College of Engineering Appoints Whitmore to Advisory Board

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

University of Iowa Press Release

The University of Iowa College of Engineering has appointed Robert W. Whitmore, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Seagate Technology, Shakopee, Minn., to the College of Engineering Advisory Board for a four-year term, effective fall 2009.

In June, Whitmore, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1986, was inducted into the UI College of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy for contributions toward engineering achievement, leadership and service to the profession and society.

While a UI student, the Iowa City native was inducted into Tau Beta Pi national engineering honor society, and he later earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He has presented seminars at the College of Engineering to aspiring students, including a Randall and Barbara Meyer "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar in 2006. He and his wife, Molly, who is also a UI graduate, have supported endowed scholarships in both engineering and nursing at the UI.

The 25-member advisory board helps develop and achieve strategic plans and vision for the college. It concentrates on four areas of strategic importance: graduate programs and research opportunities; enrollment management; allocation of intellectual, financial and people resources; and curriculum.