Engineering Inducts Koch into Distinguished Alumni Academy May 12

Thursday, May 10, 2012

By Gary Galluzzo
University of Iowa

The University of Iowa College of Engineering will induct Roger L. Koch into its Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy during the college's spring graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 12. As a part of the ceremony, Koch will deliver the college’s commencement address.

Koch, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering in 1977, has built a remarkable career in innovative aerospace interior products.

In 1979, he joined DECA Aviation in Miami as manager of a new division devoted to sales of executive seating for luxury jets. In 1983, he was named president of Aircraft Modular Products and subsequently became owner. During that time, the company grew rapidly, gaining a 90 percent share of the executive aircraft seat market. In 1998, Koch sold his aircraft interior products company to B/E Aerospace Inc. and served as a consultant.

Today, Koch is president of Conscious Lighting, Miami, which specializes in the design and manufacture of energy-saving, light-emitting diode (LED) lighting fixtures. He also has served as a member of the UI Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Advisory Board and has given seminars at the college on entrepreneurship. He has mentored a number of young engineers at his company who later became successful business leaders themselves.

Koch's philanthropy efforts have made significant differences at the UI. In 2011, he provided two generous gifts to the UI to spark pioneering interdisciplinary research into bipolar disorders. In addition, Koch made a second gift to provide major support for the College's Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. The research fund promotes interdisciplinary research in bipolar disorders to discover the relationships of brain morphology, function, external stimuli, physiologic status of the body and other influences on the onset, treatment, and prediction of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia events. The support provided to the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering will continue to raise the level of educational excellence that will benefit students.

Information on the entire membership of the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy can be found at: www.engineering.uiowa.edu/honor-wall/alumni-academy/members.php.