In Appreciation of our Slide Rule Donors . . .
In September 2016, more than a century after its establishment, the College of Engineering at The University of Akron celebrated the opening of the Swagelok Career Center. The new, state-of-the-art facility dramatically changes – and enhances – the way current UA students engage with companies and professionals seeking to hire engineering graduates.
No one could have imagined the essential role such a center would play in the lives of students when the College opened in 1914. Similarly, no one could have imagined how the slide rule – once the fundamental tool for all engineering students – would be replaced by today’s computers and highly sophisticated software.
To celebrate the College’s milestone anniversary and tremendous transformation, engineering alumni and friends were contacted and asked to donate their slide rules. Sixty-five answered the call from around the country and graciously mailed or dropped off their slide rules and related engineering tools. The instruments were carefully collected and used to create a display that now permanently adorns a wall in the College’s newly renovated home, the Norman Paul Auburn Science and Engineering Center on the UA campus. The display, which was revealed along with the opening of Swagelok Career Center, includes a plaque inscribed with the names of all who participated in the project.