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  Department of Industrial Arts included Mechanical, Electrical and Chemistry Courses.
     
 

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  1885
Mechanical Drawing Classes offered
 
  1896
Electrical Classes offered
 
  1912
Department of Industrial Arts included Mechanical, Electrical and Chemistry Courses.
 
  1940
Electrical Department established, Mechanical Department established
 
  1945
RIT offers Associates degrees in Electrical and Mechanical Technology
 
  1953

RIT offers BS programs in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

 
  1965

Dr. Edward T. Kirkpatrick named Dean of Engineering

 
  1967
James & Eleanor Gleason Trust gives $500,000 to endow Institute’s first endowed chair – a professorship in mechanical engineering
 
  1969 ABET accredits the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Departments’ BS programs
 
  1970 Industrial Engineering offered in the College of Engineering
MS programs offered in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
 
  1971
College of Applied Science changed name to College of Engineering
 
  1971
Dr. Edward T. Kirkpatrick named Dean of College of Engineering
 
  1972

Dr. Richard A. Kenyon named Dean of College of Engineering
Three departments – Electrical, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering

 
  1975
ABET accredits the Industrial Engineering Department’s BS program
Computer Engineering offered jointly with Electrical Engineering and School of Computer Science

 
  1975-
1976
Student head count COE 1,061

 

 
  1980 Computer Engineering established as separate department solely in the College of Engineering
 
  1980-
1981
Student head count COE 1,428
 
  1982 Microelectronic Engineering offered in conjunction with College of Graphic Arts & Photography and College of Science. The first undergraduate program in microelectronic engineering in the world
 
  1985
Master’s Degree in Materials Science and Engineering offered
 
  1985-
1986

Student head count COE 2,208

 
  1986 Center for Microelectronic and Computer Engineering (Building 17) dedicated with Honorary PhD (second honorary PhD in RIT history) presented to Jack Kilby, inventor of the integrated circuit and now Nobel Prize winner
 
  1987 ABET accredits the Computer and Microelectronic Engineering Departments’ BS programs
First Master’s degree offered in Microelectronic Engineering

 
  1989
Dr. Charles Haines named acting Dean College of Engineering
 
  1990-
1991
Student head count COE 1,789
 
  1990
Dr. Paul Petersen named Dean College of Engineering
Master’s degree in Microelectronic Engineering offered by Distance Learning

 
  1991
College of Engineering faculty support new PhD in Imaging Science
 
  1991-
1992
Center for Quality & Applied Statistics Department joined College of Engineering

 
  1993 The Gleason Professorship established
 
  1994 Motorola Professorship established
 
  1995 Earl W. Brinkman Professor of Screw Machine Technology established
 
  1995-
1996
Student head count COE 1,900
 
  1997-
1998
Design Development & Manufacturing Department introduced in conjunction with College of Business
 
  1997-
1998
Department of Software Engineering introduced jointly with Computer Science
 
  1998 The College of Engineering renamed the Kate Gleason College of Engineering
 
  2000 Intel Professor of Research and Technology established
Dr. Harvey Palmer named Dean Kate Gleason College of Engineering
 
  2000-
2001
Student head count KGCOE 2,043
 
  2000-
2001
Software Engineering moves to GCCIS
 
  2002-
2003
Microsystems Engineering Ph.D. program introduced
 
  2003 Kate Gleason Endowed Chair filled
   

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