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2020 Keynote "Engineering a Healthier Tomorrow through Genomics" by Susan Tousi

 It was just over 20 years ago when the first sequence of a whole human genome was nearing completion. Today we are standing at the precipice of a new era of precision medicine being enabled by the integration of routine genomic sequencing into healthcare systems. This remarkable transition has been accelerated by a relentless engineering effort to radically reduce the cost of large scale genetic testing and ake it available for clinical diagnostics. Innovative genomics products are saving the lives of sick babies, informing oncologists about targeted cancer therapies, and contributing to the next generation of scientific breakthroughs. The most exciting part about this journey is that this is just the beginning.  

Susan Tousi, Senior Vice President, Illumina 
Keynote: Susan TousiAs Senior Vice President of Product Development at Illumina, Susan Tousi leverages her passion for medicine and innovation to influence healthcare. She is building technology that will enable researchers and physicians to improve human health and redefine what genomics can accomplish. Tousi played a significant role in the 2017 NovaSeq Series launch, revolutionizing a new genomic sequencing system that is expected to one day enable a $100 genome. Tousi has more than 25-years of R&D and business leadership at Fortune 100 technology companies including Eastman Kodak Consumer Inkjet Systems, Phogenix Imaging and Hewlett-Packard.

Elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2018, Tousi now serves on the NAE Peer Committee. She holds a Board Advisory role at the Fleet Science Center and has joined the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering Dean’s Council of Advisors. Valedictorian of her Penn State engineering class, she holds a B.S. in Engineering Science and a MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.  

2019 Keynote "San Diego's Astounding History of Exploration" by Kevin Hardy

     This sleepy little beach town called San Diego has been a powerhouse of invention. Founded in 1769, San Diego was the first European settlement in California. Yet it is also famous for building flying machines to putting the first American into orbit. It has developed breakthroughs in undersea habitats, technology to dive the deepest ocean trench and put a camera into Mars orbit. We’ve predicted critical surf conditions during the Normandy WWII D-Day landing and helped advance understanding of the human genome. San Diego has made important contributions to the modern world and continues to do so.

Kevin Hardy, Founder, Global Ocean Design 

Kevin Hardy is a 40-year career ocean engineer who retired from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography / UC San Diego in 2011. He led a team into the Guinness Book of Records. His unmanned landers reached the absolute deepest point in the Challenger Deep of the Mariana Trench. Hardy was recognized with an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree from the Shanghai Ocean University, the first in that institution's 106-year history. Hardy remains active in deep ocean technology with his company, Global Ocean Design.

Through the Marine Technology Society (MTS), Hardy is also known for his many contributions to educational outreach including K-8 curriculum, creating high school and undergraduate design challenges, and professional level tutorials common at MTS and IEEE conferences.