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Alfred A.H. Keil

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Background

Employment History

  • Technical Director, David Taylor Model Basin
    Navy
  • Chief Scientist, Underwater Explosion Research Division
    Navy
  • Member, Bureau of Ships
    Navy
  • Dean of Engineering
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • U.S. Naval Technical Mission
  • Navy's Bureau of Ships

Education

  • MIT Chapel
  • Friederich Wilhelm University
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Alfred A.H. Keil
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Alfred A.H. Keil
Former Dean of Engineering Alfred A.H. Keil died on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Goddard Nursing Home in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.Keil, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, was 88 years old.
Keil was one of the world's leading authorities on naval architecture and ocean engineering.
"He has made a lasting contribution to the school and to the Institute through his efforts to articulate a new and broader vision of engineering education and to use the resources of the school with increased effectiveness," wrote then-President Jerome B. Wiesner and then-Chancellor Paul E. Gray '54 in 1977, when Keil stepped down as dean of the School of Engineering.
Professor James D. Bruce ScD '64, an associate dean under Keil, served as interim dean after his departure.Bruce remembered Keil as a remarkable scientist and engineer, an innovative educator, and a friend."His ideas concerning engineering and science education, though early, have stood the test of time and many are being implemented now," Bruce told Tech Talk."He really had a warm heart.He cared about people.I often think of seeing him with my children when they would come to the office at the end of the day."
Born in Konradswaldau, Germany, on May 1, 1913, Keil received the Doctor of Natural Science degree from Friederich Wilhelm University in 1939.After receiving his degree, he conducted research and experimentation on the physics and effects of underwater explosions.
Following World War II, he worked for the U.S. Naval Technical Mission in Germany from 1945-46 and came to the United States in 1947 to join the Navy's Bureau of Ships.As chief scientist of the Navy's Underwater Explosion Research Division in Portsmouth, Va. for 12 years, he became an authority on ship protection.
Keil became technical director of the Structural Mechanics Laboratory at the Navy's David Taylor Model Basin in Washington, D.C. in 1959, and was the first technical director for the entire organization from 1963 to 1966.During this period, he made extensive contributions to improving the structural integrity and survivability of naval vessels.
Keil came to MIT in 1966 as head of the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, now the Department of Ocean Engineering, the oldest academic department of its kind in the country.Under his leadership, the department added a graduate degree program in ocean engineering in 1967 and launched a joint-degree program with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1969.
Not long after his arrival at MIT, Congress passed the National Sea Grant College and Program Act.Recognizing the opportunity for MIT to benefit from participation in this new marine program, Keil succeeded in obtaining the first grant awarded by the new national program.His leadership led to the establishment of the MIT Sea Grant Program in 1970, of which he was the first director.In December 1976, MIT became the first private university in the nation to be declared a Sea Grant College.
Following his term as dean of engineering, Keil was named a Ford Professor of Engineering.In that role, he urged engineers to be concerned with the social impact of their activities, which he termed "the wiser use of science and technology."
Among his awards and honors are two Navy Meritorious and Distinguished Civilian Service Awards, the Coast Guard's Meritorious Public Service Award, the Gibbs Brothers Gold Medal Award from the National Academy of Sciences, the Gold Medal Award of the American Society of Naval Engineers, the Lockheed Award for Marine Science and Engineering, and the Officers Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Boston.com / Latest News / Northeast / Former dean of engineering at MIT Alfred Keil dead at 88
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Former dean of engineering at MIT Alfred Keil dead at 88Boston.com / Latest News / Northeast / Former dean of engineering at MIT Alfred Keil dead at 88,region,/dailynews/011/region/Former_dean_of_engineering_at_:.shtml, CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) Alfred A.H. Keil, former dean of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of the world's leading authorities on ocean engineering, died Wednesday.He was 88. ,Former dean of engineering at MIT Alfred Keil dead at 88 ,1/11/2002 18:40,By Associated Press,ma obit keil,>," name=HideFromBrowserForVerity>
