SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1953
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
' Liberal Arts Need
Studied by Colleg
By JANE HOWARD
Questioning whether a graduate
of the College of Engineering is
sufficiently equipped to meet allt
aspects of the world around himt
after his University education,i
representatives from ' both the
school's faculty and student body;
have recently taken stock of thee
liberal arts education an engineer1
receives in his four years here.-
Assistant Dean Walter J. Em-
mons maintained strongly that
"engineering is a much broader
field than most people suppose."
* * *
EMMONS developed his point
by explaining that any individual's
well-roundedness depended largely
on his intellectual curiosity and
whatever advantage he took of the
cultural opportunities offered him.
"Nobody," the Dean continu-
ed, "can learn a lot about any-
thing in four years of college."1
He proposed that a graduate'st
total education might be mea-t
sured by the question, "howI
broad is his mode of communica-E
tion with others" '
An engineer, Emmons comment-
ed, might answer this adequately
as a result of required courses in
mechanical drawing, mathematics,z
and chemistry, all of which con-e
tribute to his degree of expression.
MANY OBSTACLES, however,x
block the theoretically satisfactoryI
means of acquiring a liberal edu-(
cation as well as specialized en-(
gineering training via extra cur-(
ricular concerts, lectures and vol-
antary outside reading.
Bill Diamond, '54E, a member
of the Engineering Steering
Committee, represented student
viewpoint in his assurance that
"engin school" enrollees are
heartily in favor of as much
liberal arts education as possi-
Diamond's statement concurred
with an article by Thad D. Epps,
'53E, in an issue of The Michigan
;Technic, the engineering college's
monthly publication. "Engineers,"
Epps remarked, "should have as
much liberal arts knowledge as
they can, so that they can be
well-rounded and have at least a
general knowledge of all fields."
A COMPARISON of University
announcements reveals that pros-
pective engineers must cram 144
credit hours into four years on
campus, while students in the lit-
erary college must accumulate
For this reason engineering
students have less out-of-class
time to devote to non-technical
Under Professor William Hag-
erty of the engineering college,
tentative plans are now under con-
sideration whereby engineers
might gain a broader liberal edu-
cation along with the necessary
knowledge for their own special-
* * *
DIAMOND said that this pro-
gram, which would be given in
conjunction with the literary col-
lege, upon its possible completion
next fall, would completely re-
vamp shie courses, to give a gen-
eral broad background of their
liberal arts subjects.
At present, according to Dean
Emmons, engineering students
in two fields, civil and chemical,
may enroll in a five-year pro-
gram and at the end receive
degree of both A.B. and B.S.
However he added tha
many men want to study f
years. The problem lies pa
the draft situation and pa
the students' eagerness to3
into their fields.
* * *
BUT if the demand wer
enough, more generalized c
lums could be worked out i
fields," he pointed out.
As the catalogue now
all engineering students
have ten hours of Englis
six of economics. Other
technical electives vary g
among the different subdi
of the college, with ma
quiring an additional six
in non-technical fields.
IT WAS, however, point
by Diamond that "an engi
student interested in famili
himself with a field such a
ical science or history wou
to use all his elective hours
prerequisite courses necess
a more advanced underst
of the subject."
HE WOULD thus spendl
self-selected courses on on
field, and would miss out
real comprehension of<
equally important subjects
Professor Thomas Hunter
engineering college adder
many engineers do achiev
positions in fields other thE
own, such as law and busin
cited as examples the six en
currently in the United
n Offered ..
irtly in By HARRY STRAUSS
artly in The first University student in w '4
get out the history of the engineering col- 1
lege to receive a degree in mater- ,.
ial engineering will graduate in
e great February.
urricu- Although a course in materials'
n other has been given to all freshmen in 4
the college, it has only been re-
cently that additional courses in
reads this field were added to the cur-'
h and *
non- THE PRESENT staff includes,
reatly specialists in the field of refining,
visions steel and glass. The future build-
ny re- up of the department has been
hours planned to include men from all
sections of the materials field.
According to Prof. Richard
ted out Schneidewind of the metallurgi-
neering cal engineering department, the
iarizing field of materials is sub-divided
s polit- into three parts: the metal field,
Id have the oxide (clay, glass, etc.) and
for the the organic field (plastics).
ary for At present the metal indus-t
anding try is the largest in the country,
but Prof. Schneidewind pointed
out,s "in twenty years, plastics will
his few close the gap."f
aly one One of the foundations of the
t on a materials field is polymers, for
o t h e r it is this combination of two or
more molecules of equal weight
r of the that will permit the use of syn-
d that thetics for the heavy work.
e high It is through this "polymer class
kn their of materials" that advances in, WEST ENGINEERING BUILDINC
ess. He the fields of medicine such as a
gineers s bstitute for blood, purification
States in rubber, in plastics, and many
other fields, have been made. ......:....
Beh ind Curriculum
In its hundred years of exis- the annex of the college house
tence the College of Engineering equipment complete enough to
has developed for itself a tradi- carry on the most extensive re-
tion- as well as a history. search, yet simple enough to aid
Begun in 1852 as an addition students in acquiring the fun-
and a supplement to what was at damental skills necessary to
that time an exclusively literary their profession.
curriculum, the college has in the In these buildings experts share
course of its history become a their knowledge with students by
personality in its own right, the semester, and in many cases
* * *produce new knowledge through
AT MICHIGAN, the engineer- findings in their various fields of
ing college has become a tradition scientific research.
of the Engin Arch as well as one
of slide rules and drawing boards. IN ADDITION to technical
It has become one of a monthly knowledge, the engineering col-
publication and an annual dance legethrough its honor system
as well as one of smelting or plan- attempts to teach the student to
ning bridges. "make decisions on his own," ac-
The two main buildings and cording to Engineering Honors
* Council President Tawfiq Khoury,
At the present time it is the
only college in the University to
have this system.
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We Extend Our Sincerest
Congratulations to the Engineering School
on their 100th Anniversary
RECORDING ENDURANCE TEST RESULTS WEST ENGINEERING ANNEX-HOME OF LABS AND 'TECHNIC'
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For 100 years of
more important, applying scientific know-
ledge thru its faculty and graduates do we
heartily congratulate our own Engineering