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Release: Dec. 17, 2001

Schnoor appointed to Henry Chair of Engineering

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jerald L. Schnoor professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, has been appointed to the Allen S. Henry Chair of Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2002. Schnoor holds a primary appointment in the College of Engineering and a secondary appointment in the College of Public Health.

UI College of Engineering Dean Barry Butler said that the honor recognizes Schnoor's leadership in the University community, as well as his research and graduate and undergraduate teaching excellence.

"This is a perfect example of how private support can be used to advance the college's strategic plan. Jerry Schnoor is a world-class scholar, outstanding educator and respected member of the university community. He's the kind of person who makes a difference," Butler said.

Schnoor, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, has research interests in mathematical modeling of water quality, aquatic chemistry, groundwater, risk assessments and impact of carbon emissions on global change. He is also well known for his research in the field of phytoremediation, the use of plants to alleviate the effects of pollution. Schnoor is the chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, and a member of the National Research Council Water Science and Technology Board. He has research projects in aquatic effects modeling of acid precipitation, global change and biogeochemistry, groundwater and hazardous wastes, and exposure/risk assessment modeling. Schnoor, who earned his doctorate in environmental health engineering from the University of Texas in 1975, is the editor of four books and the author of Environmental Modeling (John Wiley and Sons, 1996). He is also the editor of the Series of Texts and Monographs on Environmental Science and Technology (ES&T) by Wiley Interscience.

The fully endowed Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering was established in March 2001 through a $1.5 million gift to the University of Iowa Foundation from UI engineering graduate Allen S. Henry of Melbourne, Fla. His gift supports a faculty member who has a distinguished academic and research program for a five-year term. A member of the college's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy, Henry received his master's and doctoral degrees in mechanics and hydraulics from the UI in 1968 and 1971, respectively. He has served as a member of the UI Engineering Building Campaign Steering Committee and the College of Engineering Advisory Board. He currently serves on the College of Engineering Development Council. Henry is retired vice president-general manager of JDS Uniphase Broadband Products; from 1996 to 1999 he was chairman, CEO, and president of Broadband Communications Products prior to its acquisition by Uniphase Corporation. In 1996 Henry retired from Harris Corporation, Melbourne, Fla., after 23 years of service. His last position at Harris Corporation was president of Electronic Systems Sector, an organization of 7,000 people with annual revenues of $1 billion.

One of 11 colleges on the University of Iowa campus, the College of Engineering has educational courses that date back more than a century. It teaches disciplines in biomedical, chemical and biochemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, industrial, and mechanical engineering. The college is recognized for its small, personalized size and focused mission. Its location on a strong liberal arts campus -- with natural strengths in writing and communications, health sciences, business, law, and arts and humanities -- provides highly complementary resources to build the type of broad technological education demanded in a rapidly changing world.

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