From WLFI News 18 in West Lafayette, we have Dustin Grove! We are thrilled to have Dustin as our emcee for this year's main event! Dustin has twice been named "Indiana's Best Reporter" by the Associated Press and has been nominated for two Emmy awards. Purdue students have long enjoyed his lectures through the Brian Lamb School of Communication.
Mike Asem has a monumental passion for working with startup companies. While earning his B.A. at Purdue, Mike championed The Anvil, one of the largest student-run co-working space and startup incubators in the world. Mike was also named the OnePurdue Scholar for making the largest impact to the Purdue community by a single student. Most recently, he served as Director of Collaborative Relationships for the Purdue Foundry, where he supported business development and talent related activities for startups in the Foundry's portfolio.
David Cappelleri is an Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue. Prior to Purdue, David founded the Multi-Scale Robotics & Automation Lab that performs cutting-edge research on robotic and automation systems at various length scales. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award among many other distinguished awards and he participated in the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers on Engineering Education Symposium in 2011.
Jennifer Jones is the Vice President of Rotary International and the President and CEO of Media Street Productions Inc. out of Windsor, Ontario. As the VP of Rotary International, she helps to oversee the policy, governance and fiduciary responsibilities of the organizations 1.2-million members. She has been recognized with many awards including Rotary’s Service above Self Award and the Citation for Meritorious Service, the YMCA Peace Medallion, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and Wayne State University’s Peacemaker of the Year Award – a first for a Canadian.
Raaja Nemani is the co-founder and CEO of Bucketfeet. Founded in 2011, Bucketfeet is a footwear company that collaborates with a global community of artists to design limited-edition shoes with the goal of sparking meaningful conversations to create a brighter world. Alongside co-founder Aaron Firestein, Raaja is focused on empowering a community of 40,000 artists from more than 120 countries to share their stories and perspectives using the universal language of art and the shoe as their canvas. After four years in the finance industry, Raaja decided to pursue his lifelong dream of backpacking around the world. While traveling in Argentina, Raaja met Firestein and purchased a pair of his hand-designed shoes. After seeing the strong response the shoes received throughout his journey across six continents, Raaja saw the potential to create an innovative fashion platform. Today, Bucketfeet is redefining the $300B global footwear market by using new technology and its extensive artist network to increase speed to market for original artist-designed footwear products.
Jada Hoerr is a Manager at Caterpillar Inc. Her nearly 20 years at the company have been in Sales and Marketing roles living and working in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Miami, Florida and Peoria, Illinois, home to Caterpillar's corporate headquarters. She currently leads a team working with the Cat Dealer Network driving excellence in Sales, Marketing, and Customer Experience. Jada is a Purdue '97 graduate of Agricultural Engineering. She is thankful for Purdue's Women in Engineering programs and is an active member of the Society of Women engineers today. Jada is involved in philanthropic endeavors on a local and global scale. She is an advocate for diversity as an enabler of innovation.
Don Heider is the Founder of the Center for Digital Ethics & Policy, and the Founding Dean and Professor at the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago. Dean Heider is a five-time Emmy-award winner for his work as a producer and reporter during ten years he spent working in TV news before entering the academy. He has written or edited six books and has been honored with three university teaching awards. Dean Heider earned his B.A, from Colorado State University, his M.A. from American University and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.
Peter Fadde is professor and director of the Learning Systems Design and Technology (LSDT) graduate program at Southern Illinois University. Before his academic career, Peter was a professional video producer and served for 13 seasons as athletic video coordinator at Purdue University, where he earned masters and doctoral degrees. Dr. Fadde originated the Expertise-Based Training (XBT) method that has been used to train expert situation awareness in domains ranging from sports to firefighting to classroom teaching. He has presented research at the Inter-Agency/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), MIT/Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and South-By-Southwest Interactive. He has presented more than 60 academic papers and published more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles and chapters, along with the Amazon e-book The Sixth Tool: Training Pitch Recognition. Dr. Fadde co-founded and serves as Chief Science Officer of gameSense Sports, a start-up company that produces computer-based sports expertise training products.
Shireen Hafeez is the founder of Deaf Kids Code. Her root in Deaf causes goes back to the diagnosis of her own son. She spent many years being involved with heavy advocacy and activism on a variety of levels that have included efforts in lobbying for insurance companies to cover hearing aids for babies and children diagnosed. She has been a guest lecturer at Purdue University for years, and has served on the boards for several organizations. She embarked on a new initiative aimed specifically to impact the severe unemployment / underemployment gap in the deaf/hard of hearing community. She started this nonprofit organization to help students and educators realize that computing skills will shatter the barriers that have prevented those from obtaining full economic and social participation.
Rayvon Fouche is currently Director of the American Studies Program at Purdue University. He has previously taught African American Studies, American Studies, History, and Science & Technology Studies. As a cultural historian of technological invention and innovation, Rayvon Fouché explores the multiple intersections and relationships between cultural representation, racial identification, and technological design. As a scholar and public speaker, he has actively worked to clear away the misinformation about black inventors. His first book Black Inventors in the Age of Segregation (Johns Hopkins University Press) not only filled the large void in scholarly writing on black inventors and their experiences, it also created a broader textured understanding of black inventive experiences.
