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March 21, 1997

Air Force Secretary Widnall to visit

by Skip Derra
Sheila Widnall, Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, will speak on campus this weekend to several groups of elementary and high school students interested in science and engineering.

Widnall -- who oversees the roughly 815,000 active, reserve and civilian personnel who make up the U.S. Air Force -- will speak at 4:45 p.m. Friday, March 21, in Hilton Coliseum, during the Iowa State Science and Technology Fair.

Later that evening, Widnall will address participants in the 10th Anniversary Celebration for Iowa State's Program for Women in Science and Engineering, at the Scheman Center. She also will speak at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21, during the Women in Science and Engineering career conferences and is scheduled to meet with Iowa State ROTC students.

Widnall has been secretary of the Air Force since 1993. She is responsible for planning, justifying and allocating the service's annual budget of $62 billion.

Prior to joining the Air Force, Widnall had a 28-year career as a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, where she rose to the position of associate provost.

A professor of aeronautics and astronautics, Widnall is internationally known for her work in fluid dynamics, specifically in the areas of aircraft turbulence and spiraling airflows.

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