The seventh annual Harker Research Symposium, April 28, will feature renowned entrepreneur and founding CEO of Sun Microsystems Vinod Khosla as its morning keynote speaker. The symposium, running from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., will once again bring Harker students and alumni together at the upper school campus to share their love of scientific research.
The afternoon keynote address will be delivered by two speakers: Dr. Atul Butte, chief of the division of systems medicine and associate professor of pediatrics, medicine and, by courtesy, computer science, at Stanford University and Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital; and John West, Harker parent and CEO of genome analysis company Personalis. Butte was one of four Stanford faculty members who orchestrated a collaboration between the university and Personalis to sequence the DNA of the West family (Anne ’11, Paul, grade 12).
Harker alumnus Jacob Bongers ’07 will also make a special appearance to discuss his experiences conducting and publishing research as an undergraduate student in archaeology at the University of Southern California.
A central component of every Harker Research Symposium is the chance for students to present their research to industry professionals, parents and fellow students. Dozens of talks will be given by Harker upper school students, and more than 30 poster sessions by middle and upper school students will be on display at various points throughout the day. Harker alumni will also deliver talks via video conference from research labs all over the country.
As with last year’s symposium, this year several exhibitors will be offering interactive displays for the hundreds of annual attendees. This year’s exhibitors at posting time include Autodesk, East Bay Cardiovascular Surgeons, Ericsson, Genophen, Hewlett-Packard, Hunter Laboratories, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Rector Motors, Symmetricom and Twin Creeks Technologies.
The Harker Research Symposium is open to all members of the Harker community. Additional information, including a schedule, is available at http://www.harker.org/symposium. For more information on student presentations, contact Harker science department chair Anita Chetty at firstname.lastname@example.org. For exhibitor information, contact email@example.com.