Discovery Park Conference on
Convergence and the Future of Research

Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship
Purdue University
Friday, October 6, 2017 – 1:00 to 6:00 P.M.

Event is free and open to the public

The Voss Talks

Purdue alumna Janice Voss was a pioneer in space travel for women. One of the few women launched into space, she logged five flights, spending a total of 49 days in space and traveling 18.8 million miles in 779 Earth orbits.

When she set aside her spacesuit in 2000, Voss continued to champion the space program, leading a payload effort for NASA’s station integration branch of the astronaut office and serving as a national spokesperson on space travel.

Until her death in 2012, Voss encouraged us through her words and her work to reach for the stars. Because her story has inspired so many, we’ve named our TED-style talks in her memory.

Precision agriculture

Karen Plaut

Professor of Animal Sciences and Interim Dean, College of Agriculture

Purdue University


Rashid Bashir

Executive Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer, Carle Illinois College of Medicine

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Connected and autonomous vehicles

Scott Corwin

Managing Director, Future of Mobility Leader

Deloitte Consulting LLP

The Continuous Technology Offset

Ted Johnson

Research Manager, Center for Government Insights

Deloitte Services LP

Big data and quantum computing

Sanjay Padhi

Manager of Research and Technical Computing

Amazon Web Services

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