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  • Nov. 1930 I N S T I T U T E A N D R E L A T E D ACTIVITIES 959

    A. S. A. and under the joint sponsorship of the Institute and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. The revised edition of No . 41 will be available at a cost of 30 cents to non-members of the A. I. E. E., a 50 per cent discount to apply for members of the Institute. Address communications to Secretary, Standards Committee, . I. . E., 33 West 39th St., New York, N . Y .

    Navigat ional a n d Topographica l S y m b o l s Approved as A m e r i c a n S t a n d a r d

    On July 17, 1930 the "Standard for Navigational and Topographical Symbols" was approved by the American Standards Association as American Tentative Standard. The Institute as one of the five joint sponsors for Sectional Committee on Scientific and Engineering Symbols and Abbreviations, through which the Standard came, had already placed its approval on the standard. Definite arrangements on the final publication of this standard have not as yet been made.

    S y m b o l s for P h o t o m e t r y a n d I l l u m i n a t i o n Approved as A m e r i c a n S tandard

    On August 4 ,1930 the "Symbols for Photometry and Illumination" developed by the Sectional Committee on Scientific and Engineering Symbols and Abbreviations were approved by the American Standards Association as an American Standard. The standard has been published in pamphlet form by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 29 West 39th St., New York, . Y., from which copies may be obtained at a cost of 20 cents each.

    Revis ion of A m e r i c a n S tandard "Code for L ight ing Factor ies , Mi l l s , a n d Other Work P l a c e s "

    Following approval by the Illuminating Engineering Society, the American Standards Association has approved a revised American Standard, "Code for Lighting Factories, Mills, and other Work Places." The code, which applies to practically all industries, is intended as a guide for factory owners and operators in their efforts to improve lighting conditions, and also as a source of authoritative information for bodies preparing safety regulations. Copies of the code may be obtained through the American Standards Association, 29 West 39th St., New York, . Y. at 20 cents per copy.

    Revised Nat iona l S t a n d a r d for Dry Cel ls a n d Bat ter i e s A Sectional Committee under the sponsorship of the U. S.

    Bureau of Standards, and organized under the procedure of the American Standards Association has developed a revised national standard for dry cells and batteries. This has been approved by the American Standards Association. The standard sets up specifications for materials, workmanship, performance, sizes, and markings and covers dry cells and batteries for radio, telephone, ignition, flashlight, and other uses. A part of the standard is devoted to methods of test which will determine compliance with the specifications. This standard will be published by the Bureau of Standards and become available through the Superintendent of Documents, Washington, D. C.

    Lehigh Dedicates New Packard Laboratory Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., officially accepted a

    cherished gift when it dedicated the James Ward Packard Laboratory of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering with appropriate ceremonies October 15-17, 1930. In conjunction with the dedication there was held an all-day conference concerning the "Relations Between the Industries and the Technical Schools" and a half-day conference on the "Future of American Industry." Alumni from far and near, together with representatives of various major industries and delegates from other institutions and associations, participated in and contributed to inspirational discussions looking to the furtherance of scientific education as it is needed to meet present-day needs.

    The laboratory itself was designed by the Lehigh faculty and built at a cost of $1,200,000, all of which together with an endowment for operation was presented by the late James Ward Packard, founder of the Packard Electric Company and the Packard Motor Car Company. As a memorial the laboratory is singularly appropriate because the donor distinguished himself in both mechanical engineering, with his leadership in motor car design, and in electrical engineering, with his participation in early electrical developments. As a laboratory, it stands as the realization of Lehigh's dream, for it provides facilities not only for the present student body, but makes adequate provision for sometime into the future.

    The building is approximately 124 by 170 ft. in plan and the equivalent of five stories in height. The main laboratory space is 63 by 124 ft. in plan and includes two main floors of these dimensions with a spacious balcony encircling the upper floor to accommodate the lighter equipment. The balance of the building is given over to class rooms, small individual research rooms, instrument rooms, offices, and accommodation rooms for the convenience of students. In addition, there is an auditorium on the lower floor which seats 600 persons with comfort. Careful attention was given to such details as ventilation, lighting, and soundproofing.

    Although there is no physical division within the building, the total space is equally divided between the mechanical and electrical departments. Each department devotes approximately 60 per cent of its floor space to laboratory and research work, 30 per cent to class rooms and offices, and 10 per cent to coat rooms, study rooms, and lounging conveniences for the students. In the main lobby stands the first Packard automobile, donated by that company in appreciation of the sentiment of the late Mr. Packard. The building and its equipment are under the supervision of Professor Fred V. Larkin, head of the M. E. department, and Professor Stanley S. Seyfert, acting head of the . E. department.

    Doctor Charles M. Schwab, chairman of the board, Bethlehem Steel Corporation and Past-President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers delivered the dedicatory address. He sought to impress his audience with the vital necessity of closely coordinated efforts on the part of both industry and the technical school in the interest of developing men of sufficiently broad training to meet the increasing demands of industrial and sociological development.

    Others who addressed the conferences included F. A. Merrick, President of the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company; Wm. Butterworth, President of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce; L. W. Baldwin, President of the Missouri Pacific Railway; A. G. Glancy, President of the Oakland Motor Car Company; M. S. Sloan, President of the Brooklyn Edison Company; Bancroft Gherardi, Vice-President and Chief Engineer of the American Telephone & Telegraph Company; Dr. A. M. Greene, Dean of the school of engineering, Princeton University; Dr. D . C. Jackson, head of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; David Ross, President of the Board of Trustees of Purdue University; Dr. W. E. Wickenden, President, Case School of Applied Science; M. A. Alexander, President, National Industrial Conference Board; E. A. Filene, President and Chairman of the board of Wm. A. Filene's Sons' Company (Boston); Dr. John Johnston, Director of Research, U. S. Steel Corporation; and S. L. Andrew, Chief Statistician, American Telephone & Telegraph Company.

    . I. . E . Directors Meeting The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the American

    Institute of Electrical Engineers was held at the Benjamin Franklin Hotel, Philadelphia, on Wednesday, October 15, 1930, during the Philadelphia District Meeting of the Institute.

    There were present: President W. S. Lee, Charlotte, N . C. Past-Presidents R. F. Schuchardt, Chicago, 111.; Harold B.