UMass Amherst College of Engineering Celebrates 50th Anniversary Sept. 26-28

AMHERST, Mass. - The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts will celebrate its 50th anniversary this coming weekend, Sept. 26-28, with a series of events, including tours, presentations, lectures, and an awards dinner. The celebration will be held in conjunction with the University’s homecoming, convocation, and the Fall Festival. Although engineering courses have been offered on campus since 1913, the College of Engineering was formally established on Sept. 1, 1947, under Dean George M. Marston. The College now boasts more than 13,000 thousand living alumni, three-quarters of whom have remained in the state of Massachusetts to work and live.

"This is a time for looking back and also for looking forward," said Joseph Goldstein, dean of the College of Engineering. The College’s graduates have traveled various paths, Goldstein said, from running some of the largest corporations in the world to teaching. Many continue to practice engineering, while others have used their engineering backgrounds as a basis for moving into other fields. "That is the type of success that any institution can be proud of," he said.

The events for the 50th anniversary celebration are as follows:

Friday, Sept. 26

10-11:30 a.m. - Tours and special presentations will be offered throughout the department including: the Video Instructional Program, the department’s distance learning program, in 113 Marcus Hall; the Human Performance Lab, which houses a driving simulator,in Marston Trailer; and the Chemical Engineering Alumni Classroom, a multi-media, computer classroom, in 201 Lederle Graduate Research Tower.

10:30 a.m. - Reception in the Student Center Conference Room, Marcus Hall, for engineering’s honored guests, Bernard M. Gordon and Steve Sanghi, and the department’s faculty and students. Gordon is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Analogic Corp.; Sanghi is president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of Microchip Technology Inc.

11:30 a.m. - Luncheon Lecture Series, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, Main Floor-South, Reference Study Area. The speakers will be Gordon, Sanghi, chemical engineering professor Michael Doherty, and mechanical and industrial engineering professor David Kazmer. (Press or alumni who wish to attend should pre-register with Lorraine Robidoux, 413/545-6390.)

2 p.m. - Steve Sanghi lecture, Marcus Hall Auditorium.

3 p.m. - Convocation in Campus Center Auditorium followed by a reception in the Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union Building. The event will celebrate the inauguration of University President William Bulger. Robert C. Wiesel, chairman and chief executive officer of Stone and Webster Engineering Corp., and a 1972 alumnus of the College of Engineering, will be one of eight individuals to receive a Chancellor’s Medal, the highest award given by the campus in recognition of service to the University.

5:30 p.m. - Engineering Alumni Awards Dinner, Top of the Campus Restaurant. This year’s honorees are: Jill Boski, winner of the Young Alumna Award; Barbara G. Jessel, Outstanding Engineering Alumna; and Irving J. Winters, Outstanding Engineering Alumnus. (Press or alumni who wish to attend should pre-register through Lorraine Robidoux, 545-6390.)

Saturday, Sept. 27

8:30 a.m. - Registration for 50th Anniversary Alumni Breakfast, to be held in the Campus Center, room 1009.

9:00 a.m. - Breakfast program begins with remarks from alumni, students, faculty, and administrators. (Press or alumni who wish to attend should register through Lorraine Robidoux, 545-6390.)

1 p.m. - ootball game: UMass Minutemen versus Rhode Island, McGuirk Alumni Stadium.