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Release: May 4, 1999
Three professors honored for contributions to UI College
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three University of Iowa professors
recently received College of Engineering awards for their individual contributions
to research, teaching and service.
The three, who were recognized April 27 by Interim
Dean Barry Butler at the College's annual faculty/staff awards luncheon, are:
Gregory Carmichael, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering, for
research; Thomas Casavant, associate professor of electrical and computer
engineering, for teaching; and Jerald Schnoor, professor of civil and environmental
engineering, for service.
Carmichael, who came to the UI in 1978, is co-director
of the UIs Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER)
and an internationally recognized authority on air quality and atmospheric
chemistry modeling. His extensive list of conference presentations, invited
lectures and seminars includes a 1998 seminar on "Asia Development and
the Environment" for members of Congress and agency planners in Washington,
D.C. Also in 1998, he became the first recipient of the Recognition Award
given by the 6th International Conference on
Atmospheric Sciences and Applications to Air Quality held in Beijing.
An expert on transboundary air pollution in Asia,
he has worked with the World Bank and the UNs World Meteorological Organization
(WMO) and is among a select few researchers helping the WMO develop a strategic
plan to deal with global climate change.
He has received national research grants and awards
from NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Dreyfus Foundation and is
the lead researcher in a recently submitted NSF Science and Technology Center
grant application on laser-based technologies for environmental applications.
His work has resulted in one patent and has been supported by more than $3.5
million in awards from industry and state and federal agencies. Carmichael
consults regularly for several U.S. industries and agencies, as well as organizations
in Canada, Japan, and Europe.
Casavant, who came to the UI in 1989, directed the UI
Parallel Processing Laboratory from 1993-94 and, since 1996, has been the
director of UI Computational Molecular Biology in Gene Discovery and Disease
In his remarks, Butler noted that Casavant's teaching
abilities are recognized by the many students who seek out his courses and
give him consistently high evaluations. Also, he has mentored more than three
dozen undergraduate students during honors projects, special investigations,
and individual studies. His enthusiasm for teaching extends beyond the classroom
to the social events that he hosts for his undergraduate
students and his participation in extracurricular activities, such as the
annual student programming contest.
In addition to being an excellent teacher, he has led
the effort to upgrade and modernize the content of courses. For example, he
successfully revised the computer content in the undergraduate electrical
and computer engineering curriculum and designed and implemented new laboratories
for the courses. Despite a heavy research burden, he continues to improve
the curriculum, as shown by his writing several hundred pages of web-based
notes for an undergraduate core course.
Schnoor, a UI faculty member since 1977, is the F.
Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and Co-Director of CGRER.
The most recent of his numerous honors was his 1999 election to membership
in the National Academy of Engineering, the professions highest honor.
Schnoors collegiate service includes: chair
of the department of civil and environmental engineering, 1985-90; president
of the Faculty Council and Senate, 1993-94; secretary of the Faculty Council
and Senate, 1986-87; current tenure as one of three faculty representatives
on the University's Strategic Planning Steering Committee; and membership
on numerous committees. His service to students includes mentoring high school
students at summer programs and working with many undergraduate engineering
students in his research programs.
He has research interests that include water quality
modeling, hazardous wastes remediation, and global atmospheric trace gases.
He is the co-author of more than 100 journal articles, editor of four books,
and author of Environmental Modeling (John Wiley and Sons, 1996), adopted
as a text by more than 50 graduate programs throughout the U.S, Europe, Asia,
and South America. He is an international authority on environmental engineering,
having led many international projects, testified before Congress on several
occasions, and served as an advisor to William Ruckelshaus, Administrator
of the Environmental Protection Agency, on issues involving acid rain.