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This event occurred on
April 18, 2015
12:00am - 6:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Philadelphia, PA
United States

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The Great Courts
3141 Chestnut Street
Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
United States
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Kenneth Lacovara

Kenneth Lacovara is widely recognized for his discovery of the behemoth plant-eating dinosaur Dreadnoughtus schrani. To bring this giant to light, Lacovara led five expeditions to a remote corner of Patagonia, returning with over 16 tons of fossils. In life, Dreadnoughtus stretched 85-feet long, stood two and a half stories at the shoulder, and weighed more than 65 tons, which is more than nine T. rex, more than a dozen African elephants, even more than a Boeing 373. Lacovara is applying the latest technology to the study of huge dinosaurs, including 3D laser scanning, CT scanning, 3D printing, robotics, and techniques from medical modeling and molecular biology. His work is helping to shift our perspective of these giant herbivores from their historic portrayal as dim-witted, swamp-bound platters of meat waiting to be preyed upon to that of fearsome, hulking, hyper-efficient eating machines, whose evolutionary innovations deserve our awe and respect.

Michel Barsoum

Prof. Michel W. Barsoum- Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University - is an internationally recognized leader in the area of MAX phases. He is the author of two entries on the MAX phases in the Encyclopedia of Materials Science, and two books: MAX Phasespublished in 2013, and Fundamentals of Ceramics,a leading textbook in his field. In 2011, he and colleagues at Drexel selectively etched the A-group layers from the MAX phases to produce an entirely new family of 2D solids - they labeled MXenes - that have sparked global interest because of their potential in many applications, least of which is energy storage.With a h index of 56, his work has been highly and widely cited. He is a fellow of the American Ceramic Society and the World Academy of Ceramics. In 2000 he was awarded a Humboldt-Max Planck Research Award for Senior US Research Scientists.

Jason Kilderry

Jason found his passion for athletics, health, and fitness at an early age. Throughout his childhood, Jason’s athletic career revolved around basketball and baseball. When he reached high school, Jason decided he would one day like to enlist in the military, which led him to focus on his increasing his overall health and fitness on a regular basis. Inevitably, his enrollment in the military did not occur. But all the training he had done in preparation for the military left Jason in the best shape of his life, and that is when he truly realized his passion for health, fitness, and endurance sports. Jason started pursing a career in the health and fitness field at a local community college, and then transferred to Rowan University, where he also ran cross-country. Juggling academics, athletics, and a part-time job as a personal trainer was difficult, but it allowed Jason to realize that balancing all aspects of life is a challenge most health and fitness enthusiasts face. This led Jason to his interest in how to train his clients and athletes effectively in both health and fitness, while taking into consideration everything else people have going on in their lives.

Max Zahniser

Max has a broad background in architecture, and deep roots ingreen building, having worked on 2 of the first 15 LEED certified buildings in the world, and while on staff at the U.S. Green Building council certifying a majority of the first 500 LEED buildings in the world. While at USGBC Max also contributed to the development of nearly every LEED rating system, and managed USGBC’s relationship with Google, Adobe, Autodesk, and others. Max has been cited/quoted as an expert on various aspects of sustainability and technology in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Building Design + Construction, Metropolis, Contract, Environmental Building News, and in live interviews for NPR stations. He also acted as a contributing author for a book titled: The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building - Redefining the Practice of Sustainability Max spent a year as Director of Sustainability at Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT), (a planning, landscape and architecture firm with a rich heritage in sustainable work). He also served as Director of Sustainabliity, BSD, at University of Pennsylvania, and in 2007 started Praxis | Building Solutions, LLC. Max also cofounded The Sustainability NEXUS, a non-profit seeking to coalesce the abundant, but fragmented energy already flowing into social and environmental initiatives. As a volunteer Max continues to support the development of LEED, AASHE’s STARS program for higher sustainability, and other national and international sustainability programs, and teaches design, technology, and sustainability curriculum at Drexel, and as a guest lecturer at many other institutions.

Ronica Cleary

Ronica Cleary is a reporter for “Chasing News,” a nightly news program that airs weeknights on FOX29 in Philadelphia/South Jersey and My9 in New York City/North Jersey. Ronica reports on Governor Christie, and has travelled to many of the Governor’s appearances in NJ, NY, CT, NH & DC. Her work utilizes technology to tell stories differently. With a cell phone, selfie-stick and GoPro, Ronica covers news events in a way that has never been done before. In addition, she attempts to put herself inside the story and experience the story alongside the people she interviews. Cleary graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Public Communication from Drexel University.

Yanatha Desouvre

For 18 years Desouvre has been passionate about serving others through technology and the arts. At UPenn, Desouvre currently supervises an award winning staff known for their technical abilities and professional demeanor. Desouvre created several apps for Android and iOS devices. As an author, Desouvre has written 7 books and published 4. As a Poet/Speaker he's participated in many events for several organizations. Skilled in building brands, he maintains effective digital footprints for his clients that include on-radio personalities and musicians. His theme of “Positively Impacting Your Life by Empowering Others” is embedded in everything he does including his latest book of short stories “Savor the Moments: Inspired by True Stories Desouvre was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and grew up in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. He received Bachelor in MIS and Marketing at Drexel University ‘01 and his MBA in Marketing and Mass Communication Media Management at Lynn University ‘10.

Kristen Newman

Kristen Newman is a sophomore at Drexel, studying marketing, management information systems and entrepreneurship. She is Founder and President of Drexel Women entrepreneurs, member of numerous clubs and activities on campus. She is also the Founder and CEO of VirtuREAL, a public speaking solution startup, based at The Baiada Institute and Drexel. She and her startup will be attending the Philadelphia Angel Fair. Lastly, she is currently interning for Estee Lauder.

Organizing team


Alexandria, Egypt
  • Dante Marroccelli
    Human Resources Chair