University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of General Engineering | University of Illinois Archives
In 1904, the College of Engineering requested the establishment of a General Engineering Drawing Department, but the President requested that it not be put into effect at that time.1 In 1909, the Department was established and administered by Harvey H. Jordan.2 The Department offered a non-specialized general engineering curriculum leading to the degree of B.S. in General Engineering intended for students who might not wish to undertake a program for more specialized fields of engineering practice, but who, however, might wish to secure fundamental training in the principles of engineering theory in order to ally themselves with industrial and commercial developments in the fields of management, operation and construction.3
In 2006, General Engineering merged with the Industrial Engineering Program to form the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, in order to better reflect the integrated nature of its interdisciplinary technical and business training and research.4
1. Board of Trustees Transactions, 23rd Report, November 9, 1904, January 17, 1905, pp. 19, 38.
2. Ibid., 25th Report, July 21, 1909, p. 215.
3. Undergraduate Course Catalogs, 1973-75, p. 226.
4. Newsletters, "The Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering," 2006, Record Series 11/7/809.