Confirmed Speakers

Mentors from Past and Upcoming Congresses Include…

The Grand Masters

John C Mather speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

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.

David Wineland speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

David Wineland, Ph.D.

Winner, 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics
Recipient, 2007 National Medal of Science

Dr. Wineland 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.

Sylvia A. Earle, Ph.D.

Explorer in Residence, National Geographic Society
Founder, Sylvia Earle Alliance, Mission Blue, Deep Ocean Exploration and Research Inc.

Dr. Earle is an author of more than 200 publications and leader of more than 100 expeditions with over 7,000 hours underwater. Dr. Earle’s research concerns the ecology and conservation of marine ecosystems and development of technology for access to the deep sea. She is the subject of the Emmy Award-Winning Netflix documentary, Mission Blue; was named TIME magazine’s first Hero for the Planet and a Living Legend by the Library of Congress; and is a winner of the 2009 TED Prize, the Royal Geographic Society 2011 Patron’s Medal and the National Geographic 2013 Hubbard Medal.

Cherry Murray speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Cherry A. Murray, Ph.D.

Dean, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (2009-2014)
Recipient, 2014 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. 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. 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.

Dean Kamen speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Dean Kamen

Recipient, 2000 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. 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 2005. 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.

Sheldon Glashow speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Sheldon Glashow, Ph.D.

Winner, 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics

Dr. Glashow is an American theoretical physicist who received the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the electroweak theory, which explains the unity of electromagnetism and the weak force. Dr. Glashow also developed theories regarding quarks, or elementary particles, and is credited with advancing our understanding of these particles with the proposal of a new quark called a charm.

Megan Smith speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Megan J. Smith

Chief Technology Officer of the United States (2014-2017)

Ms. Smith served as Chief Technology Officer to guide the Obama Administration’s information-technology policies and initiatives. Previous to assuming her role at the White House, Smith served as VP of Google[x], a Google facility that develops the company’s “moonshots,” or high-achieving technological advancements. She was Vice President of Business Development at Google for nine years and also served as general manager of Google.org, the company’s social impact arm.

J Craig Venter speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

J. Craig Venter, Ph.D.

Recipient, 2009 National Medal of Science
Scientist, Entrepreneur, and Genomics Genius

Dr. Venter, a 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 the 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.

Rainer Weiss speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Rainer Weiss, Ph.D.

Winner, 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics
Winner, 2016 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
Professor of Physics, Emeritus at MIT

Dr. Weiss is a Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is known for his pioneering measurements of the spectrum of the cosmic microwave background radiation, his inventions of the monolithic silicon bolometer and the laser interferometer gravitational wave detector, and his roles as a co-founder and an intellectual leader of both the COBE (microwave background) Project and the LIGO (gravitational-wave detection) Project. Dr. Weiss is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, and The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he is a member of the American Astronomical Society, the New York Academy of Sciences, and Sigma Xi.

Richard Browning

Founder and Chief Test Pilot, Gravity Industries Ltd.
Real-Life Iron Man

Richard Browning is an ultra-marathon runner, an ex-Royal Marine reservist, a former city commodity trader and a pioneering inventor.  He defines his approach to life as one pursuing ‘innovation and endeavors’. Mr. Browning co-founded Gravity Industries Ltd., the company behind the Daedalus Mark 1, a flight suit that uses six miniature jet engines to achieve vertical flight. In November 2017, Mr. Browning set a world record for the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine-powered suit, by reaching a speed of 32.02 mph.

Amy Hess speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Amy S. Hess

Former Executive Assistant Director, 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. 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.

James Sylvester Gates speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Sylvester James Gates, Jr., Ph.D.

Recipient, 2013 National Medal of 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 Ford Foundation Professor of Physics at Brown University, 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.

Robert Metcalfe speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Robert M. Metcalfe, Ph.D.

Inventor of Ethernet
Founder, 3Com
Recipient, 2005 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.”

Neil Gershenfeld speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Neil Gershenfeld, Ph.D.

Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms

MIT’s Dr. Gershenfeld is redefining the boundaries between the digital and analog worlds. His Center for Bits and Atoms is a unique laboratory breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from creating molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments. But Dr. 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. He’s been called the intellectual father of the maker movement, founding a growing global network of over 1000 Fab Labs that provide widespread access to prototype tools for personal fabrication, and directing the Fab Academy for distributed research and education in the principles and practices of digital fabrication.

