June 14, 2010
UI engineering inducts one into Legacy, five into Alumni Academy
The University of Iowa College of Engineering inducted one new member into its Legacy of Iowa Engineering and five new members into its Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy during the college's spring alumni reunion dinner held Saturday, June 12.
Edward J. Haug, emeritus professor of mechanical engineering, was inducted into the Legacy of Iowa Engineering for his pioneering work in driving simulation. Founder of the UI Center for Computer Aided Design and the National Driving Simulator, a leading tool for highway safety research, Haug had a profound impact on the simulation field through the systems he designed and the doctoral students he mentored, many of whom went on to be leaders in the field.
The five individuals inducted into the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy include Archibald A. Alexander, Thomas R. Hanson, S.K. Nanda, O.H. Oskvig and Howard D. Walrath.
Alexander, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1912, was the UI's first African-American football player and recipient of a civil engineering degree. He went on to found his own company and two engineering partnerships, one of which constructed the Tidal Basin Bridge and an extension of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. He designed the Tuskegee Airfield, the UI central heating plant and the UI power plant. In 1947, the UI named him one of 100 outstanding alumni from among 30,000 graduates. In 1954, he was appointed governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands by President Eisenhower.
Hanson, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1960, founded his own company, Fleming Hanson Sales, in Chicago to contract with heating and cooling manufacturers as exclusive regional sales representative. Following his retirement in 2000, he and his wife endowed the Hanson Center for Technical Communication in the College of Engineering to help students develop communication skills. Hanson has served as member of the college's development Council and currently is a UI Foundation Board member. In 2010, he received the UI Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award for Service.
Nanda, who received a Master of Science degree in mechanics and hydraulics in 1968, was recognized for distinguished contributions to water resources engineering technology, especially in developing large-scale watershed modeling and real-time management. He served as principal hydraulic engineer, chief of hydrology and the hydraulics branch of the Rock Island Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His work in water resources remote sensing technology resulted in the receipt of 10 engineering technical letters. He represents the Army Corps on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Hydrological Sciences and has served on the college's Advisory Board.
Oskvig, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1972, since 2006 has served as president and CEO of Black & Veatch Energy, where he oversees the company's energy business on a global scale. Among his early projects with the firm was his leadership of design and construction of a 500,000-kilovolt electrical transmission system in Malaysia. He is a member of the Electric Power Research Institute Advisory Council and the UI Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board.
Walrath, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1959, had a long and distinguished career with Collins Radio of Cedar Rapids before retiring in 1985 to continue his passion for building kit airplanes, flying and establishing airparks, including Hidden Valley Airpark near Shady Shores, Texas. Following Collins' merger with Rockwell International in 1972, he was named vice president and general manager of the C-System Division in Dallas, Texas, where he transformed a financially troubled division into a productive unit within seven months.
Information on the entire membership of the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy can be found at: http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/honor-wall/alumni-academy/members.php.
The complete list of Legacy of Iowa Engineering members is located at: http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/honor-wall/legacy/members.php.
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