Presenters

The profiles of professionals who have given presentations at the Jobs of Tomorrow program can be found below.

Sabrina Lee
Healthcare Associate at QUID

Sabrina Lee is a neuroscience graduate from Amherst College. She is currently a Healthcare Team Associate at Quid, a software company that uses Natural language Processing and Artificial Intelligence to provide key business insights to pharmaceutical companies. Before that, she has been a STEM teacher in Boston and Chicago. Sabrina is a native of Palo Alto and graduated from Palo Alto High School.

Sabrina Lee was the first speaker for Jobs Of Tomorrow. She presented on March 6th, 2019.

Kate Miller
Software Engineer - Health Data Science at Apple Inc.

Kate Miller is a Software Engineer in Health Data Science at Apple. Originally from Ohio, she attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied Computer Science. She is passionate about STEM Education, hiking, and traveling. 

 

Kate Miller presented at the Jobs of Tomorrow program on March 20th, 2019.

Dr. Melissa Kirven-Brooks
Staff Scientist - Astrobiology Institute at NASA Ames Research Center.

Dr. Melissa Kirven-Brooks received a B.S. in Biology from Brown University and a Ph.D. from MIT in Applied Biological Sciences. She has worked at NASA Ames Research Center for the past 23 years, first as science lead on the development of hardware intended for the International Space Station: an Incubator and a Cell Culture Unit. Next, she served as the Deputy Project Scientist and Project Scientist for Space Station and Shuttle experiments, and currently, she manages the Science Programs for the NASA Astrobiology Institute. 

Dr. Melissa was born and raised in New York City. She attended college and grad school in New England, and when she had a chance to move to the Bay Area to do a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford, she took the opportunity to leave the snow behind.  She and her husband moved back to Massachusetts, in a moment of madness, and their three children were born there. When contemplating another winter of snow, this time housebound with newborn twins, her husband took the opportunity to take a sabbatical at Stanford and she moved back to the area in 1995. After a brief stint as a tech writer, reading and writing about tumors and chemopreventives, she took a job at Ames. Her children have all left the Bay Area for college and grad schools, and she doesn't imagine any of them will follow in her steps. She hopes to encourage students to become the next generation of NASA scientists.

 

Melissa Kirven-Brooks presented at the Jobs of Tomorrow program on March 27th, 2019 and on Feb 14th 2020.

Viswesh Ananthakrishnan
Senior Director, Product Management at Aruba, HPE

Viswesh Ananthakrishnan received a B.Tech in Electronics Engineering from IIT, Varanasi, an M.S. in Electronics Engineering from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He has over 25 years of expertise in creating and launching new technology products. He has worked in global Fortune 1000 companies and Silicon Valley start-up environments.

 

Viswesh has domain expertise in enterprise hardware (servers, storage, networking, large scale data centers); enterprise software (infrastructure and applications, both SaaS and on-premise) and in applying Machine learning to the field of Security Analytics.

Viswesh presented at the Jobs of Tomorrow program on April 10th, 2019 and on Jan 10th 2020.
 

Omar Baldonado
Engineering Director at Facebook

Omar Baldonado is an Engineering Director at Facebook, working on networking infrastructure for the last 6 years. Omar also works with the larger networking community, both in industry and in research. Before Facebook, Omar worked at multiple networking-related companies in Silicon Valley, from the very small to the very large. He received a Bachelors and Masters from Stanford University in Computer Science.

Omar presented at the Jobs of Tomorrow program on April 17th, 2019.

Dr. Anoop Rao
PEDIATRICS - NEONATAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE

Dr. Rao is a Neonatologist and CERC Value-Based Healthcare Design Fellow at Stanford. He is dual board certified in Pediatrics and Clinical Informatics, Board Eligible in Neonatology. His primary focus is on Maternal and Child Health Innovation. He is also the advisor at the Stanford Health++ Hackathon

Dr. Rao presented at the Jobs of Tomorrow program on April 24th, 2019.

