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The First Eight Years

Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has grown very fast during these first eight years. About 40 percent of the veterans returning from the war chose engineering courses. The entering class in the School of Engineering in September of 1947 was 120. In September of 1954, the total number of engineers enrolled was 728.

Testing 'Moon Dust' for Astronauts

By Arthur J. Snider
Daily News Science Writer

When the first space ship lands on the moon, will it come to a jarring halt on a solid foundation – or will it sink into a sea of dust?

Until recent years, it was generally accepted that the large flat areas of the moon were covered with hardened lava spewed up by volcanoes or transferred by the great heat of meteorite bombardments.

This is no longer agreed upon. There are some scientists who warn that moon dust may run many feet deep.

Knowles Dedication a Bright Day for Engineering

The engineering quadrangle was filled with sunshine and well-wishers on April 27th, 1991, for the dedication of the college’s new research facility, the Knowles Engineering Building. Speeches and ceremonies praising the facility and the man its name honors, alumnus Andrew C. Knowles III, were given graciously on the steps of the brick building.

Knowles praised the accomplishments of the university and college and told the audience that the dedication was not a time to look back at the past, but a time to look ahead.

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