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UI Engineering Caterpillar Lecture scheduled March 20

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Van C. Mow, director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering and orthopaedic bioengineering at Columbia University, as well as director of the New York Orthopaedic Hospital Research Laboratory, will deliver a Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture, "New Results on Knee Biomechanics," at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 20 in Room W-10, Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

His numerous awards and honors include the H.E. Cabaud Award of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, 1996; the C.S. Neer Award of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, 1996; the National Academy of Engineering Award, 1991; and the Giovanni Borelli Award of the American Society of Biomechanics, 1991. His expertise lies in the areas of biomechanics and orthopaedic bioengineering, and he has made personal contributions to the understanding of the causes of osteoarthritis and the function of knee, shoulder, wrist and spinal joints.

Mow, who was born in China, earned his doctorate in applied mechanics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 1966, with a 1967-68 postdoc in applied mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. From 1976 until 1977 he was a visiting professor at Harvard Medical School. He served as professor of mechanics and biomedical engineering at RPI until 1986 when he assumed his current duties.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Engineering department of biomedical 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, 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 biomedical engineering in advance at 319-353-7697.