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Polytechnic concludes its year-long sesquicentennial celebration with a convocation ceremony at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on September 29, 2005. Keynote speaker is Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Jerry MacArthur Hultin is named the University’s 10th president. Charles J. Camarda ’74 is the first alumnus to travel into space aboard the Discovery space shuttle. Craig G. Matthews ’71 is named chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Polytechnic’s Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications marked its 20th anniversary with a recertification grant by New York State Governor George P. Pataki. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton introduces Seventh Annual Lynford Lecture. Men’s basketball team wins second consecutive Hudson Valley Conference Championship. Brooklyn Enterprise for Science and Technology (BEST) incubator launched. Polytechnic opens its sesquicentennial celebration at commencement on May 27, 2004.
Peter P. and Barbara L. Regna Student Lounge opens in Rogers Hall. Lounge named after the late Dr. Regna ’32 ’37 ’42 Hon’94 and his wife. Men’s basketball and volleyball teams win Hudson Valley Conference Championships; second consecutive year for volleyball. Polymer Research Institute designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark by American Chemical Society. Dr. Richard Gross receives the Green Chemistry Challenge Award.
Dedication ceremonies held for the Joseph J. and Violet J. Jacobs Building and the Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Residence Hall. First students move into the Othmer Residence Hall. Polytechnic opens a new and expanded cafeteria, seating 300, in Rogers Hall. The cafeteria is named for Dr. Jasper H. Kane ’28 Hon’95. All undergraduate programs move to the MetroTech campus; Polytechnic establishes the Long Island Graduate Center in Melville. The Lynford Family Charitable Trust, headed by Trustee Jeffrey H. Lynford, donates an outdoor sculpture, “Balanced Cylinders 5,” by artist Paul Sisko, to adorn the Jay Street Plaza in front of Poly’s main entrance. The Urban Security Initiative established. Alumni Wall dedicated in lobby of Jacobs Academic Building during 25th Annual President’s Associates Reception.
Polytechnic breaks ground for Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Residence Hall at MetroTech. The 20-story, 400-bed facility is the first dormitory at the Brooklyn campus. University successfully completes the Campaign for Polytechnic—Fulfilling the American Dream, raising more than $275 million. Polytechnic becomes the first university in New York City to require freshmen to use notebook computers for their courses, taking advantage of an upgraded telecommunications infrastructure. Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies created. Five murals by the late artist Mordi Gassner, interpreting the sciences of physics, geology, astronomy, chemistry and biology, are donated by Gassner’s daughter and son-inlaw, Judith and Herbert Schlosser. They are permanently displayed in the lobby of the Dibner/CATT Building. The Center for Construction Management Technology established. The Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology (WICAT) established with a $1.5- million grant from the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research. Dr. Joseph J. Jacobs ’37 ’39 ’42 Hon’86 begins 2nd term as chairman of The Corporation.
Department of Introductory Design and Science established. Polytechnic breaks ground for Joseph J. and Violet J. Jacobs Building—an eight-story academic and athletic facility at MetroTech. Stewart G. Nagler ’63 named chairman of The Corporation. Graduate Center for Professional Studies established.
Dr. Joseph J. Jacobs ’37 ’39 ’42 Hon’86 announces $20 million gift to Campaign for Polytechnic—Fulfilling the American Dream, including a $10 million challenge gift. This is the second largest gift in Poly’s history. Polytechnic celebrates 100th anniversary of mechanical engineering at the University. University completes Strategic Planning 2000, Poly’s master plan for transforming itself into a leading technological university. Polytechnic Advisory Trustee Eugene Kleiner ’48 Hon’89 among eight scientists honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a commemorative stamp for developing and manufacturing revolutionary computer chips.
Polytechnic receives $175-million bequest from estates of Professor Donald F. Othmer Hon’77 and his wife, Mildred Topp Othmer—at the time the largest cash gift ever to a private university in the United States. Dr. Othmer was a world-renowned Polytechnic chemical engineering professor. ITE relocates its executive master’s programs to 55 Broad Street, in the heart of Manhattan’s high-tech, financial district.
The Campaign for Polytechnic—Fulfilling the American Dream launched. The Institute for Technology and Enterprise (ITE) established
POLYTECHNIC ALUMNI established with an international governing board and broad base of alumni groups across the country and around the world. Renovated and refurbished Joseph W. and Samuel Wunsch Building reopens on Brooklyn campus.
