After residing for 24 years in a three-story house on the campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., the six members of the IEEE History Center staff are moving up the road to Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken. The center is located in a wing on the third floor of the school’s Samuel C. Williams Library.
The move was prompted by a review conducted in 2012 to ascertain what partnerships might best enhance IEEE’s activities in documenting the history of technology. It was decided that when its agreement with Rutgers expired on 1 July, the History Center would move to Stevens and begin a strategic partnership with the university’s College of Arts and Letters (CAL)—the academic unit dedicated to teaching and research in science, technology, the humanities, and the arts.
A private university founded in 1870 as the first school in the United States to use a science-based engineering curriculum, Stevens is focused on IEEE’s fields of interest. Last year it was among the fastest-growing colleges in the U.S. News & World Report listings of the best universities.
“Stevens has a number of synergies with IEEE, most notably that the College of Arts and Letters, currently in an expansion mode, focuses on the history and social study of science and technology, as does the IEEE History Center,” says Michael Geselowitz, the center’s senior director.
In the partnership with Stevens, some of the History Center staff will teach courses on the history of engineering and help organize exhibits and other activities on campus.
“Having the History Center staff on campus and part of the Stevens community will allow us to further our goal of promoting an understanding of the past so that we not only become more responsible in the present but also explore what is possible in the future,” says Lisa M. Dolling, dean of CAL.