Armstrong Hall dedication ceremony at Purdue University

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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> Next, the wife of a Purdue hero,
the late Apollo astronaut Roger Chaffee.
Please welcome 1956 Boilermaker home coming queen,
Mrs. Martha Chaffee.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> This astronaut earned his Masters Degree in Aeronautical
and Astronautical Engineering in 1972.
He participated in a 1985 shuttle mission.
Astronaut Gary Payton.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> And now ladies and gentleman please welcome an American Hero
and a Boiler Maker, Neil Armstrong.
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>> 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 ]
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>> 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.
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>> Jill: And Vice Chair John Hardin along
with his wife Vickie.
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>> Jill: Also from the board Mr. Mike Burke and his wife Kay.
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>> Jill: Miss.
JoAnn Brouillette.
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>> Jill: Miss.
Susan Butler.
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>> Jill: Mr. Mamon Powers along with his wife Cynthia.
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>> Jill: Mr. Tom Spurgeon and his wife Joy.
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>> David: Also we are pleased
to welcome Purdue's leading academic officer,
the interim provost Doctor Vic Lechtenberg and his wife Grace.
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>> David: It is also an honor
to welcome Michael Griffin who serves
as the administrator for NASA.
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>> David: And now please welcome the John A. Edwardson Dean
of Engineering, Doctor Leah Jamieson.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> 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!
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> 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
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>> 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.
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>> Gene Cernan: Neil.
Neil I'm proud to be with you this morning
and I'm proud to be your friend.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> Neil Armstrong: My son Mark, his wife Wendy,
and their daughter Kaylee.
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>> Neil Armstrong: And my wife Carol.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> 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!
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>> 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.
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>> 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!
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