Armstrong Hall dedication ceremony at Purdue University

[ silence ]>>Ladies and gentlemen, Purdue has played a major
role powering 50 years of space exploration through
research and the education of thousands of young people
fired with a passion to go where no person has gone before. Today we are very
pleased to have with us for this celebration 16
of our 22 astronauts; many of them are here
with their families. Will you please welcome
each of them? First, this astronaut who
earned his Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering
from Purdue in 1966. He has flown on 6 space shuttle
missions, the last in 1997, logging 161 days in space, including time on
the Mir Station. Please welcome back
Boilermaker John Blaha. [ applause ]>>This astronaut earned his
Bachelors Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical
Engineering in 1973. He has flown on 2 shuttle
missions, the last in 1991. Astronaut Mark Brown. [ applause ]>>Next, the wife
of a Purdue hero, the late Apollo astronaut
Roger Chaffee. Please welcome 1956
Boilermaker home coming queen, Mrs. Martha Chaffee. [ applause ]>>A 1969 graduate with his
Masters Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, he flew on 4 shuttle
missions, the last one in 1993. In 2003, he was selected to
lead a distinguished taskforce to assess NASA’s
Return To Flight Effort, and to help implement
the findings of the Columbia Accident
Investigation Board. Ladies and gentleman:
Richard Covey. [ applause ]>>This astronaut earned his
Bachelors and Masters Degree in Earth and Atmospheric
Sciences in 1989 and 1991 respectively. He is slated to fly a
shuttle mission next year, one that will service the
Hubble Space Telescope. Please welcome, Drew Feustel. [ applause ]>>A 1978 graduate with a
Bachelors Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. He has flown on 4 shuttle
missions, the last one in 1997. And he has a daughter at Purdue. Please welcome, Greg Harbaugh. [ applause ]>>This Purdue astronaut earned
his Bachelors and Masters Degree in Metallurgical
Engineering in 1970. He flew on one shuttle
mission in 1989. Please welcome astronaut
Mike McCulley. [ applause ]>>This astronaut earned his
Masters Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical
Engineering in 1972. He participated in a
1985 shuttle mission. Astronaut Gary Payton. [ applause ]>>This Boilermaker earned his
Bachelors and Masters Degree in 1978 in Aeronautical and
Astronautical Engineering and participated in 2 shuttle
flights, the last in 2006. Astronaut Mark Polansky. [ applause ]>>This astronaut earned
his Bachelors Degree in 1970 and his Masters Degree in
Mechanical Engineering in 1972. He has flown on 7 shuttle
missions, the last one in 2002. Purdue Astronaut Jerry Ross. [ applause ]>>This astronaut
earned his Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering
in 1968. He was on 3 shuttle
missions, the last in 1992. Please welcome back to campus
Astronaut Loren Shriver. [ applause ]>>This woman earned
her Bachelors Degree in Engineering Sciences in 1975. She has flown on 5
shuttle missions, the last in the year 2000. Please welcome back
Astronaut Janice Voss. [ applause ]>>A 1971 graduate with a
Bachelors Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, has flown on 3 shuttle
missions, the last one in 1985. Boilermaker Charles Walker. [ applause ]>>This astronaut earned
his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering
in 1964 and flew on 2 shuttle missions,
the last in 1989. Welcome back, Don Williams. [ applause ]>>This Purdue Astronaut
earned his Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering
in 1978. He has participated in 3 shuttle
missions, the last in 1998. He has logged 158 days in
space, over 3 separate missions, including a long duration stay on the Russian Mir
Space Station. Welcome back to Purdue
Astronaut David Wolf. [ applause ]>>This astronaut earned
his Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering
in 1956. He was a member of the Apollo
10 crew and commanded Apollo 17. He also flew on Gemini
Kite and IXA. He is called the
last man to walk on the moon, but
we prefer to say, the most recent Boilermaker
