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TowAflD A broadi:r sducation 

submitted to 


September 8, 1943 

The leopard* 3 nature-given spots enable it to live 
in harmony with its surroundings. Kd.n, left to his own resources 
by nature, must prepare himself for life. An engineering education 
enables him to make a living, but to live more fully and more 
successfully after graduation the engineerihg student should be 
allowed more opportunity for character developing background 
courses in the arts to suplement the extra-curricular activities. 
Such training would speed advancement once he took Jiis position 
in industry. 




Dame nature lias ooddled the leopard. The oversized 
tabby is well prepared to maice headway in his business, equipped 
as he is with the acute vision with whloh to spot the best course 
of action and the sharpened tools necessary for the successful 
completion of the activity persued. But these are business 
matters and even super-puss prefers not to claw his viay all the 
time. The purr-er would enjoy an occassional contented rumble 
as he lies at peace for a while with his similarly struggling 
Jungle cohorts. So motherly nature fondles her pet and presents 
him with a coat of spots, blending smoothly with the nuggets of 
golden sunlight that sift through the colander of lush vegetation 
to spatter on the abyss of shade below. She makes this gift so 
that Mr, Silence may fit gracefully into his surroundings, thus 
permitting relaxation and greater deeds performed with less effort, 


But man has intelligence of a higher order; man controls 
his own destiny; man prepares himself for the business of living. 
He must prepare himself to earn money in an industrialized 
world — ah, yes; but, just as surely, he must take those steps ne- 
cessary to enable him to blend smoothly in business an.d society 
with his companion strugglers. This task of blending with others 
probably includes two related aspects, character training and 
social experience. Man needs these as the Isopard needs its 
nature-given camouflage to live harmoniously. 


A college engineering eductitlon deposits a student 
Into a good job with a iLind filled ■Aith tfeehiilcal data and 
trained in its use. But the man who is promoted rapidly to 
executive positions requiring contacts with other men is he who 
is trained also to mesh easily into the machinery of the thoughts 
and methods of others. Two dozen engineering courses fall short 
here. I, therefor, plead for a two-sided college career. First, 
let there be more courses unrelated to mathematical and physical 
laws. English, the social sciences, philosophy, and art give 
a lift to the development of a man's soul and afford him per- 
spective vision with which he may Judge the relative importance 
of life's many facets. Let time be allowed the engineer to con'- 
cientlously investigate the lore of the past and the prophecies 
for the future. The relaxation of change would sharpen the mind 
for re-entrance into the technical and precise. Have you never 
heard the complaint of a dog chained to a wood stake or the lament 
of an engineer tied to a slip stick? 

Gaus's law. 
And Joule's — 
Formulas — 
Slide rules, , , 

But an engineer has a soul 

Apart from products and sums, 

And a chord subdued within him 

Unscientifically hums 

Its own paean of boundless Joy 

T^hen beauty and love softly strum... 

Integrals — 
Poor Fools I 
Formulas — 
Slide rules... 


Grant the opportunity, o Dean, to escape for a few periods tlie 
everlasting slide. The influence of such, training, coupled 
with the social experience gleaned from dipping Into the extra- 
curricular stew» (we dip with your blessing), would place the 
engineering graduate not only in the business office but on the 
esculator, headed, step by large step, for the company* a upper 
control regions.