Retired UI Engineering Professor Paulson Honored with Scholarship

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

University of Iowa News Release

An endowed scholarship in the name of Wayne L. Paulson, who served on the University of Iowa College of Engineering faculty for nearly 40 years, has been established through gifts to the UI Foundation.

The Paulson Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student in the College of Engineering's undergraduate civil and environmental engineering program who has an interest in addressing societal and environmental needs. If funds allow, there is a possibility of a second award to an undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in environmental engineering as a career.

The scholarship was made possible by the generosity of Paulson, who now lives in Stoughton, Wis., and many of his former students, colleagues, friends and family members. Together, contributors gave more than $50,000 to endow the scholarship.

Paulson was a UI professor of civil and environmental engineering from 1960 until his retirement in 1999. He was inducted in 2008 into the Legacy of Iowa Engineering, a program created to recognize individuals who have played key roles in shaping the College of Engineering. He helped develop the undergraduate option in environmental engineering, when the UI was one of the first universities to recognize environmental engineering as a distinct discipline.