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Presentations/Ribbon Cutting Begin College’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

September 2, 2009

A world-renown inventor, university leaders, federal and state legislators and thousands of students and several alumni participated in a full day of activities beginning the celebration of The University of Texas at Arlington College of Engineering’s 50th Anniversary.

The day began as Dean of Engineering Bill Carroll welcomed a crowd of about 250 dignitaries, university officials and friends of the college to the opening of the expanded Engineering Lab Building. In the audience were several alumni of early graduating classes of the college. Making presentations were UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo, Arlington State College (now UT Arlington) President Emeritus Jack Woolf, US Congressman Joe Barton, State Representative Diane Patrick, State Representative Dan Branch and Joint Council of Engineering Organizations President John Haroutunian. Representative Patrick read a legislative proclamation saluting the college’s longevity and accomplishments.

Everyone then gathered in front of the Engineering Lab Building for a celebratory ribbon cutting for the facility. Guests then began tours of the many new and remodeled labs in the building and watched demonstrations of current research activities. Several departments and student organizations had also set up displays along the new pedestrian mall in front of the building.

The day’s events also included the annual Welcome Bash cookout welcoming new and returning students. Staff volunteers served up 1,800 burgers (provided by Tom’s Diner (owned by a College of Engineering alumnus), a new record reflecting an increase in College of Engineering enrollment, and students entered a drawing for a Segway human transporter.

Students were treated to a presentation by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen, creator of the Segway, an insulin pump and a portable dialysis machine and holder of 440 patents. A standing-room-only crowd heard Kamen describe some of his innovations and the often circuitous path to their creation. Kamen also implored students and faculty to encourage the youth of America toward a career of discovery in science and engineering. He is the founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a foundation that inspires young People’s interest and participation in science and technology, and designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Kamen made a second presentation for the general public that evening, also to a full house audience.

Additional events will be staged during the coming year, primarily highlighting activities within each of the college’s departments.

Shown in the ribbon cutting are UT Arlington mascot Blaze, Arlington State College (now UT Arlington) President Emeritus Jack Woolf, State Representative Dan Branch, State Representative Diane Patrick, UT Arlington President James Spaniolo, US Congressman Joe Barton, Joint Council of Engineering Organizations President John Haroutunian and Dean of Engineering Bill Carroll.