He had far less to work with and created so much more than anyone could have every imagined

My first recollection of President Platt is from when I was a student here and the singing he used to lead the students in. When I became a faculty member, it was clear that he had created something pretty significant. It wasn’t a structural creation. It was a cultural creation. Joe really had the ability to create a culture of learning and excellence, even in an era when you didn’t have the resources we have today. That was something that left a lasting impression on the community. Now, as department chair of engineering, I think back about what he did in terms of administering this institution. It’s pretty significant. He had far less to work with and created so much more than anyone could have every imagined. He will be missed.

Ziyad Duron ’81
Chair, Department of Engineering