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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1953

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1953

ERI Solves Problems
In All Research Areas

Century
Of Growth

ENGINEERING SCHOOLS 'CLAIM TO FAME': Electronics
'U' Boasts Largest Non-Government Testing Tank Researchers

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Working closely with the na-
tion'sindustry, the Engineering
Research Institute, a department
of the College of Engineering,
currently functions as a multi-
million dollar business solving re-
search and production problems in
every field of engineering from
cosmic rays to the lighting of
schoolrooms.
FOUNDED IN 1920, and located
in the East Engineering Bldg., the
Institute is arranged so that a
private industry may contract
with the University for technical
aid from specialists in the College
of Engineering.
To meet the demands of in-
dustry, the Institute has such
facilities as a cyclotron, a wind
tunnel, a high temperature lab-

oratory, and a great amount of
electronic equipment.
The program gives faculty men
a chance to do research under the
best conditions possible in the
fields of their special interests.
MANY STUDENTS have earned
much of their education by work-
ing as research assistants in the
Institute. Over a hundred of the
thousand-man staff are students.
Much classified work is current-
ly being done for the Armed
Forces.
Revenue from the institute has
contributed the major share of the
upkeep of the Willow Run Airport,
where some of its installations are
located, and has paid for the new
Cooley Memorial Research Build-
ing.

eletedB EUniversitycanbot a big-
Com pl gest" in the engineering college's
(Continued from Page 1) department of marine engineer-
__ ing and naval architecture.
space was urgently requested The largest naval testing tank
and the first unit of the perma- not owned by the federal govern-
nent brick Engineering Shop ment is housed in the east side
now housed in the east part of of the West Engineering Bldg. and
the present Automotive Labora- measures 360 feet long. The tank,
tory was constructed. 10 feet deep and 15 feet wide,
A building which was occupied holding 500,000 gallons of water,
by the Dental School was turned1is used to test boat models of all
over to the department in 1891,!types, from floating dry docks to
* * *seven-foot dinghies.
BUILDING continued through- s dnhe
out the earlier part of this cen- CAPTAIN of this model fleet is
tury at an accelerated pace and Prof. Louis A. Baier of the engi-
reached a peak with the comple- neering college. Prof. Baier knows
tion of an addition to the East more than the theory of boat-
Engineering Bldg. finished in 1947 building, for he has served as a
at a cost of $1,545,000 and pro- destroyer pilot in Chesapeake Bay
viding 94,848 square feet of office, and once built a 55 foot ketch and
laboratory and classroom space. sailed it to Bermuda.

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(4nhtiawc IJi/ka'k COO.
PONTIAC 17, MICHIGAN
is proud to have flrnished the millwork and
cabinet work on the COOLEY MEMORIAL
RESEARCH LABORATORY and also on the
following University Buildings.
FOOD SERVICE BUILDING
Architect-Louis C. Kingscot
Contractor-George A. Fuller
MARRIED STUDENTS' DORMITORY
Architect-Charles Noble
Contractor-George A. Fuller
CHEMISTRY BUILDING,.
Architect-Louis C. Kingscot
Contractor-Bryant & Detwiler
GENERAL SERVICE BUILDING
Architect-Harley-Ellington & Day
Contractor-Bryant & Detwiler
MEN'S DORMITORY
Architect-Andrew R. Morrison
Contractor-Bryant & Detwiler
RESIDENCE, HALLS. FOR MEN
Architect-Andrew R. Morrison
Contractor--George A. Fuller
WOMEN'S DORMITORY
Architect-Clair W. Ditchy
Contractor--George A. Fuller
ANGELL HALL1
Architects-Smith-Hinchman & Grylls
Contractor-Bryant & Detwiler
OUT-PATIENT CLINIC BUILDING
Architects-Giffels & Vallet
Contractor-Jeffress-Dyer, Inc.
KRESGE MEDICAL RESEARCH BUILDING
Architects-Giffels & Vallet
Contractor-Jeffress-Dyer, Inc.
WOMEN'S PHYSICAL EDUCATION BUILDING
Architects-Lee & Kenneth C. Black
Alden B. Dow
Conntractor-Jeffress- Dyer, Inc.

