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Release: Immediate

P. Barry Butler appointed Associate Dean of Engineering

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- P. Barry Butler, professor of mechanical engineering, has been appointed Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the University of Iowa College of Engineering for a three-year term, effective Sept. 1, 1997.

Butler, whose appointment must be approved by the Iowa Board of Regents, succeeds John P. Robinson, professor of electrical and computer engineering, who will return to full-time teaching and research. Engineering Dean Richard K. Miller said: "I am delighted that Professor Butler is willing to serve in this capacity. The college is fortunate to have someone in this role with such a broad and balanced background."

Butler, who came to the university in 1984, earned bachelor's and master's degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering in 1979 and 1981, respectively, as well as a doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1984, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a nationally recognized expert in thermal science and energetic materials and has published many papers in the field. He currently serves as associate editor of the Journal of Propulsion and Power of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Butler's record as an outstanding classroom teacher is underscored by his involvement with and concern for students. He received the Society of Automotive Engineers' Ralph Teetor Award in 1991 and has been an advisor to many master's and doctoral candidates, as well as to several student organizations, and has been active in student recruitment activities. Also, he has served on the university's Presidential Scholarship Program Committee and the Susan Hancher Award Selection Committee. He also recently served as chair of the Engineering Faculty Council and co-convener of the Curriculum Advancement Task Force.

Miller complimented Robinson on the contributions he has made toward advancing the College's academic programs over the last four and one-half years. He noted that Robinson oversaw a complete reorganization of the student affairs staff, led the College's efforts in the recent ABET accreditation review, conducted a review and realignment of the mission of the Iowa Computer-Aided Engineering Network, and implemented the first Technological Entrepreneurship Certificate program in the U. S.

In a related announcement, Dean Miller also noted that A. Jacob Odgaard, professor of civil and environmental engineering, will continue to serve the college as associate dean for research and graduate studies for another three-year term, or until the college's building renovation project has been completed, whichever is longer. Odgaard maintains primary responsibility for planning and construction related to the project.