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Amelia Earhart Aerospace Summit 2018

Amelia Earhart encouraged students to create new paths and pursue passions.

Essentially, the aviation pioneer inspired development and growth, especially for women, in aerospace engineering fields. That’s the goal of the first symposium at Purdue named in her honor.

The Amelia Earhart Aerospace Summit on Oct. 1 will focus on empowering students in aerospace engineering by providing an opportunity to learn more about career paths in the industry, academia, and expand their professional network.

Undergraduate and graduate students will present their research and gain feedback from experts in academia and the Industrial Advisory Council (IAC); network with professionals from the industry and government; learn about graduate school and academic careers; attend stimulating keynote talks scheduled throughout the day; and get involved in student organizations.

The summit is organized by the student organizations Purdue Women In Aerospace (WIA) and AAE Graduate Women’s Gatherings (GWG) in collaboration with the University of Michigan’s Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics.

The Summit will be capped with a banquet from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom. It’s $10 to attend the banquet for non-GWG, WIA and WAA members. Banquet attendees also will receive a free T-shirt. The rest of the events are free and open to all students. Breakfast, lunch and coffee are included for those who register. Prizes will be awarded for the best graduate and undergraduate posters.

“You can do anything you decide to do,” said Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean who was a visiting faculty member and technical adviser in Purdue’s aeronautics department in the mid-1930s. “You can act to change and control your life and the procedure. The process is its own reward.”

To register, click HERE. The registration deadline to attend the banquet is Sept. 21 and the Summit Sept. 26.


Tentative Itinerary

Time Location Agenda
8:30 – 9:10am Kurz Atrium,ARMS Check-In, Registration & Breakfast
9:10 – 9:20am Kurz Atrium,ARMS Opening Remarks by Prof. Tom Shih, AAE Head
9:30 – 10:20am Kurz Atrium,ARMS Academic Keynote: “Inspired by Space, Environmental Challenges, and Feeding the Planet: Adventures of an Interdisciplinary Career,” Prof. Melba Crawford, Associate Dean of Engineering for Research & Chair of Excellence in Earth Observation, Purdue University
10:30 – 11:20am ARMS B061 Graduate School Information Session
Hosted by Purdue University’s Graduate Women’s Gatherings and Prof. Weinong Chen
11:30am – 1:20pm Kurz Atrium, ARMS Lunch & Poster Competition
1:30 – 2:20pm Kurz Atrium, ARMS NASA Keynote: Dr. Anna-Maria Rivas McGowan, Senior Engineer for Complex Systems Design, Langley Research Center
2:30 – 3:20pm ARMS B071 Career Success Panel with Industrial Advisory Council
3:30 – 4:20pm Atrium ARMS Industry Keynote: “Navigating a Career in Aerospace, from Jetliners to Satellites,” Tamaira Ross, Configuration Design Engineer, Blue Origin
4:20 – 5:00pm   Transition to the Purdue Memorial Union
5:00 – 6:30pm PMU North Ballroom Speed Mentoring
Hosted by Prof. Karen Marais and Nicki Morris
6:30 – 8:00pm PMU North Ballroom Banquet Keynote: “Amelia Earhart’s Impact on Women at Purdue and Beyond,” Sammie Morris, Professor of Library Science & Head of Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University

“You can act to change and control your life and the procedure. The process is its own reward.”

Amelia Earhart


AE Summit Organizing Committee:

  • Co-Chairs: Maisie Linker (President Purdue WIA) & Gayathri Shivkumar (President AAE GWG)
  • Members: Alina Alexeenko, Weinong Chen, Stacy Clardie, Karen Marais, Nicki Morris


School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Rockwell Collins, Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation