MELBOURNE, FLA.—The university owes a debt of gratitude to Professor Emeritus Harry Weber, who arrived at Florida Institute of Technology (then, Brevard Engineering College) in 1966 to head the Department of Electrical Engineering. To acknowledge his many contributions, the university is establishing the Harry Weber Archives in Evans Library, a new repository for Florida Tech history. Promoting a location for the archives, in fact, is another effort by Weber.
Weber secured accreditation for the electrical engineering program through what is now the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. He also acquired a $250,000 National Science Foundation grant for college science improvements. The grant enhanced the laboratory experience for engineers and increased classroom capacity on campus.
“Harry did whatever it took to enhance the Florida Tech experience and provide a quality education for students,” said Gary Wells, executive committee president of the Florida Tech Professors Emeriti.
The archives will provide a central, convenient location for campus visitors to view the university’s historical accomplishments. It will also showcase Florida Tech’s technical expertise through innovative electronic and physical displays, and demonstrations.
To make the archives a reality the Florida Tech Professors Emeriti Executive committee and the Alumni Association plan to create a dedicated space in Evans Library, which will be named the Harry Weber Archives.
“We need to raise approximately $25,000 to adequately construct and manage the space so that historic documents and artifacts may be properly stored and shared,” said Wells.
The committee’s goal is to secure funding this summer in order to dedicate the Harry Weber Archives during Homecoming Nov. 3-7, 2010.
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