One Small Step: The History of Aerospace Engineering at Purdue University [Second Edition]

Alten F. Grandt, Jr., W.A. Gustafson, and L.T. Cargnino

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  • ISBN 10: 155753599X
  • ISBN 13: 9781557535993
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press
  • Co-publisher: School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University
  • Date: 2010
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Purdue University has played a leading role in providing the engineers who designed, built, tested, and flew the many aircraft and spacecraft that so changed human progress during the 20th century. It is estimated that Purdue has awarded 6% of all BS degrees in aerospace engineering, and 7% of all PhDs in the United States during the past 65 years. The University’s alumni have led significant advances in research and devel­opment of aerospace technology, have headed major aerospace corporations and government agencies, and have established an amazing record for exploration of space. More than one third of all US manned space flights have had at least one crew member who was a Purdue engineering grad­uate (including the first and last men to step foot on the moon). The School of Aeronautics & Astronautics was founded as a separate school within the College of Engineering at Purdue University in 1945. The first edition of this book was published in 1995, at the time of the School’s 50th anniversary. This corrected and expanded second edition brings the School’s illustrious history up-to-date, and looks to Purdue’s future in the sky and in space.