Matthias, F. T. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 33, Number VIII (May 1929)
Geissman, Theodore A.
Engineering review, pp. 290-291
The WISCONSIN ENGINEER * A.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I a~~~~a EnrernRve IX -.~~XN~KN%.' Dean F. E. Turneaure Reviews MEMOIRS and ADDRESSES of TWO DECADES Bv J. A. L. WADDELL, Consulting Engineer T HIS is a noteworthy collection of papers by one of our well-known and most successful engineers, whose active professional life has covered more than half a century. In this compendium of 1 175 pages are in- Comity and Its Im- portance to American Industries''; The Mem American Academy of Mdd s AimAddress Engineers: I t s Alms Deo and Objects", -a pro- posal by Dr. Waddell was edited f o r a congressional 1 Skinner, Cc charter for an Ameri neer, and can Academy, to con- Mack Print sist o f distinguished Easton, Per engineers organized in such a way as to render the highest ser- Engineering Literature ---- 2 papers Alloy Steels for Bridge Con- structionÖ _- 5 papers Economics -8 papers Bridge Construction in General Ö 11 papers Contracts Ö-- -- 2 papers Railroad Subjects Ö 3 papers Matters Chinese _-_-___-14 papers Miscellaneous Topics - 5 papers A mere enumeration of the titles of these papers is sufficient to show that Dr. Waddell is no narrow technician. Of the sixty-six papers, more than half deal with subjects of broad pro- fessional and technical interest. Fur- thermore, in his treatment of the more technical subjects, he has in most cases dealt with important fundamental questions, and his conclusions, based on painstaking research and analysis, arc presented in such a manner as to be readily understood and applied. To the engineering student it is of especial interest to know that many of these published papers are in the form of addresses to bodies of engi- neering on the commencement plat- form or before small groups of civil engineers. Among the papers of more general interest, are mentioned the following: "International Engineering cluded a total of 66 papers and addresses )irs and whose breadth of field ,es of Two is well illustrated by 2ades a list of the groups into which they are by Frank W. classified. These are as nsulting Egi- follows: published by The Engineering Pro- ing Company, fession __ 9 papers insylvania. Ethics of Engineering -The Editor. ___-__-2 papers Technical Education - ' 7 papers vice to the public and the profession; "Engineering Research"; "Engineering Ideals"; "Important Questions in Engi- neering Education"; "Technical Book Writing"; "The Study of Economics in Engineering Schools"; " B r i d g e Economics for Foreign Lands"; "Es- thetics in Bridge Design"; "Engineer- ing Contracts"; and the fourteen papers under the group entitled "Mat- ters Chinese", which relate to engi- neering and educational problems in China. Dr. Waddell's interest in the Orient dates from 1882, when he was ap- pointed professor of Civil Engineering at the Imperial University of Tokyo, and where he did much to assist in the development of Japanese engineering education. More recently, his engi- neering practice has carried him into many lands, and he is at present em- ployed as engineering adviser to the Chinese Government. Incidentally, he is a thorough believer in foreign lan- guage study for engineers, and it is worth nothing that two of the papers published in this work were written in French,-- one of them being an address delivered before the Franco Chinese Institute of Shanghai in 1921; and the other a paper presented at a meeting of the National Society of Civil Engineers at Paris. A valuable part of this book is the biographical sketch by the editor, which sets forth in an interesting way the career of this busy and successful engineer. It is difficult to under- stand how Dr. Waddell could have placed so much on record, -an ac- complishment which has been possible only by reason of his great energy and enthusiasm, coupled with systematic habits of study and of recording re- sults of his own professional work. The editor, Mr. Frank Skinner, a life- time friend of the author, has done the profession a service in making available this collection of papers, and has greatly enhanced their value by the explanatory notes which preface each group. The book can be highly commended to the student of engi- neering, and it will well repay even a brief examination of its contents or a perusal of one or two of the papers. Dr. Waddell's writings have often been characterized by editors as illustrating most excellent diction and great clear- ness of expression, and have been used not infrequently by teachers of engi- neering students from that point of view. We take pleasure in bringing this work to the attention of the readers of the Wisconsin Engineer. F. E. Turneaure, Dean, College of Mechanics and Engineering University of Wisconsin. INTRODUCING A NEW ENGINEER- ING SCIENCE Hotel Engineering is to be made a part of the summer curriculum at Cornell University, of Ithaca, New York. The course will treat the engineering fundamentals of hotel op- eration: heating, ventilating, machin- ery, electrical apparatus and appli- ances, communication systems, ele- vators, and the principles employed in 990 Volume 3 3, No. 8
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