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Post-it Note inventor to speak April 7 at Industrial Progress Show

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman will offer opening remarks and Arthur L. Fry, 3M corporate scientist and inventor of the Post-it Note, will be the keynote speaker at the Iowa Technology Transfer Council's (ITTC) Industrial Progress Show Tuesday, April 7 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. The program begins with Coleman's welcome at 8:45 a.m., followed by Fry's keynote address at 9 a.m.

The ITTC Industrial Progress Show will provide Iowa engineers and plant managers the opportunity to learn about the latest manufacturing technologies in use throughout the country and in development at the University of Iowa. This is the first time that the national-caliber conference will be held on the UI campus.

The conference will offer two seminar tracks -- one dealing with manufacturing issues and the other discussing recent innovations in the field. In addition to Coleman and Fry, the speakers list includes representatives from Deere and Co., Astoria, HON, Rockwell, Engineering Animation, Neural Applications, Maytag, Pella Corporation, and Chase Ergonomics.

Tours of the Iowa Driving Simulator, Center for Computer-Aided Design, Spine Research Center, Internet Laboratory, and Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research will be available between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tours of Neural Applications Corporation and CADSI facilities, located at the UI's Oakdale Research Park, and Rockwell International's Coralville plant will also be available. The UI College of Engineering and the College of Business Administration will have booths at the conference.

The University will also provide a technology matching service for industrial participants. Registrants with specific technological questions or needs may schedule a meeting with an expert university researcher during their visit to campus.

Interested parties should contact Deanna M. Petersen, director of research marketing and corporate relations, UI Office of the Vice President for Research, at 335-3941.