Volunteers

Stephen Granade –Stephen Granade (director)–

Stephen is a physicist specializing in robotic sensors. His sensors have read fingerprints from ten feet away, controlled robot helicopters, and guided the shuttle to the Hubble Space Telescope. He’s won awards for presenting to non- scientists.

Yin-Yin Wang –Yin-Yin Wang (Director’s Second)–

Yin-Yin obtained her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Rochester. This will be her 4th year as a volunteer on the DC science track. Currently she lives in NYC and is an Account Manager at Stemcell Technologies.

Zachary Anderson –Zachary Anderson–

Zachary enjoys Argentine tango, cardboard games, and roleplaying. He even designed the improvisational party game “Mad Scientist University”. Despite being able to spell paleontologist by age 8, and having an unhealthy interest in genetic engineering, he does not have a pet dinosaur.

Cameron Hagan –Cameron Hagan–

Like many science track volunteers, Cameron enjoys fire, explosions, and playing all types of board and video games. Currently he is a Mad Scientist Engineer, is trying to create a never-ending cup of coffee, spends time fighting off Daleks, and is finding proof of his noodliness.

–Dustin Smith–

Loves science, especially setting off chemical reactions with acids, such as making HCL bombs; spends most of his time knee deep in servers, networks, and computer systems. Operates an IT company in the Atlanta area.

–Marisa Levy–

A New York native, Marisa Levy joined Georgia Tech’s Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) in March 2017 as an Educational Outreach Coordinator. Previously, she earned a M.S. in Neuroscience at Georgia State University, and a B.S. in Neuroscience at Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY).

During her graduate studies, she discovered her true passion for science education, working closely with the Atlanta Science Festival as well as the Brain Awareness programs. With this interest in education, tied with her neuroscience knowledge, she left GSU to work at The Howard School, a private school aimed at students with language-related learning differences. Marisa loves using this passion for science education inside and outside classrooms in the metro Atlanta area, and loves the DragonCon Science Track!

–Jeff Morgan–

Jeff Morgan started his career in 1994 as a Language Arts Middle School Teacher with a degree from Appalachian State. As the Dotcom bubble formed and grew he transitioned to a technical career with MCI, a Customer Service Manager and DSL Trainer for BellSouth, and finally landed at AT&T where he’s worked the past 18 years as a Network Architect and finally a Product Manager for Cloud Services. Science is his side passion and he spends his time annoying anyone who will listen about his dreams to be buried on Mars.

In his spare time he writes science fiction TV scripts, keeps a healthy distance from his wife’s beehives, and tries to raise a 16 year old boy with 3 Australian Shepherds.

–Catlyn Blanchard–

Catlyn is excited for her third time at DragonCon and second time volunteering with the Science Track. She obtained her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Rochester in the fall. Currently she is pursuing her M.D. at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse NY.

–Ally Storla–

A Marietta, Georgia native, Ally Storla earned her B. S. in Biology at Southern Polytechnic State University and her B. S. in Clinical Laboratory Science from the Medical College of Georgia. Ally is a board certified Medical Laboratory Scientist and works at WellStar Kennestone Hospital’s laboratory in Blood Banking, Hematology, Chemistry, Coagulation, and Urinalysis. Ally is actively involved in the professional society the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and created a fundraiser for a virtual 5K race called ‘Lab Week Run’ which has raised over $20,000 for education and travel scholarships in its first two years. The run occurs during Medical Laboratory Professionals Week and features finisher medals in shapes such as a Microscope with an acrylic slide and a streaked out Microbiology plate, more information is available at www.labweekrun.com. Ally has volunteered for the past 3 years with the Atlanta Science Festival and hopes to continue sharing science with others through the Dragon Con Science Track—this will be her 12th year attending Dragon Con.