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754 Stanford alumni and guests connected in Seattle, and 104 Connectors helped make it happen.

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Schedule — Saturday, November 1, 2014

12:45 p.m.

Check In & Meet Up

Pick up your name tag, grab some coffee and a light bite, and start connecting with your fellow alums.

1:15 p.m.

Find A Seat

1:30 p.m.

Welcome

Howard E. Wolf, ’80, Vice President for Alumni Affairs and President, Stanford Alumni Association

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Howard has led the Stanford Alumni Association and its staff since 2001. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology, with distinction, from Stanford in 1980 and his MBA from Harvard in 1985. Before his appointment as Vice President for Alumni Affairs and President, Stanford Alumni Association, he worked as both an entrepreneur and business manager in the publishing and commercial real estate development and management industries. An active alum and volunteer, as well as an avid Stanford athletics fan, he received the Stanford Associates Outstanding Achievement Award in 2000. In addition to his Alumni Association role, Howard is one of eight officers of the University and part of its senior management team, with particular responsibility for advising the University's president and the provost on alumni affairs.

Presidential Remarks and Q&A

John L. Hennessy, President, Stanford University

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President of Stanford University since 2000, John L. Hennessy is the inaugural holder of the Bing Presidential Professorship. He joined the faculty in 1977 and since then has served as chair of computer science, dean of the School of Engineering and provost. A pioneer in computer architecture, his technology revolutionized the computer industry by increasing performance while reducing costs. He has lectured and published widely and co-authored two textbooks on computer architecture design. Dr. Hennessy has received numerous honors, including the 2000 IEEE John von Neumann Medal, a 2004 NEC C&C Prize for lifetime achievement in computer science and engineering, a 2005 Founders Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the 2012 IEEE Medal of Honor, IEEE's highest award.

2:25 p.m.

Event Host

Dan Klein, ’90, is a lecturer in theater and performance studies and at the Graduate School of Business, and he’s on the teaching team at the d.school.

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Dan Klein teaches workshops at the d. school on improv and design for interdisciplinary graduate students. He delivers programs that tap into improvisation, design thinking and high-performance communication to help adults access their childlike creative reserves. He also directs the Stanford Improvisors, a 19-year-old improv troupe that performs on campus and in the community. In 2009, students named him Stanford Teacher of the Year.

Micro Lectures

These bite-size lectures will get your brain buzzing.

New Synapses in Old Brains?

Carla Shatz is the Sapp Family Provostial Professor, David Starr Jordan Director of Stanford Bio-X and professor of biology and of neurobiology.

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Professor Shatz’s lab explores the mechanistic underpinnings of brain circuit tuning during developmental critical periods. Her research is relevant not only for understanding neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism and Schizophrenia, but also -unexpectedly- for Alzheimer’s disease. She has served as president of the Society for Neuroscience and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Philosophical Society and most recently the Royal Society of London.

Paper Chains: Cultivating Creativity

Weston Gaylord, ’15, is a senior in symbolic systems focused on human-computer interaction, writer-director and actor.

What Is Emergency Medicine and How Is It Important?

S.V. Mahadevan is associate professor of emergency medicine/surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and founder and director of Stanford Emergency Medicine International.

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Professor Mahadevan was instrumental in setting up India's first international paramedic training institute, Nepal's first Emergency Medical Services system and Cambodia's first emergency medicine strengthening program. He was the lead editor of the textbook, An Introduction to Clinical Emergency Medicine, which received the 2006 American Medical Writer’s Association Award as the top U.S. medical textbook for all specialties. Dr. Mahadevan has received numerous teaching awards including the Council of Residency Directors’ National Faculty Teaching Award and the American College of Emergency Physicians National Faculty Teaching Award.

Re-engineering the Start.Home CORE for the Developing World

Derek Ouyang, ’13, MS ’15, was project manager of Stanford Solar Decathlon in 2013 and graduate student in structural engineering & geomechanics.

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Derek Ouyang graduated from Stanford University in 2013 with dual bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and architectural design, and will return in the fall for a master’s in structural engineering. He was project manager of Stanford’s first-ever entry to the U.S. DOE’s 2013 Solar Decathlon and has been featured as an up-and-coming architect in the Los Angeles Times, in Home Energy magazine’s “30 under 30” and at TEDxStanford. He is now keeping himself busy as co-founder of Cloud Architecture, a young architectural practice working on projects all around the world.

