The Next Giant Leap Celebration

Join the CEAS and the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics (AEEM) for our celebration as we honor the legacy of former UC Professor Neil A. Armstrong and the 50th anniversary of the first Lunar Landing, explore the 90th anniversary of the department and celebrating UC’s Bicentennial and looking forward to the future of aerospace in the next 200 years!

We have an exciting series of events planned and we hope you can join us for some or all of them! Even if you are not able to attend, please share your story with us. We know our alumni have made incredible contributions to the field of aerospace since the department’s founding 90 years ago and we want to hear your story!


Please click on the triangles to view the complete listing of events for each day.

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019

Pregame Tailgate on The GRID at Sigma Sigma Commons (Spots 59 & 63)
4 - 6:30 p.m.

UCLA vs. Cincinnati Football Game
Time: 7 p.m.

Join AEEM department faculty, staff and students for a pregame tailgate followed by an opportunity to watch the Bearcats take on the UCLA Bruins!

Friday, Aug. 30, 2019

Lab ribbon cuttings and tours*
Rhodes Hall
Join us for the dedication of two new AEEM labs—see the labs in action, speak with professors and new Dean John Weidner, and help us celebrate the future of Aerospace Engineering at UC.

9 a.m. – Flight Simulation & Control, 789 Rhodes Hall
10 a.m. - Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS), 401 Rhodes Hall

11:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Nippert Stadium, West Pavilion

Join Professor Armstrong’s former colleagues and students as we share and celebrate Neil Armstrong and his time as a Professor at the University of Cincinnati.

Panel Session “Human Space Exploration — from Apollo on to Mars”*
2-4 p.m.
TUC 400

Hear from our esteemed panelists about the past, present and future of human space exploration.

  • Don Benko, Supplier Program Manager, Boeing.
  • Don Eyles, MIT Draper Laboratory (Ret), Computer engineer, Programmer Apollo Lunar Landing software, author “Sunburst and Luminary an Apollo Memoir”.
  • W. Michael Hawes, DSc, Vice President, Human Space Exploration and Orion Program Manager, Lockheed Space; formerly NASA in a variety of positions.
  • John A. McCullough, Director, Exploration Integration and Science Directorate, NASA Johnson Space Center.
  • Dr. Paul Nielsen, Director and CEO Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University; Major General US Air Force (Ret); member National Academy of Engineering, Fellow AIAA & IEEE.

Research Showcase and Cocktail Reception
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
TUC Great Hall

Stop in, enjoy a cocktail and speak to students and faculty about their research. Panelist Don Eyles and Keynote Jim Hansen will also be available to sign copies of their respective books.

Dinner and Keynote
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
TUC Great Hall

The reception will be immediately followed by dinner and a keynote address by Jim Hansen author of "First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong".

Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019

Moonfest Matinee
10 a.m.
MainStreet Cinema

We will be screening two different Armstrong documentaries and guests are welcome to attend one or both screenings. There will be an intermission between the films.

Armstrong is a dramatic and emotional documentary that features never-before-seen family home-movie footage, along with still and moving images that chronicle Neil Armstrong’s incredible life. With the support of the Armstrong family, including his two sons Rick and Mark, the film details his near-death experiences as a fighter pilot in Korea, his test pilot days, the drama and excitement of the Gemini 8 and Apollo 11 missions, and the challenges that followed his extraordinary fame. Not only that, but Harrison Ford will be narrating the feature by using Armstrong’s own words.

The Armstrong Tapes is a one-hour documentary film that provides a personal and in-depth look at the first man to set foot on the moon: Neil Armstrong. Although his iconic words are known throughout the world, the man behind them has long remained a mystery. The Armstrong Tapes uses interviews with his only authorized biographer, friends, and family members, as well as archival audio tapes of interviews conducted with Armstrong himself, to craft an intimate look at one of the world's greatest and least-understood heroes.


In order to make sure we can accommodate all guests, please register for everything you plan to attend, even if there is not a registration cost.

Pregame Tailgate & Football Ticket - Online registration for the football game is closed.

What’s Next: Aerospace at UC and Beyond – Complimentary
Use this option to register for one or more of our events discussing what’s next for Aerospace at UC, hearing from a panel of national experts about Human Space Exploration, and getting the opportunity to see an exclusive screening of two documentaries. Events included in this option are asterisked below on the schedule.

Cocktail Reception, Dinner & Book - $70
Cost includes hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets, plated dinner, dessert, coffee and tea and a copy of “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong" to be signed by author Jim Hansen


The following hotels are close to campus and offer a UC Discounted Rate.

Registration is now closed. Please contact Ann Terry if you have any questions.


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