“Power Beyond Points: Technical Presentations that Matter”
Public speaking is often avoided and fretted over. But it doesn’t have to be so dreadful—a shift in approach can make a presentation a chance to make a meaningful academic contribution. This interactive seminar is designed around applicable techniques for communicating technical information in insightful, memorable, and mindful ways. From identifying the core value of a presentation’s data, to understanding the role of narrative in keeping audiences engaged, these principles will help students plan, practice, and present material that resonates with stakeholders.
Andy Ross is a Senior Lecturer in the Center for Leadership Education in the JHU Whiting School of Engineering where he teaches interdisciplinary writing and communication courses, and is the Associate Director of the Professional Communication Program. He earned his doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno, where his research focused upon the literary and rhetorical cultures of science, particularly the natural history tradition. Among other venues, his scholarship has been published in Science Communication.
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Larry Denton currently serves as Applied Insights’ Chief Growth Officer. Leveraging over 20 years of experience in senior Government and Industry leadership roles, he is responsible for growth and marketing strategy, opportunity development and customer relationships. Prior to coming to Applied Insight, his Government experience included positions on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Intel and Analysis (I&A) as well as Deputy Program Executive Officer (PEO) at the National Security Agency. On HPSCI, he was responsible for organizing and executing over 50 classified briefings for Congressional members allowing oversight across the Intelligence community. At DHS he lead coordination of all communications and activity from DHS to 16 Intel agencies and 7 Congressional oversight committees. In his role as Deputy PEO at NSA his portfolio included several billion dollars in contracts and programs, including two Major Automated Information Systems (MAISs). In Industry, he was a senior Account Executive at a large telecom firm and has been Capture Manager and Vice President, Business Development at two large defense companies. These roles included responsibility for a 5B+ pipeline, well over 1B in annual submissions and achieving nearly $500M in Awards. His Business Development roles have included both Domestic and International responsibilities as well as commercial and Government customers. Throughout his career, Larry has been involved in all aspects of the Intelligence community and is dedicated to serving the warfighter. Larry holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy (1993) and is incredibly proud to have served in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. He resides in Severna Park, Maryland with his wife, twin daughters, and son.
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JR Charles graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. As an undergraduate, he worked as a researcher for the Johns Hopkins Distributed Systems and Networks Lab and (separately) as a technology consultant for the United States Department of Defense. He co-founded Fractal Technology—a startup focused on enterprise mobile security—which was ultimately acquired by Sunayu in 2018. At Sunayu, JR is an executive partner and has led numerous technological consulting and research projects, primarily in the domains of information security, distributed systems, and applied cryptography. He is also the CEO of a new company, Curuvar, which was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2021 for research related to Distributed Ledger (DL) technology and cryptography.
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