Scaling Up Excellence: Bad is Stronger Than Good

Robert Sutton is a professor of management science and engineering and, by courtesy, of organizational behavior in the Graduate School of Business.

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Professor Sutton studies the links between managerial knowledge and organizational action, evidence-based management, innovation, and organizational performance. He is also an active researcher and cofounder in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, and a cofounder and active member of the d. school. He has written six business books, including his latest (with Stanford’s Huggy Rao) Wall Street Journal bestseller, Scaling Up Excellence. Professor Sutton’s honors include induction into the Academy of Management Journal's Hall of Fame, the Eugene L. Grant Award for Excellence in Teaching, the McGraw-Hill Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award, and the McCullough Faculty Scholar Chair from Stanford.

3:30 p.m.

Break

4:00 p.m.

Seminars & Workshops

Choose one of seven classic seminars or interactive workshops for an intellectual deep dive.

EMERGENCY MEDICINE - Advancing International Healthcare: India as a Case Study

S.V. Mahadevan is associate professor of emergency medicine/surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and founder and director of Stanford Emergency Medicine International.

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Over the past 10 years, India’s emergency medicine system has grown into the world’s largest, caring for more than 750 million people. The director of Stanford Emergency Medicine International shares how India got there, and how this partnership offers hope for the rest of the world.

Professor Mahadevan was instrumental in setting up India's first international paramedic training institute, Nepal's first Emergency Medical Services system and Cambodia's first emergency medicine strengthening program. He was the lead editor of the textbook, An Introduction to Clinical Emergency Medicine, which received the 2006 American Medical Writer’s Association Award as the top U.S. medical textbook for all specialties. Dr. Mahadevan has received numerous teaching awards including the Council of Residency Directors’ National Faculty Teaching Award and the American College of Emergency Physicians National Faculty Teaching Award.

ENERGY FUTURE - What’s the Deal with Unconventional Oil and Gas?

Margot Gerritsen, PhD ’97, is associate professor of energy resources engineering and director of the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering.

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Population growth and sustained high oil prices have increased the demand for unconventional energy resources. Come discuss the economic benefits as well as the environmental and geopolitical costs of increased production of tar sands, coalbed methane and the like.

Professor Gerritsen teaches courses in both energy-related topics (reservoir simulation, energy, and the environment) and mathematics for engineers and scientists. She specializes in renewable and fossil energy production and her work focuses on understanding and simulating complicated fluid flow problems. She is also active in coastal ocean dynamics, yacht design, search algorithm design and matrix computations.

IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP - Effortless Creativity, Agility and Resourcefulness

Dan Klein, ’90, is a lecturer in theater and performance studies and at the Graduate School of Business, and he's on the teaching team at the d.school.

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How often do you think and act outside of your own box? Lecturer Dan Klein taps into improvisation, design thinking and high-performance communication to help adults access their childlike creative reserves. In this hands-on workshop, learn how to channel ideas and express them in a compelling way on demand, onstage and beyond.

Dan teaches workshops at the d. school on improv and design for interdisciplinary graduate students. He delivers programs that tap into improvisation, design thinking and high-performance communication to help adults access their childlike creative reserves. He also directs the Stanford Improvisors, a 19-year-old improv troupe that performs on campus and in the community. In 2009, students named him Stanford Teacher of the Year. 

SCALING UP EXCELLENCE - Getting to More without Settling for Less

Robert Sutton is a professor of management science and engineering and, by courtesy, of organizational behavior in the Graduate School of Business.

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Working with Professor Huggy Rao, Professor Sutton devoted seven years to studying how constructive actions spread within organizations. He explores the most vexing challenges and shows how the best leaders and teams overcome obstacles to excellence.

Professor Sutton studies the links between managerial knowledge and organizational action, evidence-based management, innovation, and organizational performance. He is also an active researcher and cofounder in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, and a cofounder and active member of the d. school. He has written six business books, including his latest (with Stanford’s Huggy Rao) Wall Street Journal bestseller, Scaling Up Excellence. Professor Sutton’s honors include induction into the Academy of Management Journal's Hall of Fame, the Eugene L. Grant Award for Excellence in Teaching, the McGraw-Hill Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award, and the McCullough Faculty Scholar Chair from Stanford.

THE SCIENCE OF LEARNING - Big Data, Technology, and Transformations in Education

Candace Thille is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Education, senior research fellow in the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning and director of the Open Learning Initiative.

