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June 10, 2005

UI Engineering Inducts Three Into Legacy Of Engineering Honor Roll

The University of Iowa College of Engineering on Saturday, June 11 will induct three new members into its "Legacy of Engineering," which recognizes faculty, staff, alumni and friends who made exceptional historical contributions toward advancing the college in teaching, research, or service.

The college's induction ceremony, held in conjunction with its Alumni Reunion Weekend, will honor Legacy of Engineering inductees James Wayne Deegan, Robert G. Hering and Joseph W. Howe.

James Wayne Deegan, professor of mechanical engineering (1949-1962), chair of mechanical engineering (1953-1962), professor of and chair of industrial engineering (1962-1971) and Iowa native devoted over a half-century to studying and teaching. The first UI student to earn a master's degree with an emphasis on industrial engineering, Deegan founded the UI's industrial engineering undergraduate program. He taught the popular Summer Management Course, pioneered continuing education at the university and served as chair of mechanical engineering as well as director of placement. Deegan launched interdisciplinary studies in methods research involving nursing, housekeeping, central sterilization, surgery and orthopedics. For example, he collaborated with the College of Nursing to develop research that tied together industrial engineering, medicine, nursing, psychology and statistics.

Robert G. Hering, professor of mechanical engineering (1971-1996), chair of mechanical engineering (1971-1972), dean, College of Engineering (1972-1992), gave inspired leadership and a deep commitment to quality in transforming the College of Engineering into a thriving academic center of international distinction. As dean, he blended vision, passion and determination into a formula for 21st century academic excellence. He pioneered one of the earliest collegiate instructional computer networks, established one of the nation's first biomedical engineering programs and an innovative center of research excellence in computer-aided design, and inspired ambitious diversity programs benefiting women and minorities. Hering's masterful advocacy skills earned the College of Engineering an enviable level of respect among colleagues at peer institutions many times larger than Iowa.

Joseph W. Howe, professor of mechanics and hydraulics (1929-1971) and chair of mechanics and hydraulics (1942-1971), is described by former students and colleagues as "devoted," "kind and gentle," "approachable" and "encouraging." A graduate of the college, Howe gave back to his alma mater with a personal interest in students while insisting they perform their best. Howe reshaped curriculum and policies that directed contract research be completed by graduate students rather than by established researchers, resulting in dramatic graduate program growth. Through a virtually unconditional friendship, Howe and colleague Hunter Rouse worked in parallel, establishing the Department of Mechanics and Hydraulics and the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research as international leaders in hydraulic engineering education.

The 2005 induction ceremonies bring the Legacy's membership, to 10. Additional information about the Legacy of Engineering, its charter members and its nomination process may be found at:

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