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     TAIS Innovation & Tech Institute     

April 21, 2017  (8:30 - 3:15)
St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School, Memphis


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The Innovation & Tech Institute consists of a breakfast, lunch, short Kick-Off Talk presentations, and 41 breakout sessions split into four blocks.  Attendees will receive five hours of continuing education units/credits.

Four Short Kick-Off Talks:

     Rohith Maniyedath - Sr. Engineer, Medtronic Spinal and Biologics     
Rohith currently focuses on advanced technologies in medical device development for diagnosis and treatment of various spinal disorders. He has always been passionate about innovation and has previously held responsibilities of actively performing research on medical imaging modalities and other ideation initiatives to improve healthcare offerings. Having worked on new technology development in both academia and industry, he has always extolled on the multitude of benefits that comes out of interdisciplinary collaboration to solve challenges and strives to support programs for ensuring students’ equitable access to high quality learning and training experiences. He is a member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and holds a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University.
 Rohith's Kick-Off Talk:  Innovation in Industry – What We Can Learn To Teach     
 Innovation is often perceived to be the religion in industry – bridging gaps between technological advancements and economic welfare. This talk will primarily focus on an example driven overview of the extant framework for innovation in industry and how we can possibly improve early adoption and fostering of an innovative/ entrepreneurial mindset.

     Dr. Stephanie Ivey - Assoc. Dean & Assoc. Professor at U of M     

Dr. Stephanie Ivey is the Associate Dean for Research with the Herff College of Engineering and an Associate Professor with the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Memphis. She also directs the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute. Her research includes focus on journey to school in urban areas, transportation planning, livability assessment in freight-centric communities, and strategies to engage citizens in the transportation planning process. She also has a strong record of focused workforce research and outreach related to increasing representation of women in STEM and particularly in transportation. Ivey directs the West Tennessee STEM Hub, and has served as PI/co-PI on over $5 M in funded projects for STEM education research. She is a member of the STEM Leadership Council for Tennessee. She serves as faculty advisor for the University of Memphis student chapters of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and WTS and is a member of the ITE Transportation Education Council, the TRB Standing committee on Maintenance and Operations Personnel, and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Transportation Industry Council.

Ivey's Kick-Off Talk:  Early Engagement for STEM Success     

This talk will be focused on strategies necessary in lower and middle school grades for ensuring students are appropriately prepared, supported, and invested in STEM identities and career pathways.


     Ian Rubín de la Borbolla - Founder Mibio Medical, LLC     
Ian earned his B.S.M.E. degree from Christian Brothers University, and is a biomedical engineer with Mibio Medical, LLC. Along with medical device development, Mibio focuses on supporting an environment where collaborative ideation is easily available between STEM, academia, and industry. Projects to promote this include developing a program with IBM for classrooms where participating faculty and students utilize design thinking principles with industry for solving real world problems. Ongoing research includes development for medical device hardware and software applications and the use of cognitive cloud computing and big data for predicting industry trends. He serves on the Mechanical Engineering advisory council at Christian Brothers University and is a board member for the Collierville Partners in Education with their Technology Advancement group.

Ian’s Kick-Off Talk - The Future of Innovating:  
Understanding Change in an Ever-Changing Environment 

Turning one’s attention to innovation’s future landscape, the technology, environments, methods, and even participants seem ever changing and even daunting at times. With this diversity comes both challenges and opportunities for schools to be bolder, industries to be better listeners, and communities to prosper from this new technological ecosystem.


    Ginger Spickler -  Project Director at Crosstown High Charter School     

Ginger Spickler is currently serving as the Project Director for Crosstown High, a new charter school opening in August 2018 inside of Crosstown Concourse. She is also working with the overall Crosstown Concourse development to ensure that its promise of "better together" comes to fruition, by cultivating organizational & personal connections in the greater Crosstown community. Ginger is the founder & former director of Memphis School Guide, a navigational tool for parents, and is a long-time advocate for education reform & innovation in Memphis. She is a Rhodes College alum who lives in Cooper-Young with her husband, Josh, and two sons, Walt & Patrick.

Spickler's Kick-Off Talk:  Learning for Life @ Crosstown High     

The new charter high school opening in 2018 will give its students the opportunity to tackle real-world work in partnership with the dozens of businesses and non-profits it shares a home with at Crosstown Concourse. Crosstown High aims to recruit a uniquely diverse student body and help each student develop his or her unique strengths and interests through a highly engaging project-based curriculum.


Vendor Information


Member Schools:  $150
Non-member Schools:  $225
Presenters:  $112.50 

Conference Hotel:
Double Tree Memphis:  5069 Sanderlin Ave., Memphis, TN  38117   (901) 767-6666  
TAIS Conference Rate:  $129 per night  **Remember to bring your tax exempt form, if applicable.


Thank you to our Innovation & Tech Institute Steering Committee:

Amy Moody - St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School

Julie King - Baylor School

Jon Kelley - Christ Presbyterian Academy

Jason Heitt - Ensworth School

Grey Carter - Battle Ground Academy

Molly Rumsey - Harpeth Hall School

Whitney Miller - Hutchison School

Steve Compton - Franklin Road Academy

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