Saturday, May 22, 2010

Girls Can Do Math!

Esther Resendiz was born in San Antonio, Texas, where she grew up with a sister and two parents who instilled in her the values of hard work, perseverance, and optimism. From an early age she gravitated towards math, science, and engineering. She majored in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where she spent countless late nights solving complex engineering problems and writing computer code.

She finished her Bachelor’s degree, and in search of a new adventure, she came to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for graduate school in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). She completed her M.S., and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Computer Vision, which is the study how a computer can be programmed to understand the content of images and video, in the same manner that a human can. She has worked on a variety of projects, from railroad inspection to activity recognition.

Her interest in fashion developed over time, but seemed like a distraction from her more serious pursuits. One day, she was brainstorming ways to improve the online apparel shopping experience, and her passion for computer vision and fashion intersected when she conceived of applying Computer Visioning concepts to the fashion world. She went on with co founders Bernard Ghanem, and Sanketh Shetty to create the company known as Fashion Latte. To watch Esther's interview and learn more about this dynamic company Click Here

Monday, May 3, 2010

Lessons on Leadership an Interview with Dick Jaehne

As Director of the Illinois Fire Service Institute, Richard Jaehne leads development of new curricula for fire service training and development of training facilities in Illinois. He also oversees research specific to the fire service and provides Illinois representation in state and national fire service forums. Richard served from 1968 to 1997 in the United States Marine Corps until he retired as a Colonel. He served in Vietnam, the Far East, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and Washington, DC. Richard earned many U.S., foreign and personal awards, medals and commendations, including the Purple Heart and the German Honor Cross in Silver, the German government’s highest peacetime military award. He was also awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism while serving as a 2nd Lt. and Platoon Leader in Quang Nam Province, during the Vietnam War. Richard holds a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science and Financial Management from the University of Utah. He has also had extensive formal officer studies in national and international security. To view the interview with Dick Jaehne Click Here