Engineering Holds Caterpillar Talk on Air Force Science, Technology Oct. 18

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

University of Iowa News Release

Robert Sierakowski, chief scientist, munitions directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will deliver a Caterpillar "On the Edge of Technology" Seminar lecture from 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Stanley Auditorium, Room 1505, of the Seamans Center on the University of Iowa campus.

The lecture, titled "Air Force Science and Technology in the 21st Century" and hosted by the UI College of Engineering Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, is free and open to the public.

Sierakowski plans to discuss the Air Force science and technology vision in terms of focused long-term challenges that include discovery, innovation and integration. The talk will involve a specific research topic dealing with robotic air vehicles. He also plans to discuss such issues as the importance of biologically inspired systems, multi-agent systems and control, low-speed aerodynamics and the importance of the "o" technologies: nano, info, bio and robo.

The Caterpillar "On the Edge of Technology" Seminar is made possible through grants awarded to the College of Engineering through the UI Foundation by the Caterpillar Foundation of Peoria, Ill. The grants comprise the Caterpillar Excellence Fund, which aids students, faculty, and curriculum development in the College of Engineering.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this program are asked to contact in advance the UI College of Engineering Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at 319-335-5668.

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