Campus Technology is proud to host four dynamic keynotes at our annual event. Keynote Sessions provide an opportunity to engage attendees on important topics and content that are reflective of the prevailing themes of the conference. These highly regarded professionals are passionate about sharing their expertise with audiences.

Opening Keynote

Tuesday, July 29 • 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

Freeman Hrabowski

'Innovation in Higher Education: Leadership and the Role of Technology'
Technology is increasingly important to conquering the broad challenges in higher education.  Leaders who seek to innovate must understand and harness technology -- and the computing power and analytics it affords us - while balancing this with institutional risk and the implications of technology for who we are as individuals and a society.


About: Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He also was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

In 2008, he was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked UMBC the nation’s #1 “Up and Coming” university the past five years (2009-13).  During this period, U.S. News also consistently ranked UMBC among the nation’s leading institutions for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” – in 2013, other universities on the list included Duke, Cal-Berkeley, Princeton, and Brown.   TIME magazine named him one of America’s 10 Best College Presidents in 2009, and one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2012.  In 2011, he received both the TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence and the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Academic Leadership Award, recognized by many as the nation’s highest awards among higher education leaders.  Also in 2011, he was named one of seven Top American Leaders by The Washington Post and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.  In 2012, he received the Heinz Award for his contributions to improving the “Human Condition” and was among the inaugural inductees into the U.S. News & World Report STEM Solutions Leadership Hall of Fame.

He serves as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academies, and universities and school systems nationally. He also serves on the boards of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, France-Merrick Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation (Chair), T. Rowe Price Group, The Urban Institute, McCormick & Company, and the Baltimore Equitable Society.  He served previously on the boards of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Maryland Humanities Council (member and Chair).

Examples of other honors include election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society; receiving the prestigious McGraw Prize in Education, the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, the Columbia University Teachers College Medal for Distinguished Service, the GE African American Forum ICON Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Educational Research Association’s Distinguished Public Service Award, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) William D. Carey Award; being named a Fellow of the AAAS, Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) by the BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference, Educator of the Year by the World Affairs Council of Washington, DC, and Marylander of the Year by the editors of the Baltimore Sun; and being listed among Fast Company magazine’s first Fast 50 Champions of Innovation in business and technology, and receiving the Technology Council of Maryland’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  He also holds honorary degrees from more than 20 institutions – from Harvard, Princeton, and Duke to the University of Michigan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, Haverford College, and Harvey Mudd College.

With philanthropist Robert Meyerhoff, he co-founded the Meyerhoff Scholars Program in 1988. The program is open to all high-achieving students committed to pursuing advanced degrees and research careers in science and engineering, and advancing underrepresented minorities in these fields. The program is recognized as a national model, and based on program outcomes, Hrabowski has authored numerous articles and co-authored two books, Beating the Odds and Overcoming the Odds (Oxford University Press), focusing on parenting and high-achieving African American males and females in science. He and UMBC were recently featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes, attracting national attention for the campus’s achievements involving innovation and inclusive excellence.

A child-leader in the Civil Rights Movement, Hrabowski was prominently featured in Spike Lee’s 1997 documentary, Four Little Girls, on the racially motivated bombing in 1963 of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

Born in 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama, Hrabowski graduated at 19 from Hampton Institute with highest honors in mathematics. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he received his M.A. (mathematics) and four years later his Ph.D. (higher education administration/statistics) at age 24.

Luncheon Keynote

Monday, July 28 • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Stephen J. Laster

Chief Digital Officer, McGraw-Hill Education
Former Chief Information and Technology Officer of the Harvard Business School

Stephen J. Laster
'How Big Data Will Change Everything We Know About Education'
Never before has technology had such a central role in changing the way we approach teaching, learning and education more broadly. Technology is making the learning process more personal and impactful. The potential results are more engaged students, better learning results and higher rates of course completion.


About: Stephen J. Laster was appointed Chief Digital Officer of McGraw-Hill Education in August 2012. He is responsible for creating compelling student experiences, and developing breakthrough teaching and learning solutions. Mr. Laster is a seasoned technologist, business leader, product strategist, digital Learning designer and educator. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill Education, he led Intelligent Solutions, LLC, a firm that engages with universities and businesses to leverage their digital technology and collaborative tools.  He served as the Chief Information and Technology Officer of the Harvard Business School and as a member of the HBS administrative leadership team where he led a team of over 130 professionals who oversaw the school’s award winning academic, research and administrative computing environment.

Mr. Laster taught courses at the undergraduate, graduate level and executive/professional level in technology leadership, problem solving, software design, and eLearning product development.  Prior to joining Harvard, Mr. Laster held several leadership positions at Babson College including Chief Technology Officer for Babson's for-profit eLearning company and director of Curriculum Innovation and Technology.   He was responsible for Babson’s adoption of blended learning and led the effort to increase working professional MBA enrollments by 500% through the creation of a state-of-the-art, blended, MBA program.

