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Bucknell Professor Donates Engineering Books to FSU

Frostburg State University's Collaborative Engineering Program has just received a windfall of engineering textbooks from Dr. Maurice Aburdene, chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.

According to Dr. Oguz Soysal, chair of FSU's Department of Physics, about 150 of these texts are quite new and cover almost all areas of electrical engineering. Soysal estimates their market value at about $6,774, but says the true replacement cost would be around $10,000.

"We typically spend around $3,000 from the engineering budget every year to purchase electrical engineering books for the Ort Library," Soysal says, adding that it would take FSU about three years to afford the value of the donated books.

Soysal and Aburdene first met in fall 1998, when Soysal joined Bucknell as a visiting faculty member. "We established a very good friendship throughout the years," Soysal says. "He has always been excited about our Collaborative Engineering Program. This is why he decided to donate the extra textbooks he is not currently using."

In addition, Soysal will visit the FSU campus to present a talk to students on Thursday, Oct. 24, entitled, "Who Wants to be an Engineer?" The talk will focus on what qualities, both personal and academic, are necessary for a successful career in engineering and the ways that engineers serve society on a daily basis.

Aburdene holds a B.S., MS. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. His teaching specialties and research interests focus on computers and include such aspects as networks, processing, systems, design, instrumentation and measurement.

For more information about FSU's Collaborative Engineering Program, contact Soysal at (301) 687-4160 or

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