The College of Engineering has learned that Robert G. Hering, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering and dean emeritus of the college, died November 30. Until his death, Hering resided in Port Orange, FL. He was 80 years old.
A memorial service is planned for January. Further details will be available at a later date.
Hering served as professor of mechanical engineering from 1971-1996, chair of mechanical engineering from 1971-1972, and dean of the college from 1972-1992.
He was inducted into the college's Legacy of Iowa Engineering in 2005. At that time, the college recognized his exceptional leadership contributions toward advancing the college in teaching, research, and service:
"With inspired leadership and a deep commitment to quality, Bob Hering transformed the College of Engineering into a thriving academic center reaching international distinction. As dean, he blended vision, passion, and determination into a formula for 21st Century academic excellence. He pioneered one of the earliest collegiate instructional computer networks, established one of the nation’s first biomedical engineering programs and an innovative center of research excellence in computer-aided design, and inspired ambitious diversity programs benefiting women and minorities. Hering’s masterful advocacy skills earned the College of Engineering an enviable level of respect among colleagues at peer institutions many times larger than Iowa."