Mandela Washington Fellowship at Purdue University Young African Leaders Initiative

Public Events

Registration is encouraged.

Welcome Reception & Networking Event

Friday, June 24, 6:00-8:00pm, MatchBOX Co-Working Studio

Young professionals, business owners, and entrepreneurs, and Purdue students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend.

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Networking coffee with the Fellows

Tuesday, June 28, 9:00-10:00am, MRGN Café

Coffee hour open to prospective peer collaborators and the community.

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Final pitches and networking lunch

Thursday, July 28, 8:00-5:00pm, MRGN 121,129, and MRGN Café

A schedule with Fellows’ names and pitch titles will be released by July 1. Lunch will be provided 12:00-1:30pm.

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Institute Schedule

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Unless otherwise noted, the following sessions are only open to Fellows and Institute staff. This schedule remains under development and is subject to adjustments and additions.

Week 1  |  Orientation & Creating Shared Expectations  |  Agriculture & Economies 

Objectives

(1) Provide Fellows with a brief overview of U.S. higher education, campus and community resources;

(2) Develop a shared understanding of the group’s strengths, weaknesses, and create a strong esprit de corps;

(3) Review basic business principles;

(4) Examine the importance of agriculture in Indiana’s economy and learn how it is important to each of the Fellow’s home country economy

 

Monday, June 20

8:30-9:00am     Welcoming remarks, MRGN 121

Gebisa Ejeta, Director, Center for Global Food Security, Discovery Park

9:00-10:00am    Staff and fellow introductions, MRGN 121

Refer to the pre-Institute assignment provided via email. Prepare one slide (no animations or videos) that represents yourself and your personality. The slide should include, but is not limited to the following: your name, photo of yourself, map showing your hometown, why you're here, what you're most interested in learning during the MWF, and interests/activities/hobbies. Slides (preferably saved as a PDF or JPEG) should be submitted by email to mwf@purdue.edu by Friday, June 10. Fellows will have one minute to introduce themselves. Staff will have completed the same assignment.

10:10-11:00am     Institute overview and expectations, MRGN 121

A discussion about the Institute philosophy, the staff’s philosophy on teaching and learning, and expected outcomes. Financial information, emergency procedures, access to medical care, international calling, and other lifestyle and operational issues will be covered. The Institute staff and Fellows are asked to jointly acknowledge and respect diversity in all its form (e.g. religious, sexual orientation and gender, ethnic, socio-economic, political)

11:00-11:30am     Week 1 overview, MRGN 121

Detailed review of sessions and logistics for the week.

12:00-1:00pm     Campus facilities and resources, Ford Dining Court, 2nd Floor Dining Area

John Sautter, Purdue Alumni Association

Fellows will gain a better understanding of the facilities available on and around campus, and the access they have to those assets. Some of the university’s history and tradition will also be shared.

1:00-2:30pm     Campus tour

A tour of the university grounds with breaks and stops at sites of particular relevance: Purdue Memorial Union, Amazon Store, and libraries.

2:30-3:30pm     Purdue IDs, Hovde Room 14

4:00-4:45pm     IT support, First Street Towers optional

4:45-5:00pm     First Street Towers Orientation, First Street Towers Activity Lounge C

Lisa Berry-Wensveen, Housing Transition Coordinator

5:30-7:30pm     Informal welcome reception, MRGN Café

Welcoming remarks by Suresh Garimella, Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships; Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director, NSF Cooling Technologies Research Center. 

Tuesday, June 21

9:30-10:45am     Cultural adaptation, MRGN 121

Carrie Anne Thomas, Intercultural Programs Specialist

A discussion about cultural diversity and culture shock both in theory and as it has been experienced by the Fellows in their initial days of the Institute. Download presentation

11:00-12:00pm     Introduction to US higher education and land grant institutions, MRGN 121

Vic Lechtenberg, Special Assistant to the President

Heidi Arola, Managing Director, Global Partnerships

An overview of the U.S. higher education system and land grant institutions and a discussion of how university agricultural extension and technology transfer have been critical economic drivers in Indiana. Download presentation. Download presentation.

12:30-1:30pm     Health and safety, MRGN 121

Jefferson Howells, Assistant Director for Campus Emergency Preparedness & Planning

Review of emergency procedures and medical services in the community. Discussion about personal safety and severe weather on Purdue’s campus facilitated by the Purdue University Police Department and Purdue University Fire Department. Advice regarding severe weather threats in Indiana. Download presentation.

2:00-5:00pm     Leadership styles and team building, Black Cultural Center

Guy Harris, Master Trainer and Coach, Workplace Conflict Resolution Expert

Baraka Corley, Program and Facility Manager, Black Cultural Center

A facilitated discussion about various styles of leadership, how they are perceived and valued, and a team building exercise to observe various leadership styles in action.

5:30pm     CityBus orientation and grocery shopping optional

Volunteers will accompany interested Fellows on a bus trip to Walmart. Fellows should meet in the First Street Towers lobby at 5:30pm.

 

Wednesday, June 22

8:30-9:45am     Discovery Park tour, meet in MRGN 121

Welcoming remarks provided by Marietta Harrison, Deputy Director of Discovery Park

Discovery Park is a 40-acre (160,000 m2) interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research park located on Purdue University's campus. Discovery Park and its major centers lead Purdue's large-scale interdisciplinary research efforts: allowing multidisciplinary groups to come together and respond to grand challenges and opportunities. 

10:00-11:30am     Community resources coffee/tea break, Black Cultural Center

Fellows will have the opportunity to meet and connect with spiritual and faith community leaders, as well as the resources available through the Black Cultural Center.

1:00-2:00pm     Innovations in small-scale food processing, MRGN 121

Martin Okos, Professor, Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Amudhan Ponrajan, PhD Student, Agricultural & Biological Engineering

A discussion of the current technologies and opportunities for innovation to enable value-adding processing to food products at the start-up level. Download presentation.

2:00-3:00pm     Finance, MRGN 121

Charlene Sullivan, Associate Professor of Management

As part of a series of discussions on basic business principles, Professor Sullivan will facilitate a discussion on finance (planning and risk management), including microfinance.

3:15-5:00pm     Pace of technology-based innovation, MRGN 121

A discussion facilitated by Alex Moseson, Managing Director of Global Engineering Program; and Joe Pekny, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University and Director of Deliberate Innovation in Discovery Park. Download presentation.

7:00pm     Dinner at Restauration, 731 Main Street, Lafayette

Restauration is a locally-owned restaurant focused on farm to table, seasonal eating. Local growers and suppliers will join the Fellows for dinner. 

Thursday, June 23

9:00-10:00am     Projecting world food prices, MRGN 121

Tom Hertel, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics

Prof. Hertel will facilitate a discussion on the economy-wide impacts of global trade and environmental policies. Download presentation.

10:00-11:30am     Service and engagement in American society, MRGN 121

Lindsey Payne, Service Learning Coordinator for the Center for Instructional Excellence

Amy Wood, Director of Volunteer Engagement, United Way of Greater Lafayette

Dr. Payne and Ms. Wood will provide the Fellows with an understanding of the variety of services volunteers and community-based organizations provide to American society and greater Lafayette in specific. She will also ask the Fellows to share the models of service and engagement present in their own communities. Download presentation.

1:30-2:00pm     Elevator pitches and networking, MRGN 121

Discussion of how to develop and deliver an effective elevator pitch and make the most of a networking event.

2:00-3:30pm     Preparation for Summit presentations, MRGN 121

Discussion of the format of Summit presentations, how presenters will be selected, and the resources provided to those interested in developing a presentation. Time will be provided for Fellows to discuss their ideas for Summit presentations.

3:30-4:30pm     Grant writing, MRGN 121

Sally Bond, Assistant Director of Research Development Services, Proposal Coordination

Discussion of tips for preparing a quality proposal and general grantsmanship. Download presentation. Download handout 1. Download handout 2.

 

Friday, June 24

10:00-11:00am     Insurance, MRGN 121

Allison Boley & Lauren Hardin, Farm Credit Services

As part of a series of discussions on basic business principles, Allison and Lauren will facilitate a discussion about crop insurance coverage in the US, and encourage Fellows to share comparable models, if they exist, across the African continent.

11:15-2:00pm     Consensus building and soliciting feedback, Ford Dining Court, 2nd Floor Dining Area

Stacey Connaughton, Associate Professor and the Associate Head of School at the Brian Lamb School of Communication; Director of the Purdue Peace Program

Fellows will be empowered to form an “evaluation committee” to facilitate weekly feedback sessions among themselves and report out on strengths, areas for improvement, and how the Institute can better meet the needs of the Fellows. Feedback will be reviewed by the staff during the weekends in order to provide sufficient time for curriculum and course corrections in the next week. Feedback and course corrections will be discussed on Monday mornings.

6:00-8:00pm     Welcome Reception & Networking Event, MatchBOX Co-Working Studio

Welcoming remarks provided by special guests: Tony Roswarski, Mayor of Lafayette; and John Dennis, Mayor of West Lafayette. Others in attendance will include local business owners and entrepreneurs, Purdue faculty and staff, and individuals who applied to serve as peer collaborators. Fellows will be provided with a list of peer collaborators to meet, and potential peer collaborators will also be provided with a list of Fellows having shared interests. Fellows will decide which peer collaborator(s) they would like follow up with during the remainder of the Institute. 

