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UI Engineering Lecture On Systems Architecting Scheduled Nov. 12

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Eberhardt Rechtin, emeritus professor of engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, will deliver a Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture, "Principles and Insights of the Art of Systems Architecting," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 in Lecture Room 1, Van Allen Hall.

Rechtin notes that "systems architecting" is similar to the task architects have in designing buildings, but applies to aerospace systems, information systems and many other areas. "Like its associated field, engineering, architecting is both a science and an art but with primary emphasis on the art," he says.

Rechtin's numerous awards and honors include: Member, National Academy of Engineering, 1968; NEC C and C Prize, Japan, 1992; Fellow and Robert H. Goddard Astronautics Award, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1991; Fellow and Alexander Graham Bell Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1977; and Distinguished Alumni Award, California Institute of Technology, 1984.

Rechtin earned his bachelor's degree and his doctorate in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1946 and 1950, respectively. Highlights of his extensive career include his service as Assistant Director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 1960-67. At the U.S. Department of Defense, he served as: Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects (DARPA), 1967-70; Principal Deputy Director of Defense, Research and Engineering, 1970-72; and Assistant Secretary of Defense (Telecommunications), 1972-73. Also, he was Chief Engineer at Hewlett-Packard Company, 1972-77 and President and CEO of Aerospace Corporation, Los Angeles, 1977-87. From 1988 until 1994, he was professor of electrical engineering systems, aerospace engineering, and industrial and systems engineering.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University of Iowa College of 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 College of Engineering in advance at 319-335-5764.