STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities: Speakers
Senior Manager of Accessibility and Applied Assistive Technology at SAS
Ed Summers is a blind software engineer and an accessibility specialist. He has a B.S. in Computer Science and 20 years of professional experience as a software developer and a development manager. Ed’s personal mission is to enable people with disabilities to realize their full potential in the classroom and the 21st century knowledge economy. He fulfills that mission as a leader in the software industry and disability-related not-for-profit organizations.
Ed leads the accessibility team at SAS Institute, the market leader in business analytics software and services that is used at over 50,000 sites in over 100 countries. The SAS accessibility team helps people of all abilities succeed using SAS software.
PANELIST: Sina Bahram
Accessibility Researcher and Consultant
Sina Bahram is an accessibility researcher and consultant pursuing his PhD in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. His field of research is Human Computer Interaction (HCI) with a focus on the use of multi-modal approaches to facilitate eyes-free exploration of highly graphical information. Combining artificial intelligence, intelligent user interfaces (IUI), and HCI, Sina devises innovative and user-centered solutions to difficult real-world problems. In 2012, Sina was recognized as one of President Barack Obama's Champions of Change for his work in enabling users with disabilities to succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. You can read more about Sina and his interests on his website www.SinaBahram.com and blog blog.SinaBahram.com. He is @SinaBahram on Twitter.
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