The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release

June 15, 2006

UI Engineering Inducts Two Into Distinguished Alumni Academy

The University of Iowa College of Engineering recently inducted two new members into its Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy for contributions toward personal engineering achievement, leadership, and service to the profession and society.

The distinguished engineers, who were inducted into the academy during the College's spring alumni reunion dinner on Saturday, June 10, are Hugh D. Guthrie and Robert E. Moulds.

Hugh D. Guthrie, senior management and technical advisor with the Strategic Center for Natural Gas at the National Energy Technology Laboratory, earned a bachelor’s degree with highest honors in chemical engineering from the UI College of Engineering in 1943.  His extensive experience includes 33 years with Shell Oil Company as an engineer, senior technologist, group leader, and senior staff member. He also served as division director with the Energy Research and Development Association, director of the Energy Center at Stanford Research Institute, manager of technical assessment at Occidental Research Corporation, and member of the Engineering Advisory Boards at the University of Iowa and the University of California at Berkeley. Guthrie is a Fellow and former president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, Society of Petroleum Engineers and the New York Academy of Science. His achievements include patents on distillation equipment. A leading technical expert on oil shale, he is working to build partnerships and support for converting organic material found in oil shale into oil. He is the co-author of a book, "The Strategic Significance of America's Oil Shale Resource."

Robert E. Moulds retired as vice president, engineering for Deere & Company in February 2006. Named to the position in January 1999, he was responsible for directing advanced technology development and engineering services to support worldwide agricultural, construction, and commercial and consumer equipment design and manufacturing. He fostered collaboration between Deere-Waterloo and Deere-Mannheim, Germany, laying the foundation for global teamwork that has guided Deere worldwide. He also led the creation of the Deere & Company Technology Council, a worldwide organization instrumental in shaping corporate technology development. Moulds joined the John Deere Product Engineering Center in Waterloo, Iowa, in 1970 as a design and test product engineer. He held positions of increasing responsibility, including manager, product support; manager, quality engineering; manager, manufacturing engineering; and manager, hydraulic operations, Waterloo Works; and manager, worldwide agricultural tractor engineering. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Industrial Research Institute, and he has served on the UI Industrial Engineering Industrial Interaction Board and Iowa State University Institute for Physical Research and Technology Industrial Advisory Board. Moulds, a native Iowan, received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the UI College of Engineering in 1970. He is a member of the UI Alumni Association Old Capitol Club.

The 2006 induction ceremonies bring the Academy's membership to 57. Among them are 10 members of the National Academy of Engineering, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, senior executives who have served many national and global corporations, two chiefs of engineer of the Army Corps of Engineers, a minister of foreign affairs for Ireland, two ministers of education and one minister of water resources for Taiwan, and the president of the Hokkaido Institute of Technology in Japan.

Additional information about the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy and its nomination process may be found at: http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/honor-wall/alumni-academy/

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

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