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STEM Lecture Series

The Science Learning Institute at Foothill College is proud to present a series of public lectures spotlighting STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The lectures are given by renowned thought-leaders in STEM disciplines and aimed at general audiences, and college and high school students.

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Meet our Speaker

Michelle Khine: Inventing Future Entrepreneurs

March 14

Michelle Khine
"A wise man (Yoda, to be specific) once said, 'Do or do not, there is no try'. I live by that quote: I never settle. I believe in fully embracing life, being incentified rather than intimidated by challenges...and above all else, enjoying the journey -- the "doing" -- instead of concerning myself with the destination. - MIT Technology Review


The U.S. is ranked 52nd in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) education. With a continual decline in Americans pursuing advanced education in STEM fields (> 67% of engineers receiving Ph.D.’s in the U.S. are not U.S. citizens), there is an undeniable need to foster and culture ‘home-grown' innovators. The low retention rate of student interest in STEM at the K-12 grade level has been identified as a major factor in this crisis. Current methodologies of teaching, along with the steep learning curve of certain STEM topics, deter many students, especially at a young age, from further pursuing STEM. In particular, current methodologies fail to engage girls in the STEM fields. Children need experiential STEM activities at a young age in an interactive, social setting such that they have the incentives and support to stay engaged.
Dr. Michelle Khine, serial entrepreneur and UC Irvine Associate Professor of Biomedical, Chemical and Materials Engineering, will discuss the growing need to foster and cultivate "home-grown" STEM Student Innovators. She excels at inspiring others to pursue STEM educational and entrepreneurial opportunities. Join us to hear her ideas to encourage and engage the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs to create, design and sell their products.


Dr. Khine is currently an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at UC Irvine. She was an Assistant & Founding Professor at UC Merced (‘06‐’09). Michelle received her BS and MS from UC Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering (’99 and ’01, respectively) and her PhD under Luke P Lee in Bioengineering (’05) from UC Berkeley and UCSF. She was the Scientific Founder of Fluxion Biosciences, Shrink Nanotechnologies and, most recently, Novoheart. Michelle was the recipient of the TR35 Award and named one of Forbes ’10 Revolutionaries’ in 2009 and by Fast Company Magazine as one of the '100 Most Creative People in Business' in 2011. She was awarded the NIH New Innovator's Award, was named a finalist in the World Technology Awards for Materials, and was named by Marie‐Claire magazine as 'Women on Top: Top Scientist'. She is currently working on starting a novel 'co-op' with her students, 'A Hundred Tiny Hands', and is spear-heading a new graduate program focused on Biomedical Engineering Entrepreneurship, BioENGINE, at UC Irvine.

Michelle Khine at TEDxUCIrvine September 2013: Inventing Inventors

Registration and lecture location

This STEM lecture will be held at Foothill College lecture hall room 5015. The educational program will begin at 7 p.m. with an introduction by Marc Tarpenning, co-founder of Tesla Motors and a member of the Foothill College Science Learning Institute's Advisory Board.

The lecture is being co-hosted by the Science Learning Institute and the Krause Center for Innovation (KCI). Proceeds from ticket sales will support the STEM Lecture Series and Science Learning Institute initiatives.

Register for the lecture:

~ Michelle Khine March 14 ~
7:00 pm - program begins
Lecture Hall Room 5015
General Admission $8
ALL Students $5
(valid ID at the door)

Directions and Parking

Foothill Map

From 280 take the El Monte exit and head west. Enter Foothill College on the right and follow the campus loop. Free parking in lots 5 and 6.