FLOSSMOOR | Area students and parents are invited to Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School's Careers in STEM Night, where students can find out what it takes to launch a successful science, technology, engineering or mathematics career. The third annual event — presented by the school's Gifted Committee — will take place from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Feb. 11 beginning in South Building Room E1.
The evening's keynote speaker at 6:40 p.m. will be Kelley Smith Holdren, administrative director and chief flight nurse for the University of Chicago Aeronautical Network. To become a flight nurse, the 1993 H-F alumna spent six additional years gaining experience in the burn, neurosurgery, cardiac, cardiovascular surgery, surgical, medical and pediatric intensive care units. She has been flying in a helicopter for 10 years for UCAN, and also works for a private company transporting patients on both domestic and international air routes.
From 7:05-8:45 p.m., there will then be three breakout sessions in classrooms, featuring speakers from other STEM careers. Scheduled speakers are:
• Aziz Asphahani — chairman of Advanced Motion Technologies; senior adviser on corrosion for the University of Akron; CEO of QuesTek Innovations
• Bo Feng & Nicolas Stauff — nuclear engineers at Argonne National Laboratory
• Andrew Simon — economic researcher at the University of Chicago Booth School & Science of Philanthropy Initiative
• Ken Tichauer — assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology
• Dr. Erin Howe & Dr. Venkatesh Krishnan — cancer biology researchers at the University of Chicago
• James Perisin — account executive at Johnson Controls Inc.