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Theme: Art of the Ordinary

This event occurred on
March 3, 2018
West Lafayette, Indiana
United States

In the world of content with supercuts and highlights, we often ignore the moments that make our life – the ordinary ones. These ordinary moments slowly crank our engines, shape our character, prepare us for challenges and brings balance from instances of abundances or scarcity. For this year’s flagship event, Art of the Ordinary, we invite you to appreciate and savor the little ordinary things around us with our eclectic group of speakers.

Join us for an afternoon with an unmatched panel of speakers and entertainers! Come get inspired, find new ideas, and enjoy a day with other TEDxPurdueU attendees from the campus and community.


Loeb Playhouse
128 Memorial Mall
West Lafayette, Indiana, 47907
United States
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Galina Obushinskaya

Galina is from Ulyanavsk, Russia. She is an MBA in International Business and is passionate for dancing. She was exposed to Argentina tango during her dance performance in Chicago.

Jacqueline Linnes

Dr. Jacqueline Linnes is an Assistant Professor in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University. A Ph.D. in Bioengineering and Certificate in Global Health from the University of Washington, experience at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a second postdoctoral fellowship from Boston University's Department of Biomedical Engineering makes her an expert on user-centered design and translational challenges based on clinician and patient needs worldwide.

Jayson Lusk

A distinguished Professor and Head of the Agricultural Economics Department at Purdue University, Jayson Lusk received a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University in 2000. He served as a visiting researcher at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research and worked on a research fellowship awarded by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development.

Jonathan Wilker

Jonathan Wilker grew up on the east coast and was often taken to the beach by his parents. Now a Professor of Chemistry and Materials Engineering at Purdue University, his research program focuses on materials created by sea creatures. His projects are often inspired by what is seen while out scuba diving.

Kirby Reutter

A bilingual psychologist who specializes in working with traumatized youth, immigrant populations, and survivors of sexual abuse/human trafficking, Dr. Reutter has spoken widely across the continent. He was most recently invited to speak at the European Conference on Religion, Spirituality, and Health in the UK.

Laura Willis

Laura Willis, a Purdue University alumna, enraptured with Rumi Spice's mission of empowering Afghan farmers and women by linking them to the international saffron market.

Lyndsay Currab

A board-certified advanced practice certified nurse specialist with more than 17 years mental health, Lyndsay Curran is a full-time professor of nursing at Leighton School of Nursing. Lyndsay also helps operate a small not-for-profit business, Project Silver, which aims to dispel the stigma of mental illness.

Oye Waddell

Founder of Gameplan International, Executive Director of Hustle PHX and a former football player for the University of Washington,

Prahasith Veluvolu

CEO and co-founder of Mimir, Prah dropped out of Purdue University in 2015 to help scale computer science nationwide through Mimir’s product offerings. Prah is a Thiel Fellow, member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of ’17, and a Y Combinator Alumnus.

Pushpak Bhandari

Pushpak comes from Pune, India. He has received his PhD in Biological/Biosystems Engineering from Purdue University. He's been learning and performing various dances since he was a kid.

Travis Dorsch

Dr. Dorsch’s findings in the field of sports psychology have been highlighted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and TIME magazine, and are used by youth sports leagues, administrators, and parents to construct more developmentally appropriate sports contexts and to evaluate the role of youth sport in the family.

Organizing team

Shi Wah

lafayette, IN, United States