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June 6, 2003

UI Engineering Inducts Six Into Distinguished Alumni Academy

 

 

 

Photo l to r: Bartel, Berthouex, Francis, Hwang, Maksoud, Uzuner

The University of Iowa College of Engineering will induct six new members into its Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy this spring for contributions toward personal engineering achievement, leadership, and service to the profession and society.

The distinguished engineers, who will be inducted into the academy during the College's spring alumni reunion dinner from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 7 at the Levitt Center for University Advancement, Iowa City, are:

--Donald L. Bartel, director of the Cornell Hospital for Special Surgery Program in Biomechanical Engineering
--Paul Mac Berthouex, emeritus professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
--Philip H. Francis, founder of GroupFrancis, a management consultancy
--Sun Tak-Hwang, professor and director of the Center of Excellence for Membrane Technology at the University of Cincinnati
--Henry Maksoud, entrepreneur and founder, HIDROSERVICE, a Brazil engineering consulting and project management company
-- Mehmet Secil Uzuner, co-founder and head of UZKA Construction Industry and Trade, Inc., Istanbul, Turkey

Donald L. Bartel, who received his doctorate in mechanics and hydraulics from the UI in 1969, is the director of the Cornell Hospital for Special Surgery Program in Biomechanical Engineering. He holds a joint appointment as professor at the Cornell University Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, senior scientist in the department of biomechanics of the Hospital for Special Surgery, and associate engineer of applied biomechanics in orthopaedic surgery.

Bartel's work to bring mechanical engineering principles to bear on clinical orthopaedic problems has resulted in three patents for joint and hip prostheses. His designs, incorporated in several commercially available implant systems and adopted by other designers, are used in treating hundreds of thousands of patients suffering from arthritis and other joint diseases.

Paul Mac Berthouex, who received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering and his master's in sanitary engineering from the UI in 1963 and 1964, respectively, retired in 1999 after 28 years with the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His work, focused on safe water supplies, ranged from designing a storm water drainage system around the Schwetzingen Palace in Germany and researching and designing three water purification plants in Apia, Western Samoa, to coordinating a six-year project to design and build a new engineering campus in Indonesia. Berthouex, who earned his doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin, established the Wisconsin Consortium for Applied Water Quality Research in 1985, chaired the college's Environmental Engineering Program, and served as secretary of the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage Commission and institutional coordinator for the National Center for Clean Industrial and Treatment Technologies.

In 1971, Berthouex was awarded the Harrison Prescott Eddy Medal by the Water Pollution Control Federation. He received the Rudolph Hering Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1975 and in 1992 for the most valuable contribution to the environmental branch of the engineering profession. He is a two-time recipient of the Radebaugh Award (1989 and 1991) from the Central States Water Pollution Control Association. His commitment to international environmental engineering projects and education is reflected by presentations on water pollution control in Mexico on a project with the University of Guadalajara, and acting as consultant and advisor on water quality standards in India with the Environmental Protection Research and Training Institute (Hyderabad, India), the Central Pollution Control Board of India, and the World Bank.

Philip H. Francis earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in engineering mechanics and hydraulics from the UI in 1960 and 1965, respectively. He is the founder of GroupFrancis, a management consultancy specializing in new product development and helping colleges and universities reach their potential by leveraging e-learning and other tools that create strategic advantage. With 15 years combined experience in senior and executive industrial management positions at Motorola, Square D (Groupe Schneider), AT&T and Mascon Global Ltd., he was responsible for manufacturing technology, corporate technology, quality and management consulting. He is an authority in the fields of new product development processes, manufacturing systems, quality, R&D management, higher education and overall business process improvement. He was instrumental in Motorola being named as the first recipient of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award (1988).

Francis has held senior leadership positions and appointments in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Fellow), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). He has served as a member of the Board of Assessment (Technical Board of Directors) of NIST, and as a member of the U.S. Army Science Board, the Air Force Science Advisory Board, NSF and others. He was awarded the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' (ASME) Gustus L. Larson Award for excellence in engineering. Dr. Francis is a frequent lecturer and keynoter and has a wide network of industry leaders. He is founder and editor (1988-92) of the ASME professional journal, Manufacturing Review, and has served on the editorial board of several other journals. He serves on advisory boards at Northwestern University, University of Iowa, University of Illinois, MIT, Illinois Institute of Technology and Northern Illinois University. He currently is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering, teaching in the Master of Product Development program.

Sun Tak-Hwang, who earned a master's degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from the UI in 1962 and 1965, respectively, is professor and director of the Center of Excellence for Membrane Technology at the University of Cincinnati. He also is co-director of the National Science Foundation/University Cooperative Center for Membrane Applied Science and Technology. An international leader in membrane research, his early research at the UI with Professor Karl Kammermeyer set the stage for utilizing membrane processes for a variety of industrial applications.

In 1998, Hwang was awarded the Ho-Am Prize, an honor presented to an elite few in Korea for his contributions to membrane separation in chemical engineering. He has authored more than 100 publications and holds five patents.

Henry Maksoud, earned a master's degree in mechanics and hydraulics from the UI in 1954. An entrepreneur, in 1958 he founded HIDROSERVICE, an engineering consulting and project management company that became one of the largest in its field in the world. Notable projects include Rio de Janeiro International Airport, Brazil Air Traffic Control and Defense System, Itaparica 5000MW Hydroelectric Project, Acominas, and the Nigeria National Telecommunications System. He was the owner and publisher of VISÃO magazine, that was one of Brazil's largest weekly news magazines, as well as four technical publications in Construction, Rural Development, Industrial, and City Management. During four years from 1988 he presented a television nationwide talk show of discussions mainly on political economy.

Maksoud founded SISCO, now called KXYZ-Information Technology, a computer and software manufacturing, systems integration, special applications and maintenance services company. His hospitality enterprise, HM Hoteis e Turismo, includes the Maksoud Plaza, a 5-Star hotel designed and operated under his own management. He is a life member and past-president of the Engineering Institute, Sao Paulo; a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers; a life member of the American Association of Costs Engineers; and a founding member of the National Academy of Engineering, Brazil.

Mehmet Secil Uzuner earned a master's degree and a doctorate in mechanics and hydraulics from the UI in 1971 and 1974, respectively. He is co-founder and head of UZKA Construction Industry and Trade, Inc., Istanbul, Turkey. UZKA Construction developed, designed, and financed its own headquarters building in Istanbul, which also houses trade organizations from the United Kingdom, Holland, and Japan. The UZKA Business Center has been cited nationally as an architectural masterpiece. UZKA also owns and operates within its Business Center an art gallery, which displays works of modern art and ancient Turkish art.

His contributions to engineering technology and the company he founded have had a profound impact on the quality of life and technology in Turkey and other Middle East countries.

The 2003 induction ceremonies bring the Academy's membership to 49.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 301, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, Writer, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu