Eichinger Is Recipient of 2013 Faculty Hancher-Finkbine Medallion

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

William E. Eichinger, William D. Ashton Professor of Civil Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and faculty research engineer at IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering, has been named the 2013 Faculty Hancher Finkbine Medallion recipient.  Eichinger received the honor at the annual Finkbine Dinner April 9.

Eichinger joined the UI faculty in 1997 as an associate professor in the Iowa Institute for Hydraulic Research (IIHR). In 2002, he became professor of IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering and is a leader in the field of LIDAR/atmospheric pollutant research.

Eichinger holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; a master’s in nuclear physics/engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Nuclear Engineering; and a doctorate in atmospheric science and hydrology from the University of California, Davis.

He was named William Ashton Professor of Engineering in 2008 and a 2003 M.L. Huit Faculty Award recipient. He has served on multiple College of Engineering committees, advised the Society of American Military Engineers, and assisted many dissertations and Ph.D. selection committees.

To recognize leadership, learning, and loyalty, the tradition of awarding Hancher-Finkbine Medallions was established in 1964. They are named for the founder of the Finkbine Dinner, William O. Finkbine, and for Virgil M. Hancher, a student guest at the first dinner who served for 24 years as president of the University, and who, to an unusual degree, exemplified the three characteristics for which the awards are given.