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UI Engineering Caterpillar Lecture scheduled Dec. 4

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Brian D.O. Anderson, foundation director of the Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering and professor of systems engineering at the Australian National University, will deliver a Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture on the subject of digital control at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4 in Room 3407 of the Engineering Building.

The talk, free and open to the public, will describe in non-mathematical terms the sorts of problems encountered by control engineers.

Anderson's numerous awards and honors include Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Fellow of the Royal Society and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences. He earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1966. After serving on the electrical engineering faculty at Stanford, he returned to Australia in 1967 to become Foundation Professor and head of the electrical engineering department at the University of Newcastle.

The lecture is sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Engineering department of electrical and computer engineering and Caterpillar Foundation.

The Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible by grants awarded to the UI College of Engineering through the UI Foundation by Caterpillar Inc. of Peoria, Ill. The grants comprise the Caterpillar Excellence Fund, which aids student, faculty and curriculum development in the College of Engineering. The fund also supports a colloquium series that brings prominent engineers to the UI campus to present one-day seminars for students and faculty. In addition, it provides computer equipment to help undergraduates conduct on-line searches of engineering patent literature.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this program are asked to contact the department of electrical and computer engineering in advance at 319-335-5197.