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Release: Nov. 26, 2002

UI engineering lecture on the World Trade Center scheduled Dec. 3

William L. Grosshandler, chief of the Fire Research Division in the Building and Fire Research Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will deliver a Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture on the destruction of the World Trade Center from 4 to 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 in Lecture Room 1505 of the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences.

Grosshandler's talk is titled "Update on the National Building and Fire Safety Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster." For the past year, the NIST has been investigating the destruction of the World Trade Center in order to better protect people and property, improve the safety of fire and emergency personnel and restore public confidence in the safety of skyscrapers. Grosshandler is associate lead investigator of the National Building and Fire Safety Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster, as well as manager of the Building and Fire Research Laboratory's longer term research to reduce the impact of extreme threats to the safety of buildings, their occupants and emergency responders.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Engineering, the department of mechanical and industrial engineering, and the Caterpillar Foundation.

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 in advance the UI College of Engineering at 319-335-5764.