By Robert McCaughey
During this entire social background of Columbia University's university of Engineering and utilized technological know-how (SEAS), Robert McCaughey combines archival examine with oral testimony and modern interviews to construct either a serious and celebratory portrait of 1 of the oldest engineering colleges within the United States.
McCaughey follows the evolving, sometimes rocky, and now built-in courting among SEAS's engineers and the remainder of the Columbia collage pupil physique, college, and management. He additionally revisits the interplay among the SEAS employees and the population and associations of town of recent York, the place the varsity has resided due to the fact its founding in 1864. He compares the old struggles and achievements of the school's engineers with their present-day battles and accomplishments, and he contrasts their instructing and examine ways to these in their friends at different free-standing and Ivy league engineering faculties. What starts off as a localized heritage of a faculty striving to outline itself inside of a college recognized for its strengths within the humanities and the social sciences turns into a much broader tale of the transformation of the technologies right into a serious element of American know-how and schooling.