James Wayne Deegan
Professor of Mechanical Engineering (1949 – 1962)
Chair of Mechanical Engineering (1953 – 1962)
Professor and Chair of Industrial Engineering (1962 – 1971)
Iowa native Wayne Deegan devoted over a half century to studying and teaching. The first at the UI 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 – all accomplished with a trademark sparkle in his eye. 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.
Inducted June 11, 2005