BEYA38: Celebrating Excellence in STEM

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of attending the 38th BEYA Conference in Baltimore. It was a convergence of brilliance, innovation, and diversity—a true celebration of what makes STEM thrive.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Diversity Unleashes Magic: BEYA38 reinforced that diversity isn’t just a buzzword; it’s the secret sauce for groundbreaking innovation. When minds from different backgrounds collide, magic happens. The energy in those conference halls was electric!
  2. New Connections: Meeting fellow professionals, visionaries, and rising stars was invigorating. The talent pool was vast, and the conversations—priceless.
  3. UL Research Institutes: At our modest booth, we proudly introduced UL Research Institutes’ contributions to safety science. ULRI strives to tangibly save lives through research and innovation—that’s the heart of STEM. Witnessing that spark ignite in students and professionals as we discussed ULRI’s mission was incredibly rewarding.

BEYA39 Awaits!: If you missed BEYA38 this year, fear not! Mark your calendar for next year’s BEYA39 event. Trust me, it’s an experience you won’t want to miss. Let’s continue championing diversity and shaping the future of STEM together!

Meet up with me at CES 2024 – Updated

I’ll be attending CES Las Vegas this year. Please reach out if you’d like to meet up at CES to discuss tech and what I am working on/researching for ULRI.

Updated Post CES.

What a whirlwind week in Las Vegas. CES was massive and there is so much to unwrap. Some of the major overall themes:

  • AI in everything.  Not sure if this is good, bad or indifferent. Just seems that everyone is adding ‘AI’ to their products. Seemingly not understanding the value added, but it’s the buzz.
  • The suspicious overload of ‘things’ in all products. I am seeing a theme that is starting to push toward this trend of a subscription-based model for all electronics.
  • Lots of automotive tech and autonomous driving tech. Looks really cool and promising, but woof the tech is still in its infancy.
  • Autonomous robotics (vacuums, pool cleaners, lawnmowers, delivery vehicles) may be really ready for primetime for larger-scale deployment.
  • Solid State Batteries – still massively concerned about battery tech and battery safety as more companies are building high-capacity battery modules.

Reshaping Tomorrow: Insights from the Inaugural UL Research Symposium on Building Resilience for a Sustainable Future

The Inaugural Annual Research Symposium of UL Research Institutes, held from July 31 to August 2, 2023, at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Global Hub, proved to be an inspiring and thought-provoking event. The 3-day symposium featured engaging panel discussions and presentations from esteemed internal and external speakers, all centered around the theme of “Building resilience for a sustainable future” – UL’s 1st Grand Challenge Commitment.

Throughout the symposium, the experts delved deep into the pressing issues of sustainability and its vital role in shaping a resilient future for humanity. They tackled various aspects of the subject, including environmental protection, technological advancements, social responsibility, and economic strategies. The range of perspectives and insights shared by the speakers added a comprehensive dimension to the discussions, making it a truly enriching experience for all attendees.

The symposium’s interactive nature fostered meaningful dialogues and networking opportunities among researchers, academics, and industry professionals. Attendees were able to gain new knowledge, explore innovative ideas, and exchange valuable experiences that will undoubtedly contribute to their future research endeavors.

The event’s venue, Northwestern University’s Kellogg Global Hub, provided an ideal setting for such an intellectually stimulating gathering. The state-of-the-art facilities and conducive atmosphere enhanced the overall learning experience, leaving a positive impression on all participants.

The symposium’s focus on sustainability and research matters undoubtedly made it a significant event in the academic community. With this event, UL Research Institutes has demonstrated its commitment to addressing real-world challenges and paving the way for a sustainable future. The information and insights shared during the event will surely inspire further research and collaboration among attendees, sparking a continued drive towards positive change and global impact.

In conclusion, the Inaugural Annual Research Symposium of UL Research Institutes was a resounding success, leaving participants motivated and better equipped to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and solutions for a sustainable future. As we look forward to future symposiums, the ripple effect of this event is bound to be felt in academia, industry, and society at large. #sustainablefuture #researchmatters #ULRISymposium.

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In Episode 141 of “The Data Diva” Talks Privacy Podcast, Debbie Reynolds talks to Craig Hamill, Director of Innovation and Technology at UL Research Institutes.

In Episode 141 of “The Data Diva” Talks Privacy Podcast, Debbie Reynolds talks to Craig Hamill, Director of Innovation and Technology at UL Research Institutes. We discuss digital safety, which is an extension of social media, and his work in creating standards and guidelines to ensure that technology is used responsibly. He is also working on building the lab of the future and driving innovation to create a better world. We discuss the potential issues of digital safety, privacy, and transparency that come with the development of AI and ML tools, such as Generative AI models, deep fakes, and Quantum Computing. He highlights the need for standards and safety to protect people from exploitation and misinformation. People are increasingly looking to trust companies and brands with their data in exchange for services and products, but transparency is key in order to ensure that the data is not being misused or sold to third parties. Companies should also provide the option for people to delete their data if they are not comfortable with it being used. We discuss the importance of transparency and accountability when it comes to data and technology, as well as the need for fact-checking and proofreading. We also discuss the implications of taking information at face value, the need for digital safety, and his hope for Data Privacy in the future.

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UL Research Institutes – Director of Innovation and Technology spearheads ‘Lab of the Future’ project and immersive XR lab development

There’s a lot happening right now, and I wanted to share a select bit with you. I’m currently working as the Director of Innovation and Technology for UL Research Institutes. In this role, I am responsible for the development and execution of the ‘Lab of the Future’ project, which is focused on leveraging cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and extended reality (XR) to transform the way we approach research and innovation. Our goal is to create a state-of-the-art laboratory that serves as a model for the future of scientific inquiry and discovery.

In addition to this, I am working on building a studio and Immersion Lab at the Illinois Science and Technology Park (ISTP) in Skokie, IL. This lab will allow researchers and scientists to conduct experiments and simulations in an immersive environment using XR technology. Our hope is that this lab will accelerate the pace of innovation in various fields by enabling scientists to visualize and understand complex data in new ways. I’m incredibly excited to be working on this project, and I can’t wait to see the impact it will have on the world.