UA 105.010 Guide to the North Carolina State University, College of Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Records, 1947 - 2004

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Contained here are nnouncements, correspondence, memoranda, news clippings, recruitment brochures, reprints, and seminar flyers.
[Box 1, Folder 1] Brochures, n.d., 1968 - 1981
[Box 1, Folder 2] Faculty Assignments, 1948
[Box 1, Folder 3] Foresight Scholar Program, 1955 - 1957
[Box 1, Folder 4] Research Facilities, 1950
[Box 1, Folder 5] Seminars and Symposia, 1954 - 1977
[Box 1, Folder 6] Student Information, 1947 - 1961
Contained here are pamphlets, brochures, and reports transferred to the University Archives after the materials in Series 1 had been processed.
[Box 2, Folder 1] Department and Program Brochures and Pamphlets, 1980 - 2004
[Box 2, Folder 2] Methodology to Remove and Predict Behavior for Sources of Hydrophobic Organic Compounds Contaminating Soil (report), 1990 (Accession no. 2007-0210)
Michael Overcash is one of the authors.
[Box 2, Folder 3] Alternatives for Newsprint Recycling, An Education, Assessment, and Research Project (report), 1991 (Accession no. 2007-0210)
Michael Overcash is one of the authors.
[Carton 3] Departmental and personnel files, 1960-1996


North Carolina State University. Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.


2.5 Linear feet 2 archival storage boxes, 1 carton


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Acquisitions Information

Transferred from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Consult University Archivist for additional information.


Processed by: Russell S. Koonts; machine-readable finding aid created by: Katherine M. Wisser


2011 September, <date calendar="gregorian" normal="2007-07" era="ce">July 2007</date><item>This electronic finding aid was updated to include materials transferred to the University Archives after the original processing and encoding. Updating done by Todd Kosmerick.</item>; Finding aid updated with additions to the collection by Cathy Dorin-Black, 2011 September.

Scope and Content Note

The records of the department cover the years 1947 - 2004. The collection contains announcements, correspondence, memoranda, news clippings, recruitment brochures, reprints, and seminar flyers pertaining to the department. One folder contains a brochure, correspondence and prospectus for the fellowship program "Foresight, Consolidated" that was established in 1955.

Historical Note

Courses in chemistry have been taught at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) since the school was opened in 1889 as the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts (A&M). During President George Tayloe Winston's tenure (1899-1908) the curriculum in applied science was changed to chemical engineering. In 1899 a program leading to a degree of Chemical Engineer was introduced.

Winston Hall (named for George Tayloe Winston) was completed in 1910 to house chemical, civil and electrical engineering. In September 1924, the Department of Chemical Engineering was formed by Dr. E. E. Randolph, and this reflected the increasing importance of chemical research in North Carolina. In 1925, the department awarded its first Bachelor of Science degrees and, three years later, its first Masters. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, the department continued to grow, and in 1948 the Engineer's Council for Professional Development (ECPD) gave the department a two-year provisional accreditation. Two years later, full accreditation was awarded.

The department began the 1950s by moving from Winston to Riddick Hall. In 1954, James K. Ferrell, who later became the University's Dean of Engineering, received N. C. State's first Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, and growth continued apace throughout the remainder of the twentieth century. On September 16, 2004, the department inaugurated a new era as the officially renamed Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. This was followed by the opening of the Enginnering Building I in January 2005 on N. C. State's Centennial Campus. Today the department includes strong multidisciplinary programs in biotechnology, catalysis, electronic materials, polymers, molecular thermodynamics, colloid and surface science and pollution prevention.

Additional information and resources on the history of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering can be found through the NCSU Historical State website external link.

List of Department Heads

1924 - 1945 Edgar E. Randolph
1945 - 1959 Edward M. Schoenborn
1959 - 1960 K. O. Beatty, acting head
1960 - 1966 Edward M. Schoenborn
1966 - 1980 James K. Ferrell
1980 - 1987 Harold B. Hopfenberg
1987 - 1988 David F. Ollis
1988 - 1989 James K. Ferrell, interim head
1989 - 1994 George W. Roberts
1994 - 1999 Ruben G. Carbonell
1999 - Peter K. Kilpatrick

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[Identification of item], Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Records, UA 105.010, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.

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