Contacts:
Rhonda Zurn, College of Science and Engineering, (612) 626-7959, rzurn@umn.edu

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (10/25/2010) — To commemorate its 75th anniversary, the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering a new book is now available for purchase a book entitled, "College of Science and Engineering: The Institute of Technology Years (1935-2010)."

Co-authored by Thomas J. Misa, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the University’s Charles Babbage Institute, and Robert W. Seidel, professor of chemical engineering, with research assistance from Nathan Crowe, Ronald Frazzini, and Margaret Hofius, in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine program, the book provides a concise, illustrated history of the past 75 years of the Institute of Technology, which became the College of Science and Engineering on July 1, 2010.

"We hope readers will gain an understanding of how the college developed its distinctive interdisciplinary character and see its history in the broader context of the state of Minnesota and the wider world," Misa said.

The idea for the project originated in conversations during 2007 between Steven L. Crouch, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, and Alan Shapiro, former head of the History of Science and Technology Program. Over the next two years, the authors researched archives and conducted interviews with 30 present and former faculty, staff, administrators, and students. The resulting book—which includes more than 120 historical photos and illustrations—is a collective historical narrative that explains the college’s origin, development, and contributions to the University of Minnesota, the state of Minnesota, and the world.

"The College of Science and Engineering is a unique institution, combining science and technology in a novel and synergistic way that resembles the great national laboratories," said Seidel, who has also written histories of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Currently, the book is available directly from the publisher on lulu.com and will be available soon on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and in wholesale bookseller’s lists.

The retail price of the hard cover version is $28.20, and $11.20 for the paperback version.

To order, visit lulu.com and enter “College of Science and Engineering” in the search bar.