Furnas Hall is a ten-story structure that houses the Departments
of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
and provides space for systems design research and an interaction
computation laboratory with process computers.
Clifford C. Furnas (1900-1969) a chemical engineer,
metallurgist, aviator researcher, and Olympic athlete, was a
primary force in the negotiations and decision to merge the private
University of Buffalo with the State University of New York. Under
his direction as a chancellor (1954-62) and subsequently as
president of SUNY at Buffalo (1962-66), Furnas undertook an
extensive program of expansion and enrichment to meet the growing
educational needs of Western New York. 22 new buildings were
erected, the faculty doubled in size from 1,200 to 2,400, research
funds increased substantially, and the UB Foundation was
Claude E. Puffer served as Acting Chancellor from December 5, 1955 to February 1, 1957 while Chancellor Furnas served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for the United States.