As a martial artist, Aaron Chow experienced a severe injury, only to discover he would never fully recover. Through this experience, he discovered a passion for designing 3D-printed prosthetic devices and technologies that help improve the human experience. Aaron has since applied that focus to create highly dexterous prosthetics that can be custom-designed to the patient and printed in just one day for only a hundred dollars. He has immersed himself in the cutting-edge world of 3D printing and frequently presents his methodologies and patented work at tech conferences around the world. Aaron’s current goal is to help spread additive technologies across industries and drive changes that can improve people’s lives.
Aaron Dworkin works as a professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the Ross School of Business. Aaron’s story features a set of unlikely circumstances and events but is driven by a love of the arts from early on. His journey led him to an appointment to the National Council on the Arts, and
he founded the Sphinx Organization with the aim of facilitating diversity in the arts. Aaron’s talk will include some of the experiences that helped affirm in his mind the importance of fostering communities where people from all walks of life can express themselves creatively.
Anne-Katrin Roesler has always had a
passion for mathematics, which led her to
study math with a minor in astronomy at the
University of Bonn, Germany. After completing
her diploma in math, she transitioned to
economics and earned her doctorate from
the University of Bonn in 2015. She then spent
a year as a postdoc with Kellogg MEDS at
Northwestern University, before she joined the
economics department at Michigan in 2016.
She is fascinated with the idea of math being
everywhere, and how it can be utilized in
endless ways. She now applies her analytical
skills to conduct research in microeconomic
theory, and to teach about game theory
and information design. In her research, she
explores questions such as how information
affects strategic situations, decisions, and
outcomes, and the role of private learning in
dynamic team problems.
David Kobrosky views the world through a lens of experimentation, which he attributes to his lifelong passion for skateboarding. His love of skateboarding inspired him to create Skatify, a community-focused skateboard park development venture. David uncovered a new depth of respect for the power of skateboarding to unite a group of people through this experience. He is also the proud founder of Easy Board Company, a contemporary skateboard manufacturer. David believes that facing challenges from a mindset of absolute zero is a powerful technique. He aims to describe and share this perspective in his talk.
Greg Harden is a life coach and is often
referred to as the “secret sauce” of
Michigan Athletics. In his work as a clinical
therapist, he focused on helping people
adhere to their self-defined purpose and
conquer the challenges they encounter.
This perspective was instrumental in his
experiences working with world-class
athletes like Tom Brady and Michael Phelps.
The heart of Greg’s passion is a fascination
with the respective purposes that drive
people in their daily lives. He aims to share
the importance of defining one’s own
driving purpose in his talk.
Natalie Tronson is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. Originally from Australia, she has studied at Yale, the University of Chicago, and the University of Michigan. She researches the molecular mechanisms which affect signaling in the brain. A prominent section of her work focuses on the intersection of emotion and memory, including the relationship between fear and post-traumatic stress disorder. She has also extensively studied the effects of addiction. Natalie is working toward understanding memory and answering challenging questions: How can we improve our memory? How does memory differ between men and women?
Rishi Narayan is a University of Michigan alum with two degrees in chemical engineering. His entrepreneurial drive led him to change his career aspirations while still in college. Along with a childhood friend, Rishi co-founded a custom apparel company, Underground Printing, which has expanded to 300 employees and more than 35 locations across the US. During this journey, Rishi’s academic and professional mentality has transformed from an emphasis on obtaining a “Slow
A” to executing a “Fast B.” Rishi practices this “Fast B” philosophy every day as an entrepreneur, angel investor, startup mentor, and lecturer.
During her time at Michigan, Sarah Wood founded “Oats and Woes,” an oatmeal pop-up cafe that transformed into a popular personal blog and Instagram about finding joy through her struggle with mental health. In her healing process, Sarah uncovered that her purpose in life is to be a “joy soldier,” and redefined her personal metric of success to be that of joy creation, instead of job completion. Her journey focused on joy led her to meaningful experiences, such as teaching yoga, running in the NYC Marathon, and participating in a 10-day silent meditation retreat in Thailand. She currently shares her lessons learned through mentorship and leading workshops on well-being.