Sylvanus Thayer, Dartmouth class of 1807, "the father of West Point" and of engineering education in the United States, donates $40,000 to the Trustees of Dartmouth College to establish "a School or Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering"
Academic program: 2 years of engineering after 3 or 4 years of college-level prep in mathematics, physics, physical geography, geography, English grammar, and history
Thayer School of Civil Engineering opens
Number of professors: 1 (Robert Fletcher, who is also the School's director and dean)
Number of students: 3
Facilities: a drawing room and a recitation room
Thayer School adds a "Physical laboratory" and a "room for rough work where the young men may do little jobs of repairing, etc.... and thus save the School items of expense while acquiring for themselves useful manual dexterity and mechanical skill"
The classes of 1894 and 1895 work on their studies
A new curriculum consists of: surveying; mechanics; resistance of materials; properties and construction materials; materials and structural elements; bridges and roofs; hydraulic works; heat and heat-engines; sanitary engineering; rivers and harbors; rockwork, tunneling, and mining; and masonry and foundations
Thayer School purchases its own building on Park Street
This Halden's Calculex, a circular slide rule made in the early 1900s, belonged to Dean Robert Fletcher
Dartmouth allows seniors to take first-year Thayer courses
Thayer School establishes an integrated, systems-based engineering curriculum within a single department of engineering sciences.
"Breadth, then depth" approach: Students study the principles underlying all areas of engineering before pursuing particular fields.
ENGS 21: Introduction to Engineering transforms into an engineering design course. The new approach, says Dean Myron Tribus, lets students "experience the hands-on fun of actually doing something creative and useful before undertaking the abstract theoretical courses required for advanced practice." The first project: building an electric bicycle.
Students build solar racecar, SunVox, and compete in Tour De Sol
Joyce Mechling Nagle Th'90
Thayer assistant dean Carol Muller co-founds Dartmouth's Women in Science Project to encourage women students to pursue science, math, and engineering and place first-year students into research internships
Joyce Mechling Nagle becomes first woman to earn a Ph.D. at Thayer
Doctor of Engineering (D.E.) degree incorporated into Ph.D degree
Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree incorporated into M.S. degree
MacLean Engineering Sciences Center opens, featuring integrated student project labs
Professors Tillman Gerngross and Charles Hutchinson sell their startup GlycoFi to pharmaceutical company Merck for a record $400 million. GlycoFi achievement, the fully humanized glycosylation of yeast, provides a new platform for developing therapeutic proteins.
Student invention, the Jyrobike (formerly Gyrobike), wins a Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award. The stabilizing Jyrobike, which Deborah Sperling '06 Th'07, Hannah Murnen '06 Th'07, Nathan Sigworth '07, and Augusta Niles '07 created as their ENGS 21 project in 2005, makes it easy for kids to learn how to ride a bike.
Dartmouth Engineers Without Borders becomes Dartmouth Humanitarian Leadership Projects (HELP), dedicated to reducing global poverty through local and sustainable solutions
Dartmouth Humanitarian Leadership Projects (HELP) renamed Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering (DHE). Students work on clean-water, pico-hydropower, sanitation, and cookstove projects in Rwanda and Tanzania
The Mobile Virtual Player (MVP), a remote-controlled robotic tackling dummy takes the football world by storm. Invented by Elliot Kastner ’13 Th’14 ’15, and Quinn Connell ’13 Th’14, Noah Glennon Th’14 ’15, Andrew Smist ’13 as their ENGS 89/90 project, the MVP reduces the risk of concussions by cutting contact between players during practice. With their advisor, John Currier ’79 Th’81, and sponsor, football coach Buddy Teevens ’79, team members cofound the Mobile Virtual Player company to produce the dummy for NFL and other teams.
Overseer Barry MacLean ’60 Th’61 donates $25 million to Thayer School, the largest gift in the school’s history, to help fund an additional building and endow professorships.