Saturday, June 25

10:00-12:30pm     Strategic Doing, MRGN 121 required

Scott Hutcheson, Senior Associate, Purdue Agile Strategy Lab 

Strategic Doing is a signature program of Purdue’s Center for Regional Development which teaches people how to form collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes and make adjustments along the way. Fellows will find this session relevant to the development of their USADF applications as they consider assets to leverage in setting up a business. Download presentation. Download handout.

2:00-6:00pm     Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering optional

The Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering is a three-day acoustic music festival featuring the best in old-time, bluegrass, swing jazz fiddle, string band, Celtic and ethnic music on one stage. A schedule for transportation will be provided.

9:00pm     Community iftar, Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette optional

Every Saturday during Ramadan the Islamic Cultural Center hosts a community iftar dinner. Everyone is welcome.

Sunday, June 26 

Activities canceled due to threat of severe weather.

 

 

Week 2  |  Ideation & Goal Setting |  Post-Harvest Technologies

Objectives

(1) Explore post-harvest challenges and business opportunities;

(2) Review basic business principles;

(3) Begin LaunchBox and review basic entrepreneurship principles;

(4) Practice group leadership.

Monday, June 27

10:30-11:30am     Week 2 overview, MRGN 121

Detailed review of sessions and logistics for the week. Discussion and incorporation of feedback provided from Week 1 consensus building activity.

12:00-1:30pm     Lunch with Jay Akridge, Dean, College of Agriculture, Ford Dining Court, 2nd Floor Dining Area

In addition to his administrative post, Dean Akridge has examined the buying behavior of commercial agricultural producers, innovations in marketing strategies by agribusiness firms, and adoption of new technology by agribusiness – all topics he would be happy to discuss over lunch with the Fellows.

3:00-4:00pm     Technology adoption, MRGN 121

Jess Lowenberg-Deboer, Professor of Excellence in International Entrepreneurship

Dr Lowenberg-Deboer has 30 years of worldwide experience in agricultural research, teaching, outreach and administration. His research focuses on the economics of agricultural technology. He will facilitate a discussion about the the constraints entrepreneurs must consider when bringing a new technology to the market. Download handout. Download presentation. 

4:00-5:00pm     Business ethics, MRGN 121

Les Meade, Continuing Term Lecturer

Mr. Meade will discuss the nature of business law and business ethics in the United States, and encourage Fellows to share comparable systems across the African continent. Download presentation.

6:30-8:00pm     Preparing and delivering an effective presentation, MRGN 121

Joel Ebarb, Professor of Visual and Performing Arts

Fellows and facilitators will share tips for creating effective presentation using PowerPoint, Prezi, and other visual tools, and discuss strategies for engaging the audience through effective public speaking. Download presentation.

 

Tuesday, June 28

9:00-10:00am     Networking coffee hour with peer collaborators, MRGN Café

Prospective peer collaborators unable to attend the previous Friday’s event will stop by MRGN to meet with Fellows.

10:00-12:00pm     Grant proposal development, Foundry (MRGN 2nd Floor) optional

Fellows seeking support in developing a USADF proposal may meet with Foundry staff at this time.

1:00-2:45pm     Post-harvest innovations, MRGN 121

Dr. Betty Bugusu, Managing Director, International Food Technology Center; Professor of Food Sciences

Moustapha Moussa, Department of Food Science

A discussion about the impact of new technologies and need for innovation to prevent post-harvest loss and promote global food security. Download presentation.

3:15-5:00pm     Robotics, human-computer interfaces, and haptic device demonstration, Location TBD

Juan Wachs, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

A discussion about the applications, trends, and future of robotics and human-computer interfaces. Fellows will have the opportunity to interact with some of these technologies.

Wednesday, June 29

9:00-3:00pm     Community service with NICHES Land Trust (or alternative activity)

4:00-5:00pm     Reflection on service activities, First Street Towers Activity Lounge C

Lindsey Payne, Service Learning Coordinator for the Center for Instructional Excellence

Upon returning from the day’s community service assignment, Fellows will be asked to reflect on their experience with the organization they served, the activity they engaged in, and the individuals they interacted with.

5:00-6:00pm     Preparation for Summit presentations, First Street Towers Activity Lounge C optional

Thursday, June 30

8:00-10:00am     Grant proposal development, Foundry (MRGN 2nd Floor) optional

Fellows seeking support in developing a USADF proposal may meet with Foundry staff at this time.

10:00-11:00am     Agricultural policies and economics, MRGN 121

Joseph Balagtas, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics

Professor Balagtas conducts research on the economics of agricultural markets, including domestic and international agricultural policy, the industrial organization of agricultural markets, and poverty and food security. Balagtas will facilitate a discussion about the impact of policy on global agricultural sectors. Download presentation.

11:00-12:00pm     Human resources, MRGN 121

Adedayo Adeniyi, Director of Leadership & Organizational Development

Adedayo’s responsibilities at Purdue include leadership and managerial development and conducting staff evaluations. Adedayo will share insights regarding human resources development and management, and discuss some of the challenges and opportunities Fellows might consider when hiring staff for their business.

1:00-2:00pm     Gender integration, MRGN 121

Andrea Burniske, Program Manager, I2D Lab, Global Engineering Programs

Participants will discuss the difference between the terms gender and sex; the basis for assignation of gender roles; and will improve their critical thinking around how gender norms impact our lives at every level. An outcome for the session will be a draft development project with gender integration. Download presentation.

2:00-3:00pm     Processing, packaging, and storage of local food, MRGN 121

Jodee Ellett, Local Foods Coordinator for Purdue Extension

As Purdue’s first local foods coordinator, Ellett identifies people and communities that are already building connections between farmers and consumers and work with them to make the statewide system stronger.

3:15-5:15pm     Boiler Challenge Program: Ropes Course, Boiler Challenge Course

An opportunity to work on teamwork, communication, and problem solving.

Free Time

USADF grant proposals are due this day, so Fellows may wish to take this opportunity to submit them as there will be no access to Internet or computers throughout the day on Friday, July 1.

 

Friday, July 1

7:30am     Depart for field trip to Indianapolis

9:00-9:45am     State House Tour

This guided tour allows guests to enter available offices and chambers with a guide. It is comprehensive and discusses all three branches of government, the history and architecture of the building.

10:00-11:00am     Meeting with Ted McKinney, Director of Indiana State Department of Agriculture, The International Center

With more than 25 years of agriculture leadership experience, Director McKinney brings extensive knowledge and an understanding of Indiana and global agriculture to ISDA. Prior to joining ISDA, he was Director of Global Corporate Affairs for Elanco Animal Health, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company.

11:45-2:00pm     Tuttle Orchards

An example of agro-tourism and horticulture - featuring top quality award winning apples, plants, pumpkins, and local food.

2:30-3:30pm     Spencer Farms

An example of agro-tourism and horticulture - featuring berries, grapes, and vegetables.

4:00-7:00pm     Dinner on your own in downtown Indianapolis

7:00pm     Indiana Fever Basketball Game, Bankers Life Fieldhouse

 

Saturday, July 2

No programming 

 

Sunday, July 3

3:00pm     Self-evaluation and feedback on Week 2, First Street Towers Activity Lounge C

Using the consensus building and feedback generating skills gained at the end of Week 1, report out on strengths, areas for improvement, and how the Institute can better meet the needs of the Fellows. 

 

Week 3  |  Understanding the Market  |  Food Processing & Product Design

Objectives

(1) Explore business opportunities in food processing;

(2) Build an awareness of how to understand and identify markets and potential customers;

(3) Practice organizational leadership.

 

Monday, July 4 

6:00-10:00pm   Barbeque and 4th of July celebration, Home of Gary and Andrea Burniske

Tuesday, July 5

8:30-9:00am     Week 3 overview, MRGN 121

Detailed review of sessions and logistics for the week. Discussion and incorporation of feedback provided from Week 2 consensus building activity.

9:00-10:45am   LaunchBox: Introduction, MRGN 121

LaunchBox is a successful program created by the Purdue Foundry to help inventors/founders find the value proposition of their idea by exploring potential markets, customers, and financial models. This session will help Fellows set expectations and plan for subsequent LaunchBox sessions.

1:00-2:00pm     Running an effective business meeting, MRGN 121

Brian Chupp, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, Krannert School of Management

Discuss strategies for ensuring that business meetings meet their objective(s), run efficiently, and engage their participants.

2:00-3:45pm     LaunchBox: What is your idea?, MRGN 121

A step-by-step of articulation an idea for investors, buyers, and licensees.

4:00-5:00pm     Financing resources and support for entrepreneurs, MRGN 121

Susan Davis, Regional Director, Hoosier Heartland Indiana Small Business Development Center

Wednesday, July 6

9:00-4:00pm     Community service assignments, multiple locations

Fellows will participate in community service assignments at multiple locations in small groups. Assignments will be staggered throughout the day and last 2-4 hours. Time between 8:00am and 4:00pm when Fellows are not engaged in a service activity may be regarded as unstructured free time for Fellows to pursue their own interests.

4:00-5:00pm     Reflection on service activities, First Street Towers Activity Lounge C

Lindsey Payne, Service Learning Coordinator for the Center for Instructional Excellence

Upon returning from the day’s community service assignment, Fellows will be asked to reflect on their experience with the organization they served, the activity they engaged in, and the individuals they interacted with.

Thursday, July 7

9:00-10:45am     LaunchBox: What is the problem?, MRGN 121

Explore what makes a problem real and what makes an idea compelling.

11:00-12:00am     Marketing, MRGN 121

Scott Downey, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics

Scott is also an Associate Director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business. He is a frequent speaker and consultant for agribusiness industry sales teams on professional development topics like precision selling, sales management and competitive sales strategies and will discuss these topics with Fellows.

12:00-1:30pm     Graduate school application and admissions process, MRGN 121

Lee Gordon, Director, Graduate Admissions

Jeff Geocker, Marketing & Communication Manager, Graduate Admissions

Lunch provided. A dialogue about graduate education, motivators, the application and admission process, etc.

1:30-3:30pm     LaunchBox: Where does your idea fit?, MRGN 121      

Determine where the idea fits in the market or industry landscape.

3:45-5:00pm     Preparation for Summit presentations, MRGN 121 optional

Friday, July 8

8:00-9:00am     Foundry Grounds, MRGN 2nd floor optional

Weekly conversation, presentation and networking focused on startups, ideas and entrepreneurship.

10:00-11:00am     Tour of Krannert and Rawls, KRAN 351

11:00-12:00pm    Conversation groups with Krannert faculty 

Female Fellows and women in business advocates from Krannert in Rawls 3013, Male Fellows in Rawls 2079

1:30-2:30pm     Self-evaluation and feedback on Week 3, First Street Towers Activity Lounge C   

Using the consensus building and feedback generating skills gained at the end of Week 1, report out on strengths, areas for improvement, and how the Institute can better meet the needs of the Fellows. 

3:00-5:00pm     Tour of People’s Brewing Company

Chris Johnson, Head Brewer

People’s provides high quality hand-crafted beer and education of the craft beer industry to the people of Lafayette and the state of Indiana while providing community leadership with environmentally friendly business practices. 

Saturday, July 9

TBA     Hospitality dinners

 

Sunday, July 10

9:00-3:00pm    Visits to Longhouse and Silverthorn Farms, optional

 

 

WEEK 4  |  IDENTIFYING & ADDING VALUE  |  AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION & ENERGY 

Objectives

(1) Explore business opportunities in agricultural mechanization and bioenergy;

(2) Examine how entrepreneurs across sectors identify opportunity space;

(3) Refine presentation development skills.

Monday, July 11

8:30-9:00am     Week 4 overview, MRGN 121

Detailed review of components and logistics for the week. Discussion and incorporation of feedback provided from Week 3 consensus building activity.

9:00-10:45am     Transportation, MRGN 121

John Lumkes, Associate Professor, Agricultural & Biological Engineering

A facilitated discussion about rural transportation challenges, transportation systems and freight and logistics planning, linkages between transportation, energy, and environment. Download presentation.

1:00-2:30pm     Biofuel economics, MRGN 121

Wallace Tyner, Professor, Agricultural Economics

Professor Tyner’s research interests are in the area of energy, agricultural, and natural resource policy analysis and structural and sectoral adjustment in developing economies. His work in energy economics has encompassed oil, natural gas, coal, oil shale, biomass, ethanol from agricultural sources, and solar energy. Much of his recent work has focused on economic and policy analysis for biofuels. Download presentation.

2:45-5:00pm     Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE) 

Tuesday, July 12

9:00-10:45am     LaunchBox: Who is your customer?, MRGN 121

Identify who cares most about the idea and additional potential consumers.

11:00-12:00pm     Cyber infrastructure’s role in collaborative research, MRGN 121

Ann Christine Catlin, Senior Research Scientist, Rosen Center for Advanced Computing

Catlin will share examples of web-based data technologies that are re-shaping medical and scientific communities of research and practice, and seek input from Fellows on areas where web-based technologies can and are making an impact.

12:00-1:00pm    Hoosier Harvest Market, MRGN 121

Michael Morrow, Market Manager

Discussion of an online marketplace of locally grown and produced food, featuring produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, wheat products, flowers, honey and more all grown or made throughout the state of Indiana.

1:00-2:00pm    Cover crops and soil fertility, MRGN 121

Anna Morrow, Extension Educator - Agriculture & Natural Resources

2:00-3:00pm     LaunchBox: What is your path to market?, MRGN 121

Create a plan that takes advantage of the best paths to market the idea.

