Dr. Laura Kastner
Dr. Kastner, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Psychology from University of Virginia. Currently a clinical professor in the department of psychology and the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at U.W., Dr. Kastner has also taught in pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and the medical school. The topics of her academic publications include adolescent sexuality, chronic illness, eating disorders, adolescent development, behavioral pediatrics and medical education. She has received awards including recognition as a “Best Doctor” of Seattle, “Distinguished Psychologist” from the Washington state American Psychological Association, and an “Angel Service Award” from the Thurston County Child Development Coalition.
Born in Japan, Yoshi is a 1.5 generation immigrant who grew up half in Tokyo and half in New York, now at the University of Washington. He is currently a junior pursuing a B.S. in Bioengineering and a minor in Applied Mathematics, seeking to go into the biomedical industry. He was one of the presenters for University of Washington's iGEM team and is the current drylab lead. iGEM is a famous international student competition on synthetic biology held in Boston, Massachusetts. He is inspired by the field of synthetic and systems biology. Yoshi also started a campus chapter of Global Peace Youth, part of an international peace organization called Global Peace Foundation, with which he took part in an international leadership and service program for a year. While he's not busy with learning and running extracurriculars, he enjoys playing guitar, going on mountaineering adventures, and spending time in the sun.
Guy-Francis is a captivating speaker with an uncommon and inspiring life story. He was born into poverty in Nyali, a small village in Gabon, Africa, and was raised by his mom and his uncle, a retired military policeman, after his father abandoned him before being born. As a high school dropout, he worked any labor jobs he could find, until one day, at the age of 20, a friend told him about opportunities in America. He was jailed in Paris, trying to get to London, where he eventually got a scholarship to study English as a Second Language.
Shri Vidhya Alagesan
Vidhya grew up in India and came to the United States to do her Masters in Computer Science at the University of California, Davis. After graduation she joined Microsoft in Redmond, WA and worked as a Software Engineer on Outlook for 7 years after which she joined Skype. Besides contributing to the product, she enjoys mentoring other employees. When she’s not writing code, she loves spending time with her sister’s adorable daughter.
Tejus Krishnan is a junior at Tesla STEM High School. A fan of art, music, writing, politics, photography, psychology and environmental science, Tejus appreciates being given the opportunity to demonstrate his interests at a TED event that is so close and accessible to his neighborhood and community. Tejus will be performing a piano solo of his own composition at TEDxRedmondHigh, based on many of the improvisational pieces he enjoys playing in his free time.