Perspectives: From the Editor

U.K. Inventor James Dyson Launches Engineering School

Four-year program will combine fulltime job with coursework

By Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
Jan 6, 2017

Rich industrialists long have played a role in supporting engineering education. In the 1800s, the dearth of colleges specializing in technology led some successful businessmen — it only was men in those days — to establish academic institutions. For instance, Peter Cooper set up The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (where I got my chemical engineering degree) in New York City and Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. Today, though, wealthy engineers generally provide funding and sometimes lend their name to an existing high-quality academic institution. The David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., and the recently named Charles D. Davidson School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., are just two examples of successful chemical engineers supporting the education of future members of our profession.

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