IMS Closing Ceremony
Thursday, 5 June 2014
TCC Ballroom BC
QBproheadshot“This Stuff is Fun!”
Dr. Quenton Bonds
Research Electronics Engineer, NASA GSFC

Abstract of Talk: Dr. Quenton Bonds learned at an early age how to be successful no matter the circumstances. In this talk, he shares snapshots of his journey from childhood, to high-school where his guidance counselor recommended that he go to trade-school, to him attaining his PHD and later becoming a NASA Research Electronics Engineer. In this fun and interactive motivational talk, Dr. Bonds, opens up about some of the challenges that he faced along the way, what infused in him the motivation to overcome these challenges, whilehaving fun doing it.

About the Speaker: Quenton Bonds, PhD, is a research electronics engineer in the Microwave Instruments and Technology Branch of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA GSFC). His current research focuses on the design and development of remote sensors for geoscience and space applications.  As the lead radiometer systems engineer on the Wideband Instrument for Snow Measurement (WISM), Dr. Bonds enjoys leading his multidisciplinary team whose backgrounds encompass electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer engineering.  Dr. Bonds is committed to giving back to his community, and making an impact on society.  He is the founder of Accelerate Destiny Technology Center (addTEch), a technology based outreach program developed to expose underprivileged/at-risk youth to technology and entrepreneurship at an early age.


Kyles HeadshotKyle Maynard’s No Excuses!

Teaching audiences around the world that there are no worthy excuses

Abstract of Talk: Kyle Maynard’s No Excuses keynote is teaching audiences around the world that there are no worthy excuses. No matter how challenging your difficulties may seem, everyone has the ability to overcome; Kyle will show you how. Maynard was born with a condition known as congenital amputation that has left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees. Crowds are spellbound as Kyle chronicles his life experiences and relates his emotions to each individual group. Maynard’s accomplishments as an athlete speak for themselves, but he believes it’s a part of his mission to show others they’re capable of achieving greatness in their lives as well. As a wrestler, Kyle lost every single match his first year and most his second, but he wouldn’t quit. Maynard managed to become one of the top wrestlers in the nation, and even broke multiple world weightlifting records - bench pressing as much as 420 lbs! Mixing humor and hard truths, Kyle understands what it takes to teach any audience to persevere, even when you’re hit with setbacks. We all have things in life we wish we’d do something about, instead of continuing to hesitate. Hearing Maynard may be what finally makes you act!

About the Speaker: Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur and athlete. Despite being born with arms that end at the elbows and legs near the knees, Kyle’s wrestled for one of the best teams in the Southeast, set records in weightlifting, fought in mixed martial arts, and most recently became the first man to crawl on his own to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, which awarded him his 2nd ESPY for the Best Male Athlete with a Disability. His story has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, ESPN’s Sportscenter, HBO’s Real Sports, ABC’s 20/20 and Good Morning America, and as a cover story in USA Today. He continues to inspire as the author of his book, No Excuses (2005), a New York Times bestseller.