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Chris Culbert

Chris Culbert

Chairman of the BoardFIRST in Texas

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 30 … Continue reading Chris Culbert

Ray Almgren

Ray Almgren

Chief Marketing OfficerSwiftSensors, 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

Piyush Bhargava

Piyush Bhargava

Vice-President, Global OperationsDell 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

Jeff Fleece

Jeff Fleece

Chief Technology Officer, Digital TechnologyBaker Hughes Company

Jeff Fleece currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer, Digital Technology, at Baker Hughes Company. He is responsible for the enterprises architecture, infrastructure, IT operations, and cloud organization and previously served in the same position for GE Oil & Gas. Prior to joining GE, Jeff led the Cloud & Infrastructure Consulting practice for Sungard Availability … Continue reading Jeff Fleece

Caroline Joiner

Caroline Joiner

Public PolicyAmazon

Caroline Joiner has more than two decades of experience in government affairs, political consulting, grassroots organizing and strategic communications. She is a seasoned advocacy veteran with deep experience in technology policy. From 2014 to 2018, Caroline served as Executive Director for TechNet, the national, bi-partisan association of technology companies. In this role, she oversaw TechNet’s state advocacy and political … Continue reading Caroline Joiner

Larry Lentz

Larry Lentz

OwnerLarry 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 of Compute Business UnitGLOBALFOUNDRIES

Hiren Majmudar is a Vice President, Compute Business Unit at GLOBALFOUNDRIES.   Hiren leads Corporate Development (M&A, Equity, Partnerships) and also drives Business Development activities (Partnerships, Strategic account growth etc.). Prior to GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Hiren was Vice President of Business and Corporate Development at SiFive, and previously at Intel Corporation as a Vice President of Intel Capital, leading Silicon … Continue reading Hiren Majmudar

Len Rucinski

Len Rucinski

Executive Director of Crude Supply and TradingValero Energy Corp

Len Rucinski is a longtime advocate of community based education of our youth.  He spent 10 years supporting Junior Achievement bringing economic understanding to children starting as early as Kindergarten all the way through high school.  He’s also been a proud mentor of the FIRST in Texas program, supporting FLL, FTC and FRC teams over … Continue reading Len Rucinski

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

Eric J. van Gemeren

Eric J. van Gemeren

Chief Transformation OfficerFlowserve Corporation

Cindy Stong

Cindy Stong

Chief Judge Advisor, FIRST Robotics CompetitionFIRST

Cynthia Stong graduated from Seattle University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1989 and worked for The Boeing Company 1980 to retirement in 2009.  She completed a MBA from City University with an emphasis in Project Management.  She has been an active member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) serving on local and … Continue reading Cindy Stong

Rich Wells

Rich Wells

Vice President of Operations, U.S. Gulf Coast Site Director, Texas Operations President & CEOUnion 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