2010 William E. Boeing Distinguished Lecture

General Bolden talks to Prof. Kathleen Howell
General Bolden talks to Prof. Steven Collicott
General Bolden talks to Prof. Bill Anderson
Purdue University and The Boeing Company have enjoyed a fruitful relationship for a number of decades, leading to the realization of research laboratories, faculty initiatives and well-prepared employees for The Boeing Company. Specifically, the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics has benefited from resources, such as: the Boeing Mach 6 Wind Tunnel, Ludwig Tube, the McDonnell Douglas Composite Materials Laboratory and the Intel Design/Build/Test Laboratory.

Boeing continues to help our aeronautical students receive practical "hands-on" experience which provide such an important part of our students' academic program. To express our gratitude to The Boeing Company for its generosity over the years and to honor the memory of its founder, Purdue University established the William E. Boeing Distinguished Lecture Series.

Administered through the School of Aeronautics & Astronautics the first lecture took place on September 30, 1999 and the series features an internationally-known speaker from the aerospace or air transportation industry.

The 2010 lecture entitled “Our Nation’s Future in Space” took place on September 7at Fowler Hall, Stewart Center and featured Maj. General Charles F. Bolden Jr. who was named NASA’s 12th Administrator in July 2009. As an astronaut, he flew four Space Shuttle missions, two as commander, from 1986 to 1994, including deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S-Russian Space Shuttle mission.  Bolden was named to the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2006.

During his visit, General Bolden visited the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering and met with the participants of a poster session and 4th and 5th grade students who were taking part in an activity put on by FIRST Robotics. Poster participants from AAE included were Prof. Stephen Collicott, Prof. Kathleen Howell, Prof. Wayne Chen and Professor by Courtesy H. Jay Melosh, Distinguished Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Physics.

He later met Prof. Stephen Heister and Prof. Bill Anderson the Zucrow lab for a tour of the facilities and a tour of the Aerospace Sciences lab by Prof. Steven Schneider.

Dr. Tom Shih introduced Purdue president Dr. France Córdova who gracously introduced her former colleague Gen. Bolden at the start of the lecture which was broadcast live via webcast on the College of Engineering web page.