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PAGE SEVEN

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 1952

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Engineering
Unit To Be
Near Huron
Research Center
Gets New Home
By BARNES CONNABLE
One of the University's fastest
growing arms, the Engineering Re-
search Institute will finally find
a home when development of the
huge area north of the Huron
River is achieved.
Harried scientists who have
trekked from building to building
during the scattered Institute's 30-
year existence on campus will have
the benefit of a large, modern
building with vast facilities, ac-
cording to present plans.
THE INSTITUTE functions as a
coordinator and liason body for
scientists from various depart-
ments, private firms and the gov-
ernment. Although many of its
projects will still be undertaken
in laboratories on the present
campus, a large part of its work
will be handled in the new build-
ing.
Forerunner to the Institute
was the engineering research
department, established by the
Board of Regents in 1920 to aid
_ small industries in Michigan. By
1950, sporting a new name and
a staff of more than 600 persons,
it was working on 210 projects
at a cost of $2,600,000 for Fed-
eral government agencies and ,
industrial concerns throughout
the country.
Now one of the five largest col-
lege research organizations in the
nation, the Institute does its re-
search on a contract basis and is
a self-supporting organization ad-
ministratively.
THE INSTITUTE'S relations
with industry and government
pays dividends, its officials be-
lieve, by aiding members of the
engineering faculty in keeping up
to date on developments in their
fields and providing paying jobs
for engineering students.
Founders of the original de-
partment were Prof. Albert E.
White of the engineering col-
lege and the late Dean Mortimer
E. Cooley. Prof. White was
chairman of the department
from its beginning and now
heads the Institute.
The new building will be a me-
morial to Dean Cooley, who head-
ed the engineering college from
1903 to 1928.
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ONE OF THE department's ear-
liest developments was the single-
phase motor, first to operate on
house current, which now can be
found in the million's of sewing
machines, vacuum sweepers and
washing machines.
During the war the depart-
ment devoted its facilities al-
most entirely to research for the
Army and Navy. Its most im-
portant contributions were fire-
power developments.
Expenditures for more than 200
secret research projects for the
government during the war years
amounted to more than a million
dollars annually. Federal officials
cited the University work as "in-
valuable in the solution of urgent
problems arising during the course
of the war."
Last year the Instittue re-
portedly handled $3,000,000 in
research contracts from govern-
ment and industry. It has led

in work on more than 2,000 sub-
jects since its founding.
Probably the most noted of the
Institute's divisions is its Willow
Run Research Center, which this
week jumped into the headlines
with the arrival of a "hot" foil of
palladium from a Canadian ato-
mic stockpile.
Located at Willow Run Airport,
the Center is staffed by 250 re-
searchers seeking answers to prob-
lems in aerophysics, aerodynamics,
propulsion, electronics, controls
and acoustics.
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ONE OF INSTITUTE'S PRESENT OFFICE BUILDINGS

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MODEL OF PLANNED COOLEY MEMORIAL LABORATORY

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University buildings. A recreation center, the municipal golf course and the Arboretum, separates
the two. Top of the diagram is west.
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"overflow" campus area-outlined in white-in relation to the hilly area northeast of the city. The phote

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