1940s

Professor Edward J. Smoke
William G. Alexander II
William G. Alexander II, the first African-American to graduate from the College of Engineering with a BS in mechanical engineering.
Ceramics 5/19/1949
William Bauer in the ceramics laboratory, May 19, 1949.
1949 - Female Student and Professor
Prof. Stett and Mrs. Jay Wallace Whitney looking over a piece of machinery, 1949.
Ceramics Lab 1949
William Bauer baking bricks in the hot oven of the ceramics lab, 1949.
Open House 1948
College of Engineering Open House, 1948.
Testing, 1948.
Taking exams, 1948.
  • 1941: The College of Engineering building expands with a three-story wing and alterations to existing laboratory space in Ballantine Gym.

  • 1942: In response to World War II, the federal government begins the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) at several universities, including Rutgers. University colleges for men - the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture - began operation on the quarter basis in accordance with the plans of the Army Specialized Training Program. The engineering curriculum was revised to satisfy the program.

  • 1943: Walter G. Alexander II, the first African-American to attend the College of Engineering, graduates with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

  • 1945: With the end of World War II, Rutgers University returns to operation on a semester basis, and the ASTP program ends.

  • Rutgers University becomes the state university of New Jersey.

  • 1947: The College of Engineering expands to Busch campus with 32 prefabricated metal buildings obtained from the federal government.

  • 1948: Rutgers College’s Department of Ceramics joins the College of Engineering. The department later becomes the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

  • 1948: Elmer C. Easton appointed dean. Under his direction a five-year course of study combining liberal arts and engineering education leads to BS or BA degree.

  • 1949: Margaret Wilkinson Jordan, the first woman to attend the College of Engineering, graduates with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

  • Rutgers Engineering Society established.