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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 8, 2005

21st Century Electric Industry Is Subject Of Sept. 15 Lecture

"The Electric Energy Industry in the 21st Century" will be the subject of the annual Kurtz Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in Room C20 of the Pomerantz Center, corner of Market Street and the Cleary Walkway (1/2 block west of Clinton St.) on the University of Iowa campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the UI College of Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the lecture will be delivered by Kurt Yeager, retired president and chief executive officer of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Palo Alto, Calif.

Yeager joined EPRI -- the national collaborative research and development organization for electric power -- in 1974, progressing through a series of technical management and executive positions before retiring in 2004. Previously, he directed Energy R&D Planning for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research. A distinguished graduate of the Air Force Nuclear Research Officer's Program who served seven years on active duty, he serves as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and member of its Industry Advisory Board, a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development and a member of the boards of the U.S. Energy Association and the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM). He has served on the executive board of the National Coal Council as well as several National Academy of Engineering committees and the Energy Research Advisory Board to the Secretary of Energy. In 2003, he was named Technology Policy Leader for Energy by Scientific American. He has authored over 200 technical publications on energy and environmental topics.

The annual Kurtz Lecture is named for the late Edwin B. Kurtz, professor and head of the UI Electrical Engineering Department between 1929 and 1960. He was the architect of the world's first educational television station and directed the operation of the experimental station W9xk in Iowa City during the 1930s.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the department of electrical and computer engineering in advance at 335-5197.

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