Helen Greiner speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Helen Greiner

Co-founder of iRobot and Founder of CyPhyWorks

Ms. Greiner is a co-founder of iRobot and currently CEO of CyPhyWorks. Ms. 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, Ms. 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.

Robert Langer speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Robert S. Langer, Sc.D.

Recipient, 2006 National Medal of Science
Recipient, 2011 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 Lemelson­ MIT Prize for being “one of history’s most prolific inventors in medicine.” Dr. Langer holds 27 honorary doctorates including degrees from Harvard and Yale.

Marc Raibert speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Marc Raibert, Ph.D.

Founder, Boston Dynamics

Dr. Raibert is 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 Ph.D. from MIT in 1977. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Cynthia Breazeal, Sc.D.

Founder and Chief Scientist, Jibo Inc.
Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab

Dr. Breazeal, is a pioneer of social robotics and human-robot interaction. She has developed some of the world’s most famous robotic creatures ranging from small hexapod robots to embedding robotic technologies into familiar everyday artifacts, to creating highly expressive humanoid robots and robot characters. Her research focuses on developing the principles, techniques, and technologies for personal robots that are socially intelligent, interact and communicate with people in human-centric terms, work with humans as peers, and learn from people as an apprentice.

Aneesh Chopra speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Aneesh Chopra

Chief Technology Officer of the United States (2009-2012)
Co­-founder and Executive Vice President, Hunch Analytics

Appointed by President Barack Obama, Mr. 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.

Kenneth Lacovara speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Kenneth Lacovara, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Earth & Environment at Rowan University
Director, Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park

Dr. Lacovara famously unearthed some of the largest dinosaurs ever to walk our planet, including the super-massive Dreadnoughtus, which at 65 tons weighs more than seven T.Rex. By using the modern technologies of 3D imaging, 3D printing, robotics, and medical modeling techniques, his work is helping to shift our perspective of giant herbivorous dinosaurs from their historic portrayal as hapless lumbering prey to that of fearsome, hulking, hyper-efficient eating machines. Dr. Lacovara led the effort to create the Rowan University Fossil Park in suburban Mantua Township, New Jersey. The quarry preserves a rich cache of marine fossils that Dr. Lacovara is using to shed light on the calamitous events that wiped out the dinosaurs.

Dennis Crowley speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Dennis Crowley

CEO and Co-founder, Foursquare

Mr. 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.

Ryan Leslie

Co-founder and CEO, SuperPhone

Mr. Leslie is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, multi-platinum music producer, and avid technologist. In addition to logging studio time with Madonna, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Beyoncé, he is the architect and ultimate case study for his company Disruptive Multimedia’s simple CRM for creators, a Twilio-enabled product called SuperPhone. Bravely opting to remove his latest album from iTunes, he used an inbound SMS campaign to drive over $2 million in gross revenue by selling an album direct to consumer to just 15,000 fans. He holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University.

Bill Westenhofer speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Bill Westenhofer

Two-time Academy Award Winner for Best Visual Effects

Mr. 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

Jack Andraka speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Jack Andraka

Grand Prize Winner
2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
Breakthrough Inventor, Scientist and Cancer Researcher

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.

Jack is currently studying at Stanford University.

Shree Bose speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Shree Bose

Grand Prize Winner, 2011 Google Science Fair

As an 18-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.

Shree is a graduate of Harvard University and is now enrolled in the MD/PhD program at Duke University.

Jay Hammonds

VIP Operations, Facebook

Jay Hammonds currently works on the VIP Operations team in support and technical project management for the CEO & COO at Facebook. His primary objective is to ensure the executives are efficient and effective from a technical standpoint while providing creative technical solutions for the IT organization. Prior to his time with Facebook, he led IT for Instagram. In 2012, Mr. Hammonds helped create Year Up at Facebook which has helped bring in over 150 diverse interns. Mr. Hammonds was named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30.

Eric Chen speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Eric Chen

First Place, 2014 Intel Science Talent Search
Grand Prize Winner, 2013 Google Science Fair
Grand Prize Winner, 2013 Seimens Competition in Math, Science & Technology

At 17-years-old, Eric Chen won all three major science prizes – Intel, Google, and Siemens – for his research on new drugs designed to fight dangerous strains of the influenza virus. 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 the groundwork for further design and optimization of the anti-flu drug candidates.

