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Creator: Katz, Israel, 1917-2003.
Title:Israel Katz papers
Call Number:M48
Volume:10.00 cubic ft. (10 boxes)
Scope and Content Note:The collection documents Israel Katz's professional life including his careers at Cornell University and General Electric, his return to Northeastern University as both an administrator and educator, and his work as a consulting engineer in the private sector. Furthermore, it documents his participation as a speaker at professional conferences and as an editor of and contributor to several engineering magazines. The researcher should note that this collection contains no documentation of his work as a consultant for the United States government. His personal life, including Katz's undergraduate days at Northeastern and his membership and participation in several synagogues (Temple Beth El and Temple O'habei Shalom), is also documented here; however the bulk of the collection reflects his professional career.
Biographical Abstract: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.
Arrangement:Organized into 2 series: 1. Personal Files and 2. Professional Files.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Katz, Israel, 1917-2003

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Class of 1941

  • Engineering students -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Engineering -- Study and teaching -- United States
  • Engineering teachers -- United States

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Related Materials:

Northeastern University Department of Continuing Education records (A40)

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Amy Bosworth, March 2000