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Release: April 10, 2002

April 11 symposium focuses on U.S. air travel

"U.S. Air Travel: Gridlock or Friendly Skies?" is the subject of the 2002 Paul D. Scholz Symposium on Technology and Its Role in Society to be held from 2:30 until 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11 in Macbride Hall Auditorium.

The symposium will focus on commercial air travel, looking at who controls the system and how to reorganize the system. Invited speakers include: Robert Poole, director of transportation studies and founder, Reason Foundation, Los Angeles, Calif.; Raj Aggarwal, vice president, Advanced Technology Center, Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Ron Swanda, vice president, operations, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Washington, D.C.

The growing concern among the public over the safety and reliability of the U.S. air travel system has been highlighted since the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The symposium will provide technological, financial, and political explanations and offer the public an opportunity to participate in discussion by directing questions to the panel of speakers.

The purpose of the annual symposium is to provide a forum to discuss advances in technology that will affect society both today and in the future.

The 2002 symposium is the 33rd annual technology symposium. The event was renamed in 1993 in honor of Paul D. Scholz, who received numerous awards for his teaching and served as advisor to Tau Beta Pi for 20 years and as associate dean of the UI College of Engineering from 1979 until his death in 1992.

The symposium, free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the UI College of Engineering chapter of Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society; the UI Student Government; and the UI College of Engineering. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the UI College of Engineering at 319-335-5764.