SEAS time line

Old photo of engineering instructor

1946
School of Engineering established. Paul E. Mohn becomes first dean.

1952
UB provides first off-campus graduate course in engineering to Clark Bros. Inc. in Olean, New York.

1958
Interdisciplinary grant awarded by U.S. Air Force for research on biological effects of electromagnetic radiation. UB electrical engineering and biology departments cooperate on project.

1961
IBM 1620 digital computer purchased and installed in Parker Hall.

1968
Aerospace engineering and engineering science programs established.

Old photo of engineering classroom

1970
Robert L. Ketter, who began his UB career in 1958 as chair of civil engineering, becomes the universityís 11th president.

1978
George C. Lee named dean of Faculty (later School) of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He will remain in this leadership position for 17 years.

1982
Master of Engineering degree, designed to enhance the technical skills of engineers in practice, is approved.

1986
National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (now MCEER) established with $25 million National Science Foundation grant. Jarvis Scholarship Fund established to honor payload specialist Gregory B. Jarvis, a 1967 graduate of the school, who was killed in the Challenger explosion January 28.

1994
Engineering Career Institute established.

1999
Eli Ruckenstein, SUNY Distinguished Professor, receives the National Medal of Science, the nationís highest honor for scientific achievement, from President Bill Clinton at a White House ceremony.

2000
BS in environmental engineering program is created.

Old photo of engineering students

2001
In the aftermath of 9/11, MCEER teams conduct on-site inspections of the collapsed World Trade Center towers and surrounding buildings, and collect satellite information and imagery from before and after the attacks.

2002
Combined BS/MEng in civil engineering is created.

2004
Venugopal Govindaraju, professor of computer science and engineering and director of CUBS, receives a Global Indus Technovators Award from the MIT Indian Business Club.

2006
Harvey Stenger becomes dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences on August 1.

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