3:00-4:00pm     Agricultural technologies, MRGN 121

Prof Klein Ileleji, Associate Professor Agricultural & Biological Engineering

A discussion of post-harvest technologies and gaps/opportunities in agricultural technologies.

4:00-5:00pm     Democracy in the United States and the Presidential Race, MRGN 121

Ambassador Carolyn Curiel, Executive Director, Purdue Institute for Civic Communication

Katie Cahill, PhD Candidate, Political Science

Carolyn Curiel has been a United States Ambassador, Senior Speechwriter and Special Assistant to the President of the United States, and an influential journalist at top news media organizations. She will facilitate a discussion and answer Fellows questions about the US’s system of democracy, as the world views our presidential race.

 

Wednesday, July 13

7:30am departure for Dow AgroSciences

7:30am-7:00pm     Dow AgroSciences

Visits to the Dow AgroSciences show farm, DAS headquarters, meeting with Hunger Solutions Network staff, community service at the Indianapolis Hunger Garden, and an evening reception. 

Thursday, July 14

9:00am departure for Chicago

10:00-11:30am   RDM Aquaculture

1:30-2:30pm     1871

Joined by Fellows from Indiana University and Notre Dame University we will visit this not-for-profit incubator for tech startups.

4:00-5:30pm     SRAM: World Bicycle Relief

A social enterprise providing specially-designed, locally assembled bicycles to entrepreneurs, healthcare workers and students across rural Africa through sustainable work-to-own and study-to-own programs.

6:30-7:30pm     Museum of Broadcast Communications

An American museum with the mission to collect, preserve, and present historic and contemporary radio and television content.

8:00pm     Check into hotel

Friday, July 15

9:00-10:30am     PricewaterhouseCoopers

Fellows from Notre Dame, Northwestern, and Indiana University will join together for a briefing at this multinational professional services network.

11:00-12:30pm     Fellows’ choice

Meetings have been arranged at several “special interest” groups around Chicago. Fellows will have the opportunity to choose which to visit. A list of potential sites to be provided.

 

Saturday, July 16

No programming

 

Sunday, July 17 

3:00-4:00pm     Self-evaluation and feedback on Week 4, location and timing negotiable

Using the consensus building and feedback generating skills gained at the end of Week 1, report out on strengths, areas for improvement, and how the Institute can better meet the needs of the Fellows. 

 

Week 5  |  Preparing & Planning  |  Engineering Innovation & Sustainability

Objectives

(1) Explore the business opportunities in manufacturing, robotics, and other engineering sectors;

(2) Explore the trends in infrastructure, energy, robotics, and information and communication technologies;

(3) Develop an understanding of the interconnectedness of business, engineering, and environmental and social sustainability;

(4) Refine presentation delivery skills.

Monday, July 18

9:30-10:30am     Livestock production, MRGN 121

Kola Ajuwon, Associate Professor of Animal Sciences

Dr. Ajuwon will discuss with the Fellows livestock nutrition, housing, and management. Download presentation.

10:30-11:00am     Week 5 overview, MRGN 121

Detailed review of sessions and logistics for the week. Discussion and incorporation of feedback provided from Week 4 consensus building activity.

11:00-1:00pm    Break for lunch

1:00-2:00pm     Applications and future directions of nanotechnology, MRGN 121

Ali Shakouri, Director of Birck Nanotechnology Center

A discussion about the applications, trends, and future of nanotechnology. Download presentation.

2:00-3:00pm     Energy systems, MRGN 121

Jun Chen, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Jeff Gray, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

A facilitated discussion about energy challenges, renewable energy sources, and opportunities for innovation.

3:00-5:00pm     e-Waste Recycling, MRGN 121

Carol Handwerker, Professor of Materials Engineering

John Howarter, Assistant Professor of Materials Engineering

Professors Handwerker and Howarter are working in the space of research, education, and training to improve the sustainability of electronics. 

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5:00-6:00pm    Technology based tools for entrepreneurs, MRGN 121

Alok Chaturvedi, Professor in the Krannert School of Management

Sarah Patel, Associate Director for the Institute for Social Empowerment through Entrepreneurship and Knowledge (ISEEK), Krannert School of Management

Dr. Chaturvedi and Sarah will share some tech-based tools for running a business and encourage Fellows to share the importance and challenges associated with running a business via an ICT platform.

Tuesday, July 19

9:00-10:45am     LaunchBox: What is your business model?, MRGN 121

Identify the money-making business model and build a financial forecast.

11:00-12:00pm     Global perspectives on sustainability, MRGN 121

Ron Turco, Assistant Dean of Agricultural and Environmental Research

Prof Turco addresses critical challenges for Indiana in water quality and soil health, and will discuss these challenges, along with those of the African continent with the Fellows. Download presentation.

