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.


The Discovery Park Big Idea Challenge was launched in May 2017 with the goal of harnessing the strengths of Purdue University and providing resources to transdisciplinary teams of Purdue faculty and students pursuing new, bold and innovative ideas with the potential for transformative impact on society. Come hear the Challenge winners as they discuss their progress over the last 18 months, what they’ve learned, and their plans moving forward.


Time Session
Location: Burton D. Morgan Building, Room 121
11:30 a.m. -
12:30 p.m.
Lunch and Learn with Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship (DURI) Students
12:40 p.m. -
12:50 p.m.
Opening Remarks
Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, Vice President, Discovery Park
1:00 p.m. -
1:20 p.m.
Thomas Hertel
Managing the Global Commons: Sustainable Agriculture and Use of World’s Land and Water Resources
1:25 p.m. -
1:45 p.m.
David Ebert
Harnessing Technology and Information Fusion to Enable Resilient and Sustainable Food-Water Balance under Evolving Environmental Conditions
1:50 p.m. -
2:10 p.m.
Leigh Raymond
Affordable Net Zero Housing and Transportation Solutions
2:15 p.m. -
2:35 p.m.
* Break *
2:40 p.m. -
3:00 p.m.
Yong Chen
Photonics Science and Technologies for Security, Energy and Healthcare Applications
3:05 p.m. -
3:25 p.m.
Dongyan Xu
Towards Cyber-Physical Vetting of Critical Infrastructures
3:30 p.m. -
3:50 p.m.
Nathan Hartman
Realizing Next-Generation Smart Manufacturing
3:55 p.m. -
4:15 p.m.
Catherine Hill
Revolutionizing Control of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases
4:30 p.m. -
5:15 p.m.
Faculty Panel
Big Idea Challenge Principal Investigators
5:30 p.m. -
6:30 p.m.
Reception and Closing Remarks



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