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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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Uneven Ascent 1980–1994

Uneven Ascent 1980–1994

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(p.190) 8 Uneven Ascent 1980–1994
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A Lever Long Enough
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Robert McCaughey

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231166881.003.0008

This chapter examines developments at Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) during the years 1980–1994. The departure in 1980 of William J. McGill as Columbia president marked the end of a crucial turnaround chapter in the school's history. His successor was Michael I. Sovern, the first Jew to become president of Columbia. This chapter first considers the changes implemented at SEAS's Department of Computer Science before discussing Columbia's response to the 1980 Bayh-Dole Act. It then evaluates the deanships of Robert A. Gross and David H. Auston, efforts to establish bioengineering at Columbia on a firmer foundation, and the establishment of the Morris A. Schapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research. It also discusses the hiring of more women in the engineering faculty and the increase in SEAS admissions.

Keywords:   computer science, Columbia University, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Bayh-Dole Act, Robert A. Gross, David H. Auston, bioengineering, women, faculty, admissions

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