Arthur G. Hansen

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Arthur G. Hansen was the Dean of Engineering at Georgia Tech and made notable changes to the core curriculum and to the institute itself. [1]



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Biography

President Arthur G. Hansen was born on February 28,1925 and died on July 5, 2010.[2] President Hansen went to college at Purdue University to get his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Master's in Math later at Purdue University. He was also part of the Marine Corps during this time and served as a second lieutenant. President Hansen would then later on would then go to Case Western Reserve University to receive his doctorate. After receiving his doctorate Arthur G. Hansen would later on receive a request from Georgia Tech to become the Dean of Engineering. Although he service as the Dean of Engineering was short, he still made remarkable changes to the engineering school by rethinking the undergraduate engineering core curriculum.[3] Hansen was later offered the position as President of the University where he would serve for two years before going off to Purdue University. However, in these two years he made remarkable changes to the University.He greatly increased the enrollment and constructed many new buildings.[4]

Education

President Hansen highest degree is a Doctorate in Mathematics. He first received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University and then later returned to Purdue University to receive his Master's in Mathematics. During this time he was also part of the United States Marine Corps and served as a second lieutenant in United States Army Reserves. He was also be part of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity during his time in Purdue. Afterwards he went to Case Western Reserve to receive his Doctorate in Mathematics.

Georgia Tech History

Arthur G. Hansen was the seventh president of Georgia Institute of Technology.[5] He joined Georgia Tech as the Dean of Engineering in 1966 where he served three years.Within these three years he greatly shaped the Engineering department at Georgia Tech, and improved its undergraduate core curriculum.[6] He thought up many ways to change the curriculum, eventually reducing the number of hours required to graduate. He also added many humanities courses into the engineering curriculum stating that "If you do not have the freedom to explore, you will not learn, grow, and will not be a well educated person.”[7]Later on he would become the President of Georgia Institute of Technology in 1969. He served two years as President of the Institute. Although he served only two years he would make remarkable contributions towards the Institute. He greatly influenced the increment in the number of students who enrolled at the institute and built multiple infrastructure to assist students attain a great education. In 1971 Hansen later left Georgia Institute of Technology to become the President of his Ala meter school, Purdue University.

Accomplishments

Hansen accomplish many things during his life time at Georgia Tech and at Purdue. At Georgia tech he helped rewrite the undergraduate engineering curriculum making it easier for students to graduate and making the graduating students more versatile. He would also increase the number of students that enrolled at Georgia Tech during his years as President of the Institute. He also served as President of Purdue University and Texas A&M. He later on left Texas A&M to become the Director of Hudson Research Institute.

Final Days

On July 5,2010 Arthur G. Hansen passed away due to surgery complications. He was 85,and behind a great legacy. In his honor and remembrance of his achievements, the Life Sciences Research Building named after him.

References

  1. http://history.library.gatech.edu/items/browse?search=Hansen&submit_search=Search Georgia Tech Library Retrieved 11/22/2010
  2. 'Former Tech President Arthur Hansen Dies' http://www.gatech.edu/newsroom/release.html?nid=59930 Georgia Institute of Technology Retrieved 11/22/2010
  3. 'Former Tech President Arthur Hansen Dies' http://www.gatech.edu/newsroom/release.html?nid=59930 Georgia Institute of Technology Retrieved 11/22/2010
  4. Purdue Past Presidents http://www.purdue.edu/purdue/about/presidents.html Purdue University Retrieved 11/22/2010
  5. Georgia tech Newsroom http://www.gatech.edu/newsroom/release.html?nid=59930 Retrieved 11/22/2010
  6. Georgia tech Newsroom http://www.gatech.edu/newsroom/release.html?nid=59930 Retrieved 11/22/2010
  7. Georgia tech Newsroom http://www.gatech.edu/newsroom/release.html?nid=59930 Retrieved 11/22/2010

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