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UI College of Engineering Academy Inducts Distinguished Alumni
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Engineering will induct
three new members into its Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy in ceremonies
to be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997 as a part of National
Engineers' Week (Feb. 16-22) in the Triangle Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial
The three, to be honored for their contributions toward personal engineering
achievement, leadership and service to the profession and society, are
H. William Lichtenberger, William M. Sangster, and R. William Van Sant.
Lichtenberger, who received his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering
from the College in 1959, is chairman and CEO of Praxair, Inc. of Danbury,
Conn.-- the country's second largest producer of industrial gases. He is ranked
by Forbes Magazine as 286th among corporate America's 800 most powerful executives
and is ranked 12th in his industry.
Sangster earned his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1947
and his master's degree and doctorate in mechanics and hydraulics in 1948
and 1964, respectively. Currently director of international programs for the
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, he served as the institution's dean
of the College of Engineering from 1974 to 1991. He has also been president
of the American Society of Civil Engineers, co-founder of the National Consortium
for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc.
Van Sant received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in
mechanical engineering in 1966 and 1967, respectively. He is chairman, president
and CEO of Lukens, Inc. of Coatesville, Pa. -- a major specialty steel manufacturer.
He also has served as director and president of the National Association of
Manufacturers and as trustee and president of the Manufacturers Alliance for
Productivity and Innovation. Previously he served in executive leadership
positions at Blount, Inc., Cessna Aircraft, and Deere and Company.
The 1997 ceremony, hosted by Theta Tau, National Professional Engineering
Fraternity, marks the second year of the Academy and brings its membership
to 21. The 18 charter members are: Lilia A. Abron, Mikio Arie, James E. Ashton,
David R. Buchanan, Frank Chrencik, Thomas E. Daniels, Richard E. Emmert, Phillip
G. Hubbard, Bingham Lin, Randall Meyer, Harry F. Olson, Margaret Petersen,
Gary F. Seamans, Clifford V. Smith, Robert L. Smith, C. Maxwell Stanley, Himie
Voxman, and Darrell D. Wyrick.