Avery Bang to Receive UI Distinguished Alumni Award

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Engineering alumna Avery L. Bang (BSE 2007 civil engineering) is among 13 notable alumni and friends, and one family, selected by the University of Iowa Alumni Association to be honored at the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards luncheon June 7 at the Levitt Center for University Advancement.

Presented annually since 1963, the Distinguished Alumni Awards are the Alumni Association’s highest honor. They recognize the outstanding achievements and service of UI alumni and friends. This year’s awards are given in six categories: Achievement, Service, Faculty/Staff, Young Alumni, Hickerson Recognition, and Friend of the University.

As executive director of the nonprofit organization Bridges to Prosperity, Avery Bang has provided more than 500,000 rural villagers internationally with access to health care, education, and commercial opportunities. Her passion to use engineering for the public good started as a UI student when she built a bridge in Peru. Founding president of the UI student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, Bang now serves on advisory boards for the civil engineering department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She also acts as an instructor at the University of Colorado–Boulder and as a research assistant who leads teams developing alternative energy solutions for third-world countries.