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CPID Talks: Cameron Smith on Building Space Suits
Friday, January 24, 2014 - 12:00pm
CPID Talks: Cameron Smith on Building Space Suits

Building Communities + Space Suits

The Center for Public Interest Design is kicking off its new series of brown bag talks this week with exciting back-to-back discussions on Thursday (1.23.14) and Friday (1.24.14). Thursday’s talk features Brent Brown, Founding Director of Dallas’ buildingcommunity WORKSHOP, discussing his work successfully bringing design to underserved communities. Friday’s talk brings Dr. Cameron Smith to the center to discuss his fascinating efforts over the past few years to design an inexpensive space suit in order to increase access to space travel. 

Dr. Cameron M. Smith of Portland State University's Department of Anthropology began his career excavating million-year-old stone tools in Africa and today combines his archaeological interests with a consideration of human evolution and space colonization.  He is applying his interests in his collaboration with the scientists at Icarus Interstellar's Project Hyperion, a reference study for an interstellar craft capable of voyaging to a distant star by the end of this century. Dr. Smith is currently building a pressure suit and balloon for exploration of the lower stratosphere and has recently become a member of Copenhagen Suborbitals' attempt to reach space entirely privately, with DIY methods.  

Recently Dr. Smith presented a paper at the NASA/DARPA '100 Year Starship Study.' His recent publications include "Starship Humanity" (Scientific American, Jan. 2013) and the book Emigrating Beyond Earth: Human Adaptation and Space Colonization (Springer-Praxis, 2013). Source:

The CPID talks are aimed at fostering a dialogue about interesting work being done that is relevant to the public interest design field, as well as exploring the very nature of public interest design itself, in an informal setting. To that end, these talks will be held in the CPID room and people will be admitted on a first come, first served basis, as space is limited. Faculty is encouraged to RSVP to     

All CPID Talks are open to the public and take place from 12pm – 1pm in Shattuck Hall, Room 217 on the PSU campus. 

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