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Release: March 27, 2002
Arora is appointed to Miller Professorship
Jasbir S. Arora, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the
University of Iowa College of Engineering, has been named F. Wendell Miller
Distinguished Professor of Engineering.
UI College of Engineering Dean Barry Butler said that the honor recognizes
Arora's leadership within the university and the international research community.
"Professor Arora's international reputation as a leader in design optimization
is exemplified by his text on the subject, Introduction to Optimum Design,
which has been translated into several languages and is considered a standard
text on design optimization worldwide. His work makes him very deserving of
the Miller Professorship," Butler said.
Arora, who received his doctorate in mechanics and hydraulics from the University
of Iowa College of Engineering in 1971 and joined the UI faculty in 1972,
has primary research interests involving the optimal design of structural
and mechanical systems -- including cars, airplanes, buildings and bridges.
In addition to developing several optimization algorithms and applying them
to a wide range of structural problems, he has published several papers and
authored and co-authored books in the field. Arora holds joint appointments
in the UI departments of mechanical and industrial engineering and physical
therapy, directs the Optimal Design Laboratory and conducts research in the
UI Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD). His teaching interests encompass
most areas of structural engineering, including the dynamic analysis of structures.
His many professional activities and memberships include Fellow of the American
Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); American Academy of Mechanics; Structural
Engineering Institute; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics;
Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; and the membership
committee of the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society
of Civil Engineering. He is a member of the executive committee of the Technical
Activities Division (TAD), Structural Engineering Institute of the ASCE where
he represents ASCE Zone III, which includes the Midwest.
Miller professorships have been designated in several UI departments. The
professorships are named for F. Wendell Miller, an attorney and farm manager
from Rockwell City, Iowa, who died in 1995. Miller's will left the bulk of
his estate to the UI and Iowa State University to encourage the advancement
of academic endeavors. The Miller Endowment Trust was established from the
Miller estate, with interest and income from the trust divided equally between
ISU and the UI.
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. The college excels internationally in
several specialty and interdisciplinary research areas, such as computer-aided
design and simulation, human factors, environmental health solutions, biotechnology,
medical imaging, hydraulics, and water/air resources.
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