Rim Inducted into Legacy of Iowa Engineering

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kwan Rim, professor emeritus of biomedical engineering, became the newest member of the Legacy of Iowa Engineering May 15 at the College of Engineering's Faculty-Staff Awards Reception and Program.  Attending the event and representing their father who was unable to attend were Joanne Rim and Albert Rim.

The early 1970s was a defining period for the College of Engineering with a major challenge, people, and resources aligned at the same time.  That is when then mechanics and hydraulics engineering professor Kwan Rim created a remarkable interdisciplinary vision with a University of Iowa orthopaedic surgeon on the biomechanics of hands and feet to rehabilitate injured patients.  That moment evolved into the formation of one of the earliest biomedical engineering programs in a public institution in the U.S. in 1974.  Through Rim’s breakthrough leadership, the program has become one of the nation’s most prestigious and largest, and today continues to be an inspiring catalyst to join all engineering disciplines with human health and saving lives.

During his career at the UI, Rim was professor of biomedical engineering from 1974-2011; professor of mechanics & hydraulics from 1960-1974; Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering from 1984-1990; Chair, Division of Materials Engineering from 1978-1984; Chair, Department of Mechanics & Hydraulics from 1972-1974); and associate dean for academic programs and research from 1974-1979.

The Legacy of Iowa Engineering was created to recognize faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the College who made exceptional historical contributions toward advancing the College in teaching, research, or service during their engagement with the College.

For more on the Legacy of Engineering and its members, go to http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/alumni-friends/honor-wall/legacy-iowa-engineering-members/legacy-iowa-engineering.