Materials created and collected by Roland Schmitt during his time as the head of the General Electric Research Laboratory and as the president of Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mainly consists of article and speeches
6 cubic feet
Scope and Content:
The bulk of the collection consists of articles and speeches written during Schmitt's time as head of the Research Laboratory and during his term as president of Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute. There are some working papers created during Schmitt's time at the research laboratory, mostly consisting of meeting notes and materials pertaining to business trips. There is little personal materials, and few business records.
Biographical / Historical:
Roland Schmitt (1923- ) received a masters in Physics from the University of Texas in 1948, and his Ph.D. in Physics from Rice University in 1951. Soon after he began working at the General Electric Research Laboratory as a research associate. He served as the director of the GE Research & Development Center from 1978 until 1986.
Upon retiring from General Electric in 1988, Schmitt became president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute until 1993. He has served with a number of science and technology institutions, including being the chairman of the board for the New York State Office Of Science, Technology and Academic Research and being a member of the National Science Board from 1982-1994.
Throughout his career, Roland Schmitt was in demand as a speaking on issues of science and technology in policy and industry. He holds numerous awards and honors in the field, including the IEEE Founders Medal, awarded in 1992.
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