Dr. Kring was recently awarded Professor of the Year by Embry-Riddle’s Human Factors and Systems Department and has a 4.9 rating on RateMyProfessor.com! His interests include spaceflight human factors, behavioral health and human performance in extreme environments. He is currently building a testbed for human factors and engineering research focused on habitat design for extreme environments such as space and calling its MEERS - the Mobile Extreme Environment Research Station. The last time he gave a public lecture, numerous people switched their college majors to go work with him, so watch out for his infectious passion!
Oscar Menjivar is the founder of URBAN Teens eXploring Technology (URBAN TxT), a nonprofit organization that provides a program to help inner-city youth develop leadership, coding and entrepreneurial skills through the use of technology. Oscar was intrigued by computers and decided to attend a magnet high school for its technology program. However, to his surprise, in 1996 not much technology existed on campus, and the most effective organizations in recruiting young men were gangs. Oscar saw one of his best friends fall victim to gangs and pledged that he would help create a program that can influence youngsters become leaders who would impact their communities in a positive way.
Professor Snorri Gudmundsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland and moved to Florida to pursue his childhood dream of becoming an aircraft designer. He received his B.Sc. and his M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Having worked on the SR20, the SR22 and been the chief designer of the Cirrus Jet SF50 - he is to aircraft design what Morgan Freeman is to a movie - composed, articulate and extremely talented. He is also an avid musician, adept with multiple instruments and with four extremely popular albums available online. He is also one of the most loved professors at Embry-Riddle, his talk is already hyped up on our school and we hear its going to be even better than his superb lectures.
Fabian Oefner is a curious investigator, photographer and artist based in Switzerland, whose work blends the fields of art and science. With images depicting sound waves and iridescence, the main aim of his work is to show these phenomena in previously unseen and poetic ways, encouraging viewers to pause for a moment and appreciate the magic that constantly surrounds us. Mr. Oefner’s photographs have been exhibited in various countries and are part of private collections around the globe. The cover images on our booklet and website are from his work and he’s flying in from Zurich to share his stories.
Professor Roy Strickland has been the Director of the Master of Urban Design Program at the University of Michigan since the program’s inception 12 years ago, following his work at Columbia University and MIT. Mr. Strickland’s design work has been featured in the New York Times, the Rhode Island School of Design, and UCLA among others. He is former Associate Editor of the Harvard Architecture Review and currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Places: Forum of Environmental Design. He received his B.A. from Columbia and his M.Arch. from MIT. Prof Strickland’s design philosophy revolves around the axiom that complex problems have elegant answers and his anecdotes will illustrate just that!
Lance is passionate about everything from music to sports and technology, and he believes that they all influence each other tremendously! Lance Korsun is an ex-collegiate basketball player, turned DJ, turned digital creative/tech guy. He has spent the last dozen years doing design, development, and strategy work for advertising agencies of all sizes, he also owned a digital agency for over 6 years. Recently, he and his wife decided to take a leap of faith and moved to the beach, something they had talked about doing for years. He serves as the creative technologist at On Ideas, a mid-size agency in Jacksonville, Florida; not too far from Daytona.
Ever thought about who comes up with those wonderful comics that we couldn’t put down? David Gildersleeve began his illustrious art career while growing up in the great State of Texas and comic books became his earliest teachers. Later he bounced around art schools, earned an MFA degree, and now teaches at The Savannah College of Art and Design in the Sequential Art department. David has been published in several magazines including Comic's Pro Magazine and Playboy and presents his work in various galleries. David specializes in western art, humorous art, illustrations, cartoons, children's stories, and cartoon strips. He's currently working on his second children's book and remains committed to painting as often as possible.
Dario J. Moore believes that dancing brings out the most beautiful nuances of human communication. He is the founder and artistic director of Central Florida's first and only African-American professional dance ensemble - the Moore Dance Project. He has also co-founded and served as the Artistic Director for The Center for Contemporary Dance. Dario holds an MA degree from American University in dance education and was recently named Seminole County’s Artist of the Year and honored for excellence in arts education. Dario will bring a team of dancers, and they will light up the TEDxEmbryRiddle stage with their choreography skills and passion for dance!
Kyle and Nicolas Maloney
Mr. Kyle Maloney and Mr. Nicolas Maloney are founders of a revolutionary tech company called Novus Technologies based out of Trinidad and Tobago. Their first business is an energy service company that helps regional businesses strategically tackle exorbitant electricity bills and reduce operational costs. They have now built a beautiful social platform called F1RST, which brings the Caribbean experience online for the very first time. Their vision is to let locals and travellers from all over the world use F1RST as a way to connect with experiences that they love and need. Their success as young entrepreneurs should spark quite an inspired conversation at TEDxEmbryRiddle!