Mentors from Past and Upcoming Congresses Include…
The Grand Masters
Buzz Aldrin Sc.D.
Second Man to Walk on the Moon
Buzz Aldrin is an American hero and pioneer astronaut. In 1966, Buzz performed the world’s first successful spacewalk set a new record of 5 ½ hours. On July 20, 1969, Buzz and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world. They spent 21 hours on the lunar surface and returned with 46 pounds of moon rocks. An estimated 600 million people – at that time, the world’s largest television audience in history – witnessed this unprecedented heroic endeavor.
Upon returning from the moon, Buzz was decorated with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest American peacetime award. Named after Buzz are Asteroid “6470 Aldrin” and the “Aldrin Crater” on the moon. Buzz and his Apollo 11 crew have four “stars” on each corner of Hollywood and Vine streets on the renowned Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2011, Buzz along with the other Apollo 11 crew members was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their significant contribution to society and for blazing the trail of exploration.
Recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation
Legendary Inventor of the Segway and the First Drug Infusion Pump
As an inventor, Dean Kamen holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents. While still a college undergraduate, he invented the first wearable infusion pump and later the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics. In 1976, Mr. Kamen founded his first medical device company, AutoSyringe, Inc., to manufacture and market his medical device inventions.
After selling AutoSyringe, Inc., Mr. Kamen founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation. Among the many inventions DEKA is working on is an advanced prosthetic arm in development for DARPA that will advance the quality of life for returning injured soldiers. Mr. Kamen and DEKA also created the Segway® Human Transporter.
Mr. Kamen was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2000. He was also awarded the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2002, and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering and has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering since 1997.
In addition to DEKA, one of Mr. Kamen’s proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use and enjoy science and technology.
J. Craig Venter, Ph.D.
Recipient, 2009 National Medal of Science
Scientist, Entrepreneur and Genomics Genius
J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., recipient of the 2009 National Medal of Science, is regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous invaluable contributions to genomic research. In 2013, he co-founded Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI), the genomics-based, technology-driven company creating the world’s largest and most comprehensive database of whole genome, phenotype and clinical data designed to enable pharmaceutical companies, insurers and healthcare providers to impact and improve health. HLI is developing and applying large-scale computing and machine learning to make novel discoveries to revolutionize the practice of medicine.
In addition to HLI, Dr. Venter is also Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit, genomics-focused research organization with approximately 250 scientists and staff, and is Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, and Co-Chief Scientist of Synthetic Genomics Inc., a privately held company dedicated to commercializing genomic-driven solutions to address global needs such as new sources of energy, new food and nutritional products, and next generation vaccines.
David Wineland, Ph.D.
Winner, 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics
David Wineland, Ph.D. was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics for “ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems.” His ingenious experiments are advancing the possibility of building a super-fast computer based on quantum physics. Dr. Wineland is also the recipient of the 2007 National Medal of Science in the engineering sciences.
Dr. Wineland has been a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology for nearly 40 years. Starting in graduate school, an enduring goal of Dr. Wineland’s work has been to increase the precision of atomic spectroscopy, the measurement of the frequencies of atoms’ characteristic vibrations. This expanded to the development of accurate atomic clocks and demonstrations of the basic building blocks of a quantum computer.
Cherry A. Murray, Ph.D.
Dean, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (2009-2014)
Recipient, National Medal of Technology and Innovation
Dr. Murray, who has led some of the nation’s most brilliant scientists and engineers as an executive at Bell Laboratories and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, served as dean of Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) for nearly eight years. She also holds the John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professorship of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
In 2014, Dr. Murray received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Murray is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. She has served on more than 80 national and international scientific advisory committees, governing boards, and National Research Council (NRC) panels.
A celebrated experimentalist, Dr. Murray is well-known for her scientific accomplishments using light scattering, an experimental technique where photons are fired at a target of interest. Scientists can then gather insights into surface physics and photonic behavior by analyzing the spray of photons in various directions from such collisions.
