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Sept. 5, 2005

Seminar Series On Success At College Of Engineering Begins Sept. 7

The University of Iowa College of Engineering will host the Randall and Barbara Meyer "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series consisting of five college-wide seminars designed to prepare engineering students for success, beginning with a 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, seminar by Robert M. Chiusano, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Rockwell Collins, Inc., Cedar Rapids.

Chiusana will discuss his views, perspectives, and experiences on succeeding professionally and technologically in a global marketplace.

The free, public seminars are all scheduled at 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays in Stanley Auditorium, Room 1505 of the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences, with the exception of the Sept. 14 talk which will take place in Macbride Auditorium. They include:

--Sept. 14: Dean Oskvig, president and chief operating officer of Black & Veatch Energy, Overland Park, Kansas, will present his views, perspectives, and experiences on succeeding professionally and technologically in a global marketplace. Oskvig earned his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the UI the College of Engineering in 1972.

--Sept. 28: Robert Whitmore, executive vice president, product and process development, Seagate Technology, Inc., Skakopee, Minn., will present his views, perspectives, and experiences on succeeding professionally and technologically in a global marketplace. Whitmore earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the UI College of Engineering in 1986.

--Oct. 5: Ahmet Selcuk Uzuner, co-founder and vice president of UZKA, a leading Turkish contracting firm, and president of UZPA, an international trading company in Turkey and the Middle East, will present his views, perspectives, and experiences on succeeding professionally and technologically in a global marketplace. Uzuner received his Master of Science degree in mechanics and hydraulics from the UI College of Engineering in 1975 and is a member of the College's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy.

--Nov. 30: Marco Molinari, executive vice president of HNI Corporation and president of HNI International, Muscatine, Iowa, will present his views, perspectives, and experiences on succeeding professionally and technologically in a global marketplace. Molinary is a member of the UI College of Engineering Advisory Board.

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 Meyer, who earned a Bachelor of Science 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.

Meyer has served as trustee of The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research; member of the Round table of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; member of the Boards of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, and of the National Association of Manufacturers; member of the National Petroleum Council and life member of the Board of the Housman Community Foundation; former chair and director emeritus of the Greater Houston Partnership; and founding member of the Board and former chairman of The Forum. He is founder and former chairman of Princeton University Parents Association; member and former Chairman of the Board of Visitors of University of Texas -- M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; and Life Member and former chairman of the Board of The Kinkaid School. He has had leadership roles in successful capital campaigns for such diverse academic institutions as M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Princeton, Kinkaid, Texas Southern University, and UNCE.

He has been a member of the UI Foundation Board of Directors and the Campaign 2000 Steering Committee; the College of Engineering Development Council; and the College's Engineering Building Campaign Steering Committee. He has served as a visiting executive to the College of Business Administration and Engineering, and has been an active supporter of the University's International Writing Program. He was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement in 1979, and with the Omicron Delta Kappa Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2001. He holds and honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Iowa Wesleyan College.

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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu