Sivan, Macagnos to Receive Distinguished Alumni Awards

Monday, June 2, 2008

The University of Alumni Association will present the Distinguished Alumni Awards to 13 notable alumni and friends of the University of Iowa -- three associated with the College of Engineering -- at a luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7 in the UI's Levitt Center.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards, presented annually since 1963, are the Alumni Association's organization'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, Faculty, Young Alumni, Friend of the University, and the Hickerson Recognition.

The Distinguished Young Alumni Award honors UI graduates under the age of 40 who have attained significant accomplishments in their personal or professional lives. The Young Alumni Award will be given to Ori J. Sivan, a leader in environmental sustainability who co-founded the Greenmaker Supply Company, Chicago's only "green" provider of building supplies. Selected as one of Illinois' most innovative small businesses, Greenmaker Supply reflects Sivan's belief in providing consumers with environmentally friendly and energy-efficient alternatives. As an undergraduate at Iowa, Sivan co-created the UI's International Engineering Service Program and the Engineers for a Sustainable World organization. He is a charter member of the UI College of Engineering's Young Alumni Advisory Board. He is a 2004 graduate of the UI College of Engineering.

The Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award is granted to retired or former UI faculty and staff in recognition of significant achievement or specific meritorious service on behalf of the quality and advancement of the university. This year, the UI Alumni Association is honoring emeritus professors Enzo and Matilde Macagno. Through seminal and internationally acclaimed research into one of the world's true geniuses, Leonardo da Vinci, the Macagnos have advanced both the field of hydraulics and the UI. Even after retiring from the university, the couple continued to unravel the mysteries of da Vinci's drawings, sketches, and notebooks. The Macagnos applied their knowledge and expertise in engineering, mathematics, fluid dynamics, and water science to uncover substantial new insights into the work of this legendary figure. The couple graduated from the UI in 1958.

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