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UI College of Engineering Academy Inducts Distinguished Alumni

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Engineering will induct three new members into its Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy in ceremonies to be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997 as a part of National Engineers' Week (Feb. 16-22) in the Triangle Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The three, to be honored for their contributions toward personal engineering achievement, leadership and service to the profession and society, are

H. William Lichtenberger, William M. Sangster, and R. William Van Sant.

Lichtenberger, who received his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the College in 1959, is chairman and CEO of Praxair, Inc. of Danbury, Conn.-- the country's second largest producer of industrial gases. He is ranked by Forbes Magazine as 286th among corporate America's 800 most powerful executives and is ranked 12th in his industry.

Sangster earned his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1947 and his master's degree and doctorate in mechanics and hydraulics in 1948 and 1964, respectively. Currently director of international programs for the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, he served as the institution's dean of the College of Engineering from 1974 to 1991. He has also been president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, co-founder of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc.

Van Sant received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in mechanical engineering in 1966 and 1967, respectively. He is chairman, president and CEO of Lukens, Inc. of Coatesville, Pa. -- a major specialty steel manufacturer. He also has served as director and president of the National Association of Manufacturers and as trustee and president of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. Previously he served in executive leadership positions at Blount, Inc., Cessna Aircraft, and Deere and Company.

The 1997 ceremony, hosted by Theta Tau, National Professional Engineering Fraternity, marks the second year of the Academy and brings its membership to 21. The 18 charter members are: Lilia A. Abron, Mikio Arie, James E. Ashton, David R. Buchanan, Frank Chrencik, Thomas E. Daniels, Richard E. Emmert, Phillip G. Hubbard, Bingham Lin, Randall Meyer, Harry F. Olson, Margaret Petersen, Gary F. Seamans, Clifford V. Smith, Robert L. Smith, C. Maxwell Stanley, Himie Voxman, and Darrell D. Wyrick.