Today’s interview is with Dr. Cristal Glangchai. Dr. Cristal Glangchai has worked in intellectual property, technology commercialization, and product development. She received her B.A. in Plan II, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, where she was recently a featured alumni. In addition, she holds two doctoral certificates in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and Molecular Imaging for Diagnostic and Therapeutics.

She is a scientist, entrepreneur, and mentor with a passion for teaching and engaging kids, especially girls, in technology and entrepreneurship. She is the Founder/CEO of VentureLab, a non-profit that runs experiential learning programs in youth tech entrepreneurship. She is also the Director the Blackstone LaunchPad at UT and the Director of The Texas Entrepreneurship Exchange at the University of Texas at Austin.

In 2015 she was a selected speaker at TEDx San Antonio, where she inspired others with her personal story, “From Stand-up to Start-up: Growing Girl Techies and Entrepreneurs.” Dr. Glangchai also spoke at TEDxYouth and was also named “Woman of the Year” by the San Antonio Business Journal (and she was named one of the 40 Under 40 in the journal’s annual awards). In 2016, she was a featured speaker at SXSWInteractive and SXSWEdu, and she was named Non-Profit CEO of the Year by the San Antonio Business Journal. In the Spring of 2017 she was featured for the grand-opening of the Blackstone LaunchPad at UT.

Dr. Glangchai’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the TODAY ShowNPR’s The TakeAwayMashableMediumSilicon Hills NewsRivard ReportSan Antonio Express-News, and San Antonio Business Journal.

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