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Release: June 5, 2002

UI inducts nine new members into Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy

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

John J. Cassidy, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William F. Cassidy (posthumously), Edmund Y. S. Chao, John P. Craven, Lt. Gen. Carroll H. Dunn, Abdel-Aziz A. Fouad, Donald A. Gurnett, Michel Hug and Nelson L. de Sousa-Pinto will be inducted into the academy during the college's spring alumni reunion dinner from 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 7 at the Highlander Inn, Iowa City.

John J. Cassidy, who received his doctorate in mechanics and hydraulics from the UI in 1964, has spent more than 48 years in hydraulic and hydrologic engineering and design studies for dams and hydroelectric projects, and water resource development projects. He currently is an independent consultant specializing in hydraulic and hydrologic engineering on projects including the San Rocque Dam in the Philippines. Cassidy's academic background includes service on the faculties of the University of Missouri and Washington State University. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Cassidy was chief hydrologic engineer at Bechtel, managing a team of 35 hydrologic and hydraulic engineers working on projects in the U.S., Algeria, Indonesia, and Bolivia. He then was named manager of Bechtel's Hydraulics/Hydrology Group in 1985 and subsequently became manager of Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering Services in 1994. He was national director of the U. S. Commission on Large Dams and financial chairman for the International Congress on Large Dams. He is a Bechtel Fellow, member of the National Academy of Engineering, and presenter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Lecture. He also was elected an honorary member of the ASCE, awarded the ASCE Hydraulic Structures Medal, elected an honorary member of Chi Epsilon, and received the Ray K. Linsley Award by the American Institute of Hydrology for Major Contributions in Engineering Hydrology.

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William F. Cassidy graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1931 before earning his master's degree in mechanics and hydraulics from the UI in 1934 and being commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During World War II, he commanded engineer troops specializing in airfield construction in England, North Africa, and Italy. He was Deputy Chief, then Chief, War Plans (later Operations and Training) Division, Office of the Chief of Engineers from 1944-47. At the outbreak of the Korean conflict, he was ordered to Japan where he was responsible for engineer supply. He served as South Pacific Division Engineer from 1955-58 and was the senior logistics advisor to the Republic of Korea Army in 1958-59. Lt. Gen. Cassidy was the Corps' Director of Civil Works from 1959-62 and was then appointed Deputy Chief of Engineers. In 1963, he became the Commanding General of the Army Engineer Center and Fort Belvoir and Commandant of the Army Engineer School. Lt. Gen. Cassidy became Chief of Engineers in 1965 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his work. His other military decorations included the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Republic of Korea Presidential Citation. He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Lt. Gen. Cassidy died in April 2002.

Edmund Y. S. Chao earned his doctorate in mechanics and hydraulics from the UI in 1971. He currently holds the Riley Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery with a joint appointment as professor in biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Earlier in his career, he established the Biomechanics Research Program at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minn. and worked there for 20 years while holding the Brooks-Hollern Chair for his distinguished service. Chao has made significant contributions in the basic understanding of musculoskeletal joint mechanics, bone fracture fixation and repair, and artificial joint replacement in the hip, knee and shoulder. His many awards include an Honorary Doctor's Degree from the University of Rennes, France in 1989 for helping save patients' limbs and restoring function after musculoskeletal tumor resection. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. In 1998, he was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.


