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Obituary:Memorial Service at Harvey Mudd for Engineer Arnold Ruskin

January 18, 2007

Arnold Ruskin, a professional engineer, manager, consultant and educator for more than 40 years, who served as professor of engineering at Harvey Mudd College from 1963 to 1973, passed away on Dec. 28.

Arnie was one of the early pioneers who was instrumental in developing HMC into what it is today.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21 in the Green Room at Harvey Mudd College, 310 Platt Blvd., Claremont.

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He graduated from the University of Michigan with BSE, MSE, and PhD degrees in materials engineering. In 1963, he joined HMC, which was a fledging new college of engineering, science, and mathematics. He made many significant contributions to this new venture. He developed the basis for the materials engineering course, which is now part of the core program for all engineering students, and he also initiated courses in engineering economics and engineering management.

He was a very important early contributor to the innovative engineering clinic program which proved to be a landmark in experiential engineering and has now been emulated by hundreds of colleges and universities in the US and abroad.

At HMC he rose through the ranks, achieving tenure and becoming a full professor of engineering and the Union Oil Fellow in engineering. When Arnie arrived, the department was actively involved in planning its future. While at HMC, he also earned a master of business economics degree at the Claremont Graduate University and was also a professor of economics and business there. This is an example of one of Arnie's strengths, namely his boundless energy and tremendous hard work. At the time, Arnie wanted to expand his broad interests into areas that engineers and scientists were just beginning to appreciate, that the success of technical projects often relied heavily on economics, costs and project management. This set the pattern for the rest of his professional career.

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