A Clarkson Mosaic - page 369

in Syracuse, such as Carrier, Allied Chemical, General Electric, Agway, New York Telephone,
and Bristol Myers, met with the faculty to ensure that the program met the needs of industry.
A basic operating budget for 1973-74 of approximately $10.6 million was approved by
the Board of Trustees with the understanding that it might have to be revised upward if student
enrollments exceeded current forecasts. As of December 31, 1972, the market value of
Clarkson's endowment stood at $7,322,876.
Master of Engineering Degree.
In addition to the master of science graduate degree, Clarkson
offered a new degree, master of engineering, for those students meeting the criteria of the
ECPD (Engineers Council for Professional Development, Clarkson's accreditation agency).
Students seeking this new ME degree were required to meet requirements beyond those
of the College and the engineering departments. Whereas the requirements for the MS degree
were science-oriented in support of the PhD programs, work for this new ME degree centered
strongly around design, synthesis, and systems, and had to be clearly identifiable as such. The
State approved this new degree in May 1974.
ME to MIE.
In reaction to requests from a number of students, and following a pattern set by
graduating seniors over 20 years, the faculty of the mechanical engineering department changed
the name to the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering to provide for a new
industrial engineering option in the department.
This new option required 15 hours of technical electives, six of undesignated electives, and 15
of humanities and social sciences. Among the new courses offered were Manufacturing System
Analysis, Safety in Engineering Practice, Time and Motion Study, Plant Layout and Materials
Handling, and Reliability and Sampling Theory. It remained an option until 1990 when it was
replaced by Aeronautical Engineering, and the department's name changed accordingly.
Student Deaths.
John Koerner, Jr., sophomore industrial management major, died as a result of
head injuries received when he drove his car into a ditch surrounding the soccer field on the
Potsdam State campus on Friday, October 22. Police were unable to explain how the accident
In November, Al Corser, an ID senior from Medina, N.Y., died from severe cerebral
hemorrhaging while working out in the weight room of the gym. He collapsed in the gym and
was rushed to the intensive care facilities at Watertown Hospital where he died two days later.
Law Enforcement Program.
As a new interdisciplinary program, the social sciences
department initiated a Law Enforcement and Justice Program designed for persons seeking to
pursue a career in criminal justice. Intended specially for students who transferred from two-
year college programs in police science, corrections administration, and similar fields, this
program allowed students to pursue a BS degree in social sciences with a concentration in Law
Enforcement and Justice, or a BPS (Bachelor of Professional Studies) degree with an
individually designed program.
Graduates were eligible for a wide range of positions in police work, probation, parole
supervision, customs and immigration service, and many other social service areas. Its primary
director was Arthur Murtagh, retired 20-year FBI agent, who announced that the purpose of this
program was to develop soundly educated personnel for the criminal justice systems of
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