Mr. Laster held leadership positions at a number of companies where he was responsible for information technology, technology product development, and major re-engineering and implementation efforts.  Mr. Laster has held leadership positions at Stride Rite, Art Technology Group, CrossComm, and Advanced Business Technologies, Inc.

Mr. Laster sits on the board of directors for Recycline, and the The Sloan Consortium for On-line Learning. He is on the Microsoft Higher Education Advisory Board, and serves as a strategic advisor to learning technology companies. He is a former trustee of Babson College where he earned his MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

Innovator Keynote

Wednesday, July 30 • 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Anant Agarwal


Anant Agarwwal
'Reinventing Education'

EdX is a non-profit, open source enterprise founded by MIT and Harvard in 2012. When we launched edX as a MOOC (massive open online courses) portal, our mission was to increase access to quality education, conduct research into how students learn, and improve on campus teaching and learning. While that three-part mission remains constant, this presentation will provide an overview of how the edX platform has expanded and evolved in new, unpredictable ways to include transforming education through SPOCs (small private online courses), blended courses, collaborations with both for-profit and non-profit entities, and adoption of the open source edX platform across entire countries and global regions, including China, France and the Arab-speaking world.

This presentation will provide an overview of edX’s growth over the last two years, including a summary of who our students are, what makes our courses popular, how our open source platform is evolving. It will also cover how MOOC technologies are currently being incorporated into on-campus courses to improve learning outcomes, and where MOOC technologies are headed. Finally, the presentation will provide some recent research results that suggest ways to improve education online and on campus, and will discuss how MOOCs might evolve in the future to continue to bring innovation to the world of education both on-campus and beyond.

About: Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, the online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries.

He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT.

He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation, which created the Tile multicore processor, and Virtual Machine Works.

Anant won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT's Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching.

He holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array, and is an author of the textbook "Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits."

Scientific American selected his work on organic computing as one of 10 World- Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named to Forbes' list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. A pioneer in computer architecture, Anant is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the ACM. He hacks on WebSim, an online circuits laboratory, in his spare time.

Anant holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a bachelor's from IIT Madras.

Closing Keynote

Thursday, July 31 • 11:10 am - 12:00 pm

David Sengeh

Biomechatronics Researcher, MIT Media Lab, Lemelson-MIT "Cure it!" Graduate Winner

Headshot: David Sengeh

'Is Higher Ed Producing Innovation-Ready Graduates?'

Today’s digital natives are interacting with the world using the latest device as a way of life. Likewise, most industries stay viable and competitive by using ever-evolving ways of connecting and communicating. Higher education institutions must embrace technology and emerging educational tools. In a knowledge economy, a higher education credential is absolutely more critical than ever. How do we prepare our students to be successful, particularly as the tools needed for careers in all fields keep changing? Hear from recent college graduates about the technological value of their degree, what graduates can create, what technological tools and innovation they can produce, what entrepreneurial skills are developed and how bright the future of educational technology is for future college students.

About: David Moinina Sengeh, born and raised in Sierra Leone, is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the MIT Media Lab. His research in the Biomechatronics Group focuses on the design of comfortable prosthetic sockets and wearable interfaces. David Sengeh is designing the next-generation of wearable, mechanical interfaces that improve comfort and mobility for amputees. This work is at the intersection of medical imaging, material science, human anatomy, computer-aided design and manufacturing.

David is on Forbes 30 Under 30 in Technology for 2013, a 2014 TED Fellow, on the Wired Smart List 2013, winner of the Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize, and other awards. He he has been invited to give many talks at institutions like the United Nations, corporate and academic organizations on topics related to education, youth innovation, prosthetics design and more.

He is the President and co-founder of the international NGO Global Minimum Inc. (GMin). Currently, GMin’s main project is Innovate Challenges; the first-ever competition created to foster a culture of innovation among high-school students in Sierra Leone, Kenya and South Africa. Innovate Challenges is a mentorship program and set of workshops where youth can get help in transforming their ideas into tangible solutions. GMin was one of three winners out of 1000 nominees for the Rockefeller Foundation Next Century Innovators Awards in 2013. Previously, GMin led the distribution of over 16,000 mosquito nets to cover over 28,000 people in Sahn Malen chiefdom in Sierra Leone.

David attended the Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway before earning his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at Harvard College. At Harvard, his undergraduate work focused on making a stable, aerosolized BCG vaccine against Tuberculosis for delivery to the lower lungs. There, he was a co-founder of one of Popular Mechanics’ Innovators of the Year 2009, Lebone Solutions Inc. – a company that won $200,000 from the World Bank to produce microbial fuel cells in Africa.

He is the owner and lead designer for the clothing design company Nyali Clothing, employing over 10 employees. David is a lyricist and rapper making music that draws youth towards creativity and away from drugs and gansterism. He has traveled and worked in over 15 countries globally on various projects related to education, health care delivery, and medical device design. He is interested in the idea of using technology and innovation to drive national development. Follow David @dsengeh.




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