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Release: Oct. 2, 2001
UI presents College of Engineering dean's awards to three distinguished
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Engineering presented
three distinguished alumni with dean's awards Friday, Sept. 28.
The three are Bao J. Do, James C. Griffin Jr. and Barbara J. Sines.
Do and Griffin received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Alumni Spirit
of Entrepreneurship, in part, for exceptional achievement and leadership.
Sines received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Alumni Service. The award
is given, in part, for setting an extraordinary example for aspiring students,
dedicated faculty and staff, and fellow alumni.
Do, who earned his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering
in 1985 and his master of science degree in electrical and computer engineering
in 1988, is president and co-founder of ABC Virtual Communications, a West
Des Moines software developer. Founded in 1995, ABC Virtual Communications
provides electronic business and services to Fortune 500 companies and has
grown between 50 and 150 percent each year so that it now has some 100 employees.
In 1999 he received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Griffin, who received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering
in 1994, brings an inspirational story of hard work to the dean's awards.
Following stints as a high school dropout, cook, bartender, and a variety
of other occupations, Griffin made his mark at the university and, eventually,
as founder and CEO of Diversified Software Industries, Inc. The Coralville
computer software firm develops and designs global positioning devices, digital
dashboard displays, and other products for the transportation industry. Diversified
Software recently merged with a company called NEXIQ.
Sines, who earned her bachelor of science degree in industrial and management
engineering in1980, is vice president and general manager of electronic operator
interface business for Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee. She worked for Square
D Company, including assignments as Cedar Rapids plant manager, product line
marketing manager, and in operations in Chicago, prior to joining Rockwell
Automation in 1995 as vice president, logic components. Among her honors is
the distinction of having been featured in 1989 by the Des Moines Register
as one of the "Top 30 Up & Coming Iowans." At the university,
she is a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board and the Engineering
Development Council and has served as an advisor to the Society of Women Engineers.