I2D Expo - April 11, 2023

The Shah Family Global Innovation Lab invites Purdue and the Greater Lafayette community, as well as all interested parties, to learn more about the efforts of academic, industrial, and community partners to solve global challenges.  This year's theme is 'Collaborating with Universities and Developing a Talent Pipeline to Tackle Global Moonshots.'  

Since 2015, our collaborations have birthed 43 projects in 17 countries, spanning the thematic areas of education, food security, global health, humanitarian response, labor-saving innovations, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and energy, environment, and infrastructure.  

We invite guests to learn about the impact made by the four selected projects from our body of work and find out how you can also make your mark on the global landscape.  The Student Poster Session will showcase Purdue students' substantial contributions towards global development.  For the Keynote Address, we have the honor of hosting Matt Futch from X, the moonshot factory for Alphabet (Google).

Program Agenda

Student Poster Session

Date: April 11, 2023, 11:30-1:30 PM
Location:  DUDL Atrium (behind elevators)
Free Popcorn!

Cash Prizes for the top 3 Posters - $1000, $750, $500

Seed Grant Showcase

Date: April 11, 2023, 2:30-4:30 PM
Location:  WSLR 116
Free Coffee and Cookies!

Time:  2:30-3:00 PM
Presenters:  Dr. Nan Kong and Dr. Nicole Adams
Title:  A community-engaged approach to digital health software solution development and deployment: improving provider organizational efficiency.
Abstract:  Empress EMS was trying to grow their community paramedicine program, which is funded by hospital based programs in return for reducing readmissions and ER visits among this chronically ill, high service utilizing group.  However, they were challenged with managing a large number of patients and how to keep up with a patient’s health status between weekly visits. Before we created a digital software solution to their challenges, we met with Empress paramedics and their past patients so that our design included their expectations and preferences from the beginning.  The result is a user-driven designed software package which includes a dashboard for the paramedic supervisor and a mobile app for the patients to report and track their status on a daily basis. We will also share some lessons and experiences we learned from launching the pilot study. Overall, we think this is a generalizable framework for digital solution software development and deployment for a variety of health challenges. 

Time:  3:00-3:30 PM
Presenters:  Dr. Jennifer DeBoer and Dr. Dhinesh Radhakrishnan
Title:  Local Innovation through Engineering Teaching, Learning, and Community Connection
Abstract:  The presentation will showcase our curriculum, the teaching and learning environment, the technical tools, and the design solutions to illustrate the role of engineering education in the development of the community alongside the engineering identities of students and teachers involved. Our presentation will also highlight our process toward building collaborative and reciprocal partnerships with communities.

Time:  3:30-4:00 PM
Presenters:  Dr. David Warsinger
Title:  Girl Engineers Testing and Localizing Clean Water Harvesting from Air for their School and Community  
Abstract:  This work is implementing cellulose-based materials for providing energy-free water via passive radiative cooling.  It works via an atmospheric water harvesting system that consists of a cellulose scaffold impregnated with a hygroscopic salt. In this effort, we are collaboratively developing curriculum materials and advising prototypes for a girls' school in Kedougou, Senegal.

Time:  4:00-4:30 PM
Presenters:  Dr. Young Kim
Title:  Hyperspectral learning for mHealth applications 
Abstract:  My lab has been working on the idea of ‘hyperspectral learning,’ that a photograph is more than merely an image and contains rich spectral information. This approach extracts key physiological and biological information from photos taken by a smartphone camera.  This work has a reciprocal engineering aspect such that mHealth technologies developed in resource-limited settings can be brought back to the US.

Keynote Address, Awards, and Reception

Date: April 11, 2023, 5:30-7:00 PM
Location:  ME Atrium and ME 1130

Matt is currently the strategic partnerships lead for the Tapestry project at X, the moonshot factory, a division of Alphabet. Tapestry is creating a single virtualized view of the electricity system. The team is developing computation tools that can predict and simulate what might happen on the grid from nanoseconds to decades into the future.  Alongside their partners, Tapestry aims to unlock access to clean, reliable, and affordable electricity worldwide by providing greater insight into our increasingly dynamic and complex electricity system.

Matt has worked in the global power industry in different positions for two decades, focused on technology, regulation, and business partnership formation. He is an expert in clean energy technology, utility regulation, and new products and services for the power industry. Previous to his role at Tapestry, Matt served as the strategy and business development leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His work focused on aligning research priorities with critical industry partners to formulate scientifically valid projects with long-term commercial value.

Prior to his work at NREL, he was VP of Regulatory Strategy for National Grid US, where he led the development of long-term utility regulatory and business strategy for three jurisdictional companies across New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.  Matt holds an M.A. in Global Finance and International Trade (energy emphasis) from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Colorado State University. He lives with his family in Denver, Colorado, and is a lifelong tennis fan /player.