University of Iowa News Release
Sept. 10, 2003
Henry Maksoud Inducted Into UI Distinguished Alumni Academy
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Maksoud, who returned to the UI campus in Iowa City, Iowa, USA the weekend of Sept. 6-7 for his formal induction into the Academy, 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 nationwide television 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.
In addition to Maksoud, five other UI alumni were named to the Academy during
2003. They are:
The UI Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy's membership currently stands at 49.
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