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Oct. 13, 2003

UI Alumni Association Presents 'Discover Engineering@Iowa' Program

The University of Iowa College of Engineering, the UI Alumni Association and the Linn County Iowa Club are sponsoring a program Sunday, Oct. 19 highlighting research from two leading UI engineering faculty.

The Lifelong Learning Program, "Discover Engineering@Iowa" is from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences, Capitol Street, Iowa City, Iowa.

David Wilder, associate professor of biomedical engineering and senior research scientist in the Iowa Spine Research Center's Jolt/Vibration Laboratory, will present, "Oh, My Aching Back!" Wilder will discuss the complexity of the human back, the impact of sitting and standing, as well as driving--including the possibility that engineers can develop more back-friendly vehicles.

Thomas Schnell, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and director of the Operator Performance Laboratory in the Center for Computer-Aided Design will present, "Designing Human Centered Systems: Stone-Age Humans in the Space Age." Schnell is a nationally recognized researcher in a field called "human factors" -- the knowledge of human capabilities and limitations. This seminar will illustrate how human factors research gives engineers and designers what they need to tackle scenarios where technology outpaces our capabilities.

All ages are invited to this presentation; members of the Society of Women Engineers and Women in Science and Engineering will present activities for first grade through high school students during the adult sessions.

The Sunday afternoon program is free and open to the public. Hourly parking is available in the Old Capitol Town Center ramp at the corner of Capitol and Burlington streets. For more information or to register, contact Wendy Brentner at 319-335-5764 or wendy-brentner@uiowa.edu or register online at: www.iowalum.com/lifelonglearning

STORY SOURCE: University News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu