Cedar Rapids Gazette: Ortberg Gift Aims to Boost Female Engineering Enrollment

Thursday, March 3, 2011

By Dave DeWitte
SourceMeda Group

A $50,000 gift to the University of Iowa College of Engineering in honor Carol Ortberg of Peosta aims to boost the UI’s female engineering enrollment.

The gift will be used to endow an annual scholarship for engineering students, according to Kate Metcalf, who oversees the UI College of Engineering’s fundraising efforts.

Although female enrollment is improving, the college’s enrollment is still “pretty male dominated,” Metcalf said. She said the number of scholarships will depend on the investment returns on the endowment.

Rockwell Collins Vice President of Government Systems Kelly Ortberg presented the gift on his mother’s behalf. Ortberg is a 1982 graduate of the UI College of Engineering with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. He services on the advisory board of the college, providing industrial advice to the dean of engineering.

“My engineering education at the university is a foundation to my career success and there is a profound need for more females in the engineering field,” Ortberg said. “I can’t thing of a better way to honor and remember my mother than to provide an annual scholarship in her name.”

Carol M. Ortberg died Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City at age 69 from complications of a cerebral hemorrhage.