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Release: Feb. 6, 2001

UI engineering lecture on renewable energy sources scheduled Feb. 8

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Salifou Bengaly, director of Sinergie S.A., an organization dedicated to improving energy and environmental issues in the country of Mali, will deliver a special college-wide Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8 in 101 Becker Communications Building. The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Engineering and the Caterpillar Foundation.

In his talk Bengaly will speak on renewable energy sources and compatible environmental issues as they apply to Mali.

He is visiting the United States for several weeks, speaking with companies, agencies, and universities on energy and environmental research issues. In addition to presenting a lecture, Bengaly is meeting with UI research faculty, research centers, and associated offices to strengthen educational ties between Mali and the university. His U.S. host is Lilia Abron, president and CEO of PEER Consultants, Washington D.C. Abron is a UI College of Engineering alumnus and currently serves on the College's Advisory Board.

The Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture Colloquium is made possible by grants awarded to the UI College of Engineering through the UI Foundation by the Caterpillar Foundation of Peoria, Ill. The grants comprise the Caterpillar Excellence Fund, which aids student, faculty and curriculum development in the College of Engineering.

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.