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Dr. Liebe Diamond High School STEM Day

Beth Tfiloh High School students explored a broad range of careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields with leading professionals from top area firms, startups, government agencies, universities and hospitals at BT’s Dr. Liebe Diamond High School STEM Day, named for the late internationally-acclaimed pediatric orthopedic surgeon and Beth Tfiloh Congregant.

The students had the opportunity to hear from the following presenters, who discussed an array of STEM-related topics:

2020 STEM Day Speakers

List of 17 items.

  • Mr. Mike Adelstein, President and CEO, Potomac Photonics

    TOPIC: What it IS like to work in STEM/STEAM 
    Mike Adelstein has spent his career at Potomac developing innovative manufacturing technologies that enable companies to bring their precision products to the market.  Integrating a wide range of digital fabrication technologies such as laser micromachining, 3D Printing, factory automation, micro-CNC precision machining, machine vision and more. B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, M.S. in Technology Management and CPA.
  • Ms. Ayala Chapman, Criminalist (Forensic Scientist)

    Topic: A Day in the Life of Ayala Chapman, Criminalist II    

    Ayala earned a B.S. in Forensic Science from University of Baltimore. During her schooling she interned and Maryland State Police’s Forensic Sciences Division in their Questioned Documents Unit. Following graduation she worked in their Firearms and Toolmarks Unit. She currently works at NYPD’s Police Laboratory, where she has been for the past six years. 
  • Dr. William Chesluk Parker, Particle Physicist

    Topic: Particle Physics at the Large Hadron Collider

    Dr. Chesluk Parker has been interested in physics since high school, majoring in it at the University of Arizona.  He completed his dissertation at the University of Wisconsin in 2014, searching for the Higgs boson. Since then he has been working at the University of Maryland, studying antimatter and developing electronics for a detector at the Large Hadron Collider.    
  • Dr. Hannah Fraint, Interventional Pediatric Cardiology, Johns Hopkins Hospital  

    Topic: Fixing Baby Hearts: A Brief Discussion of Interventional Pediatric Cardiology

    Dr. Fraint attended Princeton University for her undergraduate studies, and took off three years to complete the pre-medical course work before attending Northwestern University for medical school. She completed pediatric residency, followed by three years of general pediatric cardiology fellowship and two additional years of advanced training in interventional pediatric cardiology. In 2017 she joined the Johns Hopkins Hospital division of pediatric cardiology as an assistant professor. 
  • Mrs. Esther Furman, Designer/Architect

    Topic: Architecture: Where Design, Function & Science Meet

    Esti grew up in Baltimore, graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation as well as a Sustainability Minor. Over the summers in college, she got the opportunity to work at the architect of the Capitol in the Senate, as well as on the new Maryland Hillel Jewish Center building. Currently, she works in the Education Studio at Hord, Coplan, Macht - a large design firm headquartered in Downtown Baltimore. The focus of the EDU Studio is on both private & public K-12 projects, as well as Higher Education facilities in all types of construction: new construction, additions, and renovations. One of her greatestest satisfactions is transforming a project from a dream on paper into an actualized building - with spaces to grow in, love, and ultimately inspire!
  • Dr. David Goldschlag, Cybersecurity - VP Strategic Alliances

    Topic: TOR, the Dark Web, and Online Anonymity
    Dr. Goldschlag is a Netskope cybersecurity executive (Netskope, Pulse Secure, McAfee), and a startup founder (New Edge Labs, MobileSpaces). He holds a PhD in Computer Science, has worked at the NSA, and is the inventor of Onion Routing (now called TOR).    
  • Dr. David J. Hackam, Chief Surgeon, Division of Pediatric Surgery Johns Hopkins University

    Topic: Miracles in the Medical Lab: From the Coronavirus Crisis to Culturing Human Mini-Brains

    David J. Hackam, M.D., Ph.D., is the Garrett Family Professor of Pediatric Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University, and Pediatric Surgeon-in-Chief and co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
  • Mr. Akiva Hamburger, P.E., Fire Protection Engineer

    Topic: Fire Research at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    Akiva is a fire protection engineer at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Office of Research. He is primarily occupied with preventing conflagratory mayhem in U.S. nuclear facilities, with a focus on computational fluid dynamics modeling and probabilistic risk assessment.
  • Mr. Elan Hamburger '15, Software Engineer

    Topic: Blockchain: The Mathematics of Trust
  • Rachel M. Harris, M.S.Ed., Ph. D. Student in Chemical Physics

