UI Engineering Leader Thomopulos to Receive Honorary UI Doctoral Degree

Friday, April 30, 2010

University of Iowa News Release

Gregs G. Thomopulos of Iowa City, CEO and chairman of the Board of Directors of Stanley Consultants Inc., Muscatine, Iowa, was recently approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, to receive an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Iowa.

Thomopulos, who has over 40 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry, joined Stanley Consultants in 1965, became president in 1987 and has served as CEO since 1998. He is scheduled to receive the honorary degree during the UI College of Engineering Commencement Ceremony at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 15, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

P. Barry Butler, dean of the UI College of Engineering, said of Thomopulos: "We firmly believe there is no better example of a devoted and dedicated Iowan who has demonstrated extraordinary and sustained achievement in a profession or in society that are consistent with the values of the University of Iowa."

Thomopulos' achievements include:

--Leading Stanley Consultants to a ranking of 28th in the Engineering News-Record Top 100 pure design engineering organizations, and 50th in the Top 500 Design Firms listing.
--Serving on the advisory boards of the UI College of Engineering, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, University of Kansas School of Engineering and the International Center for Water Resources at Central State University, a historically black college in Wilberforce, Ohio.
--Serving as a member of the Presidents' Council at F.W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, Mass.
--Serving on numerous community and professional committees including as corporate chair of the Planning Committee for the Iowa Minority and Women Business Conference and Expo, and the Board of Goodwill Industries of Southeast Iowa.
--Being elected in 2008 to the UI Foundation Board of Directors.
--Mentoring and supporting, together with his colleagues, students from all three Iowa Regents universities.
--Being selected in 2004 by Engineering News-Record as its "21st Century World Citizen."
--Guiding Stanley Consultants to being named by AARP as the nation’s Best Employer for Workers Over 50 in 2005, and consistently ranking in the organization’s top 10 list ever since. 
--Leading Stanley Consultants to being named by CE News as the nation’s #1 Best Civil Engineering Firm to Work For in 2002. 
--Directing a $100,000 contribution, one of the first such corporate gifts received, to the UI flood relief fund following the floods of 2008.

Thomopulos received a Bachelor of Science Degree, with highest distinction, in civil engineering from the University of Kansas in 1965 and a Master of Science Degree in structural engineering and structural mechanics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1966. He was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, by Teikyo Marycrest University, Davenport, Iowa, in 1996.

In supporting the nomination of Thomopulos for an honorary degree, Keri Hornbuckle, professor and DEO in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, noted his support of UI education and research and said: "Though a University of Kansas graduate, Mr. Thomopulos embodies the high qualities we associate with the most respected, accomplished, and devoted members of University of Iowa alumni. To us, he earned the equivalent of an Honorary Degree long ago. Bestowing this recognition on him now is a capstone of our appreciation."

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu