Founded in 1869, Purdue University was established in West Lafayette, IN, by businessman John Purdue. It was a school he funded to be a college of science, technology, and agriculture. Today the university offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in over 200 major areas of study and is most known for its engineering programs. Several PU graduates are responsible for quite a few of today’s mainstream food staples including the founder of popcorn (Orville Redenbacher) as well as the inventor of chicken nuggets. Purdue is also home to 23 NASA Astronauts, with one of their most notable alumni: Neil Armstrong.
In May of 2019, the first of nearly two dozen planned gateway updates was completed for the 150th anniversary and meant to frame the Purdue Memorial Union. At one of the busiest entries to the campus, the plazas are designed to give pedestrians more room to maneuver at these street corners.