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TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: “Get Your Head In The Clouds! Cloud Computing – Risks and Rewards”

Saturday – June 17, 9:30-11:00am

Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology – Syracuse, NY


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Speaker

* Yuzhe (Richard) Tang PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of EECS, Syracuse University

Talk Overview

Cloud computing has penetrated our daily lives like never before. Cloud is essentially a virtual computer that executes commands and stores data when we watch TV, when our parents pay the rent online, and when we receive medical care. All these convenience factors, however, cannot be taken for granted. With an “evil” nature and a vulnerable system under the hood, a cloud provider such as Amazon can leak or corrupt our personal data. So how can we safely utilize the cloud that cannot be fully trusted? Explore the possibility and learn about the magic behind it with Dr. Tang.

Presenters

Dr. Yuzhe (Richard) Tang’s research is broad in scope, covering cyber-security and computer systems, with emphasis on applied cryptography, programming languages, operating systems and databases. Dr. Tang earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2014, and his M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees from Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He is the author of more than 20 publications and is a recipient of the Best Paper awards in ACM/IEEE CCGrid 2015 and in IEEE Cloud 2012. In his spare time, he likes outdoor activities such as star gazing, bicycling, kayaking and jogging.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique, a program for middle-school students founded in 2005, features discussions between scientists and students about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere and seeks to encourage students to consider careers in these areas. Students must be accompanied by an adult and can explore the MOST at no cost after the event.

Technology Alliance of Central New York

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: “The Eyes Have It! The Incredible Evolution in Ophthalmic Surgery”

Saturday – May 20, 9:30-11:00am

Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology – Syracuse, NY


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Speaker

* Robert W Weisenthal MD, Clinical Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Upstate Medical University

Talk Overview

Twenty eight hundred years ago, Sushrata, a physician from India, treated cataracts (clouding of the lens) through couching, i.e., sticking a needle through the front part of the eye and pushing it to the back of the eye. After a perfect operation there “will be shining like the dazzling sun in cloudless sky.” Needless to say we have come a long way from then. Learn how the evolution of modern technology has profoundly changed our ability to help those who cannot see. Find out what this small but incredible part of our body does on a daily basis to allow us to run and play, read and watch.

Presenters

Dr. Robert Weisenthal has spent 30 years studying and treating two 24 mm globes found just above the nose and below the eyebrows. He is presently a Clinical Professor and Chief of the Cornea Service at Upstate Medical University. Why has he devoted so much time and effort to this very small but important part of your body training at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Iowa to learn advanced surgical techniques in order to remove cataracts and perform corneal transplant surgery? Because he feels there is no greater gift than to provide sight. He has personally performed over 30,000 eye operations and believe it or not – he is not yet bored, practicing with the same enthusiasm as he had on the first day. He is the founder of Laserview of CNY, the area’s first center for LASIK in 1995, and the area’s first ambulatory surgery center, the Specialty Surgery Center in 2000. He has been named a Best Doctor every year since 2005 and has been awarded the prestigious Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology for his work in teaching and writing. Most important he is the father of three boys whom he has been watching closely since they were born.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique, a program for middle-school students founded in 2005, features discussions between scientists and students about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere and seeks to encourage students to consider careers in these areas. Students must be accompanied by an adult and can explore the MOST at no cost after the event.

Technology Alliance of Central New York

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: “Flying In The Face Of Gravity: How Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines Get It Off The Ground”

Saturday – March 18, 9:30-11:00am

Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology – Syracuse, NY


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Please RSVP to jrcafe@tacny.org

Presenter

Charles A. Mayaka, MS, Design Engineer, Pratt & Whitney (twitter)

Talk Overview

For aircraft to fly, they require propulsive force (thrust). Engines contribute a majority of this force. But how do they produce thrust and how does thrust contribute to flight? Charles will explain the scientific principles that make thrust possible and introduce one of the latest advancements in gas turbine engine technology that is making flights quieter, greener and more efficient. He will also speak about his experiences as a student in a STEM field, and briefly on the Link Trainer, which recently found a new home at the MOST!

Presenters

Charles Mayaka works as a Design Engineer for Rotors in the Compression Systems Module Center department under the Advanced Engines Program at Pratt & Whitney in Middletown, Connecticut. Briefly before joining Pratt & Whitney, Charles worked as an Aerodynamics Engineer at Belcan Corporation in Windsor, Connecticut.

Charles was born in Kisii, a little town in Kenya. Always curious about aviation, he was admitted to one of only two schools in the entire country that offered Aviation Technology as a technical elective. Through the guidance of his AT instructor (Mr. Owiti), his desire to pursue a career in aviation was further cemented. Upon high school graduation, Charles came to the United States and was later enrolled in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University where he obtained both his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and his Master of Science degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering last year.

At Syracuse University, Charles worked as an Experimental Researcher under Prof. Thong Dang building intricate aircraft wing sections for use in wind tunnel experiments. Charles also served as the President of the SU chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics & Sigma Gamma Tau. He was involved in the National Society of Black Engineers and supported NSBE Jr’s tutoring engagement and tutoring program at Nottingham High School, Design Build Fly (DBF) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Other at-large community involvement while at Syracuse University included volunteering as a tutor at The Dunbar Center in the South Side and at The Samaritan Center right in Downtown Syracuse. In his spare time, Charles likes golf, building RC Aircraft and flying them, running (like every Kenyan), soccer, tennis, chess, & cooking Kenyan dishes.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique, a program for middle-school students founded in 2005, features discussions between scientists and students about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere and seeks to encourage students to consider careers in these areas. Students must be accompanied by an adult and can explore the MOST at no cost after the event.

Technology Alliance of Central New York

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.