Grissom Hall (GRIS)

315 N Grant St, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA


Outer Space Tree, Grissom Hall (H-7, GRIS), outdoors

One of the 5 “shuttle gum” trees donated by astronaut-alum Charles Walker (B.S., Aero-Astro Engineering, 1971), this sweet gum tree -- located north of the picnic tables on the northwest side of Grissom Hall -- earned its nickname because it was germinated aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery (1984). See the ground-level 10- x 14-inch plaque for more information. 

Memorial Posters, Grissom Hall (H-7, GRIS), 1st floor

Named after Class of 1950’s Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, the east and west entries to Grissom Hall showcase informative memorial posters honoring Grissom and other Purdue alum-astronauts. Redesigned throughout 2014-2015, the upgraded lights and “space”-ous study areas are invaluable for undergraduate and graduate student collaboration. 


Purdue's School of Industrial Engineering focuses on designing, analyzing, and managing complex human-integrated systems. Ranked 4th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, the School of Industrial Engineering prepares graduates for careers in all phases of industrial engineering and enables them to perform both technical and managerial functions. Among the school’s distinguished alumni is Kathy Kilmer, the lead industrial engineer at Walt Disney World Resort. The School of Industrial Engineering resides in Grissom Hall.