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Nov. 19, 2003

K.K. Choi Named Carver Professor Of Mechanical Engineering

K.K. Choi, University of Iowa College of Engineering professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and researcher in the Center for Computer-Aided Design (CCAD), has been named Carver Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

UI College of Engineering Dean Barry Butler said that the honor recognizes Choi's position of leadership in the university and the national research community.

"Professor Choi is a research leader because he is one of the best-known researchers in design sensitivity analysis, mathematical theory of optimization and its application to mechanical systems, and other fields," Butler said.

Choi, who delivered the Iowa Distinguished Faculty in Engineering Lecture Sept. 18, has current research interests involving design sensitivity analysis and reliability-based design optimization. He is also actively involved in durability and reliability development in new U.S. Army vehicles designed for rapid deployability, high mobility and sustainability. He previously conducted low frequency design sensitivity analysis and optimization research used by Ford Motor Company for vehicle body design. Recently, he developed research for the reduction of high frequency noise in vehicles.

Choi, former director of the Center for Computer-Aided Design in the College of Engineering, joined the engineering faculty in 1981 after receiving his doctorate in applied mathematics from the University of Iowa in 1980. He is a nationally and internationally recognized researcher in design sensitivity analysis, mathematical theory of optimization and its application to mechanical systems, mechanical systems analysis and reliability-based design optimization.

He has advised 25 doctoral students and three master's degree students to the completion of their degrees. He has published, or had accepted for publication, 95 articles in leading engineering journals, and he serves as associate editor for four national and international journals: the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Journal of Mechanical Design, Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, and Journal of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization.

He has been a co-author of two research texts and has served as editor of another book. He is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He is an Executive Committee Member of the International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO). In 1987, he received the University of Iowa faculty Scholar Award. In 1996, he received the College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award for Service. In 2001, he received the ASME Black and Decker Best Paper Award, and in 24 months, he received his second ASME Best Paper Award at the 2003 ASME Design Automation Conference. In 2003, he received two awards: the College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award for Research and the Iowa Board of Regents Faculty Excellence Award.

The Carver Professorships were endowed through a 1971 gift to the University of Iowa Foundation from the late Roy J. Carver, Sr., and Lucille A. Carver of Muscatine, Iowa.

Educated as an engineer, Carver started the Bandag Company in Muscatine, a business that eventually became the world's largest producer of tire retread materials and equipment for the transportation industry. He remained active in his various businesses and philanthropic efforts until his death in 1981 at the age of 71. Lucille Carver attended the UI and in 1972 received the Distinguished Service Award from the UI Alumni Association. A former director of the Carver Pump Company and secretary of the Carver Trust Board of Trustees, she currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Bandag, Inc. of Muscatine and served on the UI Foundation board from 1981 to 1985.

The UI Foundation is a channel preferred by the UI for private contributions to all areas of the university. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends to generate funds for scholarships, professorships, facilities improvements, equipment purchases, research and other UI initiatives.

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