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Faculty Discuss ROTC, New Degree Program

By Sonali Rohatgi

The establishment of new master's degree program in engineering and management and the ROTCprogram were among the topics on the table at the term's first faculty meeting, held Wednesday afternoon.

Other items discussed at the meeting included an update on progress made in the search to fill senior academic positions left open by this summer's administrative shuffling.

New master's program possible

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Edward F. Crawley '76 began the meeting by making a motion to establish a Master of Science program in System Design and Management.

The program is targeted toward engineers with at least three years of work experience.

A product of six years of planning, the program is to be a joint effort between the School of Engineering and the Sloan School of Management, Crawley said.

The purpose of the program is to train engineers to be senior managers with a strong technical grounding in "systems engineering and architecture and the conception and design of complex products and systems," according to its description.

The program is designed to last 13 months, beginning during one Independent Activities Period and ending the following IAP. In his presentation to the faculty, Crawley said that other, more flexible options will also be offered.

One of these is a program called "On-Campus/Distance Learning Hybrid," Crawley said. Students enrolled in the distance learning program would be able to take part in lectures and recitations from their work sites by using two-way real-time video, he said.

Library searches would be conducted using an on-line MIT database, while office hours and tutorials would be conducted via other distance media such as phone and fax, Crawley said said.

These students would, however, be required to spend nine weeks -- in addition to a full 15-week semester -- on campus, Crawley said.

Faculty will vote on the new program at next month's meeting. If the motion is approved, a pilot program will be initiated this academic year.

The new master's program would be the fifth such program at the Institute created in the past three years, following Master of Engineering programs in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Ocean Engineering, Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Civil and Environmental Engineering.

ROTC, searches discussed

President Charles M. Vest presented an update on a faculty resolution made in 1990 regarding the ROTC program and the conflict between its policy on homosexuals and the Institute's non-discrimination policy.

A committee is evaluating what progress has been made on this issue in the past five years, said Vest ["As ROTC Group Ends Work, Difference on Gays Policy Looms," Sept. 19]. The committee will also recommend actions to be taken in the future. Vest also said that a discussion on the issue would soon be arranged.

Provost Joel Moses PhD '67, addressing the faculty for the first time since being appointed to his new position, reviewed searches to fill senior academic positions.

Ann J. Wolpert, executive director of library services at Harvard Business School, was appointed the director of Libraries; Margaret R. Bates from Harvard will be appointed dean of student life and will take office in December, as will Wolpert.

The new dean of the School of Engineering and the dean of the Graduate School will be appointed some time this semester.

A motion to elect one graduate student to the Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid was set aside to the next meeting, which will be held on Nov. 15.

Finally, a moment of silence was held in honor of Professor Emeritus of Physics George Bekefi, who passed away in August.