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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 20, 2003

UI Engineering Minority Students Host Conference Nov. 6-9

The University of Iowa Multi-Ethnic Engineering and Science Association will organize and host the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers' (SHPE) Midwestern Expo 2003 (ME 2003) Nov. 6-9 at the University of Iowa.

Africa Espina, UI College of Engineering civil and environmental engineering graduate student and conference chair, says that the event -- the largest conference of its kind in the Midwest -- aims to attract some 600 students, corporate representatives and community leaders focused on Hispanics and other minorities engaged in engineering, mathematics and the sciences. ME 2003 will provide educational and technical training, as well as networking and career prospects for students and professionals.

Espina said that SHPE, which has long held national conferences on the East and West coasts, created ME to provide the same networking and career opportunities for Midwestern students, professionals and corporate representatives. She adds that ME '02, held at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne, and ME '03 stated their goals in their own conference themes, respectively titled: "It Begins with ME!" and "Let ME Make A Difference!"

Career Fair exhibitors include: Accenture, ALCOA, John Deere, Kraft, Rockwell Collins, Proctor & Gamble, Pella, the Iowa Human Resource Recruitment Initiative, General Electric, MidAmerican Energy, Monsanto, U.S. Naval Reserves, U.S. Air Force, Honda Motor, Microsoft, Mitsubishi Motors, General Motors, General Mills, Briggs & Stratton, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Inroads, and the Metro Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

ME 2003 sponsors include: ALCOA, John Deere, General Motors, General Mills, Proctor & Gamble, Pella, Rockwell Collins and the Iowa Department of Economic Development, as well as special sponsors Kimberly Clark and Opportunity at Iowa. In addition, Opportunity at Iowa is planning and sponsoring the pre-college track. Special acknowledgements for planning go to Professors Victor Rodgers and Pedro Alvarez of the UI College of Engineering.

Created in the early 1990s at the UI, the UI Multi-Ethnic Engineering and Science Association serves as an umbrella organization for campus chapters of SHPE and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).

Additional information and registration are available at: http://www.shpe.org/me2003.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu.