DR. KIMBERLY R. MOFFITT
Dr. Kimberly R. Moffitt is associate professor of American Studies at UMBC where she teaches courses on pop culture, Black hair and body politics, and sports and media.
Dr. Moffitt often writes op-ed articles for the Baltimore Sun and is a frequent guest on local public radio programs on matters of culture and education. She is a founding parent and board member of Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys Charter School, a 4th-12th college preparatory school. When not playing the role of academic, she's hiking, camping, or traveling with her family.
Rafay Qureshi is currently an undergraduate student studying Public Health at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has been a researcher at University of Maryland School of Medicine for the past three years, conducting research in the field of neurology in Dr. Cha-Min Tang's laboratory. He is passionate about bringing health issues to the forefront of public attention in order to bring about positive change. Rafay Qureshi is a first-generation American, who grew up in Lahore, Pakistan before moving to the United States with his family.
STACY M. BRANHAM
Stacy M. Branham is an Associate Research Scientist in Information Systems at UMBC. She received her PhD from Virginia Tech’s Department of Computer Science in the area of Human-Computer Interaction. Her research explores technology’s current and prospective roles in enriching connection between colleagues, friends, family, and intimate partners through Empathic Communication techniques.
Born in New Jersey and raised on the East Coast, Stephen Marengo has had an unlikely personal and professional journey prior to obtaining his current position. Stephen joined the staff of UMBC in 2014, working as a Business Development Specialist at the Shriver Center's Choice Program. Stephen has his B.S. in Business Administration from Delaware Valley College and a M.S. in Innovative Leadership in Business and Technology Management from Stevenson University. Stephen is married with 4 children, with another set to arrive in December. In his free time he enjoys working on cars, working out, reading, and learning something new every day. A lifelong fan of Auto Racing, Stephen has attended the Indianapolis 500 10 times and never plans to miss another one.
Tanvi Gadhia is UMBC's first environmental sustainability coordinator and a '09 alum. . Throughout her career she has advocated for sustainable culture through research, policy, organizing and education at international, national, regional and local scale organizations. She has been simultaneously working towards a Masters in Environmental Policy and Science from Johns Hopkins University.
Tamara Peters has spent nearly two years at UMBC’s Imaging Research Center as primary researcher, project lead, and one of the artists working on a visual representation of the city of Baltimore circa 1815, shortly after the British bombardment of Fort McHenry. She earned a BA in Psychology from Loyola University, MD, a JD and Certificate in Intellectual Property from the University of Toledo, College of Law, and a BFA in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Animation, from UMBC.
Patrick Jenkins is an undergraduate student at UMBC studying Math and Computer Science. He learned to juggle in elementary school and soon it became a serious hobby. Math has always been a passion for him and he loves finding mathematical ideas in unlikely places.
Lee Blaney is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering at UMBC. His research program focuses on water/wastewater treatment and resource recovery. He also has a passion for working in the developing world and has conducted water and sanitation projects around the world. These projects were all university-based and students played an important role. At UMBC, he advises the Engineers Without Borders chapter and their project in western Kenya.
Yoo-Jin Kang and is a senior at UMBC, studying Language and Cultural Studies and Interdisciplinary studies. Her research has primarily been on intimate partner violence. She is a staff member at the Women's Center at UMBC, as well as a Peer Health Educator and the President of Phi Mu Fraternity for Women. She is also a member of the Frank Karel Fellowship, as well as the Honors College and Humanities scholars program at UMBC. After graduating this May, she hopes to pursue a career that will allow her to serve and give a voice to underrepresented and minority populations!
George Kosmides been a staff engineer at Arcosanti, and remain deeply inspired at the immense possibilities for human and ecological transformation offered by arcology. He presents at numerous universities and environmental groups. The bold sweep of arcology is particularly well-suited to the TEDx forum.