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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
ADVANCE VERY RAPID
HISTORY OF ENGINEERING AT
THE FIRST INSTRUCTION IN 1877
Given by Colonel Dudley, Who Was
Commandant of the Cadet Bat
talion First Department
Was In 1884.
(By Prof. It. C. ItlchurclH.)
Tho first lnatructlon in ouglnoorlng
wob given at tho unlvoralty in 1877
by Col. B. S. Dudloy, thon command
ant of cndcts, but no recognlzod do
partmont was otJtnbllBhcd until 1884,
when tho dopartmont of civil ongln
coring waB organlzod, with Prof. C.
N. Llttlo at its head. Upon ProfoBBor
Llttlo'B roBlgnation lu 1893 Prof. O. V.
p. Stout waB placed in charge of tho
department, a position which ho still
retaliiB. Until tho completion of Me
chanic Arts Hall In 1899 tho depart
ment was housed In UnlvorBity Hall.
In 1891 tho late Prof. Dowitt B.
Brace, head of tho dopartmont of
phyBlcB, organlzod tho courao in oloc
trical engineering, With Prof. It. B.
Owoijb In chtfrgo of tho technical
work. Tho north room of what is now
the Bocallod onglnoorlng laboratory
waB oroctod as an electrical labor
atory, and claBB work waB done In
NebraBKa Hull. TIiIb affiliation with
tho dopartmont of physics contfuuod
made profoBBor of electrical onglnoor
lng was mado an indopondont dopart
mont. Upon Prof. Owen's resignation
In 18J)8 Prof. Morgan Brooks waB
madop rofeBBor of electrical engineer
ing, a poBltion ho hold for thrco years,
. when ho was succeodod by Prof. G. H.
Morao, tho present head of tho dopart
mont. At Uio present tlmo tho do-1-nrtment
rotainB tho old dynamo lab
oratory, and its other laboratory and
tlasB work is given In Mechanic Arts
Two Additions Are Made.
In 1892 Prof. 0. It. ItlchardB waB
callod to tako charge of tho nowly
croatod department of practical me
chanics. Two additions wore mado to
tho old dynamo laboratory to provldo
a drawing room and tho wood and
forgo shopa. With tho completion of
tho Mechanics Arts Hall it bocame
..possible to oxtond tho work bo a crod
iblo coureo In mechanical eriglnoorlng
could be given, and tho dopartmont
of mochanlcal onglnoorlng was organ
ized in 1899 with Prof. ItlchardB in
charge. In 1895 Prof. Richards waB
mado director of tho nowly organlzod
school qf mechanic arts, which pro
vides a short course of practical ln
atructlon for' studentB who aro not
prepared for college work In engineer
ing, or who prefer to remain In tho
university for a bilef period only.
In 1897-98 tho dopartmont of ma
chine doBlgu was created with Prof.
It. A. Chandler in charge. The fol
lowing year he was succeeded by
Prof. G. H. Morse, und later by Prof.
Melvin Price. In 1906 tho department
was completely reorganized to Include
tho work In applied mechanics and
machine design, and Prof. George It
Chatburn was selected as tho head
of the department.
In 1907 Prof. ItlchardB waa mado
associate dean of tho Industrial col
lego In charge of engineering lnstruc-
, tlon,-thus in a meaBuro differentiating
tho work of onglnoorlng from that in
the industrial college.
From ono man, In 1884, tho faculty
of the engineering departments has
' increased to a total of fifteen men,
gtvipg full tlmo to engineering In-
btructlon ip 1908. Prom a very small
number of students in engineering teK,aBh bowla provJdod wlth hot nnd
1884. the total registration has in
creased to something like 450 In 1908.
