Discover what it takes to tackle challenges and push the limits! Utilizing creativity and innovation, these scientists strive for success in all of their endeavors.  

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Dr. Brian Kennedy. President & CEO, Buck Institute for Research on Aging - Dr. Brian Kennedy is internationally recognized for his research in the basic biology of aging and as a visionary committed to translating research discoveries into new ways of delaying, detecting, preventing and treating age-related conditions. These include Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, cancer, stroke, macular degeneration, osteoporosis, diabetes and heart disease among others.

Aaron Mandell, Co-founder and Chairman, WaterFX - Aaron Mandell has co-founded six companies at the nexus of energy and water, including Altarock, WaterFX, Quidnet, Oasys Water, Coskata and GreatPoint. Through his leadership, this portfolio is advancing new products in fields such as enhanced geothermal energy, solar water treatment, desalination, energy storage, coal gasification and alternative chemicals.

Trish Aekler, Program Manager, Exoskeleton Technologies, Lockheed Martin - Trish Aelker is the program manager for Exoskeleton Technologies at Lockheed Martin. Aelker helped to develop Lockheed’s FORTIS technology – an exoskeleton suit that allows laborers to operate heavy machinery for long periods of time.  Aelker has over 15 years of experience working Department of Defense programs.

Dr. Maria Croyle, PhD, Professor of Pharmaceutics, University of Texas at Austin - Dr. Croyle recently developed a needle-free vaccine for the Ebola virus that has been proven 100% effective in primates. Her expertise has been recognized at the national and international levels as she has served as a scientific advisor for over 14 biotech companies located in the United States and Europe.

Sandra Postel, Director, Global Water Policy Project - Sandra Postel directs the independent Global Water Policy Project, and lectures, writes and consults on global water issues. In 2010 she was appointed Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society, where she serves as the Society’s lead freshwater expert.  Sandra is co-creator of Change the Course, the national freshwater conservation and restoration campaign being pioneered by National Geographic and its partners and piloted in the Colorado River Basin.