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Howard C. Riker collection of mechanical engineering student projects

Howard C. Riker, a 1928 graduate of the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI), as RIT was called then, studied in the Cooperative Mechanical program in the School of Industrial Arts. An excellent student, he was a member of the Henry Lomb Society, the Honorary Society of the school, named after Captain Henry Lomb, one of the founders of Mechanics Institute. The purpose of the Society was to develop the appreciation and encouragement of unselfish service, high ideals and devotion to true citizenship and community interests. Seniors were elected on the basis of scholarship, personality and interest and participation in student activities. Even in 1928, the Institute had a cooperative education component as part of the academic programs. Howard was fortunate enough to secure a co-op at The Gleason Works, a well-known Rochester machine shop which evolved into the publicly held Gleason Corporation. The co-op led to a permanent position with the company, from which he retired after 40 years of employment in 1965.

Eight Inch Saw Table
Eight Inch Saw Table (close-up)
Eight Inch Saw Table (inscription)
Grinding or Buffing Wheel Arbor
Howard Riker in the 1928 edition of "The Ramikin" yearb ...
Howard Riker, Class of 1928