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In the late 1950s, the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Engineering hired Joseph Bergantz, a local consultant with considerable research and development experience in the Chemical Engineering industry, to design a Chemical Engineering program for the school. The Department was formally established in 1961, with the announcement of Bachelor and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering degrees, and Donald Brutvan became the first full-time faculty member in that Spring. Bergantz also came on as a full-time Professor and Chair, and William Mathewson, who had just completed his Ph.D. at Cornell, was hired.
Bergantz, Brutvan, and Mathewson taught several courses to about 40 part-time graduate students, during the Department's first full year of operation. In 1962-63, the Department began to offer courses to sophomore and junior-level undergraduates and a Ph.D. program was authorized by the State University of New York.
After three new faculty joined the Department in 1964, it continued to grow. The Department was housed partially in Parker Engineering and partially in Acheson Chemistry until 1966, when it finally received its own building. In 1965 the Engineering Council for Professional Development (ECPD) approved accreditation for Chemical Engineering and all of the other School of Engineering departments.
In 1968, Sol Weller became Acting Chair of the Department while Bergantz was on sabbatical. When Bergantz returned and became Associate Dean of the Engineering School, Harry Cullinan was named Department Chair. Weller served two other stints as Acting Chair in 1972 and 1976. Kenneth Kiser served as Acting Chair in 1977. Then Jarda Ulbrecht became Chair in 1978 contiguous with the Department's relocation to the UB North Campus. Weber held the position of Chair from 1982 to 1989. In 1989 Ralph Yang became Chair of the Department, until he was replaced by Kiser in 1995. Carl Lund has been Chair of the Department since 1997.
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- Bergantz, Joseph A.
- Chemical Engineering -- Research -- United States
- Cullinan, Harry T.
- Ehrlich, Paul
- Engineering education -- New York (State) -- Buffalo
- Good, Robert J.
- Howell, John A. (John Anthony)
- Kiser, Kenneth M.
- Neumann, A. Wilhelm
- O'Driscoll, Kenneth F.
- Phillips, Paul J.
- Ray, W. Harmon
- Ryan, Michael E.
- State University of New York at Buffalo. Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences
- Stroeve, Pieter
- Szekely, Julian
- Vermeychuk, Gregory J.
- Weber, Thomas W.
- Weller, Sol W.
- Yang, R.T.
- Zabriskie, Dane William
- University Archives (Repository, Organization)
- Finding Aid for the Department of Chemical Engineering records
- Finding aid prepared by Karen Walton with Kerry Fender.
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