College of Engineering Names Bently Faculty Fellows

Friday, November 16, 2007

University of Iowa News Release

The University of Iowa College of Engineering has named associate professors C. Allan Guymon and Joseph M. Reinhardt as Donald E. Bently Faculty Fellows of Engineering.

The faculty fellowships were established in June 2002 to support the research of junior faculty through a gift to the UI Foundation from UI engineering graduate Donald E. Bently. The gift provides a permanent endowment supporting the college's academic and research pursuits.

Guymon joined the faculty in 2002 and is associate professor of chemical and biochemical engineering. His current research interests include polymer reaction engineering, ultraviolet curable coatings and polymer/liquid crystal composites. His work has potential application to ophthalmic stents, drug delivery, display devices and anti-microbial coatings. In 2001 he received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award. In 2002 he received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Bush at the White House. The highest U.S. government honor of its kind, the award recognizes outstanding young scientists and engineers with exceptional potential for leadership.

Reinhardt, who joined the faculty in 1997 and is associate professor of biomedical engineering, conducts research focused on the use of algorithms to identify, analyze and measure anatomical structures, including human lung tissue, in medical images. In 2001 he received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award. In 2003, he co-founded VIDA Diagnostics, Inc. of Iowa City, Iowa, which develops medical imaging and analysis software for assessing lung structure and function. In 2006, he received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study lung mechanics. He is associate editor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) journal, Transactions on Medical Imaging, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.

A member of the college's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy, Donald E. Bently is an internationally recognized authority on rotor dynamics, vibration monitoring and diagnostics. Born in Pleasant Prairie, Iowa, he earned UI bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering in 1949 and 1950, respectively. He is currently the owner, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Bently Pressurized Bearing Company, a manufacturer of bearings that control stability in rotating machinery. He also owns Bently Agrodynamics, an agricultural firm, and Bently Biofuels Company, a producer of low sulfur biodiesel fuel from waste vegetable and virgin seed oils.

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