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Nov. 12, 2007

College of Engineering appoints Ortberg to advisory board

The University of Iowa College of Engineering has appointed Robert K. (Kelly) Ortberg, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Commercial Systems at Rockwell Collins, Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board for a four-year term, effective spring 2008.

Ortberg also serves as a Rockwell Collins corporate officer, providing leadership for the company's Commercial Systems business, which produces aviation electronics and communications for the air transport, business aviation and regional airline markets. He joined the company in 1987 and previously served as vice president and general manager of Rockwell's Air Transport Systems. A native of Dubuque, Iowa, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the UI College of Engineering.

The 25-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. A list of current advisory board members can be found at:

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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