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Release: Jan. 7, 2002

UI College of Engineering appoints Brian Rauch to advisory board

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Engineering has appointed Brian Rauch, director, engineering and technology for John Deere Construction and Forestry Division, John Deere Dubuque Works, to the college's Advisory Board for a four-year term. In addition to his appointment to the board, Rauch will serve as a member of the college's Engineering Development Council.

As one of 24 Advisory Board members, he will help develop and achieve strategic plans and vision for the college. The Advisory Board concentrates on four areas of strategic importance: graduate programs and research opportunities, enrollment management, allocation of intellectual, financial and people resources, and curriculum. The college, in turn, provides awareness and knowledge of new technologies and educational trends, and informs the Advisory Board of its progress in achieving the strategic plan.

The Advisory Board is composed of business and technology leaders involved in the practice of engineering or in a business or professional activity in which engineering is an important factor. Members represent companies and agencies from across Iowa, as well as California, North Carolina, Illinois, Georgia, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

The University of Iowa College of Engineering Development Council is composed of 25 industry leaders who advise and assist the college and the University of Iowa Foundation in identifying and developing fund raising goals and initiatives. The council also provides an example of volunteer leadership and support for others to follow.

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.

The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions to all areas of the university. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends to generate funds for scholarships, professorships, facilities improvements, equipment purchases, research and other UI initiatives.