Students & Parents

Tech Talk Series - Fall 2014

Coming Out Of The Darkroom
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 6:00pm
Stouffer College House, Mayer Playroom

Jacques-Jean "JJ" Tiziou is a photographer specializing in portraiture and movement documentation; he has never encountered an un-photogenic person in his life.

He has been recognized as one of Philadelphia’s “Creative Connectors” by Leadership Philadelphia, and is the recipient of the Spiral-Q Artist Activist Award. His images are used both in corporate and editorial contexts as well as arts and activism, and his 85,000sqft How Philly Moves mural at PHL International Airport was recognized as one of the nation’s best public art projects by Americans for the Arts in their 2012 Public Art Network Year in Review.

Based at The Cedar Works in West Philadelphia, JJ uses his work to celebrate the beautiful people around him who are working to make the world a better place. You  can find more of his work online at, and there's a message that he'd like to share with you at

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 6:00pm
Ware College House, McClelland Lounge

Zachery Lashway, PHL17 Reporter

Zachery Lashway is a Reporter/Anchor at PHL17. Before coming to Philadelphia, Zach was an Anchor at KRTV in Great Falls Montana. Born in Plattsburgh, NY, Zach graduated cum laude from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 2011 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism/TV Video Production and a degree in Public Relations/Advertising.


Mikaelyn Austin, PHL17 Producer of "Eye Opener" and Freelance Photographer for the Philadelphia Phillies:

Mikaelyn Austin is a Producer with PHL17, where she manages and oversees the daily production of "Eye Opener," a two-hour, live morning news, comedy and variety show.  She also currently serves as a freelance shooter for the Philadelphia Phillies, working one of their two live handheld cameras during in-game production for Phanavision. Mikaelyn first pursued a career in mixed media immediately after graduation from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.  She founded Philly Philms, an independent multi-media production company based in her adopted hometown of Philadelphia.  Under the Philly Philms moniker, Mikaelyn developed and produced three feature-length sports documentaries that aired on ESPN, Comcast SportsNet, PBS and Comcast.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 6:00pm
Riepe College House, Ashurst Library

Paul Mekler, Technical Consultant for Excelacom 

Agile software delivery/process is a great advantage and can speed up the development and deployment pace of software resulting in faster quota and increased revenue rate. However, not all workplaces are ready for becoming agile. Often, creating an agile workplace presents unique challenges and can sometimes even create bottlenecks and ironically slow down the delivery of new software. And what about the customer?

Paul likes exploring the world, one day at a time. He graduated Penn over three years ago and has since had the opportunity to experience both the corporate world as well as the start-up world. Before his current consulting job, he has also worked for a brief time at Siemens as a Programmer Analyst. He has been involved with 3 different start-ups, in addition to full-time work. In his current role, Paul is involved in the User-story writing process or traditionally known as requirements writing. Having experienced and witnessed the effects of the agile workplace, one of his favorite topics to discuss is the interesting world/idea of the agile framework(s).

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 6:00pm
Kings Court English House, Class of '38 Lounge

Stephen McGill, PhD candidate in the Electrical and Systems Engineering department
Master’s degree in Robotics, 2011, UPenn Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2010, UPenn

Stephen McGill is a PhD student, studying humanoid robots and their interactions with humans. He has worked with Penn’s RoboCup teams since 2010, as well as Penn’s Team THOR entry in the DARPA Robotics Competition.