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University of Iowa News Release

April 28, 2006

College Of Engineering Appoints New Member To Advisory Board

The University of Iowa College of Engineering has appointed Roger Utman, academic core and transition consultant for the Iowa Department of Education's Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation, as a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board for a four-year term.

Prior to consulting for the Iowa Department of Education, Utman served for 21 years at Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs in a variety of positions, the last of which was dean of student support services. Earlier in his career, he worked for 10 years in two Iowa high schools as a counselor and English teacher. He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, as well as a master's degree in counselor education and a bachelor's degree in English/education, both from the University of Iowa.

The 26-member UI College of Engineering Advisory Board helps develop and achieve strategic plans and vision for the college. The Advisory 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 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.

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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