Today, in addition to the en-
larged East Engineering Bldg.
the College of Engineering
buildings consist of East Hall,
formerly a city school building,
the West Engineering Bldg. and
the Automotive Laboratory orig-
inally constructed in 1888.
The new Cooley Memorial Lab-
oratory will be opened this week
on the North Campus continuing
the expansion of engineering fa-
cilities.
As the University community
recalls 100 years of constant
growth, expansion and improve-
ment of the College of Engineer-
ing this week it may look with
appropriate pride to the contribu-
tions made by a host of Michigan

Only two other schools in the
Country - Massachusetts Insti-
tute of Technology and Webster
Institute-offer degrees in the
specialized field of naval archi-
tecture, and it is the smallest
department in the engineering
college. Fifty-five students are
currently enrolled in the cur-
riculum and are taught by four
professors in the department.
The data determined by testing
scale models in the tank is useful
to ship designers and shipyards,
for few boats are actually con-
structed without having prelimin-
ary model testing done.
MOST OF THE testing done by

-Daily-van Otteren
VARIOUS EXPERIMENTS ARE CARRIED ON IN THE NAVAL ARCHITECTURE TANK
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engineers to the American scene the University is for private enter-
during the laist century. prise as the government operates

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several tanks throughout they
country.
Models to be tested are at-
tached beneath a car which
straddles the tank and towed
at -speeds from 10 to 750 feet
per minute. Several thousand
models ranging from ocean lin-
ers to sailboats have been tested
this way, according to Prof.
Baier.,
The models are sh~aped to exact
scale from white pine and finished
with three, coats of marine paint.
mct of thm nr i to 14 fpp t i

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model.
Courses in naval architecture
were first offered in 1882-83 and
the tank was constructed as a
laboratory for the department
in 1904, with original dimen-
sions of 300 by 22 feet. It was
the second such tank to be con-
structed in the United States.
In 1948 the tank was remodeled
to its present dimensions.

Work -at T'
By LARRY SUKENIC
On the fourth floor of the East
Engineering building the corridor
in the south wing comes to an
abrupt end at a door marked Elec-
tronic Defense Group.
Behind this door a group of
some fifty engineers and scientists
from seven departments in the
University have been busily en-
gaged in a research project for
the United States Signal Corps in
electronics and related sciences
since June 1951.
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EDG, WHICH WAS originally
organized at the University by
Prof. William G. Dow and Prof. H.
W. Welch of the engineering col-
lege, has developed to the point
where it is now served by scientists
and engineers from the mechani-
cal, chemical and metallurgical en--
ineering, physics, chemistry, math,
and psychology departments.
At present Prof. Dow is the
group supervisor and Prof. Welch
is in charge of co-ordinating
the technical program.
The EDG program includes basic
research in the design and pro-
duction of ceramic ferro magnetic
and ferro electric material and
the application of these materials
in electronic equipment, as well
as assisting in the evaluation and
design of equipment used by the
Signal Corps.
THE EDG ALSO provides direct
consultation services for the Sig-
nal Corps by conferences and ex-
change of ideas with electronic
and research staffs of other uni-
versities.
In November of last year 65
engineers from all over the
country attended a Symposium
on Electronic Defense at the
University. Among engineers
who attended were members of
the Research and Development
Board, representatives of various
laboratories interested in elec-
tronic defense problems, and
several members of advisory
groups for the Department of
Defense.
EDG's special fields of interest
take in the mathematical theory
of communication, the principles
of radio transmission and receiv-
ing design, research work in the
theory of visual detection, and
projects involving the design and
development of military electronic
equipment.
With the opening of the Cooley
Memorial Laboratory on the North
Campus this year plans call for
transferring EDG from its present
headquarters to the new site where
it will occupy about half of the
laboratory space.

spent in the construction of each

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ment. Two or three days are error methods in shipbuilding,

Prof. Baier said.
Copper sulfate and water mustE
be added to the water at frequent'
intervals to precipitate dirt and{
slime from the tank, but some
algae forms on the tank in spite
of these precautions.
In addition to being the largest
University tank in the world, -it
is probably also the largest one-
fish fishpond, for one of the sev-
eral small fish dumped in the tank

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Powering the tow car is a 75 after the engineering college open

to the University of Michigan

College of

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century of progress.
MEMORIALS AND BUILDING S

gona
TONES
Phone 8914

MOST, J1M emnae arl U 1. eeI nl
length. horsepower electric motor draw- house last spring still swims lazily
* * ing electricity from University about the pool.
A FULL -TIME patternmaker powerlines. Data for the models1
constructs the models to be tested is recorded graphically for further Blitino NO Bar
in the tank and is sometimes as- study and tabulation. Such meas- BN
sisted by students in the depart- urements eliminate the trial and For Chem Prof
In 1892 Prof. Edward D. Camp-
Congratulations to the bell was permanently blinded by
S.h.ola laboratory explosion.
Engineering S hool However, he went back to his
of the University of Michigan lecturing duties at the University
even before the bandages were
on its 100th Anniversary removed from his sightless eyes
and then continued for 33 years
under his handicap to do active
Ann Arbor Sheet Metal Works research in the chemistry of me-
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN tals.
BOB LUZIUS-1PROPRIETOR He also served as an administra-
tor in the College of Engineering
IL__ ________ until 1925.

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