
  • As the year 2020 quickly approaches, all of the predictions of IoT's billions of devices, Zeta-bytes of data, Artificial Intelligence and massive problems with Cybersecurity and Privacy in our Hyperconnected world appear to be coming true. With billions of voice activated phones, Smart TVs with cameras, sensors everywhere, and huge social media platforms that feed off consumer data, actionable business intelligence and cybersecurity/privacy are usually considered polar opposites. But what if we can have both? A new technology called Smart Data that gives everyday data small pieces of intelligence, is revolutionizing the way we think about big data analytics and cybersecurity/privacy. Using Smart Data we can leverage information with multiple layers of security and dynamic authorization that encrypts protected information while still giving analytics and correlation information about the data without violating privacy. Learn how innovative Smart Data solutions create a whole new data science, enable new revenue streams, and protect consumers while still giving businesses the intelligence and knowledge about their data needed to improve their services.

  • Nearly every device today is "connected". Even more and more devices, such as your phone, your TV and even your car, now possess advanced technology such as artificial intelligent Natural Language Processing (NLP) that makes it even easier to understand and track everything you do and say. Some manufacturers are not shy about letting you know that they can and will sell your information to the highest bidder.

    Learn how devices can listen monitor your day to day activities and what you can do to keep your personal information safe and your daily lives private from these advanced technologies.

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Dr. Shirin Haque
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Dr. Shirin Haque is the deputy dean and a former head of department in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the St Augustine campus at the University of the West Indies. She is an astronomer by profession and a senior lecturer in Physics Department with research interests in astrobiology and cosmology and was recently the recipient of the Rudranath Capildeo Award for applied Science and Technology. She and her team's recent findings on astrobiological studies at the pitch lake in Trinidad was published in Science in 2014. She is also the producer of several Caribbean Science documentaries and is heavily engaged in science popularization and has won three excellence in teaching awards. A lifelong learner, she just obtained her MPhil in Psychology.

Presentation Topic
Plenary Beam me up Scotty!"- The Science behind Warp Dives and Teleportation.
Breakout Life in the Universe - The Multidisciplinary Approach to Discovery

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Ms. Denise J. Henry
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She is a marine biologist having earned a B.Sc. in Environmental Biology (Double Major) with focus on terrestrial and marine ecology and a M.Phil. in Marine Biology from the University of the West Indies with a focus on echinoderm population dynamics.

Denise has worked on coral, seagrass and mangrove restoration projects, establishing and maintaining coral, seagrass and mangrove nurseries first at the Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory, St. Ann, Jamaica and currently at the Alligator Head Marine Laboratory (AHML), located in Portland, Jamaica. Over the course of the seagrass project her team developed a new novel technique for rehabilitating eroding seagrass beds which was successfully tested in Trelawny, Jamaica. Additionally the various coral restoration teams at the respective labs have outplanted 3000 coral fragments to surrounding reef areas to date.

She is currently the research coordinator of the AHML which is the research arm of the Alligator Head Foundation, a non-profit that working to restore marine life in East Portland by establishing and managing a fish sanctuary. Her international work includes Environmental Impact Assessments in Roatan, Honduras, seagrass monitoring in the Cayman Islands and benthic reef assessments in Montserrat.

Presentation Topic
  • Coral restoration has become a widely explored area in several countries around the world, Jamaica among them. Over the past three decades, Jamaican reefs have experienced a phase shift from being coral dominated reefs to algal dominated reefs. This is due to many different influences, least of which is the overfishing of Jamaican waters and the increase in nutrient input. This phase shift has made it impossible for the coral reefs to rehabilitate themselves, and so the marine biology community has intervened to address this problem.

    The concept of growing coral in a nursery area to be later outplanted to the reefscape has gone through several phases. After learning from previous mistakes, there has been an increase in the knowledge base and much improvement in the technology. My presentation will look at the different methodologies used and the advantages and disadvantages of them as it applies to the reef of Jamaica

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Mr. Graham Morse
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Following a marketing background and business career as an entrepreneur in England and the USA, Graham retired in 2000 to follow his dream of sailing around the world with his wife in their own sailing yacht. Moved by the unspoiled natural beauty of the ocean, and the isolated islands of the South Pacific, he became very aware of the importance of the natural environment and the world’s need for sustainability.

In 2008 he settled in the Cayman Islands and, with his wife Janet, set out on a new challenge: to design and build an energy efficient house that respected the local environment. In 2011 Sea Grape House won the Governor’s Award for Design and Construction Excellence.

