Purdue University: 150 years of giant leaps; 1869-2019



September 26-27, 2019


Purdue University
Honors College and Residences North
1101 3rd Street
West Lafayette, IN


September 26

Time Session
8:00 am


8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

Welcome: President Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.; introduced by Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, Purdue Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Why Purdue 2050? Ali Shakouri, Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University

9:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Future of healthcare

Moderator: Paul Griffin, St. Vincent Health Chair of Healthcare Engineering and Director of Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, Purdue University


Joanne Burns, Chief Strategy Office, Cerner Gopal Chopra, Co-CEO, ReliantHeart Inc.

Peter Embi, President and CEO, Regenstrief Institute

Daniella Matei, Diana Princess of Wales Professor in Cancer Research, Northwestern

Susan Gubar, Professor Emeritus, English, Indiana University


Lunch and exhibition

1:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Purdue 2050 Conference Meals

Bruce Haumesser, Director Culinary Operations and Executive Chef, Purdue University

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Lecture: Introduction to Quantum (as taught in 2050)

Supriyo Datta, Thomas Duncan Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Age of Illumination

Deborah Wince-Smith, President and CEO, Council on Competitiveness

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Future of Manufacturing and Factories

Michael King, President, Data Analytics & IoT Solutions, LHP Engineering Solutions

Jan-Anders Mansson, Distinguished Professor of Materials and Chemical Engineering, Purdue University

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Discovery Park District 2050 (Smart “Small” City Testbed)

David Broecker, Chief Innovation and Collaboration Officer, Purdue Research Foundation

5:15 - 6:15 p.m.

Tours (optional)

Birck Nanotechnology Center

ReNEWW House

Dreaming, Automated: Deep Learning, Data Sets, and Decay, Robert Ringel Gallery

6:30 p.m.


September 27

Time Session
9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Digital Privacy

Alessandro Acquisti, Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy; Director of the Privacy Economics Experiments Lab, and the Co-director of Center for Behavioral and Decision Research, Carnegie Mellon University

9:45 - 10:00 a.m.


10:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Student Design Competition

Karthik Kannan, Director for the Krenicki Center for Business Analytics & Machine Learning; Thomas Howatt Chaired Professor, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University

12:00 - 1:30

Lunch—Student winners to be announced

Guest speaker: David Hummels, Dr. Samuel R. Allen Dean of the Krannert School of Management and Distinguished Professor of Economics, Purdue University

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.

Art and Innovation in the Future

Anna Ridler, Artist and Researcher from London

2:15 - 2:45 p.m.

International Telepresence Theatre: Brecht’s Life of Galileo

Anne Fliotsos, Professor of Theatre, Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance, Purdue University

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Future of Buildings: Smart Affordable Housing

Gary Hobbs, President and CEO, Black and White Investments, LLC

3:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Nanotechnology, Internet of Things and Data Analytics 2050 and Beyond

Ali Shakouri, Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University


See Exhibits for a full description of each exhibit.

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