Choi, Parkin Re-appointed to Professorships

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Two College of Engineering faculty members have been re-appointed to endowed professorships.

K. K. Choi, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, has been re-appointed as Roy J. Carver Professor of Mechanical Engineering for five years.

The Carver Professorships were endowed through a 1971 gift to The University of Iowa Foundation from the late Roy J. Carver, Sr., and Lucille A. Carver of Muscatine, IA.  Carver started the Bandag Company in Muscatine, a business that eventually became the world's largest producer of tire retread materials and equipment for the transportation industry.

Gene Parkin, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has received a five-year re-appointment as Donald E. Bently Professor of Engineering.

The Donald E. Bently Professorship in Engineering was established in June 2002 through a gift to the University of Iowa Foundation from University of Iowa engineering graduate Donald E. Bently (BS 1949 mechanical engineering) of Minden, NV.  Bently is founder and former owner, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of Bently Nevada Corp., a manufacturer of electronic systems for monitoring the mechanical condition of machinery.  He is currently owner, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer of Bently Pressurized Bearing Co., which manufactures modern, highly efficient bearings that control stability for rotating equipement.  In addition, he is owner of Bently Agrowdynamics, an agricultural business, and Bently Biofuels Co., which produces low sulfur biodiesel from waste vegetable and virgin seed oils.