Tau Talks: Speakers & Presentations
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Ralph E. Warmack, Ph.D., MO Alpha '67, Ralph Warmack is District Director and Certified Mentor of SCORE Southwest Florida, part of the nation's network of volunteer mentors whose mission is to assist startup and existing entrepreneurs grow and maintain their small businesses. He is also a Registered Patent Agent and inventor or co-inventor of fourteen U.S. and foreign patents.
Ralph led supercomputer and microelectronics marketing and sales prior to retiring from IBM. Previously, he held senior engineering management positions at VLSI Technology, Tandy Electronics, and AMF Geospace (now Geospace Technologies). His career began as a research geophysicist at Atlantic Richfield and geophysical research supervisor at Amoco (both now BP plc), and he taught statistics, linear programming, and operations research as an adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa.
Ralph holds BS (Cum Laude), MS and PhD degrees, all in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Rice University, and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, respectively. He completed executive management training at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
During his university days, Ralph was president of the Missouri Alpha and Texas Gamma chapters of Tau Beta Pi and Assistant Secretary-Treasurer in the headquarters office. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Sigma Xi, an IEEE Life Senior Member, a Registered Professional Engineer (Retired), an FCC-licensed Amateur Radio Operator, and a USCG-licensed Master 100 GRT Near Coastal.
Presenting: Decoding Your Entrepeneurial DNA

Kyle B. Reed, Ph.D., TN Alpha '01, is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He received the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2001 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2004 and 2007, respectively. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics at Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include haptics, human-machine interaction, rehabilitation engineering, medical robotics, and engineering education. More information about him and his research can be found at his lab website: http://reedlab.eng.usf.edu.
Presenting: A Haptic Touch of Rehabilitation
Can you turn on your car's AC without looking? Probably, unless it is controlled via a touchscreen. Your sense of touch (haptics) allows you to feel your way to the right button. This talk will discuss how haptics (or the lack of it) can change your perception of the world around you and how different types of physical interactions can be used to help teach a person to walk again after having had a stroke. The audience will be able to feel some of these effects with hands-on demos.

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