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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.

9/3/98