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David C. Gossard papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0716

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers are loosely divided into two groups of materials, articles and course notes.

The first group consists of articles written by Gossard and other MIT staff. Many of the articles are from the Proceedings of the 1986 ASME International Computers in Engineering Conference & Exhibition that was held in Chicago, and took place July 20 to 24. CAD Lab technical documents are numbered. After the numbered list is Gossard's CV and then articles he authored. In general the articles are mostly reprints, with some drafts or submitted copies also present.

Course and lecture notes are arranged in chronological order and follow Gossard's schooling from Purdue to MIT. There are some research notes and correspondence relating to a project on the board game Monopoly. The MIT course materials include both notes from classes Gossard took, was a teaching assistant in, and taught. There are a few folders of evaluations for classes he taught from the early 1990s.


  • Creation: 1960s-2000s


Access note

This collection is open.

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Biography or Historical note

David C. Gossard received bachelor's (1968) and master's (1970) degrees in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a PhD (1975) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also in mechanical engineering. He joined the Mechanical Engineering Department faculty in 1975. His research interests include solid modeling and computational geometry, and computer-aided design (CAD).


3 Cubic Feet (in 3 record cartons)

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Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of David C. Gossard
Ready For Review
August 2015
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