Celebrate Grissom

Celebrate Grissom

October 12, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


[MUSIC PLAYING] Today, we are
celebrating rebirth of a truly iconic building on
Purdue campus, Grissom Hall. And today, we are
celebrating another set of firsts for
Grissom Hall– first in enabling President Daniels’
vision of affordable excellence in providing world-class
facilities to our students at a fraction of the cost
while preserving our heritage and history, first in realizing
Dean Jamieson’s vision for strategic growth
of engineering, and also first in
allowing us to rethink IE for the future
generations so that we can make an impact on society. The new Grissom is
just unbelievable. It’s hard to believe this
is the same building we went to school in. But the exterior is the same. And then you come
inside the building and you say, oh my goodness,
this is not the same place. The word I would use to describe
the new Grissom is transformed. It’s transformed
in its environment, it’s transformed in
the kind of learning that’s going to take form
here, and it’s transformed, I would say, in the
impact the school’s going to have at Purdue
and around the world. I think it’s a transformation
not only physically for the building. It’s I think symbolic, too,
of the transformation that’s going on at Purdue’s Industrial
Engineering department. So it’s a wonderful
space, collaborative, open, light, high-tech feeling. So this is fantastic. It really is a testament to the
roots of industrial engineering around people. And it’s a really great place
for people to collaborate, for students, faculty, and
other partners to collaborate. The total redesign has
collaboration, technology, innovation, and
inspiration in mind, from the light-filled
spaces anchored by the original windows to the
flexible student labs and study spaces that support the way
faculty and students teach, learn, and innovate. But we did ask, and I guess
you’d say challenged the folks, if we’re going to do this,
we’re going to spend this money, maybe it ought to look
very, very different. Maybe it ought to be
more creative in terms of fostering the interactions
and the intellectual collisions that make both faculty and staff
more productive in the end. And maybe it ought to use
space in a more efficient way than the buildings
of 50 years ago. And they grabbed that
and ran, and succeeded, as far as I can tell, beyond
anyone’s expectations. The new Grissom alone will
rejuvenate, reinvigorate industrial engineering. I love the location of Grissom
and what they’ve done here. And they’ve retained
the heritage, and it’s just going to be
wonderful for future IE students. My reaction to
the new Grissom is this is absolutely phenomenal. You know, it really
is the marriage of a great educational
institution and great educational
infrastructure. This facility is going to
provide the best opportunity to really get the most out of
your educational experience. My impression of the new Grissom
Hall is it’s hard to recognize, which is actually fantastic. I think they’ve done a great job
in putting this space together and making it very usable,
having a lot of interaction between students and faculty. And I think it is
a great opportunity to take a look at or rethink
IE, and how we can really start to look at
the future and how to use industrial
engineering in the future. I love the things
that were maintained. I love the windows
and the bricks around them, even though
they’re not all the same. The windows are different. And I especially love that
the picture of Gus Grissom is there when you
walk in the door. And yet, everything
inside is different. I like the new aspects,
and that there’s so much more space for collaboration. Superb facilities are
critical to supporting the continuous innovation and
collaboration of our faculty, our staff, our students. Having the right kind of space,
the right amount of space, at the right time,
and most importantly having space that reflects
how we teach and learn today, how we invent today,
space that inspires. It’s key to the strategic growth
of the College of Engineering. You know, in addition to the new
Grissom having state-of-the-art technology, it also provides
a very comfortable workspace for students, as
well as faculty, but where the students
can come here, they have the workspace
to study on their own, to meet and work with
their project groups. Today and going forward, there’s
a need for a lot of learning, research and thought leadership,
collaboration, and so forth outside of the
classroom, outside of the faculty’s office. And what we’ve got now
is tremendous space of different types that
helps bring people together, gives them a place
to collaborate. I was here when
it was christened, Grissom Hall,
almost 50 years ago. And its– the transformation
from a gray cubbyhole classroom model to the open space
and welcoming venue here is just amazing. I must say, this is going to
be a really good environment to learn in. When I think, as a non-engineer,
just as an outsider admiring what they do and
what was done here, when I look at this
project, I see– I hope you concur–
interesting to me, it’s a triumph in
both ultimate product and in the process that got
there of engineering genius. We are extremely grateful
to all our donors and supporters who have made
this dream for a new Grissom to be true. And thank you for joining us
today on this glorious day, and helping us
celebrate this occasion. And we hope you stay engaged
with the school and College of Engineering in Purdue for
many, many years to come. Start us off. Re! Think! I! E! [CLAPPING]