Graham is a writer and author of The Islands Time Forgot: Exploring the South Pacific Under Sail and the biography of Sir Walter Winterbottom: The Father of Modern English Football.

Presentation Topic
Breakout Most Progressive House in Cayman

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Mr. Kernilon (Kern) Owens
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Previously, he has been employed for several decades as a Technology Executive in the public and private sectors. In the public sector, his initial experience was in the aviation transportation sector where as the first regulator for aeronautical telecommunications at the Civil Aviation Authority(CAA), he was responsible for the establishment and administration of the Communications Navigation & Surveillance department, where he was the advisor to the CAA on air navigation policies. He represented the CAA at the International Civil Aviation Organisation, where he was nominated as the Deputy Task Force Leader for an international Satellite telecommunications project involving 14 countries. Then he transferred as the Head of Department at government telecommunications with responsibility for the public safety and national security aspects of telecommunications where he was also the Chief Technical Advisor to the Cayman Islands Government on telecommunications. At the Ministry of Home Affairs where he was Chief Technology Officer, he was attached to the Cabinet Office where he drafted the e-government strategic policy. Prior to his civil service career, he was employed in the commercial telecommunications sector, where he was a senior manager for business development in the financial services industry and had other engineering roles.

Inspired by the late Gordon Jacobus a retired US Army physicist, his late teacher Michael Trickett and Dr. Joseph Jackman, Kern became the first Caymanian to obtain a Class ‘C’ Amateur Radio Licence. He then ultimately read a HNDip. in Electronics and Communications Engineering at Anglia Polytechnic University UK, and after graduate professional examinations in electrical engineering, obtained his Masters of Science degree in Engineering Project Management from Lancaster University UK. He is a Chartered (Professional) Engineer, and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (UK), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers USA, and has completed a certification in International Arbitration through the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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Breakout Engineering Evolution in Cayman

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Mr. Charles Palmer
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As the Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies, Charles Palmer oversees the design and development of ventures in new and emerging technologies, serves as the Program Lead for the undergraduate Interactive Media program, is an adviser to the Learning Technology Masters of Science program, and coordinates the High School Gaming Academy. As an instructor, Professor Palmer mentors students on research projects in the fields of augmented and virtual reality, mobile computing, web application development, video production, desktop manufacturing (3d printing), motion graphics and interactive games.

As a technologist, author and international speaker, Professor Palmer lectures on virtual reality, 3d printing, gamification, interactive storytelling, and simulations linking learning and research to practical outcomes.

Presentation Topic
Teachers' Twilight Session
  • In this session, educators will be introduced to the Twine and Conducttr platforms. These applications can be used to create interactive stories for classroom usage.

Plenary Gaming

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Dr. Mrunalini Pattarkine
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Mrunalini Pattarkine, PhD, Professor in Biotechnology heads the BTEC program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Harrisburg PA. Prof Pattarkine has a PhD in Biochemistry from IIT Powai, and has over 25 years of research experience. In addition to being the program director, she is also the lead faculty for Nanobiotechnology initiative within the Biotechnology program at the university and is currently directing sponsored research for private industries. In addition to teaching Biotechnology/Nanobiotechnology courses, Prof Pattarkine also serves as a Director of Capital Area Biotechnology Partnership (CABP), a Workforce Leadership Grant in Biotechnology though funding from PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED, a $700,000/- grant). Prof Pattarkine has active research projects in areas such as biosensor development, paper-based analytical devices, antimicrobial properties of plant biomaterials, and hydrogels for regenerative medicine.

Prof Pattarkine has several publications and two book chapters to her credit. Under her instruction, the university offers several summer courses for high-school students. Prof Pattarkine has conducted numerous workshops at national and international events, for educators and administrators and is considered an expert in the field by state administrators.

Presentation Topic
Breakout Emerging Trends in STEM and Biotechnology Education for Healthcare Careers
Teachers' Twilight Session Success Stories and Strategies for STEM Education - How to Run with Shoe-sting Budgets!

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Prof. Eustache Placide
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Professor Eustache Placide joins the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) as an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Before coming to UCCI, he was a Professor at DeVry University in Atlanta. Eustache received his B.S., M.S. and a Ph.D., in Computer Science.