on the moon. Welcome back, Gene Cernan. [ applause ]>>And now ladies and gentleman
please welcome an American Hero and a Boiler Maker,
Neil Armstrong. [ applause ]>>And now ladies and
gentleman would you please stand for the Purdue ROTC’s
presentation of the colors. And now to sing our national
anthem, a 12 year old student at Faith Christian
School, Joshua Campbell. [ National Anthem sung ] [ applause ]>>David: Good morning
Boiler fans. This is quite amazing, huh? My name is David Pyle
and I am Senior in Engineering from
Silver Lake, Indiana. I serve as President of Purdue’s
Foundation Student Board.>>Jill: And my name
is Jill Steiner. I represent students as a member of the Board of Trustees. It is my pleasure to welcome you
to this exciting day in history as we dedicate the Neil
Armstrong Hall of Engineering. Our first role here today is to acknowledge some important
members of the audience. Representing the
Board of Trustees, please welcome the
Chairman of the Board of Trustees is Mr. Tim
McGinley and his wife Jane. [ applause ]>>Jill: And Vice
Chair John Hardin along with his wife Vickie. [ applause ]>>Jill: Also from the board
Mr. Mike Burke and his wife Kay. [ applause ]>>Jill: Miss. JoAnn Brouillette. [ applause ]>>Jill: Miss. Susan Butler. [ applause ]>>Jill: Mr. Mamon Powers
along with his wife Cynthia. [ applause ]>>Jill: Mr. Tom
Spurgeon and his wife Joy. [ applause ]>>David: Also we are pleased to welcome Purdue’s
leading academic officer, the interim provost Doctor Vic
Lechtenberg and his wife Grace. [ applause ]>>David: It is also an honor to welcome Michael
Griffin who serves as the administrator for NASA. [ applause ]>>David: And now please welcome
the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, Doctor
Leah Jamieson. [ applause ] [ music ]>>Dr. Leah Jamieson: Wow. I look out and I see
this wonderful crowd. And I see our alumni,
our faculty, our students, our staff. I see people who
have made history. The engineers who took the
country to the moon and back. And I see our family
and our friends. Three years ago our
Purdue community gathered on Home Coming weekend to
break ground for this facility, and it was a cold day. This site was empty, but our
sprits were filled with hope and optimism that a
structure would be raised to inspire us all. I think we got it just right. [ applause ]>>Dr. Leah Jamieson:
Thank you for gathering on this Home Coming weekend to celebrate a great
milestone in our history. I know that many of you traveled
a great distance to be here. And I’d also like to
welcome those people who are viewing this
celebration on the web. Purdue Engineering is entering
a new era with a bold vision that we will advance learning,
discovery, and engagement for people of all ages to
fulfill our land grant promise and our responsibility of as
an evolving global university. In short, that we will be known
for our impact on the world. Our facilities support
this vision. Armstrong Hall, our
flagship building, epitomizes this vision. It’s a building that promotes
hands on learning, teamwork, discovery, and community
engagements. It’s also a striking
symbol of Purdue Engineering and the journey that our
students take as they move from high school graduates
to Purdue Engineer. With this unmistakable
presence here on the corner of Northwestern and
Stadium Avenues, Armstrong Hall represents
both a physical and intellectual gateway to
the college of engineering. This building will be
the distinctive face of Purdue Engineering
for students, for prospective students of all
ages, for parents, for guests, and an icon representing
the college. Armstrong Hall is the
center of transitions. Our entering first year students
will be welcomed and advised in the Department of Engineering
Education in this building. Armstrong Hall is the
center of discovery. Researchers in that
same department of Engineering Education will
explore how preschool children through career engineers
learn engineering concepts, and how people learn to work at the boundaries
between disciplines. Both the school of Materials
Engineering and the school of Aeronautics and
