TV Explorers Set to Speak During Upcoming ciWeek 9

Posted 3/1/2018

Exploring the Unknown is the theme of this year's event that starts next week.

Jonathan Frakes in his role as Commander William Riker has traveled across the galaxy on board the Starship Enterprise and Explorer/Archeologist Josh Gates has covered the globe for his TV show Expedition Unknown.​

Both these famous television personalities will be part of ciWeek 9 set for March 5 – 8 at DMACC's West Des Moines Campus. The theme of ciWeek 9 is “Exploring the Unknown"

and a subject that both these speakers are well-versed on.

“ciWeek is about innovation and exploration," said Dr. Anthony Paustian, Provost of DMACC's West Des Moines Campus. “Both of these famous television personalities

have exciting stories to share about what they've learned and how it's impacted not only their own lives but all of us too."

Josh Gates is entering his fourth season. His world travels have taken him to archeological discoveries at the top of the world to lost treasures at the bottom of the ocean.

The explorer is known for getting up close and personal by jumping out of planes or rappelling into deep gorges in search of historical mysteries. His adventures are as entertaining as they are educational.

Besides playing William Riker on the hit TV show Star Trek, The Next Generation, and subsequent films, Frakes is a successful author, director and producer. The Star Trek saga has been known to take on important issues of our time while showcasing technology and science.

The two TV personalities will be joined by a ciWeek 9 line-up that includes Rob Manning, chief engineer for Mars Curiosity and Pathfinder Rovers, famed rock and roll drummer Kenny Aronoff, famed ocean explorer Dr. David Gallo and many others.

The speakers are free to the public, but seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis. For a complete list of speakers, visit

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