STEM Conference

The STEM Conference was created in 2013 to broaden students’ understanding of these topics and promote passions for careers in the STEM disciplines by inviting professionals in these fields to visit St. Mark’s.

2023 STEM Conference Guests

  • Dr. Stacy Pritt – associate vice president, research support & regulatory management, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Andrew Gatherer ’14 – guidance, navigation and control engineer, SpaceX
  • Sara Ord – director of species restoration, Colossal
  • Dr. Veljko Dubljević – editor-in-chief, American Journal of Bioethics – Neuroscience

Past Guests

Jeb Beckwith ‘80 ~ CFO/CAO, Clean Origin
Leanne Su ~ Ph.D. Candidate in Aerospace Engineering at the Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory at the University of Michigan
Dr. Lizzie Mcleod ~ Global Reef Systems Lead, The Nature Conservancy
Rubik Sheth ~ Branch Chief, Life Support Systems Branch at NASA’s Johnson Space Center
Dr. Austin Fowler ~ Senior Research Scientist, Google’s Quantum Hardware Lab

STEM Conference Podcast featuring discussions with professionals and researchers in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Climate Change, and Space Exploration. 

Alan Katz ~ Former Chief Technology Officer of ES Xplore Inc
Naia Butler-Craig ~ Aerospace Engineering PhD student and GEM Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology; NASA Pathways Intern
Jodi Cooley ~ Assistant Professor at SMU, dark matter research
Murat Çobanoğlu ~ Distinguished Fellow at the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics at U.T. Southwestern Medical Center, computational drug discovery

Wyatt Smith ~ Head of Business Development for Uber Elevate
Gideon Powell ~ Co-Founder and CEO of Autonomous Crypto Corp.
Taft Armandroff ~ Professor of Astronomy at UT Austin
Dr. Kesha Harris-Henderson ~ Radiation Oncologist at Baylor University Medical Center

Dr. Rhonda Bassel-Duby ~ Department of Molecular Biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center
Karen Morton ~ Collections Manager, Perot Museum of Nature and Science)
Bill Woodburn ~ Founding Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners

Jeremy Ginsberg ’96 ~ Software Engineer; Former VP of Engineering at Twitter
Will Ferenc ’09 ~ Lead Sensors Development Engineer, SpaceX
Amy Patrick ~ Forensic Engineer
Lydia Pyne ~ Science Writer and Historian

Mark Stevens ’05 ~ Software Engineer, Google
Dr. Chess Stetson ’97 ~ CEO, Helynx, Inc.
Dr. Bradford Hirsch ’87 ~ Oncologist; Senior Medical Director, Flatiron Health; Co-Founder, SignalPath Research
Dr. Gary Weinstein ~ Chief of Pulmonary/Critical Care, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital
Carl Zimmer ~ Science writer, New York Times contributor

Anna Kuchment ~ Scientific Journalist
Dr. Max Klein ’00, Ph.D. ~ CTO of SCI Technology, Inc.,
Heather Olins ~ Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard's Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

2014 Conference Guests
Dr. Brett Giroir ~ Biomedical Researcher
Dr. Michael Gould ~ Agricultural Engineer
Dr. David Genecov ’82 ~ Craniofacial and Cosmetic surgeon
Dr. Alan Stern ’75 ~ Planetary Scientist

St. Mark’s School of Texas

10600 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75230

About Us

St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, nonsectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.

St. Mark’s does not discriminate in the administration of its admission and education policies on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.