November 17, 2018

Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA), University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta

Sponsored by:
Telus World of Science Edmonton and
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Callie Lissinna

Over the past four years Callie Lissinna has worked on the design and operation of two satellites with the University of Alberta's AlbertaSat student team. She has presented at national and international space conferences on topics such as small satellite missions, educational outreach in space science, and the advancement of women in space mission projects. Now in her fourth year of mechanical engineering at the University of Alberta, she is one of the primary operators of the Ex-Alta 1 satellite (currently in orbit) and Project Manager of the Ex-Alta 2 satellite mission. She is also a co-founder of a start-up called Wyvern, a space company that will provide images of Earth from a satellite platform.

Dr. Michael Morhart

Michael Morhart received a Bachelor of Science degree (Honors) in Microbiology, a Master's degree in Immunology/Microbiology, and his Medical Doctorate with distinction in 1994. After completing a surgical residency in plastic surgery at the University of Alberta in 1999, Dr. Morhart completed an orthopedic fellowship in Hand, Wrist, and Microsurgery at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 2001-2002. The major emphasis of Dr. Morhart's practice is hand, wrist, and peripheral nerve surgery, including obstetrical and traumatic brachial plexus injuries. Dr. Morhart is a Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta, Department of Surgery, Site Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, and an active member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Association for Hand Surgery, and the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Eleni Stroulia

Eleni Stroulia (PhD, Georgia Tech 1994) is a Professor of Computing Science at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on developing methods and tools to support software engineering activities, and designing and deploying software-based solutions for real-world applications in health care, education, and knowledge work. She has supervised more than 50 graduate students, has co-authored over 200 publications, and has served in the organization of many international software-engineering conferences. From 2012 to 2016 she held a NSERC/AITF Industrial Research Chair on Service Systems Management (with IBM Support). Over the last 6 years, in addition to leading her IRC research program, she has held leadership roles with two National Networks of Centres of Excellence (GRAND and AGE-WELL), the SAVI Strategic Network, and a Strategic Project on Knowledge Mobilization and Innovation. In 2018, she was awarded a McCalla professorship and was recognized with a Best Supervisor Award.

Logan Fairgrieve-Park

Logan is an Undergraduate Physics student and the current intern at the Science Hardware Makerspace at the University of Alberta. He is currently working on an experimental biophysics project and is lead of the Science Team on the student group AlbertaSat. Off campus, Logan's interests include boxing, listening to podcasts, and walking his dogs.


Video Game Art and Design Club

The Video Game Art and Design Club (VGAD) was originally founded in 2010 as a social space for individuals interested in game development, transforming over time into a space for game discussion and production. Post-secondary students of varying years and degree programs such as Computer Science, Writing, Art, Design, Music, and Business are part of VGAD, interested in pursuing a career in game development, or academic study of games, and are eager to expand their knowledge-base. We value growth through critical analysis and reflection, turning entertainment into a learning opportunity. To encourage this, we provide opportunities for in-depth discussion, such as internal and external guest speakers, keeping up with industry news, as well as collaborative exercises. VGAD's goal is looking to act as a community link between industry and the Edmonton student body, promoting communication within the field of game development, camaraderie, as well as giving students the tools they need to meet industry standards and create games of their own.


The University of Alberta AlbertaSat team made it to space in May 2017 with the successful launch of the Ex-Alta 1 cube satellite (cubesat) -- this province's first satellite. This cubesat was conceptualized by a group of passionate and talented students as they bonded over their common fascination with outer space. After the students designed, built, and tested the cubesat on campus, it was launched into space aboard a NASA resupply mission to the International Space Station. Now in low Earth orbit, Ex-Alta 1 is monitoring space weather. Meanwhile, the team back on Earth is designing and building their next cubesat. The upcoming cubesat (Ex-Alta 2, naturally) will predict and monitor wildfires and is slated to launch in 2021 as part of a national mission run by the Canadian Space Agency.

Let's Talk Science

Let's Talk Science is an award-winning, national, charitable organization focused on education and outreach to support youth development. We create and deliver unique learning programs and services that engage children, youth, and educators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Our Outreach volunteers engage Canadian youth in a wide variety of meaningful STEM learning experiences in both school and community settings. Our trained and enthusiastic volunteers typically work with children as young as three years old and youth up to Grade 12, delivering hands-on/minds-on activities on a variety of topics.

Panel Speakers

Pranjali Pokharel

B.Sc, University of Alberta

Works at Scope AR, an Edmonton-based augmented reality startup.

Jasmine Maghera

Undergraduate in Pharmacology

Yuki Kimijo

Graduate Student in Chemistry

Jeffrey Wong

Ph.D Student in Chemistry


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