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School of Engineering records

 Collection
Identifier: UA-003
These records document the administrative, faculty, and student activities within the School of Engineering. The majority of the files are from 1960 to 1985, and they include records of individual departments, councils and committees, major events and programs, research and projects, and non-university partnerships.

Dates

  • 1914-2011
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1985

Creator

Access to Materials

The materials in this collection are open and accessible to the public for use in the University Archives and Special Collections reading room.

Copyright Notice

Copyright to the official records of the University belongs to the University of Dayton. Non-official records in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

Extent

33.5 Linear Feet (29 boxes)

Abstract

This collection includes administrative records, publications, research material, and individual department and program materials created by the School of Engineering.

History of the School of Engineering

The College of Engineering first opened in September of 1910 with Brother Adam Hofmann as its head. The college initially offered courses in chemical and electrical engineering and graduated its first seniors in 1914. It has expanded over the last century to include undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, engineering mechanics, and electrical and computer engineering. The graduate school offers programs in aerospace engineering, bioengineering, chemical engineering, civil and environmental and engineering mechanics, electrical engineering, electro-optics, engineering management and systems , materials engineering , mechanical engineering, and renewable and clean energy.

According to a 1938 letter from the religious community to an un-named religious leader, the College of Engineering did not receive the desired accreditation from the Engineers’ Council for Professional Development, and the University seriously considered reducing the program and growing the College of Arts and Sciences. However, they presented a case for the continuation of the programs, including suggested improvements. In 1940 the College of Engineering was recognized by the Licensing Board of Professional Engineering in Ohio, and in 1952 it received accreditation from the Engineers’ Council for Professional Development.

The college offered a variety of courses throughout the 1900s that reflected the evolving technologies and industries, specifically those of the Dayton area. In 1960 the college initiated a graduate program, adding a doctoral program in 1973.

There is some discrepancy with regards to dates. In "A History of the University of Dayton" (1937), William O. Wehrle states that the establishment of the department was announced in 1910 with courses in chemical, electrical, mechanical and civil engineering, although only the Chemical and Electrical Departments offered courses in 1911. According to Wehrle, courses began in mechanical engineering in 1916 and in civil engineering in 1919. According to Wehrle, in 1915 the first engineering degree conferred was in Chemical Engineering. However, this account contradicts the 1910-1911 St. Mary’s Institute Bulletin and 1910 College of Engineering catalog that list classes beginning in September 1910. Students were also listed in the engineering roster for the 1910-1911 school year. The Register of Students for 1910-11 lists the first engineering students, and "Hallowed Memories," a chronological history of the University, notes the first engineering graduates in 1914.

Arrangement

The School of Engineering records are divided into 10 series and 31 subseries.
Missing Title
  1. Series 1: Administrative records
  2. Subseries 1: Dean's records
  3. Subseries 2: Financial records
  4. Subseries 3: Policies and procedures
  5. Subseries 4: Planning, marketing, and development
  6. Subseries 5: Recruitment and admissions
  7. Subseries 6: Facilities
  8. Subseries 7: University files
  9. Series 2: Academic development files
  10. Subseries 1: Continuing education
  11. Subseries 2: Interdisciplinary
  12. Subseries 3: Courses
  13. Subseries 4: Projects and research
  14. Subseries 5: Non-University partnerships
  15. Subseries 6: Centers
  16. Series 3: Faculty activity files
  17. Subseries 1: Meetings and advisement
  18. Subseries 2: Faculty documents
  19. Subseries 3: Councils and committees
  20. Series 4: Student activity files
  21. Series 5: Department files
  22. Subseries 1: Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering
  23. Subseries 2: Dept. of Electrical Engineering
  24. Subseries 3: Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  25. Subseries 4: Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
  26. Subseries 5: Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
  27. Subseries 6: Dept. of Engineering Technology
  28. Subseries 7: Division of Technical Studies and Services
  29. Subseries 8: Dept. of Aerospace Engineering
  30. Series 6: Graduate studies
  31. Series 7: Professional organization
  32. Series 8: Events and special programs
  33. Subseries 1: Women in Engineering
  34. Subseries 2: National Engineers Week
  35. Subseries 3: Open House and orientations
  36. Subseries 4: Alumni events
  37. Subseries 5: Miscellaneous programs
  38. Series 9: Histories
  39. Series 10: Publications

Related Materials

University photographs, negatives, and slides. COL 4.1-7 and FAC 4. University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton Libraries, Dayton, Ohio. University memorabilia. University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton Libraries, Dayton, Ohio. University video collection. University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton Libraries, Dayton, Ohio. University audio collection. University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton Libraries, Dayton, Ohio. C.R. Horwedel papers. University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton Libraries, Dayton, Ohio. Adrian J. Morgan papers. University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton Libraries, Dayton, Ohio. Ulrich J. Rappel papers. University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton Libraries, Dayton, Ohio. Louis H. Rose papers. University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton Libraries, Dayton, Ohio. J. Albert Wehrle papers. University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton Libraries, Dayton, Ohio. William Wohlleben papers. University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton Libraries, Dayton, Ohio.
The following collections are located in the University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio.
Missing Title
  1. University photographs, negatives, and slides. COL 4.1-7 and FAC 4.
  2. University audio collection
  3. University memorabilia
  4. University video collection
  5. C.R. Horwedel papers
  6. Adrian J. Morgan papers
  7. Ulrich J. Rappel papers
  8. Louis H. Rose papers
  9. J. Albert Wehrle papers
  10. William Wohlleben papers

Separated Materials

School of Engineering materials requiring specialized storage have been separated from the collection and added to University format collections for photographic, audiovisual, and memorabilia materials. These materials retain the classification for the School of Engineering and may be easily accessed.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Margaret Zakri in 2012.
Title
Guide to the School of Engineering records, 1914-2011, bulk 1960-1985
Status
Completed
Author
Margaret Zakri
Date
June 2012
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Roesch Library Repository

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