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Magellan's Circles

Magellan’s Circles connect prominent professionals with Undergraduate Studies students for round table discussions about choosing a major, life after college, and experiences entering into chosen career fields. Students visit professionals in work environments to gain insight about forging a variety of paths to successful careers. Events are open only to Undergraduate Studies students, and an RSVP is required.

Magellan’s Circles are limited to 20 undergraduates. The discussions are informal, and revolve around questions from students that spark conversation with the speaker.

Computer Scientist Paul Navratil

Dr. Navratil is the manager of the Scalable Visualization Technologies group in the Visualization area of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). In other words, he creates complex visual representations on top-of-the-line equipment to analyze and make sense of extremely large data sets. Dr. Navratil is particularly interested in efficient algorithms to allow computers to process the enormous data sets he uses.

RSVP required to attend
Tuesday, October 2
5 p.m. meet in ACES 2.402 for pizza
5:30 p.m. move to ACES 2.404 to check out the Visualization Lab
RSVP for Dr. Navratil’s event

Entrepreneur Bjorn Billhardt

As the young founder and CEO of Enspire, a company that creates custom simulations and game-based learning, Bjorn Billhardt offers new perspectives to students interested in game design, game theory, and directing, among other diverse areas. He is an authority in the field of e-learning and simulation design, a native of Hamburg, Germany, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a dual BA/BBA from the University of Texas, where he is an alumnus of the Plan II and the Business Honors Program.

RSVP required to attend
Wednesday, October 17
4:30 p.m. Meet in Jester A115 (at the Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling) and walk to Enspire together
5 p.m. Pizza at Enspire Learning (at 1708 Guadalupe)
5:30 p.m. Tour and discussion
RSVP for Bjorn Billhardt’s event

About Enspire

Founded in 2001 in Austin, Enspire is a premier provider of transformative, technology-enabled learning experiences. Simulations and interactive learning experiences help clients solve unique learning challenges. Enspire believes in the power of experiential learning to create innovative, engaging, and meaningful learning solutions.

Past Magellan’s Circles

Magellan’s Circles occur twice a semester. Examples of past speakers include Yvonne Tocquigny—founder and CEO of Tocquigny, Bjorn Billhardt—founder and CEO of Enspire Learning, UT Austin President Bill Powers, and Jo Anne Christian attorney and leader in the Austin arts community.

President Powers
Jo Ann Christian
Lee Walker
Bjorn Billhardt
Yvonne Tocquigny