College of Engineering Free, Public Globalization Seminar Set for Sept. 27

Thursday, September 20, 2007

University of Iowa News Release

The Randall and Barbara Meyer "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series will begin its 2007-08 season with a 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 panel consisting of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Advisory Board members discussing "Globalization in Engineering."

The free, public seminar, designed to prepare engineering students for success, will be held in Stanley Auditorium, Room 1505, Seamans Center.

The panel will include Craig Thies, director of engineering, Springboard Engineering, Inc., Newton, Iowa; Brian Rauch, vice president, Engineering, Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division, John Deere, Moline, Ill.; Ed Merwald, vice president, engineering products, Emerson Process Management, Marshalltown, Iowa; Raymond Monroe, executive vice president, Steel Founders' Society of America, Crystal Lake, Ill.; Amanda Mikhail (bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the UI in 1999), mechanical engineer, IBM, Rochester, Minn.; and Herm Reininga (bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from the UI in 1965), senior vice president (retired), Rockwell Collins, Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Featuring key corporate, government and academic leaders with ties to the college, the seminar recognizes UI Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy member Randall Meyer (above) and his wife, Barbara. Meyer, who earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering with highest distinction from the UI in 1948, began a 40-year career with Standard Oil Company, New Jersey (now ExxonMobil Corporation) immediately following graduation. After serving in a number of managerial capacities in various locations, he became president of Exxon Company USA in 1972 and chief executive officer in 1976, a position he held until his retirement in 1988.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the College of Engineering in advance at 319-335-5764.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu