STEMM Idol Speakers November 18 & 19

Chaminade Julienne welcomes professors from two prestigious universities this Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 18-19. All students are invited to the library during homeroom periods to find out more about the STEMM-related programs that Ohio higher education has to offer.

On Monday, professor Beth Hart from the University of Dayton School of Engineering will discuss the college, career, and travel abroad opportunities in engineering at UD and beyond. Then Tuesday, Dr. Dennis Heldman, Ph.D., of Ohio State University will expound upon food science’s role in tackling world hunger issues.

Monday, Nov. 18
Hart graciously returns to CJ as a STEMM Idol Speaker for a third consecutive school year. In addition to teaching interdisciplinary Engineering Innovation and Design courses, she also serves as a faculty mentor and supports the Minority Engineering Program, the Women Engineering Program, and the ETHOS program.

This June, Hart will direct UD’s Summer Honors Engineering Camp for high school students in grades 9-11. During this overnight camp, students can explore engineering principles in state-of-the-art facilities with college professors and engineering students. The program closes with a graduation luncheon featuring a keynote speaker.

Tuesday, Nov. 19
In concert with Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week activities, Dr. Heldman -- a professor at Ohio State University's Department of Food Science & Technology -- will discuss the scientific push behind creating healthier, more sustainable food systems. Heldman is a member of OSU’s Food Innovation Center, a fully-funded project with the mission of “improving global life quality by inspiring sustainable multi-disciplinary food solutions.”

Over nearly 50 years working in the industry, the professor has served on the faculty at OSU, Michigan State University, the University of Missouri and Rutgers. He has also worked in the private sector for the Campbell's Soup Company and authored a number of publications on food engineering and processing. In 2011, Dr. Helman was named a recipient of the Life Achievement Award from the International Association for Engineering and Food.