Robert M. Metcalfe, Ph.D.
Inventor of Ethernet
Recipient, National Medal of Technology and Innovation
Dr. Metcalfe is an internet pioneer starting at MIT, Harvard, and Stanford who invented Ethernet at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center and founded the 3Com Corporation.Throughout his career at 3Com, Dr. Metcalfe served as founder, chairman, CEO, VP Sales and Marketing, and General Manager of the Software, Workstation, and Hardware divisions. Dr. Metcalfe is now Emeritus Partner at Polaris Venture Partners. In 2011, Dr. Metcalfe became Professor of Innovation in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He is an MIT Life Trustee Emeritus, Member of the National Academy of Engineering, and in 2005 he received the National Medal of Technology for his leadership in the invention, standardization, and commercialization of Ethernet.”
Senior Vice President, IBM Watson
Watson is one of IBM’s most significant innovations in the company’s 103-year history and represents a new era of information technology. IBM Watson is charged with accelerating a new class of “cognitive” software, services and apps that will fuel a diverse cloud-based ecosystem of enterprises, academic institutions, and entrepreneurs. Before heading up Watson, Mike Rhodin led the Software Solutions Group delivering industry-specific solutions in high-growth areas such as Business Analytics, Smarter Commerce, Smarter Cities and Social Business.
Throughout his 30 years at IBM, Mike’s career has been infused with a passion for helping clients extract value from their technology investments, improving their business performance, and simplifying the way people work.
John C. Mather, Ph.D.
Winner, 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics
Academy Science Director
Dr. John C. Mather, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics, studied cosmic microwave background radiation and received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California. As a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, Dr. Mather led a team to propose the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite mission to study cosmic microwave background radiation. This work, for which he won a Nobel Prize, helped cement the Big Bang theory of the universe. According to the Nobel Prize committee, “the COBE-project can also be regarded as the starting point for cosmology as a precision science.” Dr. Mather has served on advisory and working groups for the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, and the National Science Foundation.
Neil Gershenfeld, Ph.D.
Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms
Accolades include the “Scientific American 50,” Popular Mechanics “Top 25 Makers,” and a “Modern-Day Leonardo” by the Chicago Museum of Art
MIT’s Neil Gershenfeld is redefining the boundaries between the digital and analog worlds. The digital revolution is over, Gershenfeld says. We won. What comes next? His Center for Bits and Atoms has developed quite a few answers, including Internet 0, a tiny web server that fits into lightbulbs and doorknobs, networking the physical world in previously unimaginable ways.
But Gershenfeld is best known as a pioneer in personal fabrication — small-scale manufacturing enabled by digital technologies, which gives people the tools to build literally anything they can imagine. His famous Fab Lab is immensely popular among students at MIT, who crowd Gershenfeld‘s classes. But the concept is potentially life-altering in the developing world, where a Fab Lab with just $20,000 worth of laser cutters, milling machines, and soldering irons can transform a community, helping people harness their creativity to build tools, replacement parts and essential products unavailable in the local market.
Amy S. Hess
Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s Science and Technology Branch
The Person in Charge of the FBI’s Most Controversial High-Tech Tools
Ms. Hess began her career as an FBI special agent, where she investigated violent crimes, gangs, and drug trafficking organizations. She was an applicant assessor, a firearms instructor, and a charter member of the office’s Evidence Response Team. In 1999, she changed roles and investigated domestic terrorism and served as the division’s first Joint Terrorism Task Force coordinator and principal firearms instructor. In 2005, she was assigned to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and was temporarily deployed as the on-scene commander for the FBI’s counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan.Ms. Hess returned to FBI Headquarters in 2008, where she was promoted to chief of the Executive Staff Section in the National Security Branch and named section chief in the International Operations Division.
In January 2014, she was named Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s Science and Technology Branch. In this role, she is responsible for the executive oversight of the Criminal Justice Information Services, Laboratory, and Operational Technology Divisions.Ms. Hess holds a degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University.
