Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering

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The Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering was established in May 2001 through a generous gift to the University of Iowa Foundation from University of Iowa engineering graduate Allen S. Henry of Melbourne, FL. His gift supports a faculty member who has a distinguished academic and research program for a five-year renewable period.

Dr. Henry is retired vice president-general manager of JDS Uniphase Broadband Products. From 1996 to 1999, he was chairman, chief executive officer, and president of Broadband Communications Products prior to its acquisition by Uniphase Corporation. In 1996, Dr. Henry retired as president of the Electronic Systems Sector of Harris Corporation, Melbourne, FL, after 23 years of service.

A member of the College's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy, Dr. Henry received his master's and doctoral degrees in mechanics and hydraulics from The University of Iowa in 1968 and 1971, respectively. He has served as a member of The University of Iowa Engineering Building Campaign Steering Committee, as well as the College of Engineering Advisory Board and Development Council.

Dr. Henry has served as chairman of the board of Holmes Regional Medical Center, a 468-bed community hospital. He also serves as board secretary of Health First, an integrated healthcare delivery system in Melbourne, FL. In his role as trustee for Florida Institute of Technology, he has endowed a faculty chair in optical communications. He also was the major benefactor for the Women's Center Capital Campaign. The Women's Center aids more than 10,000 women annually in coping with life problems.