Museum of Science and Industry

From Science Fiction to Science Fact

April 12, 2014

Event Essentials

  • Date:
  • April 12, 2014
  • Time:
  • 2:00 PM
  • Tickets:
  • This Inventive Genius Lecture is FREE for Household Premium and Annual Fund members, and available to other members at discounted member rates.
  • Cost:
  • Doctorate/Household Premium/Annual Fund members FREE; Member adults $8; Member children $4; Non-members $20 + Museum Entry (required).

Join us for an out-of-this-world lecture with two award-winning scientists and innovators, Dr. Leigh McCue and Dr. Scott Ferguson, recipients of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) award.

Dr. McCue is with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In her work with the EUROPA project, Dr. McCue has developed a concept to explore beneath ice regions of Jupiter’s moon Europa with undersea gliders. It is believed that, beneath its icy surface, Europa has large liquid oceans which may sustain extraterrestrial life.

Dr. Ferguson is with North Carolina State University, where his work explores how re-configurability—the type of shape-shifting seen in the Transformers movies—can enable mobility across diverse, uncertain terrains. Outcomes from his work will include identifying technologies that facilitate re-configurability, assessing their strengths and limitations and developing proof-of-concept prototypes.

This event is part of the “From Science Fiction to Science Fact” educational lecture series produced by MSI and NIAC. Run from NASA Headquarters in the Space Technology Mission Directorate, the NIAC program funds and nurtures visionary ideas that could transform future NASA missions with the creation of innovative, advanced technology breakthroughs while engaging America’s innovators and entrepreneurs as partners in the journey.


FREE for Doctorate and Household Premium members and Annual Fund members
Member adults: $8
Member children: $4
Non-members: $20 + Museum Entry (also required)


Tickets for this event are available online or by phone at (773) 684-1414.
Doctorate, Household Premium members and Annual Fund members must call (773) 684-1414 to reserve their tickets.

Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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