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Release: March 24, 2003

Engineering Appoints Four New Board Members

The University of Iowa College of Engineering has appointed four new members to its advisory board for four-year terms, effective immediately.

They are:
• James Blanche, superintendent, Davenport Community School District, Davenport, Iowa, received his master’s degree in special education and doctorate in educational administration from the UI in 1974 and 1992, respectively;
• Richard A. Fosse, city engineer, City of Iowa City, Iowa;
• Christine Headington-Hall, manager, Shared Employee Services, Pella Corporation, Pella, Iowa; and
• Phillip S. Larson, vice president and office director, Shive-Hattery Inc., Iowa City, Iowa.

The College of Engineering Advisory Board helps develop and achieve strategic plans and vision by providing advice and drawing upon perspectives, knowledge, and experiences from global trends. The 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 board of its progress in achieving the strategic plan. The new appointments bring the board membership to 25 individuals.

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 college excels internationally in several specialty and interdisciplinary research areas, such as computer-aided design and simulation, human factors, environmental health solutions, biotechnology, medical imaging, hydraulics and water/air resources, and polymerization.

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