Digital From Day 1 Podcast
A podcast to spark conversation and encourage innovation in education.
As innovation continues at a breakneck pace, technology plays an ever-larger role in how we live, learn and work. To be prepared to join the modern workforce, students need to begin developing digital skills from their first day in a classroom. But their journey truly begins with well-informed educators and administrators.
The Digital From Day 1 podcast builds on Digital Flagship’s outreach to K-12 students and educators to encourage early adoption of digital literacy skills. You'll hear conversations with a variety of leaders in the fields of technology and education, bringing you their insight on the latest innovations and where we might be headed next. With their knowledge, not only can you better prepare students for higher education, but they will ultimately be a more informed and prepared set of learners headed for the workforce.
Brenden M. Dickerson (co-host)
Joel Nelson (co-host)
I graduated magna cum laude from The Ohio State University in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and minor in Security and Intelligence. Moved to the US for college from Taiwan after high school, I have served as the Director of Digital Technology and Social Chair for PGN and worked in multiple departments throughout my time at Ohio State, including 3 years with OCIO/ODEE and now as a Digital Flagship Student Mentor. I will be joining Accenture as an Infrastructure Advisory Analyst later this year.
I am a sophomore at the Ohio State University studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. I work with Digital Flagship as a student mentor. I have been learning Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance form) for 8 years and I enjoy painting and crafts.
I am a rising third year majoring in Operations Management and am pursing a double minor in Real Estate and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In addition to working as a Student Mentor under Digital Flagship, I serve as the Co-Coordinator for the Interns Program in the Undergraduate Student Government and an Associate Consultant for Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations. In my free time, I enjoy reading, listening to music and I'm an avid runner and road cyclist.
I am a Sophomore studying Management Information Systems with a minor in Design Thinking at Ohio State University. In addition to my academics, I am also the President for Artificial Intelligence Club, as well as a VP of Marketing for the Business Builders Club, and Business Scholars. I enjoy developing content for the Mobile Design Lab!
I’m a senior majoring in philosophy at the Ohio State University. Apart from being a student and a Digital Flagship Student Mentor, I own a non-profit organization in my home country, India, where we serve menstruators through education, empowerment, and donations. In addition to it, I also serve as a Committee Representative in Undergraduate Student Government. I aspire to be a lawyer after graduating from tOSU, and utilizing the skills I acquire to help as many people as I can.
The Digital From Day 1 Podcast Advisory Board provides insight and perspective to guide content, suggest and provide access to subject matter experts and develop strategies to enhance the podcast’s growth and reach.
Barbara Dunlap is the Coordinator for the AEP Transmission Co-op and Internship Program and responsible for building a pipeline of talent focused on the newest generation of engineers.
Through on-campus engagements with organizations like IEEE, NSBE, SWE, SHPE, and SASE, Ms. Dunlap is tasked with strengthening strategic relationships, developing retention strategies, and expanding engagement programs for K-12 schools that will assist with building talent for the future of energy. In addition, she serves on the executive boards of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States.
Prior to taking her current role with the AEP Transmission Business Operations department in 2017, Ms. Dunlap was a Transmission Line Engineer with American Electric Power for 11 years and the single point of contact for the public utility and transportation relocation projects.
Barbara proudly hails from Cleveland, Ohio with strong ties to West Point, Mississippi. Armed with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering Technology from the University of Toledo and a MBA with a focus on Leadership from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. Barbara is honored to be a Spring 2022 doctoral candidate at Ashland University. She plans to change the world by applying research to develop effective, evidence-informed solutions.
Kristen Gillenwater is the TECH CORPS Regional Manager for Central Ohio. Gillenwater manages program implementation and operations for TECH CORPS in the Central Ohio region. Gillenwater has over 15 years of experience building strategic partnerships within the Columbus community. She is a graduate of Otterbein University, with a Computer Science major. Kristen is an active volunteer and member of the community, giving back through organizations such as 100 Women of Westerville, the Boy Scouts of America and the Westerville North Theatre Department.