Robert S. Langer, Ph.D.
Recipient, National Medal of Science
Recipient, National Medal of Technology and Innovation
Dr. Langer, is an Institute Professor at MIT. He has over 1,100 issued and pending patents, which have been licensed or sublicensed to over 300 companies. He is one of very few individuals elected to the National Academy of Medicine, Engineering, Sciences, and Inventors. He is one of four living individuals to receive both the United States National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. He has also received the Wolf Prize for Chemistry and the LemelsonMIT Prize for being “one of history’s most prolific inventors in medicine.” Dr. Langer holds 27 honorary doctorates including degrees from Harvard and Yale.
Co-founder of iRobot and CEO of CyPhyWorks
Named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by Harvard’s Kennedy School in conjunction with the U.S. News & World Report
Helen Greiner is a co-founder of iRobot and currently CEO of CyPhyWorks. Greiner holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science, both from MIT. She has worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. In 1990, along with Rodney Brooks and Colin Angle, Greiner co-founded iRobot, a robotics company headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts. The company delivers robots into the industrial, consumer and military markets. She was one of three people to design the first version of the iRobot Roomba.
Co-Founder and VP of Engineering of Viv Labs
Co-Founder of Siri and Formerly a Director of Engineering in the iPhone Group at Apple
Mr. Cheyer is co-founder and VP of Engineering of Viv Labs, a startup whose goal is to simplify the world by providing an intelligent interface to everything. Previously, Mr. Cheyer was co-founder and VP Engineering at Siri, Inc. When Siri was acquired by Apple in 2010, he became a Director of Engineering in the iPhone/iOS group. As a startup, Siri won the Innovative Web Technologies award at SXSW, and was chosen a Top Ten Emerging Technology by MIT’s Technology Review; Apple’s version of Siri was presented “Best Technical Achievement” at the 2011 Crunchies Awards and is now available on hundreds of millions of devices.
Mr. Cheyer is also a Founding Member and Advisor to Change.org (150M people taking action, victories every day), and a co-founder of Sentient.ai (solving the world’s hardest problems through massively-scaled machine learning). As a researcher, Mr. Cheyer authored 60 publications and 25 issued patents. At SRI International, he was Chief Architect of CALO, one of DARPAs largest AI and machine learning projects.
Chief Executive, OnChip Power
Forbes “30 Under 30”
Vanessa Green is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of FINsix. FINsix is an MIT spinout building power supplies that are 10x smaller and 100x faster than today’s best-in-class solutions. FINsix’s VHF AC/DC adapters are initially focused on mobile computing applications where small size is critical to product design and performance. Prior to her work with FINsix, Vanessa was a manager at TECOM Investments in Dubai, UAE, and a consultant with the Monitor Group in New York, NY. Vanessa currently sits on the boards of Community Water Solutions, a nonprofit providing clean water services in West Africa, and Refuel, a network of women working in cleantech with chapters in Boston and Washington, DC. Vanessa holds an MEng. in CEE from MIT, an MBA from MIT Sloan, and a BA in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College.
Sylvester James Gates, Jr., Ph.D.
Recipient, National Medal of Science for Physical Science
Dr. Gates, is an American theoretical physicist who is known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory. His doctoral thesis was the first one at MIT to deal with supersymmetry. Dr. Gates coauthored Superspace, the first comprehensive book on the topic of supersymmetry and he completed a DVD series titled Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality for The Teaching Company. In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, becoming the first African-American physicist so recognized in its 150 year history. Dr. Gates is currently a University System Regents Professor, the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Director of the String and Particle Theory Center, Affiliate Professor of Mathematics, and serves on the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science Commission on Forensic Science, and on the Maryland State Board of Education.
Marc Raibert, Ph.D.
Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Raibert is CTO and founder of Boston Dynamics, a company that develops some of the world’s most advanced dynamic robots, such as BigDog, Atlas, Cheetah, SandFlea and the AlphaDog. These robots are inspired by the remarkable ability of animals to move with agility, mobility, speed and grace. Before starting Boston Dynamics, Raibert was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT from 1986 to 1995. Before that he was Associate Professor of Computer Science and Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon from 1980 to 1986. While at MIT and Carnegie Mellon Raibert founded the Leg Laboratory, a lab that helped establish the scientific basis for highly dynamic legged robots. Raibert earned a PhD from MIT in 1977. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Chief Technology Officer of the United States, 2009-2012
Cofounder and Executive Vice President, Hunch Analytics
Appointed by President Barack Obama, Aneesh Chopra served as the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States. During his time in office, Mr. Chopra designed the National Wireless Initiative, helped launch Startup America, and executed an “open innovation” strategy across the government. He is the author of the book, Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government. Mr. Chopra is currently the co-founder and executive vice president of Hunch Analytics, a technology firm focused on improving the productivity of public and regulated sectors of the economy through data analytics. In 2011, Mr. Chopra was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and in 2008, to Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 in their “Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers” issue.
CEO and Co-Founder, Foursquare
Dennis Crowley is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Foursquare, a service that combines social networks, location awareness, and game mechanics to encourage people to explore the world around them. As CEO of Foursquare, Mr. Crowley oversees the strategic vision and product roadmap that has grown the Foursquare community to more than 50 million people globally. He previously founded Dodgeball, one of the first mobile social services, which was acquired by Google in 2005. Mr. Crowley has been named one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40” and to Vanity Fair’s “New Establishment”. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Founder, Chief Creative Officer and Head Writer, Rooster Teeth Productions
Burnie Burns is the founder of Rooster Teeth Productions and the creator of the world’s longest running web series, Red vs. Blue. After a successful career as president of an Austin based tech company, Mr. Burns turned his attentions toward creating online videos and had an early viral hit with a parody of the “Apple Switch” ads. He quickly followed with the first Red vs. Blue trailer and formed Rooster Teeth shortly thereafter. He has since been recognized around the world as an innovator and leader in the field of online video and for his contributions in originating machinima, a form of filmmaking that uses video game technology in cinematic production. Mr. Burns is currently the Chief Creative Officer and head writer for Rooster Teeth.
Two-time Academy Award Winner for Best Visual Effects
Bill Westenhofer is one of the most accomplished and respected visual effects artists today. In 2005, he supervised a team of 400 digital artists on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Mr. Westenhofer went on to win the 2007 and 2013 Oscars for Best Visual Effects for The Golden Compass and Life of Pi, respectively. He is currently working as Visual Effects Supervisor on 2016’s much anticipated Warcraft. Bill Westenhofer earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering at Bucknell University, and a Master’s at George Washington University, where he studied the use of dynamics in physically based animation.
The Young Prodigies
Breakthrough Inventor, scientist and cancer researcher
2012 Intel Science Fair Grand Prize Winner
When Jack was 15-years-old he created a new diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer that is 28 times faster, 26,000 times less expensive and over 100 times more sensitive than the current diagnostic tests. And, if that’s not impressive enough, the test also works for ovarian and lung cancer.
His diagnostic test earned him first prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college science research competition.
Grand Prize Winner, 2011 Google Science Fair
As an eighteen-year-old Shree Bose triumphed over 10,000 other competitors to become the grand prize winner of the first-ever Google Science Fair in 2011. For her winning research, Shree looked at the chemotherapy drug, cisplatin, that is commonly taken by women with ovarian cancer. The problem is that the cancer cells tend to grow resistant to cisplatin over time and Shree discovered a way to counteract that thus opening new avenues for research.
First Place, 2014 Intel Science Talent Search Competition
Grand Prize Winner, 2013 Google Science Fair
Winner, 2013 Seimens Competition Grand Prize Winner
The flu virus is deadly and costs millions of dollars in lost productivity. The emergence of a new strain could be a potential epidemic. Eric is working to design new drugs to fight this deadly infection. He did so by finding compounds that turn off a viral protein called the endonuclease.”
