CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
UI Engineering Caterpillar Lecture scheduled March 20
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Van C. Mow, director of the Center for Biomedical
Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering and orthopaedic bioengineering
at Columbia University, as well as director of the New York Orthopaedic
Hospital Research Laboratory, will deliver a Caterpillar Distinguished
Lecture, "New Results on Knee Biomechanics," at 4:30 p.m., Thursday,
March 20 in Room W-10, Pappajohn Business Administration Building.
His numerous awards and honors include the H.E. Cabaud Award of the
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, 1996; the C.S. Neer
Award of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, 1996; the National
Academy of Engineering Award, 1991; and the Giovanni Borelli Award of
the American Society of Biomechanics, 1991. His expertise lies in the
areas of biomechanics and orthopaedic bioengineering, and he has made personal
contributions to the understanding of the causes of osteoarthritis and
the function of knee, shoulder, wrist and spinal joints.
Mow, who was born in China, earned his doctorate in applied mechanics
from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 1966, with a 1967-68 postdoc
in applied mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
at New York University. From 1976 until 1977 he was a visiting professor
at Harvard Medical School. He served as professor of mechanics and biomedical
engineering at RPI until 1986 when he assumed his current duties.
The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University
of Iowa College of Engineering department of biomedical engineering and
The Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible by grants
awarded to the UI College of Engineering through the UI Foundation by Caterpillar
Inc. of Peoria, Ill. The grants comprise the Caterpillar Excellence Fund,
which aids student, faculty and curriculum development in the College of
Engineering. The fund also supports a colloquium series that brings prominent
engineers to the UI campus to present one-day seminars for students and
faculty. In addition, it provides computer equipment to help undergraduates
conduct on-line searches of engineering patent literature.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored
events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this
program are asked to contact the department of biomedical engineering in
advance at 319-353-7697.