VEMI 10: Conference and Celebration

Important Notice: This is a working document subject to revision by the planning committee.

VEMI 10: Working in Emerging Technology Conference
Friday September 21st, 2018

Objective: To host a conference focused on publicizing the accomplishments of our alumni to help foster and promote collaboration between their various companies, and to excite our current Lab members & researchers about the fields in which they could soon find themselves. 

What: VEMI 10: Working in Emerging Technology 
When: September 21, 2018, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Buchanan Alumni House, McIntire Room, University of Maine, Orono Maine 

Conference Planning Committee:

  • Dr. Richard Corey, Director of Operations, VEMI Lab, UMaine
  • RJ Perry (chair), Technical Manager, VEMI Lab, UMaine
  • Emily Blackwood, Senior Logistics Coordinator, VEMI Lab, UMaine
  • Maggie Karas, Logistics Coordinator, VEMI Lab, UMaine
  • Nate Brown, Financial Coordinator, VEMI Lab, UMaine

September 21st Agenda: (Tentative)

  • 9:30 Morning Meet and Greet
  • 10:00 – Welcome – Dr. Nicholas Giudice and Dr. Richard Corey
  • 10:45 – Samuel Gates, Interactive Software Developers at Helios
  • 11:00 – Saranya Kesavan Solution Engineer at ESRI
  • 11:15 – Dr. Christopher Bennett, Post-Doctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School
  • 11:30 – Sylvia Allain, Software Engineer at Amazon
  • 11:45 – Dr. John Bell, Lead Application Developer at Dartmouth College
  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • 1:00 – Address from Dr. Jeffery Hecker, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
  • 1:10  Panel Discussion – Women in tech
    • Dr. Stacy Doore, Bowdoin College (Moderator)
    • Dr. Caitlin Howell, Biomedical Engineering, University of Maine
    • Kate Cuddy, Jackson Laboratory
    • Meghan Hurlburt, RaizLabs
    • Kaitlyn Haase, VEMI Lab, University of Maine
  • 1:45 Panel – New uses of tech in Industry 
    • Kendra Bird, University of Maine (Moderator)
    • Dr. Hari Palani, Unar Labs
    • Jon Cole, RaizLabs
    • Toni Kaplan, Carnegie Mellon University
    • Josh Ledger, Kepware Technologies
    • Tim McGrath, GE Power and Water
  • 2:30 Panel – What it means to be VEMI
    • Nicholas Jensen, Alumni
    • Justin Hafner, VEMI Student
    • Anna Webber, VEMI Student
    • Brenden Peters, Alumni
  • 3:10  Closing Remarks

Conference Registration:

There is no registration fee for invited presenters but you MUST register. Lunch and coffee breaks are provided. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible.


VEMI 10: Anniversary Party
Saturday September 22nd, 2018, Carnegie Hall

What: VEMI Anniversary Party
When: September 22, 2018, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Carnegie Hall, University of Maine, Orono Maine 

Celebrating VEMI’s ten years of collaborative student-centric research 

Ten years ago, a plan was concocted by Nick and Rick to construct a Lab where a collaborative student-centric atmosphere was the foundation to which a research infrastructure could be built around. Ten years later, VEMI has grown and flourished thanks to the hard work and dedication of its students. We are very excited to gather together again and share our collective experiences as one VEMI Family. We think 10 years is a huge accomplishment and we hope you can share this celebration with us.

Come join us for some BBQ and good times!

11:00 – Address from Dr. Emily Haddad, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Science