TEDxUTA 2018 Speaker Information
Dr. Julienne Greer
Dr. Julienne A. Greer is an Assistant Professor of Theatre; Social Robotics and Performance. She earned a BFA in Drama from NYU, an MA in Media Arts from TCU, and her PhD in Humanities at UTD. Dr. Greer is an interdisciplinary scholar + artist working at the emerging intersection of theatre and social robotics. Her primary focus is examining Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) to “humanize” social robots to the nuances of human behavior and develop better human-robot relational outcomes. Dr. Greer works with interdisciplinary teams including Social Work, Education, Computer Science, and Engineering.
JJ is an immigrant, coming from Nigeria at the age of 7. His parents instilled into him a sense of responsibility, confidence and sarcasm. These traits have helped him well in pursuing his dream of being a Marketer in an ever evolving digital world. One to always question he enjoys honest conversation, open mics and heated debate
Dr. Greg Shirley
Dr. Greg Shirley is the Assistant Director of Career Services and Operations at the Lockheed Martin Career Development Center at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he has been since 2014. He specializes in career and major exploration as well as interview preparation, job search strategies, and social media and professionalism for current students and alumni for UTA. He enjoys engaging UTA students in conversations that alleviate any concerns about career choice and empowering them in their professional development success.
Jeff Williams is founder and President of Taste Project. He has always had a passion for cooking, food, and feeding people. Being half Italian, Jeff’s heritage feeds his passion and discovery in the area of Italian Cuisine.
His vision for Taste Project is different than a growing, profit generating, Italian restaurant. His vision is not a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen; but a place where every day folks eat; and those who could not afford to eat there, could still enjoy a meal in the restaurant. In June 2012, Jeff launched Taste Project.
Anugrah is a freshman at The University of Texas at Arlington who is majoring in Computer Science. He has a deep interest in Acting and Singing. He has also been into Public Speaking since High School and wants to connect with as many people as possible to spread his ideas that he believes have the power to instigate change. Beyond the classroom, Anugrah is quite involved and never misses out on any opportunities to show off his Maverick Pride. He is a Freshmen Orientation Leader, a member of EXCEL Campus Activities and a Research Coach for UTA Central Library. Truly a great leader in making, Anugrah wants to go on to help make lives better for the people.
Dr. Kaushik De
Dr. Kaushik De is a
Professor of Physics and Director of the Center of Excellence in High Energy
Physics at UTA. His research helped in the discovery of two new particles of
nature - the top quark and the Higgs Boson. He is a leader in Big Data
computing for the sciences. Dr. De is a fellow of the American Physical Society.