Three years after tragedy, Electrical Engineering lab to reopen
This article was originally published in the Purdue Exponent on May 23, 2016.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Black paper covers the window of a locked door at the end of a basement corridor in the Electrical Engineering building. Classes have not been held in the room since 2014. Not after Purdue senior Andrew Boldt was murdered.
Boldt, an undergraduate Teaching Assistant, was brutally slain during class hours in room 67 of the Electrical Engineering building in January of 2014. The University had kept shuttered the room since, striking it from the registrar’s list of classrooms. But now, Purdue believes it is time to put the room to use again following renovations this summer.
“Purdue will never forget Andrew Boldt or the tragedy of his loss. This renovation will play a part in the education of generations of Boilermakers; we sincerely hope Andrew would approve,” said President Mitch Daniels, who was present on campus at the time of the incident.
According to the University’s Director of Construction, Robert Smith, the renovation will be a part of a larger project to rehabilitate multiple College of Engineering facilities. Room 67, formerly a computer lab, is to be combined with adjacent rooms to create a senior design project lab.
A memorial to Boldt located outside of the room in a display case was erected shortly after his death. On display is his obituary, a eulogy from Professor David Meyer for whom Boldt was a Teaching Assistant and a replica of the oversized number #2 pencil that Boldt had used to mark quiz papers. Robert Frosch, Associate Dean for Resource Planning and Management, assured the Exponent that the memorial will remain.
“The memorial to Andrew will be maintained in the EE building both during and following construction,” Frosch said.
The new lab is expected to be ready for the Fall semester of 2017.