12:00-1:00pm    Break for lunch

1:00-2:45pm     3-D printing and functional printing, ME building

George Chiu, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Jan Allebach, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

A discussion about the applications, trends, and future of 3-D printing across a variety of sectors. Fellows will have the opportunity to observe 3-D printing.

3:00-3:30pm     Meeting with President Mitch Daniels, Executive Conference Room, Hovde Hall

4:00-5:00pm     Entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability, ME 2180

Michael Wilcox, Senior Associate at the Purdue Center for Regional Development

Michael's Extension and research work integrates the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainability into entrepreneurship, workforce development, bioenergy, population dynamics and land use. He has been involved in tropical tree crops marketing in western Africa and conservation agriculture in southern Africa. He also served in the US Peace Corps in Cameroon. 

 

Wednesday, July 20

10:00-11:00am     Food Sciences Pilot Lab, Nelson Hall of Food Sciences, optional

2:00-3:00pm     Food Sciences Pilot Lab, Nelson Hall of Food Sciences, optional

9:00-4:00pm     Community service assignments, multiple locations

Fellows will participate in community service assignments at multiple locations in small groups. Assignments will be staggered throughout the day and last 2-4 hours. Time between 9:00am and 4:00pm when Fellows are not engaged in a service activity (or video recording their presentation – see below) may be regarded as unstructured free time for Fellows to pursue their own interests.

4:00-5:00pm     Reflection on service activities, MRGN 121 or MRGN Café

Lindsey Payne, Service Learning Coordinator for the Center for Instructional Excellence

Upon returning from the day’s community service assignment, Fellows will be asked to reflect on their experience with the organization they served, the activity they engaged in, and the individuals they interacted with. 

Thursday, July 21

9:00-10:45am     LaunchBox: What is your competitive edge?, MRGN 121

Consider competitive alternatives and determine how to stand out from the competition.

11:00-12:00pm     Water treatment technologies, MRGN 121

Chad Jafvert, Professor, Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering

John Howarter, Assistant Professor, Materials Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering

Ernest “Chip” Blatchley, Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering

A discussion of the challenges associated with water treatment and the technologies employed to treat water. Handout 1. Handout 2.

12:00pm and on    Break for lunch / Free time

1:30-3:00pm     Preparation for Presidential Summit Ignite Talk, MRGN 121 optional

Friday, July 22

8:00-9:00am     Foundry Grounds, MRGN 2nd floor optional

Weekly conversation, presentation and networking focused on startups, ideas and entrepreneurship.

10:00-11:00am     Innovations in engineering curriculum delivery, MRGN 129

Jennifer DeBoer, Assistant Professor, Engineering Education

Dhinesh Radhakrishnan, Graduate Student, Engineering Education

Professor DeBoer’s work addresses the complex social, cultural, and economic background factors that facilitate diverse students' paths through the engineering education system around the world. She will facilitate a discussion about the opportunities for non-traditional engineering education and seek feedback on a curriculum delivery platform she is co-developing with partners in Kenya.         

11:00-2:00pm    Break for lunch      

2:00-3:45pm     LaunchBox: What is your story?, MRGN 121

Packaging an effective pitch in multiple forms for investors and consumers.

4:00-5:00pm     Self-evaluation and feedback on Week 5, First Street Towers Activity Lounge C               

Using the consensus building and feedback generating skills gained at the end of Week 1, report out on strengths, areas for improvement, and how the Institute can better meet the needs of the Fellows.

6:30-8:30pm    Activity with Minority Engineering Programs’ Camps, Location TBA                      

Minority Engineering Programs hosts two summer camps with rising 11th graders and incoming Purdue freshmen. Fellows will be asked to share their stories, discuss global engineering challenges, and work hand-in-hand with students to solve an engineering design challenge for emerging markets.

 

Saturday, July 23

1:00-5:00pm     Prophetstown State Park Farmoptional

A 1920’s farmstead highlighting sustainable agriculture, homesteading, heirloom gardening, and farm to table cooking. The state park also features hiking trails, camping, swimming, hiking, biking, birding, wildlife observation, and more. 

 

Sunday, July 24 

1:00-5:00pm     Recording radio commercials, K105 WASK Radio Station

Fellows will have the opportunity tour a local radio station, and develop and record commercials their own commercials. 

5:00pm     PUP demonstration, Lumkes farm, optional

Week 6  |  Pitches & Presentations  |  Business Operations

Objectives

(1) Explore agribusiness in Indiana as example of U.S. agribusiness operations;

(2) Synthesize information, skills, and techniques learned throughout whole program;

(3) Refine and demonstrate presentation delivery skills;

(4) Reflect on institute experience and plan how to keep momentum going.