    Topic: Using the Force to Make Electrons Do Your Bidding: Experiments in Anion Photoelectron Spectroscopy

    Rachel graduated from Bloomsburg University with degrees in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Education. She also earned her master's degree in education from Wilkes University. Prior to coming to Hopkins, Rachel taught high school chemistry, physics, and math in northeastern PA and was an adjunct instructor in Chemistry at Bloomsburg University. She is now in her fourth year in the Bowen lab, probing electronic properties of various systems via anion photoelectron spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, including clusters, diffuse electronic states, single-atom catalysis, and atmospheric extraterrestrial reactions.
  • Mr. George Hughey, Software Engineer

    Topic: Geneva: Evading Censorship in the Great Firewall of China

    Mr. Hughey graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 in Computer Science, minoring in Astronomy and Applied Cybersecurity. While at UMD, he helped create an undergraduate research program, which led him to pursue the Geneva project. After graduating, he moved to Microsoft, where he works on the Bug Bounty program to help secure all of Microsoft's products.
  • Dr. Peter R. Jay, Orthopedic Surgeon

    Topic: So You Think You Want To Be Doctor?

    Dr. Jay works at OrthoMaryland where he specializes in adult reconstruction, joint replacements, fractures, injuries and arthritis care. He holds a BS from SUNY Binghamton, earned his MD at Yale Medical School, completed his a surgical internship, orthopedic residency, and orthopedic fellowship in adult reconstruction at Johns Hopkins Medical Center.
  • Dr. Harley King, Senior, R&D Scientist, LuminUltra

    Topic: 4.284 Kilobases! Understanding the Role of Every Base in the COVID-19 Vaccine

    For seventeen years, Dr. Harley King has worked at a lab bench exploring lichens, mutations in the human genes BRCA I/II, the Ebola virus glycoprotein, and post-translational modifications of plant proteins. Harley received a B.S. in Biochemistry and Economics from BYU in Provo, UT, a MS/MBA from the Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from the University of Maryland in 2017. He currently serves as a Senior R&D scientist at LuminUltra, a Baltimore biotech company developing SARS-CoV-2 detection kits, and an adjunct professor at the University of Shady Grove. In his spare time, Harley enjoys camping and backpacking with his four sons and theater with his wife. 
  • Dr. Avital Shimanovich, Regulatory Pharmaceutical Microbiologist, FDA

    Topic:  Pharmaceuticals 101 

    Dr. Shimanovich is a regulatory pharmaceutical microbiologist for the FDA. She reviews new, generic and investigational drugs for safety and serves as a subject matter expert in regulatory cases. She is also working as an adjunct professor at WITS/Maalot teaching Introductory Biology. She received her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology where she worked in vaccinology. Prior to that, she received her BS degree in Pre-Med at Towson University.   
  • Ms. Erin Spencer, Marine Ecologist & Science Writer, International University

    Topic: "You Will Smell Like Fish" and Other Reasons to Be A Marine Ecologist 

    Erin Spencer is a marine ecologist and science writer studying great hammerhead sharks in South Florida. She is a 3-time National Geographic Grantee and is currently pursuing her PhD at Florida International University. She previously attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her MS studying seafood mislabeling and red snapper management. Prior to graduate school, she worked in Washington, D.C., at Ocean Conservancy and National Geographic, and received her BS from the College of William and Mary. She originally from Hereford, Maryland and will always be a Baltimore County girl at heart.  
  • Michael Sullivan, Systems Integration and Logistics Manager MSI-DFAT Services LLC

    Topic: From Rock to Rockets

    Mr. Sullivan holds a degree in electronic engineering which he has put to use in his 40 years experience in sound engineering and 12 years of experience in the field of acoustic testing for aerospace satellites. Michael is a member of an R&D team that has developed a way to use large scale speaker systems to recreate the acoustic environment of rocket boosters for liftoff in order to test items going into space.
  • Dr. C. Alex Young, Assoc. Dir. for Science, Heliophysics Science Division - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    Topic: The Science of Space

    Dr. C. Alex Young has been interested in science since he was a child. His interest was inspired by both Voyager, the space shuttle, and Star Trek. He studies the Sun and its influence on the solar system and our society. He loves to share science with everyone and have done a lot of public engagement for NASA and on his own. He holds a B.S. in Physics (FSU), and an M.A. and Ph.D. in space physics (UNH).

    Read more: Young Receives 2018 Athelstan Spilhaus Award

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