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Boomers, Bloomers, and Zoomers: The Space Race Shapes an American Generation
Featured Speaker: David Peters, Ph.D., McDonnell Douglas Professor of Engineering and Director of Graduate Studies and the Center for Computational Mechanics, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Washington University in St. Louis
This is the story of how the people of the United States, the US Aerospace Industry, and American Universities forged a partnership that began in 19th-century agricultural America and ended in the placement of a man on the moon. It is the story of how the Space Race molded the culture of an entire generation of Americans—how they were educated, where they worked, and how they viewed technology and engineering. Using his own personal history, and those of Washington University in St. Louis, and the McDonnell Douglas Corporation (as examples of how the partnership unfolded), Dr. Peters weaves the three narratives together into the story of Boomers, Bloomers, and Zoomers.