Engineering Graduate Stearns to Receive Alumni Association Distinguished Award

Friday, June 8, 2007

The UI Alumni Association (UIAA) will honor 13 notable alumni and friends of the University of Iowa with the Distinguished Alumni Award, the organization's highest honor, at a Saturday, June 9 luncheon in the Levitt Center on the UI campus.

Among them will be Engineering alumnus Robert P. Stearns (BS 1960 in civil engineering), co-founder and retired chairman of SCS Engineers in Long Beach, CA. Stearns has been recognized nationally for his contributions to environmental engineering and solid waste management and has developed innovative engineering designs that helped establish today's international landfill gas-to-energy industry. Stearns has worked on many assignments around the world, controlling the movement of landfill gas into occupied spaces and reducing the emission of the potent greenhouse gas into our atmosphere.

The public is invited to join the UIAA in recognizing these individuals at this luncheon from noon to 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $22 per person and can be purchased by calling the UIAA at 319-335-3294 or 800-469-2586.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards, presented annually since 1963, recognize the outstanding achievements and service of UI alumni and friends. This year's awards will be given in four categories: Achievement, Service, Faculty, and Friend of the University.

The Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement is given for significant accomplishments in business or professional life or for distinguished human service.