Dr. Martin L. Perl ’48 Hon’96 awarded Nobel Prize in physics.
Arthur C. Martinez ’60 named chairman of The Corporation. Dr. David C. Chang named ninth president.
New York State Governor Mario M. Cuomo speaks at dedication of Dibner/CATT Building. Dr. Joseph J. Jacobs ’37 ’39 ’42 Hon’86 begins 2nd term as chairman of The Corporation.
Robert Maxwell Hon’85 named chairman of The Corporation.
Polytechnic breaks ground for the Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology/CATT Building at MetroTech. Former Polytechnic Professor Rudolph Marcus awarded Nobel Prize in chemistry.
Paul Hallingby Jr. named chairman of The Corporation. Gertrude B. Elion Hon’89, former doctoral student at Polytechnic, awarded Nobel Prize in medicine.
Westchester Graduate Center moves to Hawthorne.
Polytechnic celebrates 100th anniversary of electrical engineering at the University.
New York State Board of Regents approves name change to Polytechnic University. Microwave Research Center renamed Weber Research Institute to honor Dr. Ernst Weber.
Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT) established.
MetroTech Center project launched.
Dr. Joseph J. Jacobs ’37 ’39 ’42 Hon’86 named chairman of The Corporation. Westchester Graduate Center established in White Plains.
Division of Management established.
Undergraduate program established at Long Island campus.
Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn merges with New York University’s School of Engineering and Science to form Polytechnic Institute of New York. Norman P. Auburn named acting president.Dr. George Bugliarello named eighth president. First issue of Cable, successor to NYU-Poly Men,
the alumni magazine, published.
Dr. Arthur Grad named seventh president.
Benjamin Adler ’26 named acting president. Louis N. Rowley Jr. ’31 named chairman of The Corporation.
Bachelor of Science degrees in humanities and social sciences established.
Robert E. Lewis named chairman of The Corporation.
Long Island Graduate Center established in Farmingdale. Herbert H. Rogge named chairman of The Corporation.
Polytechnic reestablishes itself as a co-educational institute in both the undergraduate and graduate schools. Annual Alumni Giving established.
Dr. Ernst Weber named sixth president. Institute moves into new quarters at 333 Jay Street.
Polytechnic celebrates 100th anniversary and confers 10,000th degree.
Preston R. Bassett ’14 named chairman of The Corporation.
First woman, Sylvia Lepow Walker, awarded engineering degree.
Microwave Research Institute established under Dr. Ernst Weber.
Polymer Research Institute established under Dr. Herman F. Mark.
Separate courses in aeronautical engineering established.
First doctorate awarded, a PhD in chemistry, to Samuel Goldberg ’21.
Dr. Harry S. Rogers named fifth president.
Master’s degrees offered in chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.
Evening courses extended to include graduate degree programs.
Dr. Parke R. Kolbe named fourth president.
Charles E. Potts named chairman of The Corporation.
First issue of NYU-Poly Men, alumni magazine, published.
Polytechnic’s preparatory department separates from Institute and renamed the Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School.
First issue of The Reporter, student newspaper, published.
Polytechnic discontinues liberal arts program and commits itself solely to science and engineering.
First woman graduate, Anna Erdman Willerth, receives Bachelor of Arts degree.
Separate courses in chemical engineering established.
Evening classes in undergraduate studies offered. Dr. Fred W. Atkinson named third president. Dr. William H. Nichols named chairman of The Corporation.
New York State Board of Regents approves graduate programs leading to Master of Science and Master of Arts degrees.
Henry S. Snow named chairman of The Corporation and acting president.
Courses in mechanical engineering established.
First Bachelor of Science degrees awarded in electrical and civil Engineering.
Polytechnic creates new charter, with its governing board to be known as “The Corporation.” The Institute occupies 85 Livingston Street. William A. White named chairman of The Corporation.
Name changes to Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.
First Polywog, student yearbook, published.
Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering and chemistry established; Department of Electrical Engineering established.
First baccalaureate degrees conferred.
New York State Board of Regents authorizes Polytechnic to confer Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees.
Dr. David H. Cochran named second president.
Polytechnic Alumni Association established.
Dr. John H. Raymond named first president. School opens its doors September 10 to 265 young men ages nine to 17.
Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute chartered and moves into its first home at 99 Livingston Street. Isaac H. Frothingham named president of the Board of Trustees.
A group of distinguished Brooklyn businessmen draw up a charter on May 17 to establish a school for young men.
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