The STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities is an annual educational event where attendees meet role models with disabilities who have thriving careers in STEM fields.
Students will hear from keynote speaker Dr. Joshua A. Miele, Associate Director of Technology Research and Development in the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Low Vision and Blindness at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute and a pioneer in the area of accessible technology. Once told he would never be a physicist because “physicists write on blackboards,” Miele, who is blind, went on to get a bachelor’s degree in physics, intern at NASA and complete a PhD in cognitive psychology and psychoacoustics.
He will share stories about his professional journey, which has led him to direct an innovative research lab dedicated to technology and information accessibility. In a recent interview he says, “I want to build cool stuff for blind people that gives them the ability to do the things that they want to do, and I feel incredibly lucky that I’m given that privilege and opportunity.”
Attendees will also hear from:
- Skynet Junior Scholars with visual impairments, who are studying the universe using a global network of research-grade, internet-controlled robotic telescopes, and interacting with astronomers, engineers and scientists. They will discuss their research and the tools they use to do it.
- A panel of university students with hidden disabilities, including autism, dyslexia, ADHD, multiple sclerosis, hearing impairment and learning disabilities. They will discuss such topics as the evolving landscape of STEM fields, deciding when to disclose a disability and learning the skills required for a successful academic and professional career.
Students will leave the event with a better understanding of the many professional possibilities available and the inspiration to pursue STEM careers.
Registration information: Registration for the 2016 STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities is FULL.
You can watch the archived event via Livestream at http://livestream.com/naturalsciences/stemcareer, or on YouTube (below).
Watch last year’s video to see what attendees had to say.
How do I find out more? Follow us on Twitter @STEMshowcase to stay informed. Questions? Contact Liani Yirka at STEMshowcase@gmail.com or 919.707.9887. Interested in past events? Watch the archived recordings.
Sponsorship opportunities available! Please contact Liani Yirka at STEMshowcase@gmail.com or 919.707.9887.