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STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities: Speakers

Ed Summers

Ed SummersSenior 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. 

Sina Bahram

Accessibility Researcher and Consultant

Sina BahramSina 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.

Vincent Martin

Vincent MartinRehabilitation Engineer and Graduate Student, Georgia Tech

Vincent Martin has diverse work background. He has multiple engineering degrees and a degree in psychology with an emphasis in engineering psychology. Vincent has been a practicing rehabilitation engineer for the past 20 years and was last employed as a Research Health Scientist at the Veterans Administration Research and Development Center of Excellence for Aging Veterans with Vision Loss. He continues to work as a usability and accessibility consultant for some of the largest technology and Fortune 500 companies. Currently he is pursuing PhD studies at Georgia Tech. His pursuits led him to a master’s degree in human-computer interaction and will culminate with his dissertation research work in the field of human-centered computing. Vincent is the first totally blind graduate student in the history of Georgia Tech. He also is a retired Paralympian who competed in track and field in the pentathlon and discus throw in 1996, 2000 and 2004.

Lindsay Yazzolino

Lindsay YazzolinoResearch Assistant, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

Lindsay Yazzolino is a research assistant at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Lindsay completed her undergraduate degree in cognitive science from Brown University and, during this time, she began to pursue her current research interests, which combine her lifelong passion for science with her personal experience of being totally blind from birth. She focuses on investigating how experience, particularly blindness, affects the development of higher-level cognitive processes, such as language, reading, memory and concept representation, and their organization in the brain. As a blind researcher, Lindsay also seeks to promote full participation of blind people in pursuing science careers, as well as increase the exchange of knowledge and ideas between the scientific and blind communities. She has spoken to numerous groups of students, educators and parents of blind children to discuss her work, as well as to emphasize that blindness need not limit one’s career choices, independence and personal fulfillment. Outside of the lab, Lindsay enjoys air travel and keeping up with the latest technology, as well as espresso, thrill rides and the occasional practical joke. She can be reached on Twitter @GrammarGlamor. 

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