Hanson, Thomopulos to Be Honored by UI Alumni Association

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

University of Iowa News Release

The University of Iowa Alumni Association will present the Distinguished Alumni Awards to 12 notable alumni and friends of the UI at a luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12, in the UI's Levitt Center for University Advancement.

The awards luncheon is open to the public. Cost is $25 per person and space is limited. To reserve a seat or for more information, call the UI Alumni Association at 800-469-2596.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards, presented annually since 1963, are the Alumni Association's highest honor. The awards recognize the outstanding achievements and service of UI alumni and friends. This year's awards will be given in six categories: Achievement, Service, Young Alumni, Faculty/Staff and Friend of the University, as well as the Hickerson Recognition.

Those award recipients associated with the College of Engineering are Engineering alumnus Thomas Hanson, who will receive a Service award, and Gregs Thomopulos, CEO and chairman of the board of Stanley Consultants, who will be presented with the Friend of the University award.

Tom Hanson has been a key contributor to the success and advancement of the UI College of Engineering. In 2003, he endowed the Hanson Center for Technical Communication, an innovative center where engineering students develop speaking and writing skills to help them stand out from their peers in a competitive field. The retired engineer and businessman has also supported the college and university as a charitable giver, a student mentor, as a trusted advisor on committees such as the UI College of Engineering’s development council, and is a current member of the UI Foundation Board of Directors. He graduated from the UI in 1960 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

The Distinguished Friend of the University Award honors those individuals who are not UI alumni, but who have provided outstanding service on behalf of the UI. This year, the UI Alumni Association is honoring Gregs Thomopulos, CEO and chairman of the board of directors for the Stanley Consultants engineering company, who has generously shared his time and knowledge with the UI College of Engineering. He has lent his expertise as a leader of the College of Engineering and IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering advisory boards during major growth periods for the college. As an avid supporter of the UI’s Ethnic Inclusion Effort for Iowa Engineering program, Thomopulos mentors many minority students and faculty members. He also serves on the UI Foundation board of directors and contributed one of the first corporate gifts to the university’s flood relief fund.

Additional information about current and past award recipients can be found at http://www.iowalum.com/daa.