The Dedication of Dudley and Lambertus Halls Marks a New Home for Purdue's School of Nuclear Engineering

The completion and opening of Purdue’s new Gateway Complex building, Dudley and Lambertus Halls, marked a momentous occasion for both Purdue University and the namesakes Bill and Marty Dudley and Peter and Ann Lambertus. On April 14th, 2023, hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and guests gathered to witness the building’s dedication that was followed by a reception and self-guided tours.

Construction for the 255,000 gross-square-feet facility began in the fall of 2019, where the fifth-floor north wing of Lambertus Hall is now home to the Purdue University School of Nuclear Engineering. Here, students may visit faculty and staff offices, as well enjoy open study spaces and the nuclear engineering graduate office. Within the Nuclear Engineering Suite, there are two new computer labs, nuclear codes lab and nuclear security lab, where students can use nuclear-related computer codes as well as export-controlled softwares.

Located in the basement of Dudley Hall are Nuclear Materials teaching laboratory and a new Nuclear Fusion and Plasma teaching laboratory.  The Nuclear Fusion and Plasma lab is generously gifted by alumni Jerome and Brenda Blattner. This new teaching lab will provide nuclear engineering students with hands-on experience in both the basic knowledge and emerging technologies on nuclear fusion and plasma physics topics.

“Our school celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2020 when the construction for Gateway Complex began,” stated Dr. Kim. “ We are looking forward to another 60 years of excellence in nuclear engineering education and research in this beautiful state-of-the-art facility. It could not be timed better to begin a new era of our School in a new home, as Purdue and Duke Energy are jointly exploring the feability of using advanced nuclear technology to address campus’ long-term energy needs.”

Also located in Dudley and Lambertus Halls are Purdue Polytechnic’s School of Construction Management Technology, School of Engineering Technology, Department of Computer and Information Technology and Department of Computer Graphics Technology.

Both Purdue President Mung Chiang and President emeritus Mitch Daniels attended the event and shared words of optimism and excitement for the future of the schools, students, and faculty that will share the new building. 

"It may not be as clear to everyone here...but this really represents (a) convergence, a confluence of two, at least two, major, major moves forward that Purdue has made over recent years," President emeritus Mitch Daniels said at the event. "One is the constant improvement, both expansions, but also elevation of quality of its STEM disciplines... (Another is) what (was done with) transforming the College of Technology...was a genuine achievement of academic progress and reform."

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