Glenn Flinchbaugh
Director of Product Management at Clover Network Inc.

Glenn Flinchbaugh received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Leigh University, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson school of management. He has several years of proven product management experience in electronic payments, device software, telecom, networking and web applications.

Glenn presented at the Jobs of Tomorrow program on May 1st, 2019.

Stephanie Logia
Senior Research Associate at GRAIL Inc.

 

Stephanie Logia is a genetics graduate from UC Davis. She has independent research lab experience in genomics, molecular genetics, and polymer physics, and is skilled at several molecular biology and biochemical techniques. 

Stephanie presented at the Jobs of Tomorrow program on May 8th, 2019.

Annie Ku
Software Engineer at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Anne Ku is a Software Engineer at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropy tackling some of the biggest challenges in Education, Science, and Justice and Opportunity. Before Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Annie studied Electrical and Computer Engineering at Olin College. She is a Palo Alto native and graduated from Gunn High School.

Annie presented at the Jobs of Tomorrow program on January 24th, 2020.

Dr. Saniya Fayzullina
Staff Project Manager, Product Development at GRAIL, Inc.

Dr. Saniya has a BS in Neuroscience and Biology and a PhD in Pathobiology. She spent over a decade working with mice and rats to study disease and develop treatments for illnesses. (Lou Gehrig's disease, spinal muscular atrophy, kidney disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain). She also worked as a technical writer at several companies, including 23andMe, where she wrote documents that contributed to 23andMe's first FDA-approved test. Dr. Saniya currently works at GRAIL as a program manager, helping develop a test that detects multiple cancers.

Dr. Saniya presented at the Jobs of Tomorrow program on January 31st, 2020.

Dr. Anitha Kannan
Founder and Head of ML Research at Curai

Dr. Anitha Kannan is a founding member and Head of Machine learning research at Curai where she works on AI-driven disruptive solutions to healthcare. Prior to Curai, she has held senior research positions at Facebook AI research and at Microsoft research. Her research impacted products at Microsoft for which she has received many technical awards, including multiple Gold Star awards. She holds a PhD in machine learning from University of Toronto and was a Darwin Fellow at University of Cambridge. She has extensively published in top-tier conferences with 2500+ citations and holds 25+ patents.

Dr. Kannan presented at the Jobs of Tomorrow program on Feb 7th, 2020.

Dr. Poonam Agarwal
Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University

Dr. Poonam Agarwal is a research scientist at the Stanford School of Medicine. Her research focuses on epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation in stem cells, development, and cancer. She obtained a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at The University of Texas at Austin where she developed tools to study anticancer drug mechanisms that function through DNA damage. Prior to joining graduate school, she has several years of experience working in the agri-based and pharmaceutical industry in India. She aspires to encourage students to become the next generation drivers of healthcare. In her free time, she enjoys running and getting involved in STEM outreach programs.

Dr. Agarwal presented at the Jobs of Tomorrow program on Feb 28th, 2020, and at the Zimbabwe Jobs of Tomorrow program on June 18th, 2020.

Dr. Nathalie Fuentes
Post Doctoral Fellow at NIH

Dr. Nathalie Fuentes has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Linguistics from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Penn State College of Medicine. Currently, she is a post-doctoral fellow in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH. Dr. Fuentes was born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico. She started doing scientific fairs at an early age. As a Ph.D. student, Nathalie’s main goal was to understand the molecular basis of sex differences in lung inflammation triggered by ozone, and the role of male and female sex hormones in this regulation. As a post-doc fellow, Dr. Fuentes focuses on understanding the signaling pathways induced by G-protein-coupled receptors and their role in the pathogenesis of asthma and allergic disease. Dr. Nathalie has started to build her career through participation in over 25 professional conferences, having worked in 10 laboratories in 3 different countries, authoring many publications, and receiving national and international recognitions. In her spare time, she loves to dance and eat pizza.​

Dr. Fuentes presented at the Zimbabwe Jobs of Tomorrow program on July 2nd, 2020.

