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Sept. 10, 2003

Henry Maksoud Inducted Into UI Distinguished Alumni Academy

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The University of Iowa College of Engineering recently inducted Henry Maksoud, entrepreneur and founder, HIDROSERVICE, a Brazil engineering consulting and project management company, into its Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy for contributions toward personal engineering achievement, leadership, and service to the profession and society.

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:
--Donald L. Bartel, director of the Cornell Hospital for Special Surgery Program in Biomechanical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., USA.
--Paul Mac Berthouex, emeritus professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis., USA. --Philip H. Francis, founder of a management consultancy, GroupFrancis, Georgetown, Texas, USA.
--Sun Tak-Hwang, professor and director of the Center of Excellence for Membrane Technology at the University of Cincinnati, USA.
--Mehmet Secil Uzuner, co-founder and head of UZKA Construction Industry and Trade, Inc., Istanbul, Turkey.

The UI Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy's membership currently stands at 49.

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.