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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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