Keynote Speakers & Workshop Leads

Keynote Speakers

Steven LeBoeuf, Ph.D.

President & Co-Founder @ Valencell

Inventor of more than 100 granted patents in the field of wearable biomedical sensing, Dr. Steven LeBoeuf is one of the foundational innovators in wearable PPG sensors that are now embedded in millions of wearables on the market today. Before founding Valencell in 2006, Dr. LeBoeuf pioneered innovations in solid state materials, multiwavelength optoelectronic devices, high-power electronics, nanostructured materials and devices, and biochemical sensor systems while serving as a Senior Scientist and Biosensor Project Lead for General Electric. LeBoeuf has developed dozens of strategic partnerships with industry leading consumer technology brands, medical professionals, research institutions, medical device manufacturers, health and fitness companies, and start-ups. One of the most broadly quoted scientists and entrepreneurs in the field of wearable PPG sensing, LeBoeuf has served as a speaker in 50+ events around the world and is routinely interviewed by journalists, industry analysts, venture capitalists, and academic researchers.  As a founding pioneer in modern wearables, LeBoeuf has managed Valencell’s foundational patent portfolio, which has been licensed to dozens of companies around the world and implemented in 40+ wearable devices, ranging from earbuds, hearing aids, wristbands, legbands, smartwatches, virtual reality systems, headbands and more. LeBoeuf holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University, where he has been inducted into the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Hall of Fame, and BS degree in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics at Louisiana Tech University.

Larry Hodges, Ph.D.

NCSSM Chair of Computer Science

Larry Hodges has joined the team as Chair of Computer Science. During his career he has served as the C. Tycho Howle Endowed Chair and Director of the Clemson School of Computing, Chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and was a founding faculty member of both the College of Computing and the GVU Center at Georgia Tech.

His research and leadership have been recognized with numerous awards, including the IEEE Virtual Reality Career Award in 2006.  In 2017 he was inducted into the NCSU Computer Science Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2018 Elon University honored him with a College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award.

Feb 18 Workshops

Kathleen Hablutzel '19

Cybersecurity Analyst @ Bank of America

Intro to Collaborating via GitHub (Durham Campus)

Logistics: Feb 18, 11:00am - 12:00 pm

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GitHub is a popular platform for collaborative software development. This workshop will introduce you to GitHub and give you a template to organize your group's project development.

Marc Baumbach

Head of Engineering  @ Seguno

React: A library for building user interfaces (Durham Campus)

Logistics: Feb 18, 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

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React is the most popular frontend library in the tech industry. This talk with introduce you to the core concepts of the library and give you a project that you can start with for your projects.

Steven Weatherspoon '15

Cloud Engineer @ PayIt

Introduction to Containers & Docker (Durham Campus)

Logistics: Feb 18, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

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Containerization has become a common method of packaging and deploying software. In this workshop we will cover the benefits of containers and how to start using Docker.

Jim Happer

Physics @ NCSSM

Intro to Arduino: Sensors and Servos (Morganton Campus)

Logistics: Feb 18, 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

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Microcontrollers are commonly used for simple sensing and control circuits. We will use the Arduino platform as well as the Tinkercad Circuits simulator to create such circuits with a variety of inputs and outputs.

Sergio Miranda '91

Solution Architect (Mendix, a division of Siemens)

Mendix Low Code: Concept to Software (Durham Campus)

Logistics: Feb 18, 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

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In 45 minutes, ideate, design, test and deploy software in the cloud.  Mobile?  We got that too, but maybe not 45 minutes.  :)

Feb 19 Workshops

Ramana Chamarty

Head of Cybersecurity Architecture @ Fidelity Investments and CS @ NCSSM

Cyber Hygiene and Cyber Citizens (Durham Campus)

Logistics: Feb 19, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Talks about proactive and preventive actions one can take to secure your data and device, best practices to stay away from getting digitally compromised and creating a safe and secure digital experience.

Brian Sea 

Computer Science @ NCSSM

Software Testing and Debugging (Morganton Campus)

Logistics: Feb 19, 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

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The workshop covers testing methodologies (white and black box) and is an introduction to automated unit testing using Python's unittest module. We may other cover debugging techniques with the rest of the time.