The emergence of new highly lethal influenza viruses such as H5N1 and H7N9 poses a grave threat to the world. Eric’s project aimed to discover novel influenza endonuclease inhibitors as leads for a new type of anti-flu medicine, effective against all influenza viruses including pandemic strains. By combining computer modeling and biological studies, he identified a number of novel, potent endonuclease inhibitors. He also performed comprehensive structural analysis, laying groundwork for further design and optimization of the anti-flu drug candidates.
Eric is studying at Harvard University.
Winner, 2012 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology
At age 17, Kensen Shi won the national 2012 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology for his development of a new algorithm that identifies collision-free paths for robots to move more efficiently and safely than existing methods allowed. The strategy, called Lazy Toggle PRM, works for virtually any type of robot and is effective in a wide range of scenarios, including navigating narrow passages and highly complex environments. Motion planning problems have numerous applications in robotics, animation, video game design, and protein folding.
Kensen attends Stanford University and aspires to use computer science to improve human quality of life. He also enjoys playing piano, solving Rubik’s cubes, competitive programming, and math riddles.
Winner, Global Good, 2016 Intel Science Talent Search
Paige Brown is the first place medal of distinction winner of the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search, for her research studying the water quality of six environmentally impaired local streams with high E. coli and phosphate contamination levels. She is currently developing a cost effective filter largely made of calcium alginate strands to remove the phosphate from storm water systems. She is studying chemical engineering at Stanford University.
Youngest Person Admitted to the Perimeter Scholars International Masters Program
Jacob Barnett was diagnosed with autism at age two. Despite the odds, Mr. Barnett discovered a love for theoretical physics and became the world’s youngest astrophysics researcher and the youngest person admitted to the prestigious Perimeter Scholars International Master Program at the age of 15. At age 12, Mr. Barnett was profiled on 60 Minutes, and at age 13 he delivered a TEDxTeen Talk. He is now researching loop quantum gravity and quantum foundations. A memoir about Mr. Barnett’s childhood, written by his mother Kristine Barnett, is now being adapted into a movie.
Winner, Breakthrough Junior Challenge
Ryan Chester is a recent graduate of North Royalton High School in Ohio. In 2015, Mr. Chester was named the winner of the inaugural Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a science video competition that drew 2000 contestants worldwide. Mr. Chester won for his seven minute video on Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. At a North Royalton School Board Meeting on February 8th, the city’s mayor issued a proclamation that that day would be known as Ryan Chester Day. Outside of school, he loves to play soccer, cook gourmet food, and make movies he dreams of a career writing and directing films, and of one day opening a restaurant.
Groundbreaking young entrepreneur from Idaho
At 16 years of age, Erik invested $1,000 he received from his grandmother into bitcoins and turned that into $100,000.
With his earnings, Erik has decided to address some of the negative experiences he has had with the educational system and provide learning that is focused on the student. Instead of learning passively in a classroom, he wants students to learn by experiencing the world the way they want to.
From his home in Idaho, using just a computer and the Internet, he started Day One (Formerly called Botangle). He now manages a 20-person team comprised of programmers and other professionals from all over the world.
Erik hopes to help other teenage entrepreneurs “because you’re never too young to do something great.”
The Masters of Life Success and Happiness
Sean Stephenson, Ph.D.
Dr. Sean Stephenson was predicted not to survive at birth because of a rare bone disorder that stunted his growth and caused his bones to be extremely fragile.
Despite his challenges, he took a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world including Sir Richard Branson, President Clinton, and his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Dr. Stephenson has appeared on everything from Oprah to Jimmy Kimmel, in addition to online videos with millions of views. The Biography Channel did an hour feature on his life called “Three Foot Giant.”
