Alumni Life: Keepsakes

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Engineering textbook

Engineering textbook.

Photo: Philip Malowitz


The late Irving H. Shames, a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and a UB faculty member for more than 30 years, wrote several highly regarded textbooks, which became known as “bibles” by those who studied from them. Philip Malowitz (BS ’91) of Grapevine, Texas, now a supplier quality engineer with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, turned his bible into a memento. “After sitting in this man’s class for the first real departmental course for mechanical engineering, I realized he was a legend here at UB,” he recalls. “So I thought, why not ask him to sign the book he wrote for the class?”

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