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University of Iowa News Release

May 25, 2004

UI College Of Engineering Appoints Mary Lawyer To Advisory Board

The University of Iowa College of Engineering has appointed Mary Lawyer, deputy director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED), to the college's Advisory Board for a four-year term. In her IDED position, she works with businesses, communities and legislative leaders to form statewide public policy that improves the economic well-being and quality of life for Iowans.

As one of 23 Advisory Board members, she will help develop and achieve strategic plans and vision for the college. The Advisory Board concentrates on four areas of strategic importance: graduate programs and research opportunities; enrollment management; allocation of intellectual, financial and people resources; and curriculum. The college, in turn, provides awareness and knowledge of new technologies and educational trends, and informs the Advisory Board of its progress in achieving the strategic plan.

The Advisory Board is composed of business and technology leaders involved in the practice of engineering or in a business or professional activity in which engineering is an important factor. Members represent companies and agencies from across Iowa, as well as Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, Wisconsin and France.

One of 11 colleges on the University of Iowa campus, the College of Engineering has educational courses that date back more than a century. It teaches disciplines in biomedical, chemical and biochemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, industrial, and mechanical engineering. The college is recognized for its small, personalized size, and focused mission. Its location on a strong liberal arts campus -- with natural strengths in writing and communications, health sciences, business, law, and arts and humanities -- provides highly complementary resources to build the type of broad technological education demanded in a rapidly changing world. The college excels internationally in several specialty and interdisciplinary research areas, such as computer-aided design and simulation, human factors, environmental health solutions, biotechnology, medical imaging, hydraulics and water/air resources, and polymerization.

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