STEM Journey III Keynote Speakers- FREE Admission

April 2, 2016 at Cape Cod Community College 12-4 PM
Theme: Transportation:
Land- Dr. John Leonard, Professor of
Mechanical and Ocean Engineering at
MIT-. Interests: Artificial Intelligence,

Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles.
Talk: “Autonomous Cars”

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BIOGRAPHY
Dr. John J. Leonard is the Samuel C.
Collins Professor of Mechanical and Ocean
Engineering and Associate Department
Head for Research in the MIT Department
of Mechanical Engineering. He is also a
member of the MIT Computer Science and
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Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

from the University of Oxford (1994). Prof.

His research addresses the problems of

Leonard joined the MIT faculty in 1996, after

navigation and mapping for autonomous

five years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and

mobile robots. He holds the degrees of

Research Scientist in the MIT Sea Grant

B.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering and

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)

Science from the University of Pennsylvania

Laboratory. He was team leader for MIT's

(1987) and D.Phil. in Engineering Science

DARPA Urban Challenge team (robotic

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vehicles), and one of six teams to complete

teaches a course on Autonomous Cars at

the race. He served as Co-Director of the

MIT.

Ford-MIT Alliance from 2009 to 2013. He is

Air- MA Senator Dan Wolf, founder
and CEO of Cape Air, Largest Regional
Airline in US Talk: “Advances in
Aviation”.

the recipient of an NSF Career Award
(1998) and the King-Sun Fu Memorial Best
Transactions on Robotics Paper Award
(2006). He is an IEEE Fellow (2014). He

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In 1989 Daniel A. Wolf founded Cape Air
with one route between Boston and
Provincetown, eight employees and a firstyear total of just 8,000 passengers. Today,
Cape Air, along with sister airline Nantucket
Airlines, is the largest commuter airline in
the United States. Cape Air/Nantucket
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Airlines’ fleet of Cessna 402s, Cessna

686,000 passengers a year.

Caravan Amphibians, Britten-Norman

Dan received a bachelor’s degree in

Islanders and ATR-42s fly to some of the

Political Philosophy from Wesleyan

most beautiful destinations in the world.

University in Middletown, Connecticut and a

Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines is partly an

degree at the Quaker School of Aeronautics

employee-owned company with a workforce

in Airframe and Power Plant Maintenance.

of approximately 1,200 serving more than

Dan continues to stay current with his Air

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Transport Pilot license and flies as a pilot for

including the Regional Airline Association,

Cape Air on weekends during the busy

the Cape Cod Business Round Table, the

summer season.

Association for the Preservation of Cape

In November 2010, 2012 and 2014, Dan

Cod,.. Under Dan’s leadership Cape Air has

was elected to the Massachusetts State

received recognition for being one of the

Senate representing Cape Cod and the

most philanthropic companies in

Islands.Dan serves on a number of boards

southeastern Massachusetts. In June of

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2010 Dan received an honorary doctorate
degree from Daniel Webster College in
Nashua, New Hampshire.
The Commuter/Regional Airline News
named Dan Turboprop Executive of the
Year. Dan resides with his wife in Harwich,
Massachusetts.

Sea- Ms Kaitlyn Tradd,, Research
Engineer, Applied Ocean Physics &
Engineering Dept., Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institute- Talk:“"Underwater Vehicles - Human

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Occupied, Remotely Operated, and
Autonomous"”

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Ms. Kaitlyn Tradd graduated from MIT in
2009 with a bachelor’s degree in
Mechanical and Ocean Engineering and
has been a full-time employee at Woods
Hole Oceanographic Institution since
2010. WHOI is home to dozens of
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underwater vehicles, a fact which drew
Kaitlyn to pursue a career at the world’s
leading non-profit organization for ocean
research and exploration. During her
employment at WHOI, Kaitlyn’s work
has spanned numerous endeavors; the
mechanical design and structural
analysis of the recent major HOV Alvin

upgrade project, several scientific
research cruises with ROV Jason II and
AUV Sentry, and a multitude of smallerscale engineering projects involving
many of WHOI’s submersible vehicles.
She is currently working on the design
of a new vertically profiling autonomous
vehicle for global ocean biogeochemical

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mapping, while continuing work in
support of the various existing
underwater vehicles, helping to further
scientific achievements at WHOI.
Kaitlyn first became interested in ocean
exploration as a child when she climbed
inside of a mock-up of the

Alvin personnel sphere, which still is in
residence at the exhibit center today. In
high school, she attended Nitsch
Engineering's "Introduce a Girl to
Engineering Day" at Logan Airport and
set her sights on a career as an
engineer.

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STEM Journey III for K-12 students- Theme: Transportation
Air, Land & Sea-FREE Admission
The third STEM Journey event
consists of the following: enthusiastic

volunteers, keynote speakers, hands on
science demonstrations and earning

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Boy Scout Merit Badges. This year
(April 2, 2016), our theme will be
Transportation and the title is “STEM
Journey III: Transportation: Air, Ground
and Sea”. One of our Keynote speakers
will be discussing Autonomous Vehicles.
We do expect to have 50 organizations,
150 volunteers and 1,500 visitors on

April 2, 2016 at Cape Cod Community
College.
Mission Statement
The STEM Journey program was
organized in 2014 to provide a stimulus
and introduction to the sciences for K-12
students from the Cape and Islands and
South Shore. We feel that the US needs
to improve science, technology,

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engineering and math (STEM)
education to remain competitive with the
rest of the world. This will not be truly
effective unless we can inspire young
students through programs like STEM
Journey.
In 2015 (STEM Journey II), we had
more than 1100 visitors, 100 volunteers,

30 organizations and 500 people who
signed up to hear our keynote speakers.
Exhibits will include:
Hands on chemistry experiments
Earth Day-hands on experiments
Walk along gliders
3D printers making parts
LEGO Lab
Air Craft Simulators

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Ham Radios
Underwater Vehicle Simulator
Nautical Rope Tying
And many more exhibits for K-12
students
Exhibitors will include:
Cambridge Science in the Streets
Heritage pre K STEM Program
Cape & Islands STEM Region

Cape Cod Community College
Mass Maritime College
Cape & Islands Council Boy Scouts of
America
American Chemical Society
Light House Charter School Ham Radio
Greenbriar Nature Conservatory
And many more

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Dr. Jack Driscoll, ACSF Jennifer Maclachlan,

STEM Journey Committee. Notheastern
Section of the American Chemical Society

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