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Heads Two Departments

BOTH the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering are now headed by Professor H. Guyford Stever, a member of the Faculty since 1946.

"The appointment of one man to head two departments is not without precedent at M.I.T., and it in no way means that we are combining the Department of Mechanical Engineering with that of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering," President Julius A. Stratton, '23, said in announcing Professor Stever's appointment.

"Under Dr. Stever, each department will retain its professional identity and will award degrees in its own fields of specialization.  At the same time, both departments have common interests in a number of areas, and the new administrative structure should strengthen these collaborative efforts to the mutual advantage of each department."

In the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Professor Stever succeeds Professor Joseph H. Keenan, '22, who has resumed full-time teaching and research; and in the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering he succeeds Professor Laurens Troost, who retired in 1960 to return to Holland.  

Professor Stever received his doctorate in 1941 at the California Institute of Technology and first came to M.I.T. as a member of the Radiation Laboratory's staff.  He was formerly chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force, was associate dean of the School of Engineering from 1956 to 1959, and is currently president of the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences, Inc.

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[[caption]] Ross H. Smith [[/caption]]

Director of Athletics

ROSS H. SMITH, director of physical education and assistant athletic director at Cornell University since 1952, replaced Richard L. Balch as M.I.T.'s Director of Athletics in August.  Mr. Balch resigned to accept a position at Stanford University.

Mr. Smith has been a coach and athletic administrator since he was graduated from Springfield (Mass.) College in 1936.  After coaching at Brighton High School in Rochester, N. Y., he received a master's degree in education at the University of Rochester in 1947 and went to Cornell as a soccer and basketball coach.

At Springfield he was outstanding in lacrosse, soccer, and basketball, and was named to the All-New England lacrosse team and the All-American soccer team.  His lacrosse teams at Cornell have made remarkable records.

Mr. Smith has been one of the East's leading basketball officials for several years and was president of the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association of 1957.  He was in charge of the successful tour of the combined Cornell-Dartmouth-Yale soccer team in Bermuda in 1952, and conducted soccer clinics for service coaches in 1955 and 1956 at the invitation of the Commanding General of the U.S. Army in Europe.

At M.I.T. he will supervise the coaching staff and physical education instructors and direct the large and varied athletic plant that now includes the Du Pont Athletic Center, Briggs Field House, Rockwell Cage, the Armory, the Alumni Pool, and more than 20 acres of tennis courts and outdoor playing fields.

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[[caption]] Henry J. Zimmermann, '42 [[/caption]]

RLE's New Director

TO SUCCEED Professor Jerome B. Wiesner, who is on leave of absence in Washington, as director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics, President Stratton has appointed Professor Henry J. Zimmermann, '42.  His previous responsibilities as associate director have been assumed by Professor Wilbur B. Davenport, Jr., '43.

Professor Zimmermann has been a member of the Faculty since 1946 and is co-author with Professor Samuel J. Mason, '47, of two recent books, Electronic Circuit Theory and Electronic Circuits, Signals, and Systems.

Professor Davenport returned to the Department of Electrical Engineering last year after nine years at Lincoln Laboratory.  He is co-author with William L. Root, '43, of An Introduction to the Theory of Random Signals and Noise.

Professor Walter A. Rosenblith is serving as acting chairman of the Steering Committee of the Center for Communication Sciences during Professor Wiesner's absence.

OEG Appointments

THE DIRECTOR of the Operations Evaluation Group (OEG) of M.I.T., Jacinto Steinhardt, has announced the appointment of Sidney K. Shear as Director of Research of the Naval Warfare Analysis Group, and the addition of Robert L. Hubbard and Edgar R. Terry to the OEG's staff in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Shear succeeds Douglas L. Brooks, '43, who joins M.I.T.'s Center for Earth Sciences.

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