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The Federation of Engineering Societies Fourth Annual Engineers' Day

April 15, 2008

by Robin Elliot

The growth of the School of Engineering at Drexel is evident in a program for the Federation of Engineering Societies, Engineers' Day held at the Drexel Institute of Technology in 1952. While none of the speakers were from Drexel, except for Dr. Robert C. Disque, who made the Summary speech of the day, there were a large variety of speakers from all facets of academia and industry. The speakers spoke on subjects of vital interest to both engineers and to society in general. The inclusion of metallurgical engineering in the program is evidence of the growing strength of the engineering department at Drexel during the1950's. This department was not added to the curriculum until the 1950's. The different industrial companies are evidence of the region's industrial past. RCA was located in Camden, New Jersey and was a prominent employer in the area. The Westinghouse Electric Corporation was a longstanding company having many interests in the field of engineering. The conference also had a talk by an assistant director of the Atomic Energy Division of the United States Government. All of these companies and government departments had direct need for students from Drexel for their future employees.    
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