July 7, 1969
On July 7, 1969, IUPUI announced the approval of a new four-year engineering program and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree set to begin in September on IUPUI's 38th Street Campus. Engineering courses had been available on Purdue University's Indianapolis-Extension campus since World War Two, but 1969 marked the first time a degree in the subject had been offered. At the time of the announcement, Dr. Abraham M. Max was chairman of the program, which deviated from the West Lafayette-based program in offering a broader range of engineering specialties, with hopes of getting students in the workforce immediately after graduation.
Soon, many advances in the science and engineering programs at IUPUI occurred. By 1972, the School of Engineering and Technology and School of Science were established, and on July 7, 1976, the transfer of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aerospace Research Applications Center from the Bloomington campus to Indianapolis was completed to develop and expand research, education and public service programs. IUPUI gradually established more degree programs-including graduate degrees-in engineering, technology, and science programs.
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