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A Lever Long EnoughA History of Columbia's School of Engineering and Applied Science Since 1864$
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Robert McCaughey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166881

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166881.001.0001

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Catching a Lift 1976–1980

Catching a Lift 1976–1980

(p.175) 7 Catching a Lift 1976–1980
A Lever Long Enough

Robert McCaughey

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines changes at Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) during the years 1976–1980 under the deanship of Peter Likins. A professor of civil engineering and associate dean of the School of Engineering at UCLA, Likins was installed in 1976 as the tenth dean of SEAS. Although his was to be the second shortest deanship up to that time, just four years, it was also the most transformational. Likins immediately overhauled SEAS's fundraising operation, successfully raising more money than his predecessor with less going to cover costs. By the end of the decade the school had struck up relationships throughout American industry that significantly increased the number of gifts, with many of these corporate-school relationships developed through a group Likins called Columbia Engineering Affiliates that still exists today. This chapter also considers Likins's initiatives with regards to the engineering and computer science faculties before concluding with an assessment of the controversy surrounding the TRIGA Mark II nuclear reactor at Columbia.

Keywords:   engineering, Columbia University, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Peter Likins, fundraising, Columbia Engineering Affiliates, computer science, TRIGA Mark II, nuclear reactor

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