Keynote Speakers

MichelleKhine_PhotoMichelle Khine is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at UC Irvine. Michelle was recently appointed Director of Faculty Innovation at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and as Director of BioENGINE (BioEngineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship) at the Institute for Innovation at UC Irvine. She was an Assistant & Founding Professor at UC Merced (‘06‐’09). Michelle received her BS and MS from UC Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering (’99 and ’01, respectively) and her PhD in Bioengineering (’05) from UC Berkeley and UCSF. She was the Scientific Founder of Fluxion Biosciences, Shrink Nanotechnologies, Novoheart, and most recently, TinyKicks. Michelle was the recipient of the TR35 Award and named one of Forbes ’10 Revolutionaries’ in 2009 and by Fast Company Magazine as one of the ‘100 Most Creative People in Business’ in 2011. She was awarded the NIH New Innovator’s Award, was named a finalist in the World Technology Awards for Materials, and was named by Marie‐Claire magazine as ‘Women on Top: Top Scientist’ and was recently inducted as a Fellow of AIMBE (American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering). She is currently working on a novel ‘co-op’ with her students, ‘A Hundred Tiny Hands’ to promote STEM outreach.


Olivia CastelliniOlivia Castellini is a Senior Exhibit Developer at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago. She has made a career out of translating complex scientific concepts for the public in entertaining and engaging ways, including the multi-award winning Science Storms, MSI’s 26,000 sq. ft. exhibition on the  science behind natural phenomena. She has been a featured speaker at conferences worldwide and is a frequent presenter to school groups, the media and the public. Olivia holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a B.A. in music and physics from DePauw University.  However, her background extends well beyond a traditional scientist: she is also a musician, martial artist, triathlete, model and actor.

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