School of Engineering records
Scope and Content
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.
- Creation: 1914-2011
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1960 - 1985
- University of Dayton. School of Engineering (Organization)
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 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.
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.
33.5 Linear Feet (29 boxes)
Language of Materials
This collection includes administrative records, publications, research material, and individual department and program materials created by the School of Engineering.
The School of Engineering records are divided into 10 series and 31 subseries.
- Series 1: Administrative records
- Subseries 1: Dean's records
- Subseries 2: Financial records
- Subseries 3: Policies and procedures
- Subseries 4: Planning, marketing, and development
- Subseries 5: Recruitment and admissions
- Subseries 6: Facilities
- Subseries 7: University files
- Series 2: Academic development files
- Subseries 1: Continuing education
- Subseries 2: Interdisciplinary
- Subseries 3: Courses
- Subseries 4: Projects and research
- Subseries 5: Non-University partnerships
- Subseries 6: Centers
- Series 3: Faculty activity files
- Subseries 1: Meetings and advisement
- Subseries 2: Faculty documents
- Subseries 3: Councils and committees
- Series 4: Student activity files
- Series 5: Department files
- Subseries 1: Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering
- Subseries 2: Dept. of Electrical Engineering
- Subseries 3: Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering
- Subseries 4: Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
- Subseries 5: Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
- Subseries 6: Dept. of Engineering Technology
- Subseries 7: Division of Technical Studies and Services
- Subseries 8: Dept. of Aerospace Engineering
- Series 6: Graduate studies
- Series 7: Professional organization
- Series 8: Events and special programs
- Subseries 1: Women in Engineering
- Subseries 2: National Engineers Week
- Subseries 3: Open House and orientations
- Subseries 4: Alumni events
- Subseries 5: Miscellaneous programs
- Series 9: Histories
- Series 10: Publications
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.
This collection was processed by Margaret Zakri in 2012.
- Engineering -- Study and teaching
- Engineering -- Study and teaching (Graduate) -- Ohio -- Dayton
- Engineering -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Ohio -- Dayton
- Joint academic degree programs -- Ohio -- Dayton
- Research -- Ohio -- Dayton
- Universities and colleges -- Faculty
- University of Dayton
- University of Dayton -- Faculty
- Women in engineering
- Guide to the School of Engineering records, 1914-2011, bulk 1960-1985
- Margaret Zakri
- June 2012
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