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Nov. 28, 2006

College Of Engineering's Free Public Series On Global Success Continues Nov. 30

The Randall and Barbara Meyer "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series -- designed to prepare engineering students for success -- will present a free public seminar by Marco Molinari at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, in Macbride Hall Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.

Molinari is executive vice president of HNI Corporation and president of HNI International of Muscatine, Iowa. A member of the UI College of Engineering Advisory Board, he will share his views, perspectives, and experiences on succeeding professionally and technologically in a global marketplace.

The free seminars, all scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Thursdays in Macbride Auditorium, also include:

--Feb. 22, 2007, Gregs Thomopulos, president and CEO of Stanley Consultants, Inc., Muscatine, Iowa, providing engineering, environmental, and construction services worldwide. He joined the company as a summer intern in 1965 in Muscatine, then spent 10 years on various assignments in Africa before returning to corporate headquarters in 1978 as a vice president and head of the company's International Division. That position took him to over 35 countries -- primarily in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean -- overseeing the design and construction of infrastructure, energy, and environmental projects. He was elected president of the firm in 1987.

--March 1, 2007, Barbara Sines, vice president and general manager of Control and Information Platforms Business, Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, Wis., a leading global provider of industrial automation power, control and information systems and services. In this role, she is responsible for worldwide engineering and marketing activities for control and information platforms, including PLCs, open, and embedded visualization products. Sines has a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the UI College of Engineering and is a member of the college's Advisory Board.

--April 26, 2007, Javad Ashjaee, a pioneer of high precision global positioning (GPS) technology and founder of JAVAD JNSS, Javad Positioning System, Javad Navigation Systems, and Ashtech. He earned a bachelor's degree in electronics physics from the University of Tehran, Iran; and a master's degree in mathematics, a master's degree in electrical engineering, and doctorate in electrical engineering from the UI. After graduating from the UI, he returned to a university in Iran to teach. He also established a large computer center on the new campus and directed it until 1981, when he returned to the United States in September. Ashjaee pioneered high precision GPS technology at Trimble Navigation from 1981-1986 and introduced the first GPS receiver for high precision applications that did not require an atomic clock. In 1992, he established a Moscow, Russia, research center to combine U.S. GPS satellites with Russian GLONSS satellites. He currently commutes between his home in California and his research center in Moscow, Russia.

Featuring key corporate, government, and academic leaders with ties to the college, the seminar recognizes UI Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy member Randall Meyer and his wife, Barbara. Randall Meyer, who earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering with highest distinction from the UI in 1948, began a 40-year career with Standard Oil Company, New Jersey (now ExxonMobil Corporation) immediately following graduation. After serving in a number of managerial capacities in various locations, he became president of Exxon Company USA in 1972 and chief executive officer in 1976, a position he held until his retirement in 1988.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the College of Engineering in advance at 319-335-5764.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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