College of Engineering Commencement (Fall 2019)


>>>GOOD AFTERNOON.
AS THE DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, IT IS MY PLEASURE
TO WELCOME YOU AS WELL AS THOSE
WATCHING OUR LIVE FEED, AS WE RECOGNIZE THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING’S FALL 2019
BACCALAUREATE CLASS. I WILL
BEGIN BY INTRODUCING OUR PLATFORM OFFICIALS. WHEN I CALL
YOUR NAME, PLEASE STAND. MONTSERRAT FUENTES, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND PROVOST; REGENT NANCY DUNKEL, FROM THE
BOARD OF REGENTS, STATE OF IOWA; KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND
DISTINGUISHED ENGINEERING ALUMNI
ACADEMY INDUCTEE, SHARON TINKER; JOSEPH REINHARDT, PROFESSOR AND CHAIR OF THE ROY J. CARVER
DEPARTMENT OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING;
ALLAN GUYMON, PROFESSOR AND CHAIR OF CHEMICAL AND
BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING; ALLEN
BRADLEY, PROFESSOR AND CHAIR OF CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING; ER-WEI BAI, PROFESSOR AND CHAIR
OF ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING;
GEB THOMAS, PROFESSOR AND CHAIR OF INDUSTRIAL & SYSTEMS ENGINEERING; CHING-LONG LIN, PROFESSOR AND
CHAIR OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING;
JANE DORMAN, DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS; HALEY HAWBAKER, STUDENT SPEAKER,
INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING; KRISTAN WORTHINGTON, ROY J. CARVER
DEPARTMENT OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING;
DAVID MURHAMMER, CHEMICAL &
BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING; CHRISTOPHER STOAKES, CIVIL &
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING; ANTON KRUGER, ELECTRICAL
& COMPUTER ENGINEERING; AND THE MARSHAL LEADING THE
GRADUATES, PROFESSOR NICOLE GROSLAND, ASSOCIATE DEAN OF
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS. [ APPLAUSE ]>>TODAY,
WE CELEBRATE AN IMPORTANT POINT IN THE LIFE OF
OUR GRADUATES AND THE BEGINNING OF NEW CHALLENGES THAT WILL DRAW
UPON THE KNOWLEDGE AND
EXPERIENCES THEY GAINED AS STUDENTS HERE AT THE UNIVERSITY
OF IOWA. OUR GRADUATES ARE WELL PREPARED
TO MEET THE PROFESSIONAL
CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES THEY WILL ENCOUNTER AS ENGINEERS, AND WE TAKE PRIDE IN
THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. AS A SMALL TOKEN OF
OUR APPRECIATION FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND
DEDICATION, WE HAVE GIVEN EACH
GRADUATE A MEDALLION SYMBOLIC OF THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
LET ME NAME A FEW OF THE SPECIFIC ACHIEVEMENTS OF THIS GRADUATING CLASS. SIXTY-NINE
GRADUATES COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS; 187
RECEIVED CREDIT FOR CO-OP OR INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCES — TWO
WILL RECEIVE UNIVERSITY HONORS; TWO STUDENTS WILL GRADUATE WITH
DISTINCTION; SIX WILL GRADUATE WITH A CERTIFICATE;
ONE STUDENT FOUR SERVED AS STUDENT
AMBASSADORS. TWO WILL RECEIVE GRADUATE HONORS.
ONE STUDENT WILL GRADUATE WITH A DOUBLE MAJOR.
ONE COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS
FOR HONORS IN THE MAJOR.
ONE WAS AN ACADEMIC PEER ADVISOR.
FINALLY, MANY OF THESE GRADUATES
HAVE BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS WHILE OTHERS HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN ACADEMIC RESEARCH.
SOME OF THESE GRADUATES HAVE
ENRICHED OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH THEIR VOLUNTEER EFFORTS AND MANY
HAVE STUDIED ABROAD. OTHERS WORKED TO FUND THEIR OWN EDUCATION.
SOME ARE THE FIRST IN THEIR FAMILY TO RECEIVE A
COLLEGE DEGREE. WE ALSO TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN OUR
STUDENTS WHO HAVE SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES AND I INVITE THE
VETERANS IN OUR GRADUATING CLASS AND IN OUR AUDIENCE TO STAND AND
RECEIVE OUR APPRECIATION. [ APPLAUSE ]>>THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE
GRADUATES BUILD FROM THE DEVOTION OF TALENTED FACULTY. THIS SEMESTER, THE GRADUATING SENIORS FROM EACH PROGRAM
SELECTED A FACULTY MEMBER TO BE
RECOGNIZED TODAY FOR THEIR
EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AND DEDICATION TO STUDENT LEARNING. FACULTY, AS I CALL YOUR NAMES,
PLEASE COME TO THE STAGE TO BE RECOGNIZED.
YOU WILL LINE UP IN FRONT. KRISTAN WORTHINGTON, ASSISTANT
PROFESSOR OF THE ROY J. CARVER DEPARTMENT OF
BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING; [ APPLAUSE ]>>DAVID MURHAMMER, PROFESSOR OF
CHEMICAL AND BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING;
[ APPLAUSE ]>>CHRISTOPHER STOAKES, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF
INSTRUCTION IN CIVIL AND
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING; [ APPLAUSE ]>>ANTON KRUGER, PROFESSOR OF
ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING;
[ APPLAUSE ]>>GEB THOMAS, PROFESSOR OF
INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING. [ APPLAUSE ]>>AND WE’LL
RECOGNIZE KAMRAN SAMANI, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF
INSTRUCTION IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.
EVEN THOUGH HE’S UNABLE TO ATTEND.
[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>GREAT. THANK YOU.
YOU MAY BE SEATED. HALEY HAWBAKER IS AN INDUSTRIAL
ENGINEERING MAJOR FROM BETTENDORF, IA. FOR THE PAST
THREE YEARS, SHE HAS SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THE STUDENT
ORGANIZATION HAWKEYE SPARKLES, A
CHEERLEADING TEAM FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES. HALEY IS A MEMBER OF THE INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL
ENGINEERS, HAS WORKED AS A
STUDENT AMBASSADOR AND SERVED AS A TEACHING ASSISTANT
THIS PAST SEMESTER. SHE COMPLETED A CO-OP AND
INTERNSHIP WITH COLLINS AEROSPACE, WHERE SHE WILL BEGIN
WORKING FULL-TIME IN JANUARY. I’M DELIGHTED TO INTRODUCE HALEY
TO GIVE THE ADDRESS TO THE GRADUATING CLASS.
[ APPLAUSE ]>>GOOD AFTERNOON.
FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND FACULTY
AND STAFF, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR
BEING HERE WITH US ON OUR SPECIAL DAY.
TO THE GRADUATES, HOW IS IT
ALREADY OUR GRADUATION?
REGARDLESS OF THE TIME IT TOOK
TO GET HERE, I’M SO PROUD OF ALL
OF YOU FOR ALL OF THE HARD WORK YOU HAVE PUT IN THESE PAST FEW YEARS.
I CAN’T HELP THINK TO MYSELF,
HOW DID I END UP BEHIND THIS PODIUM?
IF YOU TOLD ME FOUR YEARS AGO I
WOULD BE SPEAKING AT MY COLLEGE GRADUATION,
I WOULD HAVE LAUGHED. ME? NO WAY. EVERYONE SCARES ME AND I DON’T
LIKE BEING OUT OF MY COMFORT
ZONE. AND THERE’S NO WAY I WOULD EVER
AGREE TO SPEAK IN FRONT OF THIS
MANY PEOPLE. WELL, CLEARLY, THINGS CHANGE.
I’M NOT SURE ABOUT YOU, BUT MY
COLLEGE SEARCH WAS FILLED WITH
LOT OF ANXIETY.
I CHOSE ENGINEER ACS — AS A MAJOR.
ONE COLLEGE I VISITED HAD US SIT
DOWN AND SAID LOOK TO YOUR LEFT,
LOOK TO YOUR RIGHT, ONLY ONE OF YOU WOULD GRADUATE WITH THIS DEGREE.
I KNEW IT WOULDN’T BE ME. BUT AS
YOU KNOW, IOWA’S ATMOSPHERE IS VERY DIFFERENT.
IT DIDN’T TAKE LONG TO FEEL AT HOME.
I FIGURED I REALLY LIKED THIS
ENGINEERING THING, DESPITE THE
GRADE I GOT IN MY CHEMISTRY EXAM. YIKES.
I WAS SURE THERE WERE OTHER
STUDENTS WHO WERE NERVOUS ABOUT STUDYING ENGINEERING BUT WOULD FLOURISH AT IOWA.
THIS IS WHEN I DECIDED I WANTED
TO BE A STUDENT AMBASSADOR. ONE OF THE FACES OF COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING THAT GOT TO TALK TO STUDENTS.
THANKS TO JANE, I GOT THE JOB. I WAS EXCITED TO START.
ONE OF OUR JOBS IS TO GIVE TOURS
OF THE ENGINEERING BUILDING.
BUT WAIT. PUBLIC SPEAKING IS STILL WAIT
OUT OF MY PUBLIC ZONE AND I JUST
AGREED TO GIVE TOURS TO LARGE
GROUPS OF PEOPLE.
JUNIOR YEAR ROLLED AROUND AND WE
FIGURED OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON. I FIGURED OUT HOW TO DO THE
WHOLE SCHOOL THING.
TURNS OUT, I LOVED GIVING TOURS
AND ONE OF MY BEST TOURS IS
TALKING REALLY LOUD. ASK EVERYONE.
BUT ONE THING THAT WAS MISSING
FROM MY RESUME WAS INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE.
BY THE THIRD YEAR, SOME OF US HAD COMPLETED, SOME OF US HAD NOT.
WE LOOKED TO LAND A JOB. I BEGAN TO PANIC AND I WAS GETTING REJECTED LEFT AND
RIGHT. SOON IT WAS LATER THIS AND I STILL HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS
DOING THAT NEXT SUMMER.
BUT I CAME ACROSS AN APPLICATION
TO A SIX-MONTH INTERNSHIP.
ALTHOUGH I DIDN’T KNOW MUCH
ABOUT AIR ROAR SPACE, I —
AEROSPACE, I THOUGHT IT WAS COOL.
I DIDN’T THINK I WOULD GET THE JOB. BUT I APPLIED.
I GOT THE JOB AND WAS SET TO START IN JANUARY. I WENT TO
CANCEL MY CLASSES FOR THE UPCOMING SEMESTER, BUT WAIT.
I’VE NEVER HAD A JOB LIKE THIS
BEFORE. I DON’TI DON’T — I DON’T KNOW
MUCH ABOUT ENGINEERING AND
AEROSPACE. I LOVED IT SO MUCH THAT I WOULD
BE WORKING IN THAT DEPARTMENT FULL TIME.
AS YOU CAN PROBABLY TELL, EVERY
SING MAKES ME NERVOUS AND I TEND
TO OVERTHINK ANY DETAIL. IF YOU WERE TO ASK MY CLASSMATES, THEY WOULD TELL YOU, MY FAMOUS LINE IS, I AM SCARED.
I’M NOT THE SAME STUDENT I WALKED ON THIS CAMPUS FOUR AND A
HALF YEARS AGO. I GREW IMMENSELY DURING MY TIME HERE.
I TOOK RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES I
WOULDN’T HAVE NORMALLY TAKEN,
LIKE THIS, FOR EXAMPLE. BUT I URGE YOU TO DO WHAT I’VE
BEEN DOING — PUSH YOURSELF
OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
REGARDLESS OF HOW SMALL THE TASK IS AND EVEN IF YOU ARE SCARED,
THAT’S THE ONLY WAY YOU WILL GROW.
IT CAN BE RISKY.
BUT WE CAN TAKE THESE AS LEARNING EXPERIENCES AND PUSH
OURSELVES TO BECOME BETTER.
THE PERSON THAT WALKED ONTO THIS
CAMPUS FOUR AND A HALF YEARS WOULD BE SHOCKED AT WHO I’VE
BECOME TODAY BUT VERY PROