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Cal Poly to Honor Aerospace Legend Burt Rutan

Published by Rob on Fri Sep 9, 2005 9:43 am
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SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly will honor legendary aircraft designer and aeronautical engineering alumnus Burt Rutan during Fall Convocation, Friday, Sept. 16.

Cal Poly President Warren J. Baker will present the President’s Medal of Excellence to Rutan at a 9:30 a.m. ceremony in the Christopher Cohan Center, Harman Hall. The medal has been awarded on just three previous occasions.

Rutan, developer of SpaceShipOne, the world’s first privately built aircraft to reach space and win the $10-million Ansari X PRIZE, will deliver the keynote address, “Space, for the Rest of Us.” Later that day, he will meet with Cal Poly aerospace engineering students for a question-and-answer session and take a tour of new aerospace facilities on campus.

Newsweek has described Rutan as “The man responsible for more innovations in modern aviation than any living engineer.” Over the years, he has translated his revolutionary aviation ideas into practical, workable and affordable designs that include more than 30 groundbreaking aircraft.

The full article can be read on the Cal Poly Press Release

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