From a very few graduates per year
to the earlier years following tho in
auguration of engineering Jn tho unl
voralty, (ho departments havo grown
until 49 degrees In engineering wore
granted in 1908. In 190G, when care
ful statistics were compiled, it was
found that 38.2 per cent of tho male
freshmen registration wero engineers;
25,4 per oont of tho wholo freshman
, registration' were engineers, and about
fti?4 V,G cnt of tho wholo unlvoralty
(s undergraduate, registration woro on
gineors, If present figures were avail-
nblo It would probably "1)0 found that
no great chnngo In comparative regis
tration has occurred.
Remain In Profession'
An unusually largo number of Ne
braska's engineering graduatos havo
I'omalned in tho profoaslon aftor leav
ing 'tho university.. These men, may
bo found scattored all ovor tho world,
whorover technical knowledge 1b in
demand. Sovorai of tho very woll
known engineers of tho country aro
numbored in tho list of gruduatoB, and
a good many of the mon aro rocoivlng
BnlarloB which are, to any tho least,
Fifteen yoars ago onglnoorlng grad
uates woro not lu groat demand. Tho
tromondouH Industrial dovelopmont of
tho past ten years has created an un
precedented demand for mon of tech
nical training In oveuy lino of business
activity. Tho domands for tho con
servation of national resources and
tho increasing complexity of modern
llfo continually prosont problems
which In tho end must bo solvod by
tho engineer. It Is thus undoubtedly
truo that there will bo an Increasing
lather than a decreasing domatid for
technical mon of all grades, from tho
man of tho highest engineering abil
ity to tho vast army of subordinates.
For sovorai yoara tho demand for Ne
braska engineering graduates has
boon greater than the Bupply.
This dovelopmont of onglnoorlng at
tho University of Nebraska has boon
very gratifying to thoBo Interested In
tho work. In splto of "stift" couraos,
and a lack of adequalo room, en
ment and instructional staff, tho num
ber of Btudents has steadily increased.
With the completion of tho lino new
mechanical engineering laboratory
described elsewhere) and the read
justments mado possible by the com
pletion of this building, the work of
tho engineering departments will be
eomo more thorough, interesting and
effective. The completion and equip
ment of tho now building la but tho
beginning of a program of bottor
ment which it is hoped may bo carried
cut within a fow yearB.
TO EQUAL THE BEST.
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seating over two hundred persons, and
a lecture room Beating about sixty
students. On the first floor a lavatory
30x50 feet will contain nenrlv four
hundred locker and thIrty lmllvlllllnl
Very caroful study has been mado
of ovory detail'of the building and Its
equipment. Tho building will be heat
ed by direct radiation and ventilated
by tempered air blown Into tho rooms.
Tho olectrlo lighting of tho building
will bq superior to that In any other
building nt the university. Most of
the' rooms will bo lighted by tungsten
lamps In sufficient number to give
brilliant illumination. In somo of the
laboratories flaming arc lamps will be
used. Tho plumbing will bo' of the
best, designed for convenience and
with due regard to sanitation.
HhWiI WIHMB'dBPl f VI; ! ImVH W t I - r MS
Aftor a caroful study of ttho build
ing and equlpmont In a majority of
tho hotter institutions of this country,
tho writer Is of the opinion that this
building, when properly equipped, Mil
be at least the equal qf any similar
structure in tho United' States in de
sign, convenience, arrangement and
When the department of mechanical
engineering moves Into tho new build
ing, tho old'shop building will bo re
fitted for the use of tho dopartmont
of olectrlcal engineering nnd tho Me
chanic Arts hall for tho department
of civil engineering and applied mechanics.
PLAN OF ENGINEERING SOCIETY.
Associate Membership Is Now Re
quired of Students.
Tho onglnoorlng society was organ
ized "to promote engineering fellow
ship, to give tno engineering depart
ments more prominence, and to pro
vldo Troni tlmo to tlmo pleasing and
instructive entertainments for the
During tho nlno years of its exist
ence the Boclety has certainly lived
up to Its purpose, and 1b today the
largest and ono of the moBt success
ful societies In the university. It
hay a membership of nearly ono hun
dred and twenty-five.
