The College of Applied Science and Technology is proud to present the 2022 Science and Technology Week, celebrating advancements in science and technology and the hardworking, dedicated students and professionals who make those advancements possible. This year’s Science and Technology Week is scheduled to run from April 4-8. Check out the schedule of events below:

Please note that all events are subject to change due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19)—the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and attendees is our top priority. Please check the website and social media for updates.

Monday, April 4: 21st Annual High School Research Symposium

The College of Applied Science and Technology is pleased to partner with The Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology (CeMaST) to provide high school students an opportunity to showcase their research projects at our annual research symposium. The symposium is open to all high school students engaged in research, scholarship, and creative achievement under the direction of a teacher and/or professional mentor. Students may participate as individuals or in groups.

Date: Monday, April 4, 2022

Time: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Venue: Brown Ballroom in the Bone Student Center

Please be aware that Zoom presentation will be recorded.

Tuesday, April 5: Keynote Address Mark Safarik M.S, V.S.M

Mark Safarik was a senior member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, where he established himself as an internationally recognized expert in the analysis and interpretation of violent criminal behavior. His law enforcement career spans over 31 years. He has worked on patrol as a beat cop and as a detective working homicides. He served 23 years with the FBI, 12 of those as a criminal profiler. He began his FBI career working violent crimes on the Wind River Indian Reservation out of Riverton, in the Denver Division. He transferred to the New York Division where he worked undercover assignments and was a behavioral profiling coordinator. He then transferred to the Sacramento Division, working out of Stockton, where he worked violent crimes and established the behavioral profiling coordinator position before promoting to the Behavioral Analysis Unit at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia, where he remained until retirement.

He has conducted internationally renowned research on the sexual assault and homicide of elder females. He is a member of the highly respected Vidocq Society. He is well-published in international journals, including the Journal of Forensic Sciences, International Journal of Homicide Studies, and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. He has authored numerous book chapters on homicide, including in the newest text on sexual homicide, the Routledge International Handbook of Sexual Homicide Studies. His new book, Spree Killers: Practical Classifications for Law Enforcement and Criminology has been hailed as the definitive textbook on this type of multicide.

He has appeared on Dateline, Court TV, Forensic Files, New Detectives, A&E, Oxygen, Discovery ID, and many news networks to discuss his cases. His television series, Killer Instinct, premiered in 2011. He was a longtime consultant for the popular television series CSI: Las Vegas, Bones, and The Blacklist. He has two seasons of Cold Case Homicide television shows in both Sweden and Denmark.

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Time: 7 p.m.

Venue: Brown Ballroom in the Bone Student Center

This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 6: CAST CONNECT Event

Connecting tomorrow’s problem solvers with leaders of today. CONNECT offers the opportunity for current students to network with recent alumni. This year’s focus will be on relationship building, purposeful communication, and mentorship.

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Time: 10:30 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.

Venue: Ballroom, Bone Student Center

Thursday, April 7: Academy of Achievement Induction Ceremony

Celebrate CAST alumni during their induction to the Academy of Achievement. The Academy brings together alumni who are thought leaders in their fields and who serve as an inspiration to others with similar career paths.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Venue: Old Main Room, Bone Student Center

Friday, April 8: Women in Leadership

Did you know that seven out of eight CAST departments graduate female students into male-dominated fields? Join us for conversations about career success with successful CAST alumni. Keynote speaker is the 20th President of Illinois State University, Dr. Terri Goss Kinzy.

Date: Friday, April 8, 2022

Time: 8:30 a.m. check-in, 9 a.m. event start

Venue: Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center

Register for this event by Monday, March 28. $15 for student registration and $30 for professional registration

Check for more information about each event. Contact Linh Nguyen at with any questions or requests for accommodations.