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Release: Feb. 5, 2002

Carmichael appointed associate dean of engineering, Kammermeyer Professor

Gregory R. Carmichael, professor and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, has been appointed associate dean for graduate studies and research in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.

Dean Barry Butler said that the appointments recognize Carmichael's distinguished research, teaching and leadership. "Greg Carmichael, with his emphasis on interdisciplinary research, is an excellent choice for charting the future direction of the college's research and graduate programs. In addition, his reputation as an international leader in atmospheric chemistry modeling makes him truly deserving of the Kammermeyer Professorship," Butler said.

As associate dean, Carmichael replaces A. Jacob Odgaard, professor of civil and environmental engineering and researcher at IIHR -- Hydroscience & Engineering, who will return to teaching and research. Commenting on Odgaard's service, Butler said, "We greatly appreciate Jacob's work as associate dean in advancing graduate studies and research over the years."

Carmichael, who holds a secondary appointment in the department of civil and environmental engineering, is a past chair of the department of chemical and biochemical engineering. In accepting the position, Carmichael said, "The Kammermeyer Professorship is very special because Karl made such a strong impact on the department and the students he mentored. I am honored to be the first person to hold this position."

Internationally known for his research on the environmental impact of Asian development, Carmichael leads a team of researchers studying how Asian pollution is increasingly affecting air quality in California and the rest of the western United States. In support of his air pollution studies, he also conducts research into high-speed supercomputing. His three-dimensional atmospheric chemistry model is being used to quantify the worldwide fate and impact of man-made pollutants. Carmichael's laboratory is also engaged in research on such major environmental issues as acid deposition, regional-scale photochemical oxidant exposure, reactions on atmospheric particles and the nature of the future environment of the atmosphere. His memberships in professional and scientific societies include: American Institute of Chemical engineers, Air Pollution Control Association, American Chemical Society American Meteorological Society, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has research interests in atmospheric chemistry, air pollution engineering, biochemical engineering and high-speed computing. Carmichael, who earned his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1979, is the author of more than 150 articles published in professional journals.

The Karl Kammermeyer Endowed Professorship in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering was established in 2001 through resources provided by a combination of private gifts and funds provided by the UI department of chemical and biochemical engineering department. Dr. John Kammermeyer, an Iowa City area allergist and son of the late Karl Kammermeyer, made a significant contribution to help fund the professorship in honor of his father. Private gifts were also received from a number of chemical and biochemical engineering alumni who were mentored by Professor Karl Kammermeyer. The department of chemical and biochemical engineering combined departmental funds with the private gifts to create the Karl Kammermeyer Endowed Professorship.

One of 11 colleges on the University of Iowa campus, the College of Engineering has educational courses that date back more than a century. It teaches disciplines in biomedical, chemical and biochemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, industrial, and mechanical engineering. The college is recognized for its small, personalized size 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.

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