Daily Iowan: Engineering Class One of Two Shown to Regents

Friday, September 19, 2008

An Engineering class was one of two taught at the UI that presented their achievements at the Iowa state Board of Regents meeting on Thursday. The classes are Literature and Society: Capturing Animals, taught by Associate Professor Teresa Mangum, and Design for a Developing World, taught by Associate Research Scientist Craig Just.

The classes integrate the classroom with the community - for example, working at the local pet shelter and discovering cost-effective ways to purify water.

Mangum's class combines literature with volunteer work at the Iowa City Pet Shelter, where, she said, students get a full view of what their contributions mean.

"The students like it because they are able to see how their efforts affect their community," Mangum said.

Mangum's class recently won the U.S. course innovation of the year award and received $500.

For Just, the engineering-based class looks at sustainable ways to improve the drinking water for the 1 billion people around the world without it. This is Just's third year teaching the class.

In 2006, members of class sent its water proposal to the Environmental Protection Agency and received a $10,000 grant for funding. The following year, his students received the same grant for $75,000.