Astronautics have their homes in Armstrong Hall. Reflecting within this one
building engineering’s reach from the nano scale
to the galactic, and the span of our discoveries. And finally, Armstrong
Hall will help us build and sustain connections
far beyond Purdue. It’s the home of EPCS,
Engineering Projects and Community Service. The award winning
Service Learning Program that pairs multi-disciplinary
teams of students with local community
organizations. And it’s the home of our nationally acclaimed
Minority Engineering and Women in Engineering Programs. Emphasizing the relationship between diversity
and innovation. Engineering is about impact,
and engineering is about people. Establishing and sustaining
these connections keeps Purdue Engineering fully engaged in a broader society
that we all serve. So today I am filled with pride. I’m inspired by the achievements
of all of our Purdue Engineers. This building represents
our hopes and our dreams, and will inspire our
students of a sense of infinite possibilities. I look forward to Purdue
Engineering’s continuing mission to serve Indiana, and
to serve our world. Thank you all for
joining us today. Help us shape the
future at Purdue. Not even the sky is the limit. Thank you all. [ applause ]>>Jill: Thank you
Dean Jameison. It is now my privilege
to introduce the leader of our great university. Doctor France A. Cordova
officially became president in July after serving as
Chancellor at the University of California at Riverside
for the previous 5 years. She’s an internationally
recognized astrophysicist and has been a chief
scientist at NASA for the 3 years in
the mid 1990’s. And now please welcome the 11th
President of Purdue University, Doctor France A. Cordova. [ music ] [ applause ]>>Doctor Cordova: Ladies and
gentlemen, you’ll be pleased to know that I deleted 3 pages
from my speech this morning. Because the pages of history
have been written by these men and women that are here today:
the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, the most recent
man on the moon, Gene Cernan, our 14 other astronauts
who have done so much to launch our future. Please give them all
just a tremendous hand. [ applause ]>>Doctor Cordova: This is
an emotional moment for me, and I know for all of you, just having these fine
men and women with us. And just realizing what
they mean to our country, to our world, and to Purdue. It’s with immense pride that
we put the name Neil Armstrong on this building. It’s the cornerstone of
Purdue’s strategic plan, and the universities commitment
to remaining at the forefront of engineering research
in education. The building’s distinctive wing
like roof extensions are part of a design that mimics the
appearance of an aircraft, to symbolize Purdue’s
contribution to flight and space programs. It also says to the world,
we’re launching our future. I do want to say some
thank you’s to the people who have done so much to
bring about this building and this plaza that
we’re standing on. This $53 million dollar building
includes almost $38 million in state funds. All of us at Purdue are very
thankful to the Governor and the General Assembly for their wonderful
support of higher education. The remaining funds come
from private donors, including Caterpillar,
The John Deer Foundation, and Purdue Alumni
Steven Bechtel Junior, the late Kenneth
Johnson, and Heddy Kurz, whose late husband
was a Purdue Alumnus. Mary Jo Kirk and her
husband, Purdue Alumnus, Bob Kirk of Washington,
D.C., donated the money for the Neil Armstrong
sculpture, which we unveiled yesterday. In recognition, this area
is being called Kirk Plaza. So we appreciate all
of the wonderful gifts that made this possible,
and our special thanks go to Neil Armstrong for allowing
his name on this building. Just as we honor him by
this naming, he honors us by linking his great
name with our university. Neil Armstrong Hall is
one giant leap for Purdue. Thank to all of you
for joining us on homecoming day,
and Go Boilermakers! [ applause ] [ music ]>>David: Thank you
Doctor Cordova. And now the astronaut who have
served as the last astronaut to walk on the surface
of the moon, please welcome retired U.S.
