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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 11, 2004

Engineering Receives Industry Support For Graduate Program

John Wiencek, professor and chair of the UI Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, has received a $110,000 grant from Genencor International, Inc., Cedar Rapids Production Facility, to provide professional experience while obtaining a master of science degree in biochemical engineering.

Wiencek says that the program is designed to:

--Expose graduate students to engineering design by having students work closely with engineers from industry.

--Provide industry with design support.

--Establish a partnership so that all participants gain by learning about each other's environments.

The program calls for two graduate design projects to be made available. The program is open to UI Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering graduate students, with the professional practice component offered by Genencor International. The program supports the nonthesis M.S. student for two years, with the second year of support contingent on satisfactory progress toward the degree.

Genencor International, Inc. is a biotechnology firm based in Palo Alto, Calif. that develops, manufactures and markets enzymes for industrial, agricultural and health care markets.

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