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UI College of Engineering names Thomopulos to chair Advisory Board
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Engineering Advisory
Board has selected Gregs G. Thomopulos, president of The Stanley Group,
Muscatine, to serve as the group's chair through April 2000.
"We are delighted that Mr. Thomopulos is lending his leadership
and experience to the advisory board as its chair," said Richard K.
Miller, dean of the College of Engineering. "His commitment to helping
the college sustain its role as a top performer in advancing engineering
education is deeply appreciated."
Thomopulos first joined Stanley Consultants, an international engineering
firm, as a summer student employee in 1965. He later spent 10 years on
various assignments for the company in West Africa and East Africa before
transferring back to the firm's headquarters in 1978 as a vice president
and head of the company's International Division. Since 1987 he has served
as president with overall responsibility for the firm's operations in 12
U.S. and five overseas offices.
Thomopulos, who served Goodwill Industries of Southeast Iowa as a board
member for nine years and as board president for two years, earned his
bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Kansas in
1965 and his master's degree in structural engineering and structural mechanics
from the University of California, Berkeley in 1966. He is a Fellow of
the American Consulting Engineers Council and the American Society of Civil
Engineers and a member of the National Society for Professional Engineers.
The UI College of Engineering Advisory Board consists of about 20 engineering
professional and academic leaders representing a broad spectrum of the
profession. It offers advice and counsel concerning the college's plans
and programs and helps evaluate activities and accomplishments. The Advisory
Board also provides an opportunity for its members to inform themselves
of trends, goals, and problems of modern engineering education and helps
the college to define its goals, enabling it to effectively design and
execute research and educational programs.
One of 10 colleges on the University of Iowa campus, the College of
Engineering has educational courses that date back more than a century.
Its six departments include: biomedical, chemical and biochemical, civil
and environmental, electrical and computer, industrial, and mechanical
engineering. The college is recognized for its small size, personalized
approach to education 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.