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Release: June 1, 2001

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Black-and-white photographs of the three Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy inductees are located Names and brief biographies of all 34 academy members may be found at:

UI inducts three new members into Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Engineering will induct three new members into its Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy this summer for contributions toward personal engineering achievement, leadership, and service to the profession and society.

Donald E. Bently, Herm M. Reininga and Joseph B. Summers will be inducted into the academy during the college's spring alumni reunion dinner from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at the Radisson Hotel at Highlander Plaza, Iowa City.

Bently, who received his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa in 1949 and 1950, respectively, is founder, owner, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Bently Nevada Corporation, a $200 million per year manufacturer of electronic systems for monitoring the mechanical condition of machinery. He is also owner of Bently Agrowdynamics, the agricultural business of the Bently Family Limited Partnership, of which he is general partner. He is also owner and president of Gibson Tool & Supply Company and has served on the board of directors of Sierra Pacific Resources. His pioneering work in the field of vibration measurement gave rise to an industry involving the use of vibration instrumentation to protect and diagnose machinery. He has authored or co-authored more than 140 papers on rotor dynamics and vibration monitoring and diagnostics and holds two patents. His many awards and honors include: the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Frederick P. Smarro Award and R. Tom Sawyer Award, board member and benefactor of The Institute of World Politics, and foreign member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Engineering in Russia (1992).

Reininga, who joined Collins Radio Company after earning his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Iowa College of Engineering in 1965, is vice president of operations for Rockwell Collins, a $2.5 billion manufacturer of communication and aviation electronics for commercial, military, and government customers. Recognized for leadership in integrating commercial and defense manufacturing technology, as well as manufacturing policies, he has received numerous awards, including the Department of the Navy Meritorious Public Service Citation in 1999 and the Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award in 1998. His many honors, memberships and appointments include: 1992-99 board chairman, AdvanceTek, Inc., a non-profit engineering and technology catalyst; chairman of the executive advisory board of the Electronics Manufacturing Productivity Facility, which advises the U.S. Navy on manufacturing research and tech transfer; and project reviewer for the Department of Defense Technologies Area Review and Assessment (TARA), National Science Foundation, and the National Center of Manufacturing Sciences. He is also a member of the UI College of Engineering Development Council and a past member of the College's Advisory Board, Building Campaign Steering Committee, and Industrial Engineering Interaction Board.

Summers, who served as a bomber crew member with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Europe during World War II, received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Iowa in 1948. Since its inception in 1962, his firm, Summers Engineering of Hanford, Calif., has provided consultation services to major irrigation and drainage projects around the world. In 1972, he served as a United Nations consultant on irrigation and drainage in the Pampas region of Argentina. In 1990, he helped implement a $100 million agreement between the Metropolitan Water district of Southern California and that state's Imperial Irrigation District. Summers received the inaugural Merriam Improved Irrigation Award from the U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage in 1999. Today he continues to use his water resources experience in tending 210 acres of walnuts on his California farm. He also serves on the College of Engineering Development Council and Advisory Board, and he is a past member of the College's Campaign Steering Committee. He currently is president of the Hanford, Calif. Community Foundation.

The 2001 induction ceremonies bring the Academy's membership to 34.