Malika Sharma
Lab Research Assistant at Cornell University

Malika Sharma is a graduate student at Cornell University majoring in Plant biotechnology. She received her B.Tech degree in Biotechnology from DY Patil University-Navi Mumbai, India. A science enthusiast hailing from Mumbai, India, who believes application of biotechnology is the frontier of science that is fast becoming increasingly crucial to industries in diverse fields. Her goal is to develop nutrient formulas for adults and babies using plant proteins.

Ms. Sharma presented at the Zimbabwe Jobs of Tomorrow program on July 3rd, 2020.

Maria Fernanda Reyes
Founder and President at AdoptaHero

Maria comes from a small town in Sonora, Mexico; a place that owes much of its income to the agricultural business. Maria graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury with a degree in International Business and Marketing Management as well as a Higher Education diploma from Canterbury Christ Church University in Business and French.  She has extensive experience working for and founding agriculture-based companies. Maria has worked directly with farmers in Mexico, India, the UK, Brazil, the US, and many other countries. For her work, Maria was selected by the Stanford Graduate School of Business- Latino Entrepreneurship award as part of the Top 3% Latino Entrepreneurs in the US and granted a scholarship into the school. Currently, Maria is the Co-founder of Biotrends, an AgriFood company with pre and post-harvest biological solutions. They develop SmartGenX technology, a biological, odorless, colorless, flavorless product that coats fruits and vegetables to extend shelf life by up to 40%. Additionally, she is the Co-founder of FarmX a technology platform that connects global farmers to buyers and retailers.

Maria presented at the Zimbabwe Jobs of Tomorrow program on July 9th, 2020, and will present at the Haiti Jobs of Tomorrow program on August 14th, 2020.

Rosanna Neuhausler
Future Investigator in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST)

Rosanna Neuhausler is a Geography Ph.D. Candidate at UC Berkeley in the Environmental System Dynamics Lab. Her research uses satellite imagery to quantify human development pressure on coral reefs. She was recently awarded 3 years of funding from NASA to conduct a statistical exploration of spatial determinants of coral bleaching across the Pacific Ocean, and for the development of a data pipeline for the study itself. Concurrent to her Ph.D. program, she completed a designated emphasis (Ph.D. minor) in Computational and Data Science and Engineering, as well as a two year National Science Foundation traineeship: Data Science for the 21st Century. In 2016, she received her B.A. in Urban Studies and B.S. in Conservation and Resources Studies at UC Berkeley. Rosanna was born in Switzerland, grew up in Michigan, and has worked abroad in Hong Kong and the UK. In concert with her research, she is currently working on a startup through SkyDeck’s HotDesk Incubator program to advance methods in coral reef surveying using autonomous surface vehicles.

Rosanna presented at the Zimbabwe Jobs of Tomorrow program on July 16th, 2020.

Dr. Lymari Fuentes-Claudio
Associate Professor at Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Cupey Campus, Puerto Rico

Dr. Lymari Fuentes-Claudio is a Professor of Chemistry and researcher at Universidad Ana G. Méndez (formerly Universidad Metropolitana) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she has been a faculty member since 2004. She received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras for work in the dynamic, accessibility, and kinetics of immobilized proteins using the solgel technology and spectroscopic techniques. Since coming to Universidad Metropolitana, Professor Fuentes-Claudio has taught several chemistry courses directing her efforts in enhancing the classroom experience for Physical Chemistry students. Her research work is to focus the use of copper proteins from plants as antineoplastic agents in breast cancer. She is also working with the possible application of solgel technology in the immobilization of Sargasso biomass for application in the bioremediation of heavy metal contaminated water.

Dr. Lymari will present at the Zimbabwe Jobs of Tomorrow program on July 24th, 2020.

