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Israel Katz papers

 Collection
Identifier: M048

Overview

Mechanical engineer Israel Katz devoted much of his career to educating present and future engineers. He spent 25 years at Northeastern University as a student, administrator, and faculty member. Katz entered Northeastern in 1937 after graduating from the Boston Trade School and earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with honors in 1941. After obtaining additional engineering degrees at MIT and Cornell University, he remained at Cornell as a staff member, devoting some of his time to Navy projects. He was named assistant professor in 1946 and promoted to associate professor two years later. While teaching at Cornell, he also worked with General Electric and in 1957 left academia for a full-time position at its Ithaca, New York facility. Katz returned to Northeastern in 1963 to teach advanced engineering courses at the Center for Continuing Education. From 1967 to 1974 he also held the position of Dean of the Center for Continuing Education. During his time as Dean, Israel Katz added highly technical engineering seminars to the curriculum, and he implemented a series of courses designed to teach practical engineering skills to students about to enter the workforce and to complement their academic education. Resigning as Dean in 1974, Katz spent his last years at Northeastern as Director of Advanced Engineering Programs and as a member of that department's faculty. He retired from teaching in 1988 and was granted the title of Professor Emeritus.

Dates

  • 1935-2003

Creator

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.

Biographical Note

Mechanical engineer Israel Katz devoted much of his career to educating present and future engineers. He spent 25 years at Northeastern University as a student, administrator, and faculty member. Katz entered Northeastern in 1937 after graduating from the Boston Trade School and earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with honors in 1941. In 1942 he was sent to MIT by the United States Navy where he earned a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering degree (1942). Two years later, he received his Master of Mechanical Engineering degree in Experimental and Automotive Engineering from Cornell University. After completing his studies, he remained at Cornell as a staff member, devoting some of his time to Navy projects. Israel Katz was named assistant professor in 1946 and promoted to associate professor two years later. While teaching at Cornell, he also worked with General Electric and in 1957 left academia for a full-time position at its Ithaca, New York facility.

Israel Katz returned to Northeastern in 1963 to teach advanced engineering courses at the Center for Continuing Education. From 1967 to 1974 he also held the position of Dean of the Center for Continuing Education. During his time as Dean, Katz added highly technical engineering seminars to the curriculum, and he implemented a series of courses designed to teach practical engineering skills to students about to enter the workforce and to complement their academic education.

Resigning as Dean in 1974, Israel Katz spent his last years at Northeastern as Director of Advanced Engineering Programs and as a member of that department's faculty. He retired from teaching in 1988 and was granted the title of Professor Emeritus.

Throughout his career Katz published several books and numerous articles for engineering magazines and journals. In addition he frequently participated in academic and industry conferences, lecturing on a variety of topics within the engineering and continuing education fields.

Israel Katz married Betty Steigman in 1942. They have three daughters. He died in May 2003.

Chronology

  • 1917 Born
  • 1935 Graduated from the Boston Trade School
  • 1941 Received a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University
  • 1942 Received a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering degree from MIT; Married Bety Steigman
  • 1944 Received a Master's of Mechanical Engineering degree from Cornell University
  • 1946 Accepted the position of Assistant Professor at Cornell University
  • 1947 "Some Aspects of Fuel Injection in Aircraft Engines" published
  • 1948 Promoted to Associate Professor at Cornell University
  • 1949 "Principles of Aircraft Propulsion Machinery" published
  • 1957 Left Cornell University to work for General Electric
  • 1963 Hired to teach engineering at Northeastern University's Center for Continuing Education
  • 1967 Appointed Dean of the Center for Continuing Education
  • 1974 Appointed Director of Advanced Engineering Programs at Northeastern University
  • 1988 Retired as Professor Emeritus
  • 1993 Received The New England Award from the Engineering Societies of New England
  • 2003 Died
1917
Born
1935
Graduated from the Boston Trade School
1941
Received a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University
1942
Received a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering degree from MIT; Married Bety Steigman
1944
Received a Master's of Mechanical Engineering degree from Cornell University
1946
Accepted the position of Assistant Professor at Cornell University
1947
"Some Aspects of Fuel Injection in Aircraft Engines" published
1948
Promoted to Associate Professor at Cornell University
1949
"Principles of Aircraft Propulsion Machinery" published
1957
Left Cornell University to work for General Electric
1963
Hired to teach engineering at Northeastern University's Center for Continuing Education
1967
Appointed Dean of the Center for Continuing Education
1974
Appointed Director of Advanced Engineering Programs at Northeastern University
1988
Retired as Professor Emeritus
1993
Received The New England Award from the Engineering Societies of New England
2003
Died

Extent

10.00 cubic feet (10 containers)

System of Arrangement:

Organized into 2 series: 1. Personal Files and 2. Professional Files.

Physical Location

68/3
Title
Finding aid for the Israel Katz Papers
Author
Finding aid prepared by Amy Bosworth
Date
March 2000
Language of description
Description Is In English

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
92 Snell Library
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US