Kate Gleason College of Engineering dedication key fob and card holder

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Title
Kate Gleason College of Engineering dedication key fob and card holder
Inclusive Date(s)
1999-2000
Abstract
Collection contains a key fob and business card holder marking the naming of the Kate Gleason College of Education and the opening of the James E. Gleason building.
Extent
2.0 Item(s) (1 File box)
Location
C.S. South, East wall, Shelf E82
Repository
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557
raswml@rit.edu
Language
English

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In 1998, the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT became the first engineering school in the country named for a woman. Kate Gleason (1865-1933), an engineering and business pioneer, was a member of a Rochester family that has been associated with RIT since the late 1800s. Much of the College of Engineering is housed in the James E. Gleason building, named for Kate's brother.

Kate Gleason began working in her father's machine tool plant at a very early age. In 1888, she became the first woman to enroll in Cornell University's Engineering program. She left school before the end of her first year to take a more active part in her father's business. Later, she also studied part-time at the Mechanics Institute.

From 1890-1913 she served as Secretary-Treasurer to the Gleason Works. Her role as a sales representative allowed her frequent travel throughout the United States and Europe. Upon leaving the Gleason Works in 1913, she acquired a bankrupt machine and tool company. She returned it to profitability and became active with several business ventures in the village of East Rochester, New York.

She was the only woman member of the American Concrete Institute. In 1914, she became the first woman elected to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 1916, she became the first woman member of the Rochester Engineering Society.

The programs offered by the Kate Gleason College of Engineering prepare students for careers in industry or for graduate study in engineering or related fields. The undergraduate curricula emphasize fundamentals and, in the fourth and fifth years, provide courses that allow students to specialize in their chosen fields of study. To help ready students for life in the larger community, a balance among humanistic-social subjects, the physical sciences and professional studies is maintained.

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The collection contains two items. The first is a business card holder commemorating the naming of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. The second is a key fob marking the opening of the James E. Gleason building which houses much of the College of Engineering.

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Collection consists of two items.

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Gleason, James E., 1868-1964
  • Gleason, Kate, 1865-1933

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology. College of Engineering.

Subject(s)

  • Dedication services -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Engineering -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- Rochester

Genre(s)

  • Artifacts (object genre)

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Preferred Citation

Kate Gleason College of Engineering dedication key fob and card holder, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID

RITArc.0330

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in November 2011.

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