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Release: Aug. 28, 2000

UI engineering lecture on composite materials scheduled Aug. 31

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Tarun Kant, professor and head of the department of civil engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology -- Bombay, will deliver a Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture, "On Developments in Mechanics of Polymer Composite Laminates in the Last Three Decades," from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 in Room 1505 of the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences. The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Engineering and the Caterpillar Foundation.

In his talk, Kant plans to discus how multi-layered, fiber-reinforced plastic composites have found wide use in many weight-sensitive structures where high strength-to-weight and stiffness-to-weight ratios are required.

The Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture Colloquium is made possible by grants awarded to the UI College of Engineering through the UI Foundation by the Caterpillar Foundation of Peoria, Ill. The grants comprise the Caterpillar Excellence Fund, which aids student, faculty and curriculum development in the College of Engineering.

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

College of Engineering in advance at (319) 335-5764.