Technology Department History

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Origins to the Present

A Long and Distinguished history

The Technology program is the second technical program developed on campus over 80 years ago and currently is housed in the Aviation and Technology Department. 

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, this program used to be called Industrial Arts and offered a Teacher Credential Program.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology started in the early 1960s. The program is developed as an applied technical program with two concentrations: Manufacturing Systems; and Computer, Electronic and Network Technology.

In 1998, the Department of Technology joined the College of Engineering and began a period of joint operations with the Department of Aviation, formerly the Aeronautics Department. In 2001 the two departments combined into the Department of Aviation and Technology.

The Industrial Technology Program was renamed to Engineering Technology with the following concentrations: Manufacturing Systems; Computer Network System Management in preparing graduates for the current needs of Silicon Valley and beyond industry.  

Program Support

Program offers several student scholarships with the most recognized Howard H. Gerrish Scholarship.  Professor Gerrish taught electricity and electronics at SJSU beginning in 1961 in this program. Now the Howard H. Gerrish Memorial Endowment continues his educational legacy. Established in 2008. The Endowment gift of $420,000 is used to promote the Technology programs, upgrade equipment and facilities, and increase student enrollment.

For more information about giving financial support to the Department of Aviation and Technology or specifically to one of our programs, contact Department Chair Dr. Fred Barez at or 408 924-4298.