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Chris Culbert

Chris Culbert

FIRST in Texas Foundation, Chief Technology Officer, NASA - Johnson Space Center

Mr. Culbert has been a long time supporter of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology () and has served on the FIRST in Texas Foundation board for many years. He recently accepted the position of board chairman to continue the statewide mission of bringing FIRST programs to even more students in Texas. Mr. Culbert has spent more than … Continue reading Chris Culbert

Ray Almgren

Ray Almgren

Chief Marketing Officer, SwiftSensors, Inc.

Ray Almgren evangelizes the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education as a member of the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology () in Texas board and member of the National Executive Advisory Board. Almgren is also a member of engineering advisory boards including The University of Texas at Austin, Southern … Continue reading Ray Almgren

Joshua Baer

Joshua Baer

CEO, The Capital Factory

Joshua Baer helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs at Capital Factory, Austin’s largest coworking space and most active investment fund. Josh founded his first startup in 1996 in his college dormitory at Carnegie Mellon University and now teaches a class at the University of Texas for student entrepreneurs. He was recently recognized as … Continue reading Joshua Baer

Piyush Bhargava

Piyush Bhargava

Vice-President, Global Operations Dell Technologies

Piyush Bhargava is a a vice-president, global operations at Dell Technologies. He leads a global organization responsible for procurement and partner management of Dell’s human capital, customer facing services, human-resource services, technology real estate, and marketing products and services. He also manages Dell’s global packaging procurement and engineering organizations. Mr. Bhargava has been with Dell … Continue reading Piyush Bhargava

Dr. Art Cavasos

Dr. Art Cavasos

Superintendent, Harlingen CISD

Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Art Cavazos is a nationally recognized leader with almost 30 years of experience in education. He was appointed to the University of Texas College of Education Advisory Council. In 2014, he was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 100 top school leaders from across America … Continue reading Dr. Art Cavasos

Ray Hsu

Ray Hsu

R&D Director, IoT Software, National Instruments

Ray Hsu serves as the Director of IoT Software at National Instruments, where he leads R&D initiatives to expand the NI software platform by applying Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 concepts to automated test and measurement solutions.  Hsu previously served leadership roles for NI’s Academic Program to improve engineering education from K-12 to higher education … Continue reading Ray Hsu

Caroline Joiner

Caroline Joiner

Executive Director of TechNet

Caroline Joiner is the Executive Director of TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives. In this capacity, Joiner builds long-term relationships between technology leaders and policymakers and advocates a targeted policy agenda at the Texas Capitol and in states throughout the southeast region of the United States. Joiner … Continue reading Caroline Joiner

Larry Lentz

Larry Lentz

Owner, Larry Lentz CPA

Larry is a Certified Public Accountant with twenty plus years of experience in public accounting. His practice is in the tax preparation and planning area. He is the owner of Larry Lentz, C.P.A. Larry also has experience in the auditing field. Larry is currently pursuing licenses that would allow him to expand his practice into the financial planning … Continue reading Larry Lentz

Hiren Majmudar

Hiren Majmudar

Vice President, Intel Corporation Managing Director of Intel Capital’s Platform Engineering Sector (PEG)

Hiren Majmudar is a Vice President at Intel Corporation and the Managing Director of Intel Capital’s Platform Engineering Sector (PEG). Hiren leads a cross-functional team that drives strategic transactions ranging from Licensing, Equity Investments, M&A, and other external partnerships in the area of Semiconductor IP (Intellectual Properties) that help PEG to create market leading SOCs. Hiren has 22 … Continue reading Hiren Majmudar

Dr. Nolan Perez, M.D.

Dr. Nolan Perez, M.D.

Gastroenterology Consultants of South Texas

Dr. Nolan Perez is the CEO of Gastroenterology Consultants of South Texas, RGV Wellness Center, and GI Research of South Texas. He is board certified in Gastroenterology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology, and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande … Continue reading Dr. Nolan Perez, M.D.

Steve Schaffer

Steve Schaffer

Advisor, Investor, Entrepreneur, STEM advocate

Steve is an advocate for STEM education and project based learning. He has been involved with FIRST since 2013. Steve Schaffer has more than 30 years of experience growing both startups and established Internet and software companies. He is currently an investor and advisor to start-up and established Technology and Internet companies. Previously Steve founded … Continue reading Steve Schaffer

Don Schapker

Don Schapker

Chief EngineerLockheed Martin

Don Schapker is a Chief Engineer and Director for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control located in Grand Prairie, Texas. Don has over 26 years of technical and leadership experience in the aerospace industry for a variety of military and commercial products. Don has been involved in since 2008 and was part of the advisory board that established … Continue reading Don Schapker

Rich Wells

Rich Wells

Vice President of Operations, U.S. Gulf Coast Site Director, Texas Operations President & CEO, Union Carbide Corporation - The Dow Chemical Company

Over the course of his 36-year career with The Dow Chemical Company, Rich Wells has held leadership roles in a wide range of areas, including Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (M&E), Business Leadership, EH&S (Environment, Health and Safety), Energy and Climate Change, and Public Policy. Wells, a member of the Dow Operations Leadership Team, was named … Continue reading Rich Wells