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) Alfred A.H. Keil, former dean of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of the world's leading authorities on ocean engineering, died Wednesday.He was 88.
Keil, who was born in Germany, worked on the physics of underwater explosions during World War II, before beginning a 20-year career with the U.S. Navy.
He arrived at MIT in 1966 to head the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, rising to the ranks of dean of engineering.
Keil, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, died at the Goddard Nursing Home in Boston, according to the university.No cause of death was given.
Born in Konradswaldau, Germany, Keil began conducting experiments and research on underwater explosions after graduating from Friederich Wilhelm University in 1939.
He went to work for the U.S. Naval Technical Mission in Germany after World War II, coming to the United States in 1947 to join the Navy's Bureau of Ships.
Keil became an expert on ship protection, eventually becoming the technical director of the Navy's David Taylor Model Basin in Washington.
Keil was instrumental in establishing MIT's Sea Grant Program in 1970.He also championed what he called ''the wiser use of science and technology,'' urging scientists to be concerned with the social impact of their work.
Keil is survived by his wife Ursula, of Brookline; two sons, Juergen, of Westerly, R.I., and Michael, of Germany; and two granddaughters.
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- Alfred A.H. Keil, former dean of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of the world's leading authorities on ocean engineering, died Wednesday.He was 88.
Keil, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, died at the Goddard Nursing Home in Boston, according to MIT.No cause of death was given.
Born in Konradswaldau, Germany, Keil worked on the physics of underwater explosions during World War II before beginning a 20-year career with the U.S. Navy.
He arrived at MIT in 1966 to head the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, rising to the ranks of dean of engineering.
Keil began conducting experiments and research on underwater explosions after graduating from Friederich Wilhelm University in 1939.
He went to work for the U.S. Naval Technical Mission in Germany after World War II, coming to the United States in 1947 to join the Navy's Bureau of Ships.
Keil became an expert on ship protection, eventually landing a job as technical director of the Navy's David Taylor Model Basin in Washington.
Boston.com / Latest News / Nation / NEW YORK (AP) Mari Kajiwara, an internationally known modern dancer...
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Alfred Keil
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) Alfred A.H. Keil, former dean of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of the world's leading authorities on ocean engineering, died Wednesday.He was 88.
Keil, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, died at the Goddard Nursing Home in Boston, according to the university.No cause of death was given.
Born in Konradswaldau, Germany, Keil worked on the physics of underwater explosions during World War II before beginning a 20-year career with the U.S. Navy.
He arrived at MIT in 1966 to head the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, rising to the ranks of dean of engineering.
Keil began conducting experiments and research on underwater explosions after graduating from Friederich Wilhelm University in 1939.
He went to work for the U.S. Naval Technical Mission in Germany after World War II, coming to the United States in 1947 to join the Navy's Bureau of Ships.
Keil became an expert on ship protection, eventually landing a job as technical director of the Navy's David Taylor Model Basin in Washington.
Journal-News.com: AP News
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Alfred Keil
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP)--Alfred A.H. Keil, former dean of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of the world's leading authorities on ocean engineering, died Wednesday.He was 88.
Keil, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, died at the Goddard Nursing Home in Boston, according to MIT.No cause of death was given.
Born in Konradswaldau, Germany, Keil worked on the physics of underwater explosions during World War II before beginning a 20-year career with the U.S. Navy.
He arrived at MIT in 1966 to head the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, rising to the ranks of dean of engineering.
Keil began conducting experiments and research on underwater explosions after graduating from Friederich Wilhelm University in 1939.
He went to work for the U.S. Naval Technical Mission in Germany after World War II, coming to the United States in 1947 to join the Navy's Bureau of Ships.
Keil became an expert on ship protection, eventually landing a job as technical director of the Navy's David Taylor Model Basin in Washington.
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