 

Monday, July 25

8:30-9:00am     Week 6 overview, MRGN 121

Detailed review of sessions and logistics for the week. Discussion and incorporation of feedback provided from Week 5 consensus building activity.

9:00-10:00am     Diversity and cultural dexterity in the workplace, MRGN 121

Denise Driscoll, Faculty, Krannert School of Management & Adjunct Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences

A discussion about diversity and cultural dexterity in the workplace, and how both promote a productive and comfortable environment for employees. Bring your laptop/tablet to this session.

10:00-10:30am    Tomas Diaz de la Rubia, Chief Scientist for Discovery Park, MRGN 121

10:30-11:30am    Visit by faculty from African American Studies Program, MRGN 121 & Cafe

11:30-12:30pm     Market building and supply chain development, MRGN 121

Dieudonné Baributsa, Research Associate Professor, Entomology

Dr. Baributsa will share his experience in commercializing the Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bags across Sub-Saharan Africa, and seek feedback from the Fellows on his model. Download presentation.

1:30-3:00pm     Experience Purdue: Tackling global engineering challenges, MRGN Café

Alex Moseson, Managing Director for Global Engineering Programs

Experience Purdue is a program for high-ability rising high school seniors to experience a university classroom setting. Students will engage with Fellows. Fellows will be asked to share their stories, discuss global engineering challenges, and work hand-in-hand with students to solve an engineering design challenge for emerging markets.

4:00-5:00pm     Acquiring capital for your business: The investor’s perspective, MRGN 121

John Hanak, Professor, Krannert School of Management

Professor Hanak will challenge the Fellows to think as an investor and consider the factors that might come into play when deciding which start-up to support. Download presentation.

Tuesday, July 26

9:00-5:00pm     Video recording of LaunchBox presentations, MRGN 121

10:00-11:00am     Applications and opportunities in biomedical technologies, MRGN 121

Jacqueline Linnes, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

J. Paul Robinson, Professor of Cytomics and Biomedical Engineering

A facilitated discussion about the opportunities, trends, and future of biomedical technologies, including diagnostics, 3-D printing, wearables, and more.

1:00-3:00pm     The social enterprise and impacts on society and policy, MRGN 121

Alok Chaturvedi, Professor, Krannert School of Management

Sarah Patel, Associate Director for the Institute for Social Empowerment through Entrepreneurship and Knowledge (ISEEK), Krannert School of Management

Andrea Trice, Senior Fellow, Sagamore Institute

Wednesday, July 27

9:00-4:00pm     Community service assignments, multiple locations

Logistics and schedule TBA

Fellows will participate in community service assignments at multiple locations in small groups. Assignments will be staggered throughout the day and last 2-4 hours. Time between 9:00am and 4:00pm when Fellows are not engaged in a service activity may be regarded as unstructured free time for Fellows to pursue their own interests.

4:00-5:00pm     Reflection on service activities, First Street Towers Activity Lounge C

Lindsey Payne, Service Learning Coordinator for the Center for Instructional Excellence

Upon returning from the day’s community service assignment, Fellows will be asked to reflect on their experience with the organization they served, the activity they engaged in, and the individuals they interacted with.

Thursday, July 28

8:00-12:00pm     Final pitches, MRGN 121 and 129

12:00-1:30pm     Lunch with peer collaborators and judges, MRGN Café

1:30-5:00pm     Final pitches, MRGN 121 and 129

 

Friday, July 29

8:00-9:30am     Foundry Grounds, MRGN 2nd floor required

Weekly conversation, presentation and networking focused on startups, ideas and entrepreneurship.

9:30-10:00am     Remaining engaged with Purdue, MRGN 121

A discussion of communications platforms for remaining connected with Purdue and opportunities for continued engagement.

10:00-11:00am     Institute wrap-up and discussion of Summit logistics, MRGN 121

11:00-12:00pm     Self-evaluation and feedback on Week 6, MRGN 121                       

Using the consensus building and feedback generating skills gained at the end of Week 1, report out on strengths, areas for improvement, and how the Institute can be improved for future years.

1:30-3:30pm     Preparation for Presidential Summit Ignite Talk, MRGN 121 optional

5:00-8:00pm     Reception and closing celebration, PMU West Faculty Lounge

Remarks by Dan Hirleman, Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer
Presentation of Institute certificates
Ignite talks, and open microphone

Saturday, July 30 

2:00-3:30pm   Send off event, MRGN Cafe

 

Sunday, July 31    

Depart for Washington, DC 

Logistics to be announced.

 

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