Eustache’s teaching interests span a variety of topics. He is interested in teaching general, theory, and systems courses. These include foundations of computer science, data structures, and algorithms, automata theory, compilers, operating systems, programming. His other interests centered on developing intelligent applications and methods that can be applied to solve interdisciplinary problems.

His primary research interests are in the field of Artificial intelligence, Software Engineering, Expert System, and Robotics. He is particularly interested in emergent patterns in complex multi-agent systems. He studies both how to design efficient autonomous decision-making systems as well as the rationale behind decisions of living agents in natural systems.

Eustache resides in Grand Cayman. In his free time, he writes application programmes and explores the island for excellent cuisine.

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Breakout Computer Forensics

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Dr. Catherine Santai
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Dr. Catherine Santai is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Integrative Sciences Program Lead at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Harrisburg, PA. She has a M.S. in Chemistry from Georgetown University. She is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology where she earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry for her research into novel nucleic acid structures she created and termed mixed-stranded DNA. Her current research interests include determining how the method of plant oil extraction impacts antibacterial effectiveness.

Dr. Santai has been teaching Chemistry and Biochemistry at the undergraduate level for 11 years. She is passionate about education, research, and increasing representation of women and minorities in STEM fields. She is the current Chair of National Chemistry Week for SE Pennsylvania, an executive board member of the SE PA Section of the American Chemical Society, an active volunteer for "Girls in STEM" program at Whitaker Science Center, and the mother of three very active boy

Presentation Topic
  • Participants will learn about the work of a forensic chemist who analyzes trace evidence found at crime scenes. Participants will work hands-on as scientists to collect data and as a cohort determine the most likely type of plastic and confirm their determination with a burn test.

  • Learn how chemistry and art compliment each other. Participants will react different chemicals to make paint and then test it out on canvas. This is a hands-on session.

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Mr. Albert Sarvis
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Albert Sarvis received his B.A. in Geo-environmental Studies from Shippensburg University in 1991 and M.A. in Geography at Ohio University in 1994. Mr. Sarvis began his teaching experience as a Graduate Assistant at OU teaching Physical Geography and Geospatial Technology labs. Mr. Sarvis has also taught graduate level Geospatial Technology classes at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs and undergraduate classes at Harrisburg Area Community College. In 2005 he began working with Harrisburg University as a corporate faculty member helping to develop and teach the Geospatial Technology program before joining the HU staff full time in January 2011.

Prior to becoming a full time professor Mr. Sarvis worked for 16 years in the Geospatial Technology consulting industry spending 11 of those years as a project manager. He obtained his Project Management Professional certification in 2005 and GIS Professional certification in 2007. Mr. Sarvis has presented Geospatial Technology and Project Management at numerous conferences and workshops during his consulting career and maintains a wide range of Geospatial Industry contacts to benefit both the Geospatial Technology and Project Management program content and future student careers.

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  • Prof. Sarvis will review the tools and methodologies used to create accurate maps from sUAS (Drone) images. Several specific technologies will be discussed and a mapping example from Grand Cayman will be demonstrated. Topics include ground control, flight mission planning , image processing and georeferencing of drone created orthomosaics. Current US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) commercial sUAS regulations will also be reviewed.

  • Harrisburg University’s Geospatial Technology Center is in the 5th year of a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) to help map over 100 years of underground coal mining in the state. Prof. Sarvis will describe the process used to take historic hard copy maps and contribute to an interactive atlas of historic mining in Pennsylvania. Special attention will be placed on the benefit this program has to residents of Pennsylvania and to the safety of the mining community.

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Ms. Karlene Singh
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Karlene Singh joined Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.'s engineering team in August 2006, serving as the Company's Operations/Project Engineer. She currently fills a dual-role as the Business Development - Project Engineer for the Engineering and Business Development Departments. Her role includes supporting the design and construction of Seawater Reverse Osmosis plants and promoting the Company’s desalination and water utility business through all sales and marketing activities. Karlene serves on the Board of the Caribbean Desalination Association and is the Chair of the Publications and Communications Committee, as well as Co-Chair of the Young Leader’s Program. Karlene has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Applied Science, both in Chemical Engineering, from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. is a complete turnkey design, build, own/finance, and operate desalination company headquartered on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, where Karlene has resided for the last eleven years.

Presentation Topic
  • Grand Cayman has experienced significant economic growth over the last four decades. One of the key factors in its growth was the availability of piped potable water since the early 1970’s. Now, one hundred percent of the drinking water on Grand Cayman comes from seawater, in a process known as seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination.

    Several Caribbean islands, including the Cayman Islands, have played a significant role in the development of desalination on a global scale. This presentation gives an overview of the history and growth of seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination internationally and in the Cayman Islands. It will also discuss the development of the first energy recovery device, installed and tested on Grand Cayman, which laid the foundation for SWRO desalination to become a more economically viable option for potable water production around the globe.

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Mr. Tom Sparke
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Tom Sparke is the Education Programme Manager at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI), where he teaches marine science to over 250 local and international students every year. Tom holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography and a Master’s Degree in Tropical Coastal Management, but it his passion for the ocean that has led him to develop an innovative project called Reefs Go Live. Reefs Go Live aims to allow students to communicate to marine scientists whilst they conduct research in their distant underwater world whilst answering student’s questions in real-time. In addition to teaching, Tom is a key member of CCMI’s research team including a BEST 2.0 funded lionfish acoustic tagging project and a DARWIN funded local herbivory study. Tom is looking forward to sharing some of CCMI’s Eureka moments from 2017.

Presentation Topic
  • This interactive breakout session will discuss the Central Caribbean Marine Institutes groundbreaking discoveries on the behavioral characteristics of lionfish from an acoustic tagging research project, conducted on Little Cayman. Learn from a marine scientist, how we can apply science to better manage their populations and if we can ever defeat this invader. Attendants will have an opportunity to dissect a lionfish themselves and investigate what morphological features make lionfish the perfect invader in Cayman’s waters.

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Mr. Joel Walton
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Since May 2004, Mr Walton has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry. He obtained a Bachelor of Administration (Hons) degree with a specialisation in Finance from Brock University, Canada, in 1983 and an MBA with a concentration in Finance and Strategic Planning from the University of Windsor, Canada, in 1988.

Mr. Walton formerly served in the Cayman Islands Civil Service, which he joined in 1983. He held several posts, including that of Deputy Financial Secretary of the Cayman Islands, which he held for 11 years, until May 2004.

Mr. Walton has held appointments on a number of boards and committees in the Cayman Islands public and private sectors including: Chairman of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority Board, Cayman Company Sector Consultative Committee; Cayman Turtle Farm Board and Cayman Brac Economic Development Committee; and Deputy Chairman of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority Board, Cayman Islands Public Service Pensions Board and Cayman Islands Stock Exchange Authority Board.

Mr. Walton has also held other board appointments, including with the Caribbean Utilities Company Ltd., a Toronto Stock Exhange listed company, and with the Caribbean Development Bank.

He is currently Chairman of the MACI Executive Management Committee and the Maritime Sector Consultative Committee.

Presentation Topic
Breakout Food Science

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Mr. James Whittaker
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A Caymanian by birth with degrees in Banking, Accounting and International Finance, James spent 19 years working in the financial sectors of Cayman, New York and Bermuda. As the former Deputy Head of Investments at CIMA; James had regulatory responsibility for the world’s largest collection of hedge funds and securities investment businesses with oversight of Fund Directors and Investment Managers and daily supervision of over 30 staff.

A true pioneer of sustainability and renewable energy in the Caribbean region, James brings a unique blend of analytical thinking, public and private sector experience, relentless passion and inspired ideas with the goal to positively impact lives by sustainably transforming the built environment.

Following his passion and entrepreneurial instincts in 2010 he created the GreenTech Group of companies, which provides a full range of sustainability solutions which includes; design and installation of renewable energy systems, Designing LEED Certified and Zero Energy homes and buildings as well as the Caribbean’s only regional distribution network for green products and technologies. Today GreenTech is the market leader in renewable energy and sustainable design in the Cayman Islands.

He is the President of the Cayman Renewable Energy Association (CREA), a member of Cayman National Energy Policy Committee, a member of the Cayman Islands Government’s Energy Policy Council (EPC). He also founded ‘Project Green School’ a non-profit program dedicated to educating children on the importance of climate change, renewable energy and sustainability.

James was instrumental in developing the groundbreaking Cayman Islands National Energy Policy. He also works closely with the public and private sectors across the region; including NGOs such as the Carbon War Room. James also developed one of the foremost renewable energy conferences in the region; the Caribbean Transitional Energy Conference (CTEC); hosted annually on Grand Cayman with attendees from across the world. He is the father of two young girls and a life-long Cayman Islands resident, his determination to build a better, more sustainable future is unwavering.

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Breakout Solar Energy

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