Navy Captain Gene Cernan. [ applause ]>>Gene Cernan: Thank you. President Cordova, Neil, honored
guests, all of you out there, what a great day
this is for Purdue. What a great day it is for our
nation to honor a colleague and a dear friend
who has done so much for this country of ours. I can’t tell ya how proud
I am to be here Neil. It’s as special a day
for me as it is for you. But you know the recognition
that we give Neil, the honor, the tribute that we pay Neil; I believe goes further
than Neil himself. It goes far beyond what
he has accomplished. Because let me take
you back very quickly in a couple minutes I have. Let me take you back
over 4 decades, because we have a generation
of young men and young women in this country of
ours who weren’t born when Neil made those
first steps on the moon. And a good many of them
are out there right now. And at best you were in
diapers or knee pants when we made those
final steps of Apollo on the surface of the moon. So let me take you
back over 4 decades. It was back in those
terrible 60’s. Country was stormed by campus
unrest, several strikes, and the beginning of what became
a very, very unpopular war. And we had a bold president
called John F. Kennedy. A bold President, whether he
was a dreamer, a visionary, politically astute,
I don’t really know that we will ever know that. But he challenged
American people to do something beyond
our wildest dreams and unlimited imagination. He challenged us to do what
I don’t know about the rest of you guys and gals,
but he challenged us to do what I thought
at that point in time was indeed impossible. And that challenge was met
by the American people. It cost courage, self-sacrifice,
dedication, commitment. But that vision, that dream of John F. Kennedy
became a reality. And this day, and this building
right here is a recognition of that dream, and a recognition
of those people who made, not just all those steps we
made on the moon even possible, but all the steps any of
us ever made into space. The future dreams of
those who follow us here at Purdue are certainly embodied
in this building this morning. Now I’ve been asked real quick,
I’ve got another minute or two, why so many astronauts
from Purdue? What do they doing down there? How come; you know,
I don’t know. Maybe it’s because those
of us who choose to come to Purdue come because
we want to. I don’t know that we’re
special, but I do know that when we leave here
after the years we spend, we are indeed special. We are Boilermakers. We come with one of the
finest educations we can find from any university
in the country. [ applause ]>>Gene Cernan: And
whether we knew it or not, and probably most of us
never did realize it, but the first steps
any of us took into space were taken
right here on this campus. There’s no question in my mind. And let me real quick, you know
aviation in space is a romance or we wouldn’t be here. None of us would be here. It’s been a romance
for over 100 years. And as I look back at
the Wright Brothers, we have a unbelievable
legacy of technology. We’ve got airplanes that
fly around the world. You’ve got more technology
in the palm of your hand than Neil had in his
spacecraft to land on the surface of the moon. This building is symbol
of technology yet to come. But I think the real legacy of the Wright Brothers goes
beyond again the technology. It’s the inspiration, and
the passion, and the dreams that they provided into the
hearts and the minds of all of us, who at that
time followed. And this building here, and Neil’s accomplishments
have indeed endowed that legacy for the future. The dream is alive, Mike. We are gonna go back
to the moon. [ applause ]>>Gene Cernan: And we
are gonna go to Mars. And those young kids
out here in 4th and 5th and 6th grades are gonna
be the ones who take us if we give them the same
opportunity that someone gave us when we were their age. And someday Neil you’re
gonna have company. [ agreeing crowd ]>>Gene Cernan: There’s gonna
be a young boy or a young girl who graduated from Purdue who
can come back here and stand on this platform and
tell you what it is like to look back
home from Mars. And they’re gonna sit right
along side beside you. And that [ applause ]>>Gene Cernan: And, and
that, and that is a challenge. You know, real quick, there
could have been a number of people who could have
been the first on the moon. And Neil will be the
first to admit that. But fate shined down upon us, and fate choose Neil
Armstrong to be that man. Mike Griffin last night
said it very eloquently, but I
need to say it again. There is no one human being
that I know, and have met, and have worked with
in my entire life that could have handled and
accepted the responsibilities, the honor, everything that went
with being the first man to walk on another heavenly planet
in the history of mankind with any more dignity
than Neil Armstrong. [ applause ]>>Gene Cernan: Neil. Neil I’m proud to be
with you this morning and I’m proud to be your friend. [ applause ] [ music ]>>Jill: Thank you
Captain Cernan. Now the person for whom this
engineering building has been named, the man who will always
be known among Purdue students for his perseverance, dedication
as a student, educator, citizen, and generous alum, and will
forever be remembered world wide as the first man to walk on
the moon, Mr. Neil Armstrong. [ music ]>>Neil Armstrong: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you for being here and
sharing this day with me. I’d like to begin by giving