Dr. Stephenson’s message has been heard at live events in over 15 countries and 47 states over the past 21 years. His latest book, Get Off Your But, has been released in ten different languages around the world.
As a board-certified therapist, Dr. Stephenson sees clients in a unique 12-hour session to enhance their confidence and speaking ability. He and his wife, Mindie Kniss, reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Ned Hallowell, M.D.
A graduate of Harvard College and Tulane School of Medicine, Dr. Hallowell is a child and adult psychiatrist and the founder of The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, MA and New York City. He was a member of the faculty of the Harvard Medical School from 1983 to 2004 until he retired to devote his full professional attention to his clinical practice, lectures, and the writing of books.
Dr. Hallowell is a highly recognized speaker around the world. He has presented to thousands on topics such as ADD, strategies on handling your fast-paced life, the Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, how to help your employees Shine, ADHD and Relationships and other pertinent family and health issues. He has been prominently featured in the media, including 20/20, Oprah, Dr. Oz, CNN, PBS and NPR as well as 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Dateline, Good Morning America, US News and World Report, Newsweek, the Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, New York Times and other popular publications.
Fabienne Fredrickson is an inspirational mentor to thousands of clients worldwide, an author, international speaker and founder of Boldheart® and Boldheart.com (formerly the Client Attraction Business School and ClientAttraction.com). ranked repeatedly by Inc. magazine as one of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies.
As one of the most influential and highly-acclaimed success mindset speakers and mentors in the world, Fabienne believes in the capacity for each and every person to become the full expression of their purpose here on earth by taking a no-excuses approach to growing within and willingness to “play a bigger game”. Her mindset teachings, born from Fabienne’s own personal experiences and challenges and once intended, are now embraced by women all around the world who seek a catalyst for their personal and professional growth, and to live a life they love.
Speaker, performer, author Bo Eason started his career in the NFL, as a top pick for the Houston Oilers. Continuing on with the San Francisco 49’ers, during his 5-year career Bo competed beside and against some of the greatest players of his generation.
In 2001, Bo wrote and performed his one-man play, Runt of the Litter. The New York Times called it, “One of the most powerful plays in the last decade.” Bo toured with the play in over 50 cities and it is now being adapted as a major motion picture.
Bo is dedicated to helping others tap the power of their personal story and become effective, persuasive communicators.
Rebekah Marine is a model, inspirational speaker and humanitarian. Despite being born without a right forearm, Rebekah has defied all odds in the fashion industry and has become one of the most recognizable models in the disabled community. Rebekah began her journey in 2011 when she decided to explore her options for a myoelectric prosthesis. Rebekah realized she could turn her “disability” into something extraordinary. Rebekah has appeared in publications such as TIME, People Magazine, US Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Daily News and many more. In 2015 Rebekah appeared in Nordstrom’s 2015 Anniversary catalog and has walked at New York Fashion Week multiple times. Marine is also an ambassador for the Lucky Fin Project, a nonprofit organization that supports those with upper limb differences and an ambassador for Touch Bionics who recently fit her with the ilimb quantum, one of the most advanced prosthetic hands in the world.
Deborah Bedor, Ph.D.
CEO, College Admission Central
As one of the nation’s top admissions experts and CEO of College Admission Central, Dr. Deborah Bedor has had the pleasure of coaching and advising Top Tier, Ivy League, and celebrity pre-college students for the past 27 years, guiding them to acceptance into our nation’s finest universities. Dr. Bedor is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude; recipient of the Schaff Memorial Prize for Scholarship; and holds both a master’s degree and doctorate.
Dr. B, as she is called, works with students globally on every part of the college application—strategizing, developing, and implementing the most unique and winning presentation of each student’s college portfolio and application. Everyone who works with Dr. Bedor becomes a stand-out candidate. Big ideas are her specialty.
Learn more about the New Rules for Admission to America’s Best Colleges in her best-selling book: Getting IN by Standing OUT, published by Advantage Press and available on Amazon.