University of Iowa News Release
June 15, 2006
UI Engineering Inducts Three Into Legacy Of Engineering Honor Roll
The University of Iowa College of Engineering recently inducted three new members into its “Legacy of Engineering,” which recognizes faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who made exceptional historical contributions toward advancing the college in teaching, research or service.
The college’s June 10 induction ceremony, held in conjunction with its Alumni Reunion Weekend, honored Legacy of Engineering inductees Richard K. Miller, Philip F. Morgan and Paul D. Scholz.
Miller, professor of civil and environmental engineering and dean of the college from 1992-1999, led a college-wide transformation of lasting value to future generations. With a clear, compelling vision for 21st century engineering education, Miller inspired numerous initiatives to help shape “the engineer and something more.” He introduced a new, flexible curriculum to help broaden students’ skills in entrepreneurship, teamwork, global awareness, communications and leadership while working tirelessly to gain state and private support to improve and expand engineering facilities. He also helped deepen faculty teaching and research collaboration with UI health sciences colleges. Miller’s ability to engage talented individuals to join him in a quest to “make a difference” resulted in a cultural change in the college that elevated its level of excellence. Miller currently serves as president of Franklin W. Olin College, Needham, Mass.
Morgan, UI professor of civil engineering from 1948-1961, was a talented researcher, teacher, and man of contagious enthusiasm with vision and the ability to build bridges with the broader community. Morgan developed a sanitary engineering research program in sewage treatment that became one of the best in the country. He created the Catalytic Reduction Process -- a milestone in water pollution control. Morgan’s honors include the American Water Works Association’s prestigious Fuller Award. In addition to his national renown, fellow citizens of Iowa City knew him best as their mayor, city councilman, and a congenial neighbor. To those he mentored, Morgan was a conscientious teacher and a wise counselor.
Paul Scholz, for whom the annual Paul D. Scholz Symposium on Technology and its Role in Society is named, served as professor of mechanical engineering from 1967 and associate dean of the college from 1979 until his death in 1992. He received numerous awards for teaching and served as advisor to Tau Beta Pi for 20 years. He derived great pleasure from interacting with students in the classroom, in research labs, and in the student-sponsored extracurricular activities he contributed to throughout his career. His optimism -- evident in his engaging personality, ready smile, and beefy handshake -- made him a “go to” mentor among students. His vision for computer-aided design as a vital professional tool helped form breakthrough areas of research excellence in the college. Scholz saw that the engineer has extraordinary power to transform human lives in positive, creative, and meaningful ways. He carried this sense with him into the classroom, into relationships with colleagues, and into the future through those he inspired.
The 2006 induction ceremonies bring the Legacy’s membership, to 13. Additional information about the Legacy of Engineering may be found at: http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/honor-wall/legacy/.
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