Professor L. S. Marks, of the Division of engineering, has recently returned from Europe, where he has spent the past year in investigation concerning the internal combustion motor or gas engine in Germany, France, and England. He has also studied the questions of laboratory equipment and the methods of instruction in the leading technical high schools of these same countries.
The largest part of his time was spent in Germany in visiting the important industrial plants there, among others the Krupp works at Essen which make use of gas engines of the largest size in the manufacture of pig iron and steel. He found that the development of the gas engine had proceeded farther in this country than in any other. Professor Marks made a careful study of the equipment and systems of instruction at the technical high school of Charlottenberg, Germany. This school, which is a part of the University of Berlin, is the largest and best equipped in existence, having 3500 students, all engaged in the study of applied science.
A special research course on internal combustion motors will be given this year by Professor Marks, entitled Engineering 20h., and the new material which Professor Marks has gathered, including drawings collected from all the principal gas engine builders of Europe, will be especially valuable.