Branson Inducted into Legacy of Iowa Engineering

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Dan Branson, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering, will be inducted May 12 into the College of Engineering's Legacy of Iowa Engineering.

Branson served as professor of civil and environmental engineering from 1963 until his retirement in 1993.

"Concrete is the most used construction material in the world," Alec Scranton, dean of the College of Engineering, said.  "So when one contributes to the field of its design and construction like Prof. Branson has through, research, codes and standards development, and teaching, literally millions of the world's population is affected.  Prof. Branson brought to the classroom a command of the subject matter, a way to practically apply it, and a genuine respect for students." 

"Methods and formulas developed by Prof. Branson for predicting deflection, creep, and shrinkage in reinforced and prestressed concrete structures have long been used in major building codes and standards adopted in the U.S. and other countries, as well as in technical papers and in major text books and handbooks," he added.

Branson was the structural designer of the spiral ramp and support structure at Burlington Street and Riverside Drive, Iowa City.  He served as a consultant for the part of the overpass structure to Powers Willis and Associates who were the Iowa State Highway Commission's consulting engineers for the Iowa River bridge and pedestrian overpass projects completed in 1969.

Branson also was the structural designer of the large reinforced concrete and structural steel thermal flume on the UI campus.  He served as consultant to the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research (now IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering).  The work was published by Branson and the late Hunter Rouse, who served as dean of the college and director of IIHR.

The Legacy of Iowa Engineering was created to recognize faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the College of Engineering who made exceptional historical contributions toward advancing the college in teaching, research, or service during their engagement with the College.