Yesterday, we released our speaker lineup and opened ticket sales for our main event: Precipice! We're exciTED for all of our speakers and performers and hope that you'll join us on March 25, 2017, at the Ohio Union. Visit tedx.osu.edu to purchase your ticket before they sell out! You can also see our full speaker lineup here.
Today, we're featuring speaker Greg Bixler and our emcees Rania Khamees and Daniel Rodriguez.
Dr. Greg Bixler serves as a senior lecturer in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University and has 15 years of engineering experience. He has developed curriculum and enjoys teaching first-year through graduate students on topics ranging from the fundamentals of engineering to appropriate technology development. Integrated into his courses are personal experiences as a global entrepreneur and innovator developed while working at Battelle Memorial Institute and Design Outreach (DO). At Battelle, he managed interdisciplinary teams of engineers working on a variety of Research and Development programs. Inspired by the Battelle model, Dr. Bixler co-founded DO in 2007, which is a Christian humanitarian engineering nonprofit comprised of 5 staff, 75 volunteers, and 12 partner organizations creating sustainable solutions to problems people in developing countries are facing. His endeavors have led him to 18 countries around the world – while serving as CEO of DO, resident director for the OSU service-learning program, faculty mentor for the OSU Design Outreach Student Club, and advisor for the OSU student chapter of Engineers Without Borders.
Rania Khamees is a fourth-year studying Neuroscience and Biology with Research Distinction. She is a Biological Sciences Scholar through the Honors & Scholars program, a four-year member of the Ohio Union Activities Board, and Homecoming Chair for the 110th Class of SPHINX Senior Honorary. Beyond academics, Rania has found her voice in politics as an advocate of space exploration and activist in the fight for justice. Rania plans to spend the summer interning with NASA and later attend graduate school to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Daniel Rodriguez is a fourth-year with a passion for the written and the spoken word and is pursuing a degree in Communication and Theatre with Honors. He is an Office of Diversity and Inclusion scholar, a Second-Year Transformational Experience Program grant recipient, the head mentor for the Latino Leadership Development Institute, the president of SPHINX Senior Honorary, and a member of the 2016 Homecoming Court. Additionally, he lends his talents to Honda of America, providing the voiceover component for their English as a Second Language program, in partnership with the Automotive English Program at Ohio State. Daniel carries storytelling in his blood; a proud Hispanic, he understands that all stories and ideas are worth spreading. In these trying times and beyond, he plans to never silence his voice and to never let his pen run dry.