Four distinguished guests visited campus as part of the fourth annual STEM Conference, sharing their vast experience with students and giving firsthand accounts of the latest developments in science, technology, engineering, and math.
This year’s guests included Amy Patrick (Hockaday ’00), a forensic engineer who has worked on numerous structural projects, from historic preservation to counterterrorism analysis; Lydia Pyne, a writer and historian who has traveled the world writing articles about the history of science and material culture for publications such as The Atlantic and Nautilus; Jeremy Ginsberg ’96, a software engineer who most recently served as the VP of Engineering at Twitter; and Will Ferenc ’09, the Lead Sensors Development Engineer at SpaceX.
During the STEM Conference, the four guests spent the day interacting with students in the classroom and were featured in a panel discussion during a special Upper School Assembly. The speakers answered students’ questions about STEM fields and explained the importance of an education. For some, a St. Mark’s education served as the foundation of their love of science and learning.
“St. Mark’s gave me the fundamentals I needed in math and science,” said Jeremy Ginsberg. “But what I treasured more was gaining the ability to think broadly about problems, the confidence to ask questions, and the desire to take a stand.”
Jeremy’s appreciation of his time at St. Mark’s was shared by Will Ferenc: “The simple act of being prepared and being ready is so important. It may seem like second nature to you all here, but in the world it really does matter.”
The 2017 STEM Conference was co-chaired by Andrew Chuka ’17, Vikrant Reddy ’17, and Kabeer Singh ’18.
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.