Dr. Doug Adams Announced as Keynote Speaker at Student Research Days

Keynote Speaker
2013 Purdue University Calumet Student Research Day
5 – 6 PM, April 4, 2013
Purdue University Calumet
Alumni Hall, Student Union Library Building

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Doug Adams

Kenninger Professor of Renewable Energy & Power Systems

Director, Purdue Center for Systems Integrity

Purdue University, School of Mechanical Engineering


How do we see what is unseen?

A discussion of imaging science research at Purdue and a celebration of those who have inspired us

Neil Armstrong said, “Research is the pursuit of new knowledge.”   The field of imaging science has produced vivid examples of how researchers are creating new knowledge about a variety of phenomena that impact all of mankind.  Recently, imaging scientists even determined that Mars could have once supported primitive life – scientists studied high-resolution digital pictures that were gathered by the rover Curiosity some 225 million kilometers from Earth to form this hypothesis.  Here in Indiana, Purdue University researchers are developing new imaging techniques that can significantly improve airplane safety, the cost of wind energy, the reliability of electric vehicles, and our national security.  In this talk, we will discuss the exciting research that my students and colleagues are conducting to “see what is unseen” in a variety of engineering applications using imaging science.  As Purdue Calumet celebrates its student researchers and I learn more about the inspirational research you are doing, I will also share with you the people and events that inspired me to pursue a career in research and teaching.


Dr. Doug AdamsDr. Adams is the Kenninger Professor of Renewable Energy and Power Systems in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University.   He is also founding Director of the Purdue Center for Systems Integrity, which is illuminating the complex ways in which materials and machines degrade in order to prevent failure. He has published 72 archival journal papers, 164 conference papers, several book chapters, and a textbook on structural health monitoring, and he has graduated 14 Ph.D. and 29 M.S. students. His work has generated 13 patents, and he is actively implementing this technology with industry to more effectively manage system reliability while reducing the operation & maintenance costs of defense and energy systems.  Dr. Adams has secured 93 federal and industrial contracts/grants for $29M in funding.  He has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the DiMichele Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics, and a U.S. Army Technical Medal of Achievement.  He is winner of the Purdue University Murphy Award for excellence in teaching and his name is recorded in the Purdue Book of Great Teachers.  He was named a Fellow of ASME in 2011 and is Managing Editor of Structural Health Monitoring.