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Theme: Creating Value by Design

This event occurred on
May 20, 2011
9:00am - 6:00pm MDT
(UTC -6hrs)
Salt Lake City, UT
United States

TEDxSaltLakeCity will explore how design principles can create value across industries and disciplines.

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 West 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
United States
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Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson directs the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute at the University of Utah where he is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Physics and Bioengineering. His research interests are in the areas of scientific computing and scientific visualization. Dr. Johnson founded the SCI research group in 1992, which has since grown to become the SCI Institute employing over 155 faculty, staff and students. Professor Johnson serves on several international journal editorial boards, as well as on advisory boards to several national and international research centers.

Hank Louis

Hank Louis is the philosophical leader of DesignBuildBLUFF, a non-profit organization that builds environmentally sustainable homes in the Navajo Nation. Its work introduces first-year graduate students in architecture to the culture and history of Utah’s desert southeast, where they design, and ultimately build a home for a Navajo Family. Building upon the vision of the late Samuel Mockbee and his Rural Studio, the mission of DesignBuildBLUFF is to realize architecture that nurtures the spirit and improves the lives of all who experience it. Louis is also a member of the Auxiliary Faculty of the College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah and is the Founder and Principal at Gigaplex, an award-winning architectural firm based in Park City, Utah.

Amy Lukas

Amy Lukas is a Partner and Director of Project Management at Infinite Scale Design Group, a multi-disciplinary design firm specializing in branded environments. Amy oversees all organizational aspects of Infinite Scale's creative process. Prior to co-founding Infinite Scale, Amy was one of the lead art directors in the award-winning Look of the Games department for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Amy received a bachelor's of science degree in graphic design from the University of Cincinatti College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP).

Mark Fuller

Mark Fuller is the inventor of laminar flow technology and a co-founder of WET Design, a water fountain and feature design consultancy in Los Angeles. Fast Company magazine named Mark Fuller to its list of the 100 Most Creative People in June 2010. As part of his undergraduate thesis in Civil Engineering at the University of Utah, Fuller developed a large-scale laminar-flow nozzle that has since been used extensively in WET’s water features. Before founding WET, Fuller worked as an Imagineer for The Walt Disney Company, applying the technology he developed as an undergraduate, and had refined as a graduate student at Stanford, to create Disney’s “Leapfrog” fountain feature at Epcot Center. Fuller and his firm are, perhaps, best known for the 9-acre (36,000 m2) Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas, completed in 1998, a collaboration between WET and developer Steve Wynn.

Jeff Parkin

Jeffrey Parkin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Media Arts and was appointed as an Associate Chair of the Department in 2009. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production from the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California in 1990 as well as a BA in English/Humanities from USC. In 1991, he received a Master of Fine Arts from USC in screenwriting, with additional emphasis in directing. Before coming to Brigham Young University, he worked in Los Angeles for 15 years as a producer, director and writer with companies such as: Miramax Pictures, CBS Television, Orion Pictures, David E. Kelley Productions, EMI/Capitol Records, Fox Television, Dallas Museum of Art, Franklin/Covey, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Times, Lilly & Brandon Tartikoff, McGraw-Hill Companies and United Artists. He has written, directed and/or produced two full-length feature films, a number-one-rated movie of the week for CBS Television, as well as numerous short films, commercials, documentaries, music videos and industrial films.

Tami Goetz

Tamara Goetz was appointed by Governor Jon M. Huntsman as State Science Advisor for the State of Utah. Prior to her appointment, Goetz served as the director of the Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) Biotechnology Program for six years and helped to create educational programs and resources for students in Utah. After receiving a three-year Advanced Technology Education grant from the National Science Foundation in 2001, Goetz helped to create a one-year high school Biotechnology Program for juniors and seniors. Additionally, Goetz led InnovaBio, a student-driven, non-profit contract research company that provides high school and college students with opportunities to work as interns for a life science company. Since its creation, InnovaBio has been nationally recognized as an innovate way to establish partnerships between education and industry, while supporting economic development. Tamara has also been involved in the U.S. Department of Labor's Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development Initiative (WIRED), which promotes education and training for life sciences in Utah. She served on the Governor's State Advisory Council for science and technology and also on the Board of Directors for The Leonardo. Goetz involvement in science education and research throughout the state adds a dynamic element to the GOED team.

Peter Chan

Peter Chan, an instructional technologist teaching at BYU, has developed an e-learning solution for higher order thinking called Video Ethnography 360. It reaches across various disciplines and making significant impact in China's teacher training, Mongolia's surgical training, Brazil's psychiatric training, and various U.S. employee training entities.

Beau Seil

Until recently, Beau Seil was responsible for generating deal flow and analyzing potential investment opportunities for Capital Impact. He worked extensively on Capital Impact's first formal initiative, the Sorenson Housing Opportunity Fund, a private equity fund focused on developing India's affordable housing ecosystem, with primary responsibilities related to the Fund's legal matters and initial investment strategy formulation. Over the past three years, Beau has also spent a large portion of time in China working with socially responsible businesses in Beijing and Suzhou, leading Capital Impact's outreach in the PRC, and working on a new venture fund that will provide specialty financing to growing PRC businesses. He is also an advisory board member for Ashoka's Youth Venture - San Francisco Bay Area, co-chair of the Impact Investing Initiative at Brigham Young University's Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance, and educational advisor to the E3 Fund - a new San Francisco Bay Area venture fund providing private equity and venture capital investment opportunities and experiential learning opportunities to minority college students underrepresented in the VC/PE industry. Beau holds a JD / MBA-Finance and B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University.

Rachael Herrscher

Rachael Herrscher is CEO and co-founder of TodaysMama, an online media and publishing company founded in 2004. In her role as CEO Rachael oversees general business operations, social media, new market development, partnerships, and marketing initiatives. She is a featured blogger on<> <> , and is a regular speaker at new media, women in business and mom conferences. As well, Rachael is the co-founder of EVO , a social media conference for women (http://evoconference,com). Rachael was a finalist for the 2007 Stevie Awards “Best Young Entrepreneur” award and was named one of Utah Business Magazine's 30 Women to Watch in 2009. She was also recently featured in the book "UpStarts!: How Gen Y Entrepreneurs are Rocking the World of Business" by Donna Fenn of Inc. Magazine.

Organizing team


Salt Lake City, UT, United States
  • Justin Meredith
    Web Design & Development
  • Dan Kimball
    Graphic Design
  • Lisa Davis
  • Alex MacArthur
    Online Marketing
  • Chris Acton
    Production Manager
  • Craig Cleveland
    Stage Design
  • Sarah Lyman
  • Mike Weingarten
    Event Management
  • Mike Jensen
    Social Media