Eric is currently studying at Harvard University.

Paige Brown speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Paige Brown

First Place Medal of Distinction in 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.

Easton LaChappelle

Founder and CEO, Unlimited Tomorrow

Easton LaChappelle is shaking up the prosthesis industry. Self-taught, he began creating his first robotic hand using Legos, electrical tubing and fishing line. He founded Unlimited Tomorrow with his business partner, Tony Robbins, in 2014 to take this technology to the next level. Recently, he fitted a 10-year-old girl with possibly the most advanced prosthetic device on the market. This is achieved by using today’s newest technologies such as 3-D printing, 3-D scanning, artificial intelligence and machine learning. His goal is to create advanced functional technology at a global level that anyone can afford.

Kensen Shi

Grand Prize Winner
2012 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology

At 17-years-old, 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 recently graduated from 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.

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Amol Punjabi

First Place Medal of Distinction in Basic Research
2016 Intel Science Talent Search

Amol Punjabi has performed research in pharmaceuticals throughout his high school career. While working in a lab at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Amol became first author of a paper published in ACS Nano and owner of a pending patent for luminescent nanoparticles in cancer therapy. He also pursued an independent project in computer-aided drug design which won him the Best-in-Category Award in Biochemistry at the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Currently, Amol is enrolled at Harvard University, where he is studying mathematics and chemistry.

Vineet Edupuganti speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Vineet Edupuganti

Grand Prize Winner
2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology

Vineet Edupuganti was the national winner of the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology for the development and modeling of a high-performing, low-cost biodegradable battery that can dissolve after a period of useful operation. This technology can be used to power ingestible medical devices, environmental sensors and other applications where dissolvable power sources are desirable. Vineet received a 3rd place grand award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in 2015 and 2016 and also received the special award for Best Project in Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS) at the same competition. Vineet is currently attending Stanford University and hopes to find real-world applications for his research that he can eventually take to market as an entrepreneur.

Amber Yang

Winner
2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Amber Yang is a physics student at Stanford University whose primary interest is astrophysics. Amber was named to the 2018 Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list and was the winner of the 2017 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her research on novel techniques for the tracking of space debris. Amber developed a novel artificial neural network system capable of tracking the orbits of space debris to an accuracy that is ten times more effective than current systems. She has presented her research at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland and at the White House Frontiers Conference hosted by former President Barack Obama.

Jacob Barnett

Youngest Person Admitted to the Perimeter Scholars International Masters Program

Jacob Barnett was diagnosed with autism at age two. Despite the odds, Jacob 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, Jacob 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 his childhood, written by his mother Kristine Barnett, is now being adapted into a movie.

Ryan Chester

Winner, 2015 Breakthrough Junior Challenge

Ryan Chester is a recent graduate of North Royalton High School in Ohio. In 2015, Ryan was named the winner of the inaugural Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a science video competition that drew 2000 contestants worldwide. Ryan 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.

Erik Finman

Groundbreaking young entrepreneur from Idaho

At 16-years-old, 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, DCH

Dr. 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.

Bo Eason

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.

Deborah Bedor, Ph.D.

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.

jim kwik speaker mentor at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Jim Kwik

Jim Kwik, CEO of Kwik Learning, is a world renown memory and rapid learning expert. After a childhood brain injury left him ‘scholastically challenged’, Jim created strategies to dramatically enhance his mental performance. Jim has since dedicated his life to helping others unleash their brainpower to learn anything faster, teaching speed-reading, memory improvement, and accelerated learning for two decades. Jim’s brain training is used in 85 countries by top achievers – from students to seniors, celebrities to CEO’s. Clients include GE, MasterCard, Virgin, Nike, Marriott Hotel, Zappos, SpaceX, NYU and Harvard University.

Fabienne Fredrickson

Fabienne Fredrickson is an inspirational mentor to thousands of clients worldwide, an author, international speaker and founder of Boldheart (formerly Client Attraction Business School). 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.

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.

Rebekah Marine

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.

Learn more about the Nobel Prize and other globally recognized science and leadership prizes whose winners have mentored Delegates at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders.