STEM Speaker Series

STEM Speaker Series

The STEM Speaker Series features lectures on a range of topics covering the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Lectures are offered in the fall and spring semesters and are open to students, faculty and community members. The series is coordinated by Sidney Kolpas, Assistant Professor of Mathematics.

Next Talk

STEM Lecture October 2014"Phone Application Development"
Robert Rodini
Tuesday, October 28
11:10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
STEM 1403

Rodini is a former software engineer for Vanguard, Unisys and other companies. He has twice won a Unisys Achievement Award for Excellence and was named a Unisys Lead Developer. In addition to teaching at the College, he teaches at Penn State Great Valley and Vanguard University.

Lecture Snynopsis:
Smartphones are pervasive. There are countless applications (apps) for these phones. Hear from Professor Rodini about how he turned a common mathematical game for middle school students into a smartphone app. He'll explain the languages and tools that he used to create "Twentyfour Challenge", which is available on iTunes and Google Play. The app helps users sharpen their mental math skills by having them choose one of two pairs of numbers and then multiply, divide, add and subtract to get to 24.

Professor Rodiini will also discuss what attracted him to a career in Computer Science.

Upcoming Talks

  • Paula Clifford, Nov. 25, "Bio Medical Research and the Role of Animals"
  • Chris Curtin, Feb. 24, "The Science and DNA of Chocolate"
  • Steve Aquilani, March 24, "Ecology"
  • Sid Kolpas, April 28, "A Mathematical Magic Show"

Past Talks

"Lewis Carroll: Fantasy and Mathematics"
Sid Kolpas, April 29, 2014, PDF

"Modeling Neurological Diseases"
Nicole Sunnen, March 25, 2014

"Civil Engineering: Plotting A Different Course"

Christopher Garrell, PE, LEED AP, Feb. 25, 2014, PDF

Christopher Garrell


"Biochar: An Ancient Solution To The New Problems of Climate Change and Food Security"

Russ Losco, Nov. 26, 2013

"Technology in Modern Dentistry: Not the 'Same Old Drill'
Dr. Andrew Lieberman, Rose Tree Dental Group in Media, Oct. 29, 2013


"Mathematical Biology: Modeling the Motion of Individuals and Populations"
Dr. Allison Kolpas, April 23. 2013

"Achieving Excellence in the World of Architecture: An Architect's Perspective"
Ed Rahme, March 26, 2013

"The Peopling of the Caribbean: A genetic perspective"
Dr. Miguel Vilar, Feb. 26, 2013

"Tales from a Chemist"
Dr. Danniebelle Haase, Instructor of Chemistry, Nov. 20, 2012