Britni Eisenmann is a 2007 graduate of Purdue University, and a proud wife and mother of two. She has been in the social work field for about 8 years, and is currently directing a foster care program in the Fort Wayne area. Britni is an orphan care advocate, and an avid supporter of caregivers and foster parents worldwide. She is passionate about the non-profit sector, is motivated by her faith, and dreams of a world where healthy families open themselves up to care for at-risk children and others in crisis.
Rod Williams is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. Before joining the faculty, he served as the vertebrate curator and coordinator of laboratory instruction for eight years. During that time he managed the vertebrate teaching collection, taught five courses related to ecology and systematics of vertebrates, and co-authored two field guides: the Salamanders of Indiana and the Turtles of Indiana.
Shawn Duncan is the Director of the Lupton Center, the training and consulting division of FCS | Focused Community Strategies, a community development organization in Atlanta. He has a doctorate from Columbia Theological Seminary where he focused on pedagogy’s for social engagement. He is the Co-Founder of EIRO, a nonprofit catalyst of local partnerships for the greater good. He is a part of the Strategic Planning Team for the Terminus Collective, which organizes and equips leaders for the flourishing of Atlanta. Shawn is also on the Advisory Board for the International Journal of Urban Transformation.
Salon 2: Back to the Future
Everett Berry is a Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Perceive Inc., as well as Principle Investigator on Perceive's Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation. He has co-authored four papers in the area of multimedia systems, focusing on the design of systems for large-scale, distributed video analysis. Previously, Everett has worked at Qualcomm, Hewlett Packard, and as a research assistant at Purdue University. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering from Purdue in May 2016. In his spare time Everett enjoys playing golf and ballroom dancing.
Kyle McNulty is a Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Perceive Inc., a Purdue-based startup that helps retailers measure and understand more about their in-store shoppers. Kyle holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and has co-authored three papers in the areas of multimedia systems, focusing on applications for large-scale, distributed video analysis. Previously, Kyle has worked at Garmin and as a research assistant at Purdue University. Outside of academia, McNulty has spent four years working with a Purdue team on the development of a Kindle-like device for people who are blind.
Austin Deardorff, Co-founder of Aerial Agriculture, graduated from Libertyville High School in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He came to Purdue in 2012 to complete his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is expecting to graduate in Spring 2017. He has previously worked for Zimmer Biomet, a company which manufactures biomedical devices such as knee and hip replacements, before starting his own company. In May 2015, Austin co-founded Aerial Agriculture LLC to revolutionize the agriculture industry by building drones in-house to capture specialized multispectral images of the entire crop fields. This technology helps reduce farming-related costs while increases agricultural production.
Eckhard A. Groll
Dr. Eckhard A. Groll is the Reilly Professor of Mechanical Engineering and also serves as the Director of the Office of Professional Practice at Purdue. He is also the Regional Editor for the Americas for the International Journal of Refrigeration. Professor Groll has been recognized for his academic leadership in higher education and has received numerous awards for his research and teaching excellence, e.g. E. K. Campbell Award from ASHRAE, his induction into Purdue’s Book of Great, and Faculty Scholar Award. Professor Groll received Charles B. Murphy Teaching Award in 2005, it is the University’s highest undergraduate teaching honor.
Vilas G. Pol
Prof. Vilas G. Pol is an Associate Professor at Purdue University’s School of Chemical Engineering. Prior to Purdue, Prof. Pol worked as a Material Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory focusing on improving electrode materials and designing their surface architecture for superior, long lasting rechargeable batteries. He continues his research work at Purdue, where he leads a research team dedicated to advancing the current state of commercial energy storage technology. One of his key research projects focuses on upcycling plastic bags and packing peanuts into carbon spheres and carbon nanotube as anode electrode materials for lithium- ion batteries. Prof. Pol’s extensive scientific breakthroughs have been featured in many media outlets including but not limited to New Scientist, Discovery, Popular Science, Smithsonian, USA Today, Forbes, ABC7 news, and Asia TV. In 2015, Prof. Pol and team were recognized by the R&D 100 Awards (Oscars of Invention) for their work on ‘Versatile Hard Carbon Microspheres Made from Plastic Waste’.
Salon 1: Human Family
Dr. Sherine Abdelmawla is the Co-founder and CEO of Akanocure Pharmaceuticals. She was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Cairo University, she left to the United States where she pursued a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Purdue U. For the past 10 years, Sherine has been working on cancer research hoping that one day she can make a difference in the lives of cancer patients.
Dr. Dev Niyogi is a professor at Purdue University with joint appointments in the Department of Agronomy,-Crops, Soils, and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. He is also designated as an University Faculty Scholar and the State Climatologist for Indiana. He has has published over 150 peer reviewed journal papers, over 13 book chapters, and his work has been cited over 5000 times with various media citations in popular press such as Yahoo!, MSNBC, Wired, CNN, LiveScience, and NASA press releases.
Miley Song is a graduate student of Purdue University. Miley graduated from Purdue in 2014 with a master's degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and Shawn is currently a PhD candidate in applied mathematics. Miley and her husband met at Purdue in the fall of 2012 and got married in the summer of 2016.
TATVAM represents the idea of centrality. Tatvam or tatva literally means basic substance or fundamental matter. The band consists of 8 members who are all trained differently. Our music borrows elements of Indian & western popular music and we attempt to bind these influences together with the central thread of Tatvam. At Purdue, Tatvam is the only fusion music band and more than just a hobby for us all, in fact it is a quintessential passtime.