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2011 Purdue-Silicon Valley Symposia

The 2011 Purdue–Silicon Valley Symposia are a series of monthly technical seminars introducing alumni and corporate friends in California’s Silicon Valley to exciting research taking place at Purdue. These talks highlight areas of new opportunity for Silicon Valley investors and Purdue faculty to join forces in their common pursuit of field-defining research and educational innovation.

These seminars focus on topics within Purdue Engineering's signature areas, providing opportunities to network with Purdue alumni and faculty and discover infinite possibilities for collaboration between Silicon Valley and Purdue. For an overview of past events, please see last year’s speakers and topics.

Our Sponsors

Thank you to the following for sponsoring our 2011 series: Foundation Capital, Nvidia, Sandisk, and SDL Ventures.

Attending the Symposia

Please RSVP to Margarita Contreni at eceir@purdue.edu or (765) 496-6453 (by one week before each event). If you would like to receive an e-mail reminder of each month’s program, please send Margarita your e-mail address. Check back periodically for schedule updates and abstracts of future symposia.


Monday, Feb 28, 2011 Strategic Plans and Initiatives
Purdue-Silicon Valley Symposium:
John C. Boyle
Director of the Purdue West Coast Partnership Center
dinner 6:30pm-8:30pm
Monday, Apr 25, 2011 Reacting to an ever changing wireless spectrum
Purdue-Silicon Valley Symposium:
William J. Chappell
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
dinner 6:30pm-8:30pm
Monday, May 23, 2011 Measuring disaster: How big was the BP oil spill?
Purdue-Silicon Valley Symposium:
Steve T. Wereley
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
dinner 6:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 How many hits is too many? Head collisions in high school football
Purdue-Silicon Valley Symposium:
Thomas M. Talavage
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
dinner 6:30pm-8:30pm
Monday, Oct 24, 2011 Materials from the seas: Characterization, synthetic mimics, and applications for adhesives from mussels, barnacles, and oysters.
Purdue-Silicon Valley Symposium:
Jonathan J. Wilker
Professor of Chemistry and Materials Engineering
dinner 6:30pm-8:30pm