John P. Craven, who earned his doctorate in mechanics and hydraulics from the UI in 1951, has had more than 40 years of experience in the innovation, development, design, construction and operational deployment of major oceanic systems. As a child, he acquired a familiarity with the ocean on the beaches of Long Island and on the waterfront of New York City. During World War II he served as helmsman on the battleship New Mexico, operating in waters of the Western and South Pacific and earning two battle stars. Craven received two civilian service awards as a trouble-shooting scientist/technologist with the United States Navy with at-sea experience in minesweeping and in developing the submarines Albacore, Nautilus and Sea Wolf. At age 34, he was Chief Scientist of the Navy Special Projects Office for the development of the Polaris Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine System. Following the loss of the submarine Thresher, he became project manager of the Navy Deep Submergence Program. Upon completion of his assignment, he focused on civilian applications of ocean technology and came to Hawaii as dean of Marine Programs at the University of Hawaii and Marine Affairs Coordinator of the State. In this capacity he was responsible for the establishment of the Natural Energy Laboratory, the initiation of Mini-OTEC the development and initial operation of the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory. In 1990, he established the Common Heritage Corporation for the management of innovation. Craven is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Lt. Gen. Carroll H. Dunn began his 35-year Army Engineering career in 1938, before earning his master's degree in civil engineering from the UI in 1947. His career included service as a battalion commander at age 26, with 11 months combat in World War II, construction supervision of projects such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Manned Spacecraft Center at Houston, Arkansas River Navigation and Flood Control Project, Titan II Missile Base construction and Ballistic Missile Early Warning System for the Air Force. His other assignments included director of Construction and Logistics for the Military Assistance Command in Vietnam, Deputy Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers, and director of the Defense Nuclear Agency. Upon his retirement from the Army in 1973, he began a second career, serving as senior vice president for Construction, Engineering, and Environmental Affairs for Consolidated Edison Company of New York until his retirement in 1981, when he became a consultant to the Business Roundtable's Construction Committee. His many awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Silver Star, and the Purple Heart. He also received the Chiefs of Engineers Award for Outstanding Public Service for contributions to the Army and the Nation as an Engineer Officer and civilian. For service as a member, and later as chairman of the NASA Safety Advisory Board, he received the NASA Public Service Award. He is a Fellow in both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of Military Engineers, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Abdel-Aziz A. Fouad, who earned his master's degree in electrical engineering from the UI in 1953, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Iowa State University. Prior to his retirement in June 1996, he pursued a 50-year career as an electrical power engineer in both academia and industry. Fouad joined the Iowa State University faculty in 1960 and was named Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1990. His industrial experience includes engineering assignments with Cairo Gas and Electricity Administration, Rio de Janeiro Light and Traction Company, Jersey Production Research Company, and Atomics International. He also worked as a project manager with the Electric Power Research Institute's Electrical Systems Division. In 1997-1998, he was asked by the Strategic Science and Technology Program of the same institute to conduct a study on the future power delivery systems for the North American Interconnected Electrical Power Network. He is the co-author of two books -- Power System Control and Stability which was translated into Russian and Chinese, and Power System Transient Stability Analysis Using the Transient Energy Function Method. He also authored and co-authored several chapters in books and more than 100 publications in his field. Because of his involvement with the issue of technology and social change, Dr. Fouad was asked to serve as a member of the Commission on International Relations of the U. S. National Research Council from 1975-78. Dr. Fouad is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He also was named Outstanding Power Engineering Educator and received the Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and Distribution Award from IEEE. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Donald A. Gurnett, who earned his bachelor's degree from the UI College of Engineering in electrical engineering in 1962, is Carver/James A. Van Allen Professor of Physics at the University of Iowa and a world leader in the field of space plasma physics. A UI faculty member since 1965, his early discoveries and investigations include measurements showing that the Earth's aurora is a source of intense low-frequency radio emissions. In 1993, Gurnett and his colleagues reported the first direct evidence of the distance to the heliopause, the boundary between our solar system and interstellar space. Gurnett began his science and engineering career by working on spacecraft electronics design as a student employee in the UI physics department in 1958, shortly after the launch of the first successful U.S. spacecraft, Explorer 1. After serving as project engineer for two UI spacecraft projects in the early 1960s, he switched to the College of Liberal Arts where he received his master's degree in 1963 and his doctorate, under the direction of Van Allen, in 1965. He has participated as a principal investigator or co-investigator on more than 25 major spacecraft projects, including the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 flights to the outer planets, the Galileo mission to Jupiter, and the Cassini mission to Saturn. The author or co-author of more than 320 scientific publications, he spent one year on a NASA traineeship at Stanford University, and one year on leave as an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist at the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany and one year on leave as a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Gurnett is a member of the International Scientific Radio Union (URSI), a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the Iowa Academy of Science (IAS). He has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee on Space Physics and Solar Terrestrial Research and the NAS Committee for Planetary and Lunar Exploration. His other honors include: URSI John Howard Dellinger Gold Medal, for distinguished research in radio physics; American Physical Society Prize for Excellence in Plasma Physics; NASA Space Act Award, for work on spacecraft instrument development; John Adam Fleming Medal from the American Geophysical Union; and NASA Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award for work on plasma waves and radio emission from the outer planets. In 1998, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Michel Hug earned his doctorate in mechanics and hydraulics from the UI in 1956 prior to joining the French National Electricity Board, where he conducted research into hydraulics and fluid mechanics at the Chatou Test Center. His scientific contribution was recognized by the French Academy of Sciences, which awarded him the 1964 Laboratories Prize. In 1966, he was appointed EDF Regional Director of Planning and Construction at Marseilles, involved in hydroelectric projects on the Durance and Verdon rivers, and various installations in the Southern Alps. Between 1969 and 1972, he was deputy director and then director in charge of Development and Research. In 1972, he was appointed chairman of the Planning Engineering and Construction Board, thus becoming head of the French Nuclear Program. During the oil crisis in 1973, he carried out an industrial mobilization and restructuring program that included a yearly budget of $4 billion, covering up to 250,000 workers and 3,000 firms in the nuclear field and in conventional and new sources of energy. In 1982, he was appointed president of the French National Coal Board and chairman of CdF Chimie, the associated chemical group where he defined new objectives and managed the technical, commercial, financial and social impact on this sector of the French Economy. From 1992 to 2000, as Administrateur Délégué in charge of OPEN (Organization of Nuclear Energy Producers), he helped develop a new understanding of the relationships between European utilities faced with deregulation. Hug was elected president of the International Association of Hydraulic Research from 1975 until 1979. He had various teaching assignments at the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and was president of the Higher National School of Electricity, Electronics, Data Processing and Hydraulics at Toulouse. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Atomic Industrial Forum (AIF) and a foreign member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Nelson L. de Sousa-Pinto, who earned his master's degree in mechanics and hydraulics from the UI in 1959, has been professor at the University of Parana, Brazil, since 1956. He currently serves as chairman of the Advisory Council of CEHPAR, University of Parana, and is a consulting engineer in civil and hydraulic engineering, and waterpower. From 1955-87, he was engineer, director, and technical consultant for COPEL – Companhia Paranaense de Energia Parana in Brazil. He also served as technical director, Central Electrica Capivari-Cachoeira S. A. Electrocap, and director of the CEHPAR Research Center at the University of Parana. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Pinto has contributed significantly toward advancing the engineering profession on an international level. He directed engineering and construction of the Capivari-Cachoeira underground power plant for seven years, and directed hydraulic model studies of the Parana Uruguiai, and Sao Francisco Rivers, and the Upper Parana and Amazon River Basins. As a member of the Board of Consultants, he has worked on more than 15 major projects in South America. He has served as an expert to the Iran-U. S. Claim Tribunal, as well as being a member of experts on projects in China, Pakistan, Nepal, Iraq, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Greece, Ghana, El Salvador, India, and Ecuador. He has been a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Hydraulic Research, IAHR, since 1991. In addition, he has written more than 40 main technical papers and co-authored four books.

The 2002 induction ceremonies bring the Academy's membership to 43.