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The Post-War Years

The following departmental history was written using the research presented by Clarence Smith, ISE assistant department head, at the department’s 75th Anniversary Celebration held November 3, 2006. This history is based on previous works prepared by former department heads Robert Carson and Cliff Anderson, as well as research conducted in the University Archives of the DH Hill Library. Information has also been acquired from the College of Engineering to help provide greater context. The latest information was added by ISE Communications with assistance from Paul Cohen and Julie Swann.

The Post-War Years

Dean Harold Lampe.


Harold Lampe

Harold Lampe becomes Dean of Engineering.


Frank Groseclose returns from the war

Groseclose returns from the war. However, he was named the inaugural department head of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, serving as Department Head until 1966. Additionally, the Colonel was the first-ever National President of our professional society, the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).

Ie Department Reactivates

Thanks to the efforts of acting department head Ronald Wiggins, the IE Department is reactivated.


graduate IE program initiated

Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering Degree (MSIE) initiated


David Henderson Returns

David Henderson returns to the IE Department and becomes the new Department Head.

Walter Clark Professorship established

An endowment partly supports Henderson contributed by the family of Judge Walter Clark and named on his behalf: the Walter Clark Professorship.

Robert Llewellyn

Robert Llewellyn joins the IE Faculty.

Sig Johnson

Sig Johnson joins the IE Department.

Rudy Willard

Rudy Willard joins the IE Department.

Undergraduate Enrollment increases

Undergraduate enrollment jumped to 135.


The BS in Industrial Engineering curriculum becomes accredited for the first time.

Furniture Manufacturing & Management

The Bachelors of Science in Furniture Manufacturing and Management degree is established (FMM). It is headed by Sig Johnson, who is assisted by Rudy Willard.

First MSIE Graduate

C. A. Swerdlove is the first graduate of the MSIE program.


Park Shops transferred to Industrial Engineering

Administration of the foundry, welding, wood and machine shops at Park Shops is transferred from the Mechanical Engineering Department to IE.

Park Shops Staff is transferred to IE

Ralph Cope and Charles Madison, who jointly taught welding and foundry methods to thousands of State students, join the IE staff. Fred Wheeler was also transferred to IE and served as Superintendent of the Shops.


Riddick Engineering Laboratories completed

The new Riddick Engineering Laboratories are completed.

IE Department and FFM move into RIddick

After Riddick is completed, the IE Department and FMM program moves into it.

First BSFMM Degree Awarded

Charles Tripp becomes the first graduate of the BSFMM program.

Industrial Engineering in Transition


Joint Program Proposed

Johnson proposes a five-year joint program for BSIE/BSFMM/MSIE, but the idea is not approved.

Henderson leaves to work in the Industry

Henderson left to join a management consulting firm.

A New Acting Department Head

Carl Hart, a retired Western Electric executive, served as acting department head during the Fall of 1954 semester.


Robert Carson

Robert Carson, the first-ever Ph.D. in IE from the University of Michigan, came from Clemson University to be the new Industrial Engineering department head in February 1955

ΑΠΜ is Introduced

One of Carson’s first duties was to create interest amongst faculty and students in the IE national honor society, Alpha Pi Mu.


ΑΠΜ Chapter at UNC A&E

As a result of Carson’s efforts, Alpha Pi Mu establishes a chapter at State.


Carson Promoted

A well-respected administrator, Carson is recruited as the new Associate Dean of Engineering for Undergraduate Programs at State by Dean Lampe, relinquishing the headship of IE after serving only two years.

Clifton Anderson

Clifton Anderson was named Department Head of Industrial Engineering at State in 1957 after almost 20 years on the IE faculty at Penn State University.

Curriculum Evolution

A major curriculum revision of the BSIE degree occurred that condensed several traditional courses to allow room for emerging “quantitative methods” courses.

Fellow of IIE

Former department head Col. Frank Groseclose earns Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineering status.


Anderson becomes the President of ΑΠΜ

Anderson serves as the National President of Alpha Pi Mu.

An Outstanding Chapter

IIE student chapter from State is hailed as the Most Outstanding Chapter in the United States.

An Evolving Masters Program

A long-term plan to develop a fully involved Masters program, emphasizing the quantitative methods courses that were the new tools of IE, is initiated.

Graduate Program Innovation


Ralph Fadum

Ralph Fadum was named Dean of Engineering.


The Cooperative Engineering Education Program (co-op) was initiated with IE and FMM students actively involved.

A New Name for a New Role

State College sought to change its name to signify its new role as a comprehensive university. Consolidated University administrators proposed the name “University of North Carolina at Raleigh(UNC-R), outraging almost everyone associated with State and prompting protests.


A Compromise

The University changes its name from North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering of the University of North Carolina to North Carolina State of the University of North Carolina at Raleigh (NCS-UNCR) as a compromise between their earlier proposal and community backlash.

A New Minor

Engineering Operations is offered as a minor.


Jay Goldman

Jay Goldman joins the Department as a full Professor.

John Harder

John Harder, a manufacturing engineer with a local firm, joins the Department to keep from moving back to New York. Harder, when asked on this, said, “I’m just too attached to the community and lovely weather.”


Anco Prak

Anco Prak joined the IE faculty as an Associate Professor of Engineering.

A Bold Proposal

Preparation of the proposal for “A Program of Study Leading to the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Industrial Engineering” begins. Much of the work is carried out by Anderson and Goldman.

One Final Name Change

After much conflict over the naming compromise,


The Approval

A Program of Study Leading to the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Industrial Engineering is approved by the Graduate School Council of the consolidated university.


Salah Elmaghraby

Salah Elmaghraby joined the UNC A&E faculty in 1967 with the mission of starting a graduate program in Operations Research, one of the University’s first interdisciplinary programs.

Final Approvals

Final approvals by the Board of Trustees for the Ph.D. Program are complete. The original Ph.D. proposal submitted to the College of Engineering was approved at all levels without change – the first time this was ever accomplished in the history of the NC State Graduate School.


Edward Clark

Ed Clark joins the IE faculty.


IE is the first Engineering Department to require a course in computer programming when a two-credit hour course in Fortran is added.

first Henry Foscue Professor

Cliff Anderson is named the first Henry Foscue Professor.

James T. Ryan Chair

James T. Ryan Chair is endowed to the Department.


Richard Bernhard

Richard Bernhard joins the IE faculty.

First ph.D.

The first Ph.D. in IE was awarded to Manmohan Wig, with University Professor Salah Elmaghraby as his advisor.

“Distance Education”

The first two MIE degrees were awarded to off-campus students in Greensboro through courses taught one night per week by IE faculty at UNC-Greensboro and Greensboro area industrial sites.

23 MIE degrees were awarded over about six years in this fashion.


Salah Elmaghraby

Elmaghraby is named the inaugural director of the Operations Research program.

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