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What have open online courses taught us about traditional university teaching and learning practices, and where do we go from here? Professor Thille discusses technology’s impact on education at Stanford and beyond.

Professor Thille’s research focuses on applying results from the learning sciences to the design, implementation, and evaluation of open web-based learning environments. Professor Thille served on a U.S. Department of Education working group, co-authoring the National Education Technology Plan, and recently served on the working group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology that produced the Engage to Excel report for improving STEM education. 

UNDERSTANDING ALZHEIMER’S - Can Understanding How the Brain Develops Lead to New Treatments?

Carla Shatz is the Sapp Family Provostial Professor, David Starr Jordan Director of Stanford Bio-X and professor of biology and of neurobiology.

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Memories are stored in brain circuits and synapses. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s cause the loss of those synapses. Can understanding how synapses are formed during normal brain development help uncover new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease?

Professor Shatz’s lab explores the mechanistic underpinnings of brain circuit tuning during developmental critical periods. Her research is relevant not only for understanding neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism and Schizophrenia, but also- unexpectedly- for Alzheimer’s disease. She has served as president of the Society for Neuroscience and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Philosophical Society and most recently the Royal Society of London.

WATER IN THE WEST - A Discussion of the Accumulating Threats to the West’s Water Supply

David Kennedy, ’63, is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, emeritus and director emeritus of the Bill Lane Center for the American West.

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Water management has been crucial to the west’s rapid growth for more than a century. Now a near-perfect storm of population growth, changing environmental standards and climate change has put the entire region’s water management system at risk.

Professor Kennedy has long taught both undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from the 20th-century history of the United States to the comparative development of democracy in Europe and America. His research is notable for its integration of economic and cultural analysis with social and political history. His book Freedom From Fear was a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and the History Book Club; it was also the winner of the Pulitzer and Francis Parkman Prizes. In 1988, Professor Kennedy received the Richard W. Lyman Award for exceptional volunteer service to alumni.

5:00 p.m.

Break*

*Beginning at 4:30 p.m., we will be broadcasting the Stanford vs. Oregon game on monitors throughout the event space and during the reception.

5:30 p.m.

Seminars & Workshops Repeated

Take two! Seminars and workshops repeat so you can choose one more.

6:30 p.m.

Reception

Keep the connections going! Enjoy drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres with new Stanford friends of all ages.

Look Who Connected

893 connected

First Name Maiden Name Last Name Degree(s) Parent Year(s) City State
Francisco Grijalva MA '70 Seattle WA
Lew Dorman Gilchrist '63, MA '64 Mercer Island WA
Mary Kircher Hoverson '70 Seattle WA
Jen Nuckols '03 Seattle WA
Jamie Hui Seattle WA

Special thanks to all the Stanford+Connects Seattle Connectors without whose help this event would not have been possible. See all local connectors.

Student Ambassadors

No Stanford event would be complete without students. That’s why these star scholars—who also happen to be athletes, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and so on—were invited to join you as your student ambassadors for the day. They’re looking forward to connecting with you, so don’t be shy!

Shalmali Bane

Shalmali Bane, ’16, is a junior majoring in biology with a concentration in neuroscience and a pet interest in forensics. She works on campus as a tour guide, a research assistant at Heller Labs, a Residential Assistant at Toyon and (most recently) a student EMT with Stanford Emergency Medical Services. A proud member of the Stanford Improvisers, Shalmali is also part of the Stanford Sitcom Project and Gaieties. 

Akshai Baskaran

Akshai Baskaran, ’15, is majoring in chemical engineering and is writing an honors thesis on Chinese energy and water security challenges. Akshai has been a member of Stanford Mock Trial, Stanford Consulting, dorm staff, and the sophomore and junior class cabinets. Akshai is currently a member of the ASSU Executive Cabinet and is leading the ASSU Energy & Environmental Action Committee. 

Alexis Charles

Alexis Charles, PhD ’15, is passionate about writing and teaching. Her research in modern thought and literature focuses on creative representations of the future in pop culture, specifically in African American literature, history, and the arts. She is a member of the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research's Student Writing Team and she also writes for the Stanford Humanities News. She has been a teaching assistant and instructor, and has worked at the Stanford Women's Community Center for two years. After graduation Alexis looks forward to continuing her work as a writer, teacher, and advocate for diversity in higher education. Alexis was raised in Berkeley, and loves going to Big Game with her Cal alumna sister.

