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Release: Sept. 26, 2001

UI College of Engineering dedicates Seamans Center Sept. 28

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Engineering will dedicate the new Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences in ceremonies scheduled for 3:30-4:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at John Deere Plaza, South Entrance to the Seamans Center, Capitol Street, between Washington and Burlington Streets.

Scheduled speakers include: UI President Mary Sue Coleman, Board of Regents, State of Iowa President Owen Newlin and College of Engineering Dean P. Barry Butler.

Designed by Iowa City architects Neumann Monson, P.C. and the Los Angeles firm Anshen+Allen, the four-year, $31 million modernization project preserves much of the original 1906 Engineering Building while adding classrooms, labs, and student-oriented study and meeting areas for the College's 80 faculty and 1,400 students.

In assessing the importance of the Seamans Center, Butler says, "For a long time, faculty, students, and staff performed at a level that now has finally been matched by the quality of the new building. It's clean and bright and provides space and equipment that are far ahead of what's offered at some of the nation's elite engineering schools."

Regents President Owen Newlin says, "The state of Iowa Regent universities can perhaps offer no better answer to the tragic events of Sept. 11 than today's dedication of the University of Iowa's Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences. This is true because the Center is more than a building; it is a promise that Iowans will continue to nourish the mind and spirit of the engineers who contribute so much to our way of life, from designing the buildings where we live and work to ensuring the quality of the water we drink."

Coleman says, "The Seamans Center will allow our faculty to remain at the forefront of engineering research well into the 21st century, and it will help our students receive the best, most up-to-date engineering education possible."

Gary F. Seamans of St. Charles, Ill., a 1971 UI College of Engineering graduate and chair of the Engineering Building Campaign Steering Committee, says, "Iowa engineering students are not only smart -- they're also dedicated, creative, hardworking, and focused. The engineering staff and faculty share those same qualities, which they brilliantly nurture in their students. Now we have a state-of-the-art engineering facility that will provide the synergy to help make the best become even better." Seamans made a naming gift of $3 million for the facility through the UI Foundation.

Says Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, "The new Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences is a great asset not only to the University of Iowa campus but to the entire state. This state-of-the-art facility demonstrates Iowa's leadership in the many facets of engineering. It shows young Iowans that tremendous opportunity abounds in this state -- opportunity that will benefit them now and in the future."

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.