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technical man, not only to the general public but to those communities in which specialized industrial activity prevails, and where the demand for specialized trade and industrial literature exists.
We therefore see a large field for further effort and are brought to the realization of the fact that the work thus far done may be considered only as a beginning of work which this society or some other organization should prosecute in the future.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON STATISTICS OF
BY WM. T. MAGRUDER,
In the report of your committee at the eleventh annual meeting it was stated (page 258, Vol. XI) that “your committee is now engaged in tabulating the seventy odd different degrees which have been conferred since 1824, in the ten subdivisions of the profession, and hopes to be able to present the tables as part of its next report." We regret to say that that “next report” is not yet ready.
In the report just referred to, it was asked that “if any of the members have lists of degrees which have been granted by their alma mater, or by the institution with which they are now connected, they will please send copies to the chairman.” Possibly, the reason why that “next report” is not yet ready is because the chairman has not received copies of the “lists of degrees” as asked for.
The committee respectfully submits an earnest of its intentions in the form of a tabulation of the "Degrees Conferred by Engineering Colleges in 1904,' taken from the reports which have been received.
Referring to the same, it will be learned that of the 85 different kinds of engineering degrees offered for conferral in 1904, 22 were offered for post-graduate work and 68 were for undergraduate work, or a total of 90 degrees offered for work of different kinds and grades. Of the 22 kinds of degrees offered for postgraduate work, only 12 of them were conferred. Of
the 68 degrees offered for undergraduate work, only 47 of them were conferred. It would seem as though the variety was almost 50 per cent. in excess of the demand.
Of the post-graduate degrees conferred, 28 of them were in civil engineering, 19 were in electrical engineering, 20 were in mechanical engineering, 3 were in mining engineering, 1 was in architecture, and there were 11 master's and three doctor's degrees in general engineering, or a total of 85 post-graduate degrees.
Of the baccalaureate degrees conferred, 613 of them were in civil engineering, 4 were in sanitary engineering, 395 were in electrical engineering, 615 were in mechanical engineering, 3 were in marine engineering, 28 were in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering combined, 228 were in mining engineering, 3 were in metallurgy, 11 were in mining engineering and metallurgy combined, 2 were in chemistry and metallurgy combined, 4 were in ceramics, 14 were in chemical engineering, 37 were in engineering chemistry and applied chemistry, 22 were in architecture, 18 were in textile engineering, and 395 were in general engineering, or a total of 2,392 baccalaureate degrees, and a grand total of 2,477 engineering degrees of all kinds and grades conferred in 1904.
It is the desire of the committee that its original intention shall be fulfilled. From such a set of tables could be determined:
First, the number of different engineering degrees which have been conferred by each institution;
Second, the changes which have been made in the lists of degrees offered by the different institutions;
Third, something of the history of the rise and fall in popularity of the courses leading to the different degrees, as well as other items of interest.
The importance of the subject was recently shown when facts were requested upon which to base an opinion relative to changing the degrees now offered by the College of Engineering of the Ohio State University. One of the results of that request is the accompanying table, prepared by the department of civil engineering of that institution, from data collected by the chairman of your committee.
In conclusion, your committee earnestly asks for the assistance of each and every member of the society.
L. E. REBER,