From Case to space

Inspired by Apollo, Engineers Week events at CWRU will explore the future of space travel.

Engineers Week 2020 will resound with space-race fervor and pride Feb. 15-21, as the Case School of Engineering partners with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.

President Kennedy famously challenged the nation in 1961 to land on the moon before decade’s end. Ohio-native Neil Armstrong took the small step for man, giant leap for mankind July 20, 1969.

This year, the JFK Library is recalling the Apollo missions in partnership with select research universities, including Case, which played pioneering roles in the nation’s space program.

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower picked T. Keith Glennan, president of Case Institute of Technology, to organize the National Aeronautics Space Administration. Soon after, Glennan proposed a manned trip to the Moon.

In the ensuing years, Case graduates took leading roles as scientists and engineers at the NASA Glenn Research Center (then Lewis Field), which specialized in fuel and propulsion systems for the Apollo rockets.

Case also produced astronauts like Don Thomas ’77, PhD, a veteran of four Space Shuttle missions. Thomas is the featured speaker at the 2020 Engineers Week Reception Monday, Feb. 17, and will deliver the keynote address at a Tuesday, Feb. 18, symposium exploring the future of space travel. The "Moonshot Symposium" will also feature talks by leadership of the JFK Library, the NASA Glenn Research Center and the Universities Space Research Association. It is free and open to the public.


Join us for Engineer's Week 2020!