some special thanks to my family and introduce them to you. My son Rick, down here. [ applause ]>>Neil Armstrong: My
son Mark, his wife Wendy, and their daughter Kaylee. [ applause ]>>Neil Armstrong:
And my wife Carol. [ applause ]>>Neil Armstrong: She’s always
willing and able to help, and I need a lot of help. On this spot 60 years ago I
was a wide-eyed freshman going to Saturday morning class. The buildings that were here at
that time were relatively new, Quonset huts, temporary quarters
for classes and laboratories in a student body swollen
with World War II Veterans. All student housing
was overflowing. Many of us lived on the
other side of the Wabash until a room became available in
West Lafayette or on the campus. But the veterans
were remarkable. They knew why they were here. They knew what they
wanted to achieve, and I learned much from them. During orientation
week, freshman, incoming freshmen listened
to the legendary Dean of Engineering Andre Potter who told us you have to
be able to everything that a scientist could do, but
you have to do it on a budget. We were introduced to formidable
engineering curriculum, a very large number of
classroom hours with classes in differential equations,
and thermodynamics, and kinetics of mechanisms. We didn’t know what
those words meant, but we thought it
sounded exciting. We learned about the
uniqueness of engineering. Science is continually searching
for a better understanding of our selves, our world,
and the universe around us. Engineering would take that
knowledge and build things that did not exist
in the natural world. Engineering is about
what can be. Engineering soon learned
a theological concept, hail has a constant temperature. If temperature variations could
exist or could be created, some engineer would
build an air conditioner. Of course there is
another possibility, that temperature
variations do exist there, but there are no
engineers there. [ laughter ]>>Neil Armstrong: Engineering
students make substantial use of the Greek letter
Eta in lower case. It’s often used as the
symbol for efficiency. Engineers strive to
make efficient products that are stronger, lighter,
less expensive, use less fuel. In short, engineers spend their
lives making things better. Some of us are natural
pessimists, some natural optimists. As often said, some
see the glass full; some see the glass half empty. Engineers see the glass is
twice as big as it needs to be. After John Glenn completed
America’s first human flight into orbit 45 years ago,
President John Kennedy said, quote, we have a long way
to go in this space race, but this is a new
ocean, and I believe that the United States
must sail on it and be in a position second to none. End quote. But we have here today a
number of Purdue alumni who have sailed in
this new ocean. We have other Boilermakers
here who designed and built the crafts
and the systems, and made the United
States second to none. Most of all those sailors
and builders based much of their success on their
engineering skills learned on this campus. In those 45 years
we have gone far, but we still have
a long way to go. This building should be a
crucible, in which the advances that lie ahead are created. In addition to the
State of Indiana, as the president has mentioned, many have made a
significant part in making this building
a reality. In addition to those names
that the president mentioned, I’d like to mention
a few other friends from the aerospace
industry who played a part in making this building
a reality. She mentioned Bob and Mary Jo
Kirk, I’ll mention them again, because he is a great friend. I’ll mention Molan and the late Ray Sigfreid. Rolls Royce America head Jim Gyette. Martial Larson of Goodrich. Bob Stevens Advanced
Director of Lockheed. Brian Row of GE,
and others. And I take the liberty of
personally thanking them on behalf of everyone
who will benefit from this halls existence. [ applause ]>>Neil Armstrong: And so we
dedicate this new building, this magnificent new building, but by itself it
cannot impart knowledge. It requires people to
provide that function. Innovative faculty,
skilled staff, curious and determined students to
produce those graduates who, with their classmates across
the engineering campus, will sally forth
and provide a host of societal advances,
create what can be. As my fervent hope that
they have the same affection for Purdue and this building
when they are my age that I have for this university
and those Quonset huts. Hail Purdue! [ music ]>>David: Thank you Neil. On behalf of all students and
alumni of Purdue University, I want to thank Neil Armstrong
and all of our astronaut alumni for everything they have
done for their alma mater. Thank you. [ applause ]>>David: And now as President
Cordova, Neil Armstrong, and all of our astronaut
alumni move into position for the official ribbon
cutting, I want to let you know that the tours of Armstrong Hall
will be available immediately after the ribbon is cut. 3. 2. 1. Lift off! [ cheers ] [ music ]

Michael Martin

6 Responses

  1. it's just so sad that he never actually made it to the moon.  Fooled so many patriotic americans into believing he could withstand deadly radiation fields and make it to the moon where he pretended to have fun, and it was all an elaborate ruse to confuse the public.

  2. We leave you much that is undone. There are great ideas undiscovered, breakthroughs available to those who can remove one of truth’s protective layers. There are places to go beyond belief.

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