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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 10, 2004

Engineering Appoints Chair, New Member To Advisory Board

The University of Iowa College of Engineering has appointed Daniel L. Mineck, retired vice president of performance engineering and environment for Alliant Energy Corporation, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as chair of the College of Engineering Advisory Board for a two-year term. In addition, the college has appointed David Gorsich, associate director for modeling and simulation, U.S. Army RDECOM/TARDEC, Warren, Mich., to the advisory board for a four-year term.

The 24-member advisory board helps develop and achieve strategic plans and vision for the college. 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 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 Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, Wisconsin and France.

Mineck succeeds Larry G. McMullen, president of LGM Consulting, Dubuque, Iowa, who will continue to serve as a board member.

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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