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College of Engineering Caterpillar Lecture scheduled for March 13

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Melvin R. Ramey, professor and chairman of the department of civil and environmental engineering -- and assistant track coach -- at the University of California, Davis, will deliver a Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture on the "Design of the Long Jump" at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13 in Buchanan Auditorium, Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

Ramey has received many accolades for teaching in his nearly three decades at the University of California, Davis. He was awarded the Outstanding Teacher-At-Large Award in 1972 from the students in the College of Engineering; the Outstanding Teacher Award in 1973 from the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers; the Magnar Ronning Award for Teaching Excellence in 1984; and the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award in 1987. He served as visiting professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1980 and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988.

Ramey, who earned his master's degree in 1965 and his doctorate in 1967, both in civil engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, is a member of seven professional organizations. He serves on the Civil Engineering Department Advisory Board for Carnegie-Mellon University and on the Engineering Directorate Advisory Board for the National Science Foundation. He also holds a courtesy faculty appointment in the department of exercise science where he has served as assistant track coach for men and women long and triple jumpers since 1967. In 1993, Ramey was named Black Engineer of the Year by the Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Mobile Corporation, and U.S. Black Engineer Magazine.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Engineering department of civil and environmental engineering and Caterpillar Inc.

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, the fund provides computer equipment to help undergraduates learn about and 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 civil and environmental engineering in advance at 319-335-5647.