Last year an associate membership
was established, and now a student
cannot beeomo an active member of
Electrical Engineering Laboratory and Lighting Plant
tho society until ho has been an as
sociate, in good standing for four
months, and has made at least ten
hours' credit In the engineering
school. ThlB Iiub raised the standard
of the society. Any engineer Is elig
ible to nssociato membership. Tho
society alms to provide for instructive
entertainment by having promindht
men lecture at the regular riteetlngs,
and In this way facilitate means
whereby students muy learn what 1b
being done In tho outside world. To
draw tho students into closer fellow
ship the society gives several amok
ors during tho year which havo been
very successful in the past. All en
gineering students aro invited to at
tend these smokers, and every effort
Is mado by the members to get them
acquainted with their fellow students
and with the membors of tho faculty
wbo usually tako an active interest
lu the uffalrB of tho society.
The regular meetings of the society
aro held on every other Wednesday
evening in -Science hall of the Tem
ple. Tho officers for this year are;
C. R. Pulton, president; O. L. Olsen,
vice-president; W. J.' Wohlonberg,
secretary; G. W. Hutchison, treasurer ;
P. N. Wildish, corresponding secre
tary. The oflicers aro working hard to
make this tho most successful year
since tho organization of tho society,
and If present indications predict any
thing their efforts will certainly not
havo been in vain. It la like someone
has said: "Tho engineers aro llko
tho Dutch thoy stick together."
THE NEBRA8KAA. I. E. E. BRANCH
Established In 1908 With a Member
ship of Twenty-seven. t
The University of Nebraska branch
of tho American InBtituto of Electrical
Engineers was organized, April 10,
1908, with a membership of twenty
seven. Its purpose Is to gather to
gether those Interested in electrical
engineering, that their Interest In the
subject and knowledge of Its breadth
and possibilities may be increased. It
supplies a want In the electrical en
gineer's life which cannot be satisfied
l the study of tho bare details of
The A. I. E. E., as It Is popularly
known, meets on tho first Tuesday in
each month. At these meetings orig
inal papers are read, talks given by
outside engineers, or discussions of
good papers, which have been present
ed In other branches, aro given. When
visiting speakers are procured the ex
penses are borne by tho institute as a
whole. Hence the burden does not
fall heavily on each branch.
This ear three meetings ljave been
held, In which the following papers
havo bqen presented:
High Potential Transmission of
Power Prof. Geo. H. Morse.
Conseivatlon or Power Resources
Prof. C. L. Dean.
Installation of Three Phase Motor
System Clarenco Johnson, 'OS.
Electrification or Steam Railways
I. F. Baker, '09.
In nil of these meetings there haB
been a good attendance, and many of
those present have taken an active
part In the discussion of the subjects
The benefits of membership In the
A. I. E. E. are exceedingly valuable
to tho young engineer, as he Is
brought In contact with practicing en
gineers. Further, ho becomes pro
ficient in expressing his thoughts and
IdeaB on a subject by reason of the
open discussion nnd tho privilege of
presenting papers before tho society,
and finally, each member receives a
copy of the Proceedings of tho Amer
ican Institute of Electrical Engineers,
which Is filled from cover to cover
with practlcnl and interesting sub
jects. I. P. Baker, U. of N., '09.
Those taking sophomore physics at
Boston Tech are asking for an extra
recitation hour each week, in order
to dlstrlbuto tho work. Thoy claim
that too many flunk the course and
that those who get through do not
get the work well enough.
The literary societies at Iowa have
taken their complaint as to putting
all social events on their meeting
nights to the university senate.
The De Pauw juniors recently camo
to chapel in their new class llda.
The hats are black and gold. Ono
hundred of the class appeared, sang
their cIosb aong, and occupied gallery
seats during the exercises.
Tho delinquents at Chicago are to
K?. dropped from tho rolls, To escape
this fate students thero must keen
their work above tho grade of D for
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