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November 2017

11-Nov-2017 7:25 PM | Greg Gdowski, PhD (Administrator)

Continuing with the historical sampling of the earlier writings on behalf of the Rochester Engineering Society, the years following "The Great War," into and through the “Great Depression,” continued to be a time of reaching out for the maturing Society, both locally and nationally.  The meeting minutes describe a series of technical discussions and presentations intended to broaden the technical horizons of the membership (especially the CE's, ME's and EE's).  The RES affiliated itself with a number of National technical societies, adopted local Affiliated Societies, frequently held joint meetings with them and continued taking action on a growing list of public matters. Certain issues of standardization, some crucial to public safety, became the responsibility of the RES and its affiliates. In the pervasive economic downturn of the “Great Depression,” the magazine offered classified advertising for unemployed engineers, technicians and draftsmen and took other steps to try to deal with the crisis. Still, it continued its effort to shape the function, purpose and infrastructure of the City of Rochester, and beyond. Soon, war would again affect the Society, taking away many of its leaders while providing opportunities for others to step forward to fill these vacancies.  In an effort to provide even greater perspective on the happenings and concerns of the day, a synopsis, featuring selected items from "The Rochester Engineer" has become an integral part of this series. The Second World War and the Korean Conflict are now history. These experiences have changed the face and, no doubt, the future of the community. The Rochester municipal leadership and the industrial community have become immersed in the cold-war, growth economy.

November 2, 1966 (Board of Directors Meeting - U of R Faculty Club) The Board decided to terminate the practice of offering “ten free Junior Memberships” for Participating Company, by modifying the By-Laws. Instead, it was decided to offer free one-year subscriptions to “The Rochester Engineer” to newcomers to our community, as identified by current RES members. The Board then approved nine new Regular members and three Junior members. The Board was advised that Thomas J. Watson of IBM had recently declined an invitation to address the February 1966 Engineers’ Joint Dinner, as he would be out of the country at that time. Evening tours were announced, including Xerox Information Systems, Kodak – Hawkeye, Bausch & Lomb and Friden. It was also reported that the Engineers’ Center Committee was studying the feasibility of renovating the Krenzer Barn, on the RIT Henrietta property, as a suitable site.

November 21, 1966 (Executive Committee Meeting, Chamber of Commerce) Following extensive discussion, the Executive Committee authorized the expenditure of up to $1,200 for the fabrication of twenty double-sided anodized aluminum & hardboard panels for use as an Engineers’ Week exhibit for the RES and its Affiliates, to be located at Mid-Town Plaza. The RES would then rent each two-panel set to the Affiliates for $40, for the week.

“The Rochester Engineer” (November 1966)
RES Luncheon Program topics for the next few months were announced, including: “International Aspects of Systems Engineering”, by D.B Scrivens & J.R. Tompkins of Taylor Instrument Companies, “The Rochester-Monroe County Airport”, by Alexander Gray, Monroe County DPW, “Ocean Engineering”, by Dr. John Myers of General Dynamics/Electronics, “The Development of Micro-Electronics”, by Dr. James Bridges, General Dynamics/Electronics, “The Continuing Role of Man in Air and Space Craft”, by Dr. Robert G. Loewy of the U of R, “Further Progress in Monroe County’s Arterial Highway System”, by Bernard F. Perry, NYS Department of Public Works, “How to Make Engineering Presentations”, by Clay J. Cottrell of General Dynamics/Electronics and “Holography”, by William F. Coombs of Bausch & Lomb. The RES urged a “yes” vote on the upcoming ballot proposition for a $200M bond issue for NYS recreational facilities. The American Society for Metals was announced as the 14th, and newest, RES Affiliate. Its current President was Isadore (Scotty) Caplan of Markin Tubing, Inc. The U of R announced receipt of a grant from the NYS Science & Technology Foundation for expansion of its plasma physics program, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Science, under the leadership of Dr. Moshe J. Lubin. This month’s RES Affiliate Feature included a brief history of the Rochester Section of the American Society of Lubrication Engineers. Chartered in 1944, the ASLE had become a clearing house for lubrication technology information. The Rochester Section was founded in 1957.

December 7, 1966 (Board of Directors Meeting - U of R Faculty Club) Following the presentation of the financial report, the Board approved a motion to borrow an additional $2,000, to meet current expenses. The Board decided to raise the price of the weekly luncheon meetings to $2.25, to adequately cover the cost of the speaker’s lunch. The Board approved twenty-three new Regular members, among them: Realto E. Cherne, Edward M. Maybeck and William J. Stolze. In a discussion of the RES Evening Seminar Series, it became apparent that the Fall 1966 series had been less than successful. The point was made that, in order to be successful, the RES must offer educational opportunities that are not provided by others. It was then decided to confine future offerings to two courses; Efficient Reading and Engineering Economics. The report of the Engineers’ Center Committee shared an offer from RIT for the leased use of a barn that would be refurbished, along with interim office space, classrooms & use of the faculty club, for the purpose becoming the new home of the RES. Following an impassioned speech by Mr. Beebee, it was decided to accept RIT’s offer and to authorize up to $300 for architectural services to prepare a plan for development of the barn. The RES Publications Committee Chair, Raymond Hasenauer, reported on the issue of an editorial policy, asking if the RES wanted its publication to remain a “bulletin,” or to become a “magazine.” He suggested that evolving “The Rochester Engineer” into a true magazine would be a long-range proposition, one that might require hiring an outside organization to handle its publication, on a contract basis.

Subsequent articles in this series will describe the RES' continuing outreach to other technical societies as it considered its role in this and the larger community, along with more of the activities of the RES as it moved to be of greater service to its membership, especially those suffering from current economic crises, and adopted a greater role in shaping the future of the City and its environs. Noted also, will be the contributions made by RES members in the struggle to meet the challenges coming out of World War II, as well as a hoped-for period of post-war growth and prosperity. These articles will also feature an impressive array of RES activities in support of post-war re-emergence of Rochester area industry.

We welcome your questions and comments on this series.

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