The School's Long Range Plan for the period 1994-1998 describes three major thrusts that convey a common theme. When fully implemented, this plan will move the School away from an educational and research program that emphasizes engineering science, to one that is more oriented toward the practice of engineering in a broad context. Only a gradual move in this direction is proposed as we explore the proper balance between engineering science and engineering practice.
At the undergraduate level, we continue to expose our students to first-hand experiences through curricular changes and efforts such as the Edgerton Center. In terms of the former, the "learning by design" effort sponsored by ECSEL is becoming more pervasive. The emphasis in the new Mechanical Engineering curriculum on design, first-hand experiences, and "just in time" education is a prime example of a curricular change in this new direction. In a similar vein, the School recently sponsored a six day program at MIT (the LeaderShape Institute) involving 60 students and concentrating on promoting leadership with integrity.
At the graduate level we have implemented four new programs following the lead provided by the EECS five year program. Masters of Engineering (M. Eng.) programs in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Ocean Engineering have now been constructed. A joint effort between the School and the Sloan School entitled System Design and Management, offering the Master of Science degree, will begin in pilot form in September, 1995. All of these programs treat engineering in context and provide a multidisciplinary, design oriented education in direct support of our mission.
Finally, the Long Range Plan called for closer alignment between the needs of industry and the School's research programs. We have moved forward over this year to hear the voice of this customer and detailed conversations with, for instance, the aircraft industries, the automotive industries and the oil industry have led to a deeper appreciation of industry's needs and our ability to work effectively with them. This has also been a year where the opportunities available to our School internationally have become clear and apparent. An agreement between CEE and Mendoza province has been struck and early, but substantial, contacts with Malaysia established. We expect such opportunities to increase in number over the next few years and are posturing the School to take advantage of these opportunities.
The Ruth and Joel Spira Awards for Teaching Excellence were presented this year to Professor Neil Todreas of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, Professor Eli Sachs of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Professor Lynn A. Stein of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. The Spira awards were established with a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Joel Spira to honor outstanding teachers in the three departments listed above.
Henry Ford II Scholar Award - This award is presented to the senior in the School of Engineering who has attained the highest academic record at the end of the third year and who has exceptional potential for leadership in the profession of engineering and in society. The recipient this year was Mr. Daniel A. Theobald, '95 of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit to students who are sophomores or juniors and who have excellent academic records and have demonstrated an interest in and potential for careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and those engineering disciplines that contribute significantly to the technological advances of the United States. This year we had one scholarship winner from the School of Engineering: Kevin K. Lin, a junior in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Reinhold Rudenberg Memorial Fund - This prize is awarded to students based on their senior theses in the area of energy conversion.
Three awards were made this year to, Andrew M. Carnell of the Energy Laboratory for his thesis entitled: "Characterization of Oil Consumption Mechanisms and Their Dependence on Engine Design and Operation in a Renault Engine", Scott A. Rhodes of the Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems for his thesis entitled: "Digital Feedback Control System for the Regulation of Line Tension", and Patrick Rowe, formerly from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and currently a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, for his thesis entitled: "Endpoint Control of Elastically Mounted Robotic Systems: Simulation and Experimentation."
Undergraduate Enrollment Graduate Enrollment
Percent Percent Percent
Oct. Change Change Change Oct. Change Change
'94 '93-'94 '93-'94 '92-'93 '94 '93-'94 '93-'94
Aero & Astro 106 -31 -23% -12% 198 -14 -7%
Chemical 315 12 4% 15% 230 25 12%
Civil 120 -7 -6% 7% 291 -12 -4%
EECS 925 -45 -5% 1% 822 64 8%
Materials 120 -7 -6% -12% 174 -19 -10%
Mech Eng 464 4 1% -2% 405 11 3%
Nuclear 25 -8 -24% 43% 127 -11 -8%
Ocean 11 2 22% 29% 162 -11 -6%
CAES 36 -16 -31%
Totals 2086 -80 -4% 1% 2445 17 1%
Our efforts to recruit minority faculty continue. During the decade preceding initiation of the President and Provost's program to recruit underrepresented minority faculty members, faculty positions were offered to only four underrepresented minority candidates. In contrast, over the last five years, eight faculty positions have been offered to underrepresented minorities resulting in five hires.
The School is in its fourth year as a participant in the GE Fund's Faculty for the Future Program. The goal of the program is to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities on engineering faculties throughout the United States. Grant funds are used to encourage women and minorities at each stage of the pipeline and provides support for undergraduate research, graduate fellowships, forgivable loans for Ph.D. candidates interested in teaching careers, and start-up funds for junior faculty members.
Further progress was made on faculty salary hardening. In 1994-95, 14% of regular academic year faculty salaries was charged to research, down from 16% in 1993-94 and 19% in 1992-93.
ENGINEERING INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (EIP)
In 1994-95, EIP placed seventeen sophomores with member companies, bringing the total number of interns to 52. The number of students placed this year has decreased from 63 interns in 1993-1994.
The Engineering Internship Program is currently under review by both member companies and faculty to redefine its mission and goals. One goal will be to increase the number of students placed in internship assignments that meet both educational and corporate objectives.
The Concourse Program was overseen by Professor Rose as Director and by Ms. Butters as Program Coordinator.
This year marked the first time that six long-established minority summer programs at MIT and Lincoln Laboratory met together. The special MIT program "Lift As We Climb," hosted by President Vest, brought together over 300 people, from pre-college students through to faculty members. The goal was to foster an exchange among African American, Native American, and Hispanic American students who have expressed an interest in science and engineering careers. The event features the MITES design contest as one of the program's highlights.
John Vander Sande
MIT Reports to the President 1994-95