Dr. Connie Guttersen 2016

Title: The Promise of a Visionary Scientific Approach

Today there is an unprecedented opportunity for our scientists to aspire to something magnificent. Transforming the study of science to captivate the interest of our modern day population. It is cutting edge research that pushes the field in an entirely new direction, one full of novel insight and valuable applications. From searching for the cure for cancer and understanding how genes and nutrients interact on the molecular level to the latest advances for a more sustainable environment. Strategic leadership with this valuable knowledge creates a brighter future for visionary students.

About The Speaker

Dr. Connie Guttersen, R.D., Ph.D. is a nationally and internationally renowned registered dietitian and culinary professional, New York Times bestselling author of The Sonoma Diet and a sought-after instructor. She is a registered dietitian and nutrition instructor at the world famous Culinary Institute of America.

3MT Competition Finalists 2015

Title: Three Minute Thesis Competition

3MT: The College of Science & Engineering (CSE) will initiate a “Three Minute Thesis” competition modeled after the competition developed at the University of Queensland (http://threeminutethesis.org/). Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by which challenges research higher degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. This competition format is spreading across the world – see http://threeminutethesis.org/international.

About The Speaker

The finalists are undergraduate and graduate students from College of Science & Engineering.

Astronaut: Anousheh Ansari 2014

Title: Dare to Dream: How perseverance allowed me to accomplish my lifelong goal of space flight

About The Speaker

"First Female Private Space Explorer & First Space Ambassador”

On September 18, 2006, Anousheh Ansari captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. Anousheh earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space and the first astronaut of Iranian descent.

Anousheh is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems, a company that will unleash the power of the Internet to all consumers and dramatically alter and simplify consumer’s digital living experience. Prior to founding Prodea Systems, Anousheh served as co-founder, CEO and chairman of Telecom Technologies, Inc. The company successfully merged with Sonus Networks, Inc., in 2000.

Dr. Neal Burnette 2013

Title: A Horned Frog’s Peripatetic Journey in Biological

About The Speaker

Study in biology and chemistry (and theatre and ballet) at TCU led to a doctorate from Vanderbilt; to postdoctoral and staff positions at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the Salk Institute; to a small biotech company that became Amgen; and to a simultaneous career in the US Army. Along the way, retroviruses were dissected; hepatitis B vaccine was made in recombinant yeast; site-specific mutagenesis yielded genetic "toxoids" for whooping cough and cholera; for the first time, an algorithm quantified the impact of infectious diseases on US military operations and ordered research priorities; and, in Swiftian fashion, the need to assess newly-discovered monoclonal antibodies resulted in the invention of one of the most widely-used biological research and clinical diagnostic techniques - Western blotting.

Dr. Rhiannon Mayne 2012

Title: From Outer Space to Antarctica: The Antarctic Search for Meteorites Program

Since 1976, the Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET), funded by the National Science Foundation, has recovered more than 20,000 meteorites from Antarctica. These specimens are currently the only reliable, continuous source of new extraterrestrial material, and will continue to be until future planetary sample-return missions are successful. Dr. Mayne is the Curator of the Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Collection at TCU. She was a member of the ANSMET team for the 2010/2011 season and is now a recipient of the "Antarctica Service Medal of the United States of America". She will talk about the science behind the ANSMET program, as well as her personal experiences from living on the ice.

About The Speaker

Dr. Rhiannon Mayne is the Curator of the Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Collection and Gallery of TCU. The Monnig Meteorite Collection is one of the world’s largest university-based meteorite collections and, as its curator, she is responsible for the growth and preservation of the collection, as well as numerous outreach projects in the local community. She is also one of the advisors for the BS in Geology.

Ms. Darlene Ryan 2011

Title: From Research to Business: What Does it Take?

About The Speaker

Before joining TECH Fort Worth in 2006, Darlene was the founder and CEO of a pharmaceutical manufacturing company from 1994 to 2006. She successfully raised bank financing and private equity, applied for several patents, and negotiated licenses of her company’s technology. Under her direction, the company was on the Inc 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in America for three consecutive years and on the Dallas 100 list for five consecutive years. Darlene was named the 2003 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Life Sciences for North Texas and a 2004 Leading Woman Entrepreneur of the World. Another honor that she proudly displays is a declaration by the City Council of Fort Worth naming April 6, 2004, as “Darlene Ryan Day.”

Mr. Jonathan Shapiro 2010

Title: Sustainable Technology, Trends and Career Opportunities

About The Speaker

CEO, The Texas Institute for Sustainable Technology Research


Participation in the Symposium will offer students practical experience in giving presentations in a professional but relaxed setting. It will also be a fun social event where students can learn about research happening in other departments. There will also be live entertainment, free food, and awards.


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