2016 New Horizons Award – Resilient Extra-Terrestrial Habitats (RETH)

The first New Horizons grant has been awarded by the Provost’s Office to a team of researchers proposing to create a program in Resilient Extra-Terrestrial Habitats – believed to be the first such university program.

The initiative will work to develop new technologies and systems that will allow humans to live on the moon or other planets. The goal of the funding is both to develop a research center as well as academic programs starting with a minor in Resilient Extra-Terrestrial Habitats.

The four principal investigators of the RETH program are:

  • Antonio Bobet, professor of civil engineering.
  • Shirley Dyke, professor of mechanical and civil engineering.
  • Jay Melosh, Distinguished Professor, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.
  • Julio Ramirez, professor of civil engineering, and center director of the Network Coordination Office for the National Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure.

The team presented its vision for the initiative at an open seminar at 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 27 in the Herman and Heddy Kurz Atrium of the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering on Purdue's campus.

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