Siddha Ganju
Architect, Self-Driving Vehicles at NVIDIA | Forbes 30 U 30 '19 | Author of the Practical Deep Learning book

Siddha Ganju, featured in their 30 under 30 list of Forbes, is a Self-Driving Architect at Nvidia. Previously at Deep Vision, she developed deep learning models for resource constraint edge devices. A graduate from Carnegie Mellon University, her prior work ranges from Visual Question Answering to Generative Adversarial Networks to gathering insights from CERN's petabyte-scale data and has been published at top-tier conferences including CVPR and NeurIPS. Serving as an AI domain expert, she has also been guiding teams at NASA as well as featured as a jury member in several international tech competitions. She has been an invited speaker and keynote speaker at multiple conferences and was the Youth Women's Representative for India, 2013 at IET. Siddha is also a member of the Open Leadership Cohort, Mozilla Science Lab.

Siddha will present at the Zimbabwe Jobs of Tomorrow program on July 30th, 2020.

Shreyansh Daftry
AI Research Scientist @ NASA

Shreyansh Daftry is a researcher, technologist, and consultant in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Space Technology. He is interested in pushing the boundaries of technology with innovation in the fields of Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Autonomous Robotics - Drones, Self-Driving (or Flying) Cars, etc. His lifelong ambition is to promote both the exploration of space and the improvement of sustainable living on Earth. Mr. Daftry received his M.S. degree in AI and Robotics from the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University USA in 2016, and his B.S. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering in 2013. Currently, he is a Research Scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California, working on AI technologies for robotic exploration of Earth, Mars, and beyond!

Mr. Daftry will present at the Zimbabwe Jobs of Tomorrow program on August 6th, 2020.

Dr. Tom McCarty
Virologist - LID/NIAID/NIH

Dr. Tom McCarty is a virologist working on live attenuated virus vaccines for a number of human diseases in the RNA Virus Section of the Laboratory of Infectious Disease within NIAID/NIH in Bethesda, MD. Most prominently he is in the lab's leadership role developing a live attenuated vaccine for Respiratory syncytial virus disease. The lab has recently been recruited to join the worldwide effort to develop a vaccine to prevent SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Mr. McCarty is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (undergraduate), The Johns Hopkins University (Masters), and finishing up a Ph.D. at George Mason University. He has mostly been involved with scientific research with a short 2.5 year period in the US Peace Corps teaching in Botswana.

Dr. McCarty will present at the Zimbabwe Jobs of Tomorrow program on August 13th, 2020.

Dr. Shantha Mohan
III, CMU SV : : Cofounder, Retail Solutions : : Mentor : : Author, "Roots and Wings": : DTM

Dr. Mohan is a Senior Executive with a proven track record of growing & mentoring technical teams and generating ROI for customers across the globe. In her current role as EIR at the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, she co-delivers courses, contributes to curriculum design, and mentors students in their projects and practices. She has mentored startups and provided career advice to many in Product Management and software development careers. The company Retail Solutions that Dr. Mohan co-founded is a leader in Retail Analytics in the Consumer Packaged Goods domain. She has over 20 years of experience focusing on mission-critical systems to support semiconductor and other high value-added manufacturing. At Consilium, now part of Applied Materials, Dr. Mohan managed the development of three generations of Manufacturing Execution Systems. 

Dr. Mohan will present at the Haiti Jobs of Tomorrow program on July 24th, 2020.

Dr. Lynnsay Marsan
Teaching Assistant Professor; Director Biology Living Learning Community; Vice-Chancellor Undergraduate Research Fellow

Dr. Marsan is a scholar with more than 5 years of scientifically rigorous research design experience in neuroendocrine interactions with a focus on genetics contributions to the psychological stress response. She has spent over 5 years in quantitative and survey research methodologies. 

Dr. Marsan will present at the Haiti Jobs of Tomorrow program on July 31st, 2020.

Dr. Omar Lopez
Virologist/College Educator

Dr. Lopez is a solutions-focused scientific professional with a Ph.D. in Microbiology. He possesses a strong passion for research and has demonstrated success in training and leading teams of scientists to foster a team environment where they produced high-quality research resulting in publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Lopez will present at the Haiti Jobs of Tomorrow program on August 7th, 2020.

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