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Sept. 6, 1996

Bergland is first Stanley chair

by Jennifer Henrich
The College of Engineering has established the Stanley Chair in Interdisciplinary Engineering, endowed by a gift in excess of $1 million from Richard H. and Mary Jo Stanley, Muscatine.

G. David Bergland, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the first Stanley chair.

Richard Stanley is chairman of Stanley Consultants Inc., Muscatine, international consultants in engineering, architecture, planning and management. He also is vice chairman of the board of HON Industries Inc., Muscatine, and chair and president of the Stanley Foundation, a private organization that encourages study and discussion of international issues as a way to achieve peace.

"We are very excited about the opportunity this new chair provides us," said James Melsa, dean the College of Engineering. "It provides significant momentum toward our goal of providing a learning-based, practice-oriented educational experience for our students."

Stanley has received a number of awards, including the Marston Medal and a Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering from ISU; and Senior Engineer of the Year from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Stanley received bachelor's degrees from ISU (1955) in mechanical and electrical engineering, and a master's degree (1963) in sanitary engineering from the University of Iowa.

Mary Jo Stanley graduated from Iowa State in 1955 with a bachelor's degree in home economics. She is vice chair and director of the Stanley Foundation and chair of the Muscatine Art Center Support Foundation.

Prior to arriving at ISU last month, Bergland was head of the executive consulting department at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, N.J. As the Stanley Chair, Bergland will promote leadership skills, develop courses and curricula within the College of Engineering, and maintain communication among engineering and non-engineering professionals and others outside the academic community.

Bergland received bachelor's (1962), master's (1964) and doctoral (1966) degrees, all in electrical engineering, from Iowa State.

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