Weston Gaylord

Weston Gaylord, ’15, is a senior at Stanford studying human-computer interaction and also works as an actor, director, musician and lyricist. He has performed with Stanford Repertory Theater, Seattle Children’s Theater, San Jose Rep and ArtsWest Playhouse and hosted concerts with the Seattle Symphony and the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival. A bit closer to home, he helped write, produce, direct and edit an original webseries called "Higher Education," which was released this spring, and he recently collaborated with the ReDesigning Theater program at Stanford’s Institute of Design. 

Stephanie Hsiang

Stephanie Hsiang, ’16, is a junior pursuing a degree in human biology, concentrating in how biological and social determinants affect human development. She is actively involved in Cardinal Ballet Company and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and she can usually be found at any event that the Alumni Association puts on for students. She is also an active member of Chi Omega and Pacific Free Clinic. Stephanie hails from the tiny town of Niceville, FL, and will gladly answer any questions you may have about sweet tea and the proper usage of "yes ma'am."

Jelani Munroe

Jelani Munroe, ’16, is a public policy major deeply interested in development economics and policy. Originally from Jamaica, he is actively involved in the Caribbean Students Association, as well as Stanford Talisman, Stanford Circle K, and Sigma Phi Epsilon. He worked as an Admit Weekend Coordinator and now lives in Otero as a Residential Advisor to the newest class of freshmen. 

Derek Ouyang

Derek Ouyang graduated from Stanford University in 2013 with dual bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and architectural design, and will return in the fall for a master’s in structural engineering. He was project manager of Stanford’s first-ever entry to the U.S. DOE’s 2013 Solar Decathlon and has been featured as an up-and-coming architect in the Los Angeles Times, in Home Energy magazine’s “30 under 30” and at TEDxStanford. He is now keeping himself busy as co-founder of Cloud Architecture, a young architectural practice working on projects all around the world.

Lauren "Motown" Phillips

Lauren “Motown” Phillips, ’17, hails from Detroit, Michigan and plans to major in communications with a minor in art history. She’s the co-chair for this year's Black Student Union High School Conference, a social media coordinator for Your Art Here, a member of the Student Alumni Council, and an intern for the Institute for the Diversity of the Arts. She is currently focused on delving deeper into the art and fashion scene at Stanford. 

Matt Saucedo

Matt Saucedo, MBA ’15, serves as co-president of the GSB Hispanic Business Students Association, and is a member of both the GSB Social Committee and the GSB Student Alumni Committee. Prior to attending Stanford, Matt worked as technology consultant for Deloitte, and built an award-winning mobile application on the weekends. Matt’s current passion project is Kit Clothiers, a startup that focuses on developing wrinkle- and odor-free garments for the world traveler. The idea came about on his GSB Global Study Trip to New Zealand, where the group met with merino wool growers and apparel companies. In his free time, Matt enjoys rock climbing and exploring the Bay Area.

Will Setrakian

Will Setrakian, ’15, is a senior from San Francisco studying political science with a concentration in American politics.  Will spent the summer working in the Colorado Governor's Office, and has also worked at Stanford Sierra Camp and at a tech recruiting startup in San Francisco. On campus, Will is an RA in Larkin, one of the group leaders of the Stanford Improvisors, and one of the directors of Flying Treehouse, Stanford's children's theater company. In his free time, Will enjoys watching football and listening to Bruce Springsteen.

Natalya Thakur

Natalya Thakur, ’15, is a senior majoring in international relations with a focus in economic development and entrepreneurship. She is currently writing her honors thesis on the ethics and social impact of non-profit work and investments abroad. Outside the classroom, she is a class president, a tour guide, and runs the club golf team. Her work experience includes time at financial institutions, tech firms, international think tanks, and Stanford Sierra Camp. After Stanford, she hopes to go skydiving, experience ziplining in New Zealand, climb Mt. Kili, and go ice-fishing in Alaska. 

Ericka von Kaeppler

Ericka von Kaeppler, MD ’21 PhD ’21, is pursuing an MD and a PhD after earning her Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Yale University (2013). As a former basketball player, her passion for sports medicine and, more broadly, injury healing have led to a clinical and research career focused on regenerative medicine. Ericka’s interests also extend beyond the classroom—she is an academic mentor to undergraduate and high school students and an avid member of her local master’s water polo team, The Menlo Mavens.

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About Stanford+Connects

Stanford+Connects is your chance to re-experience Stanford (minus the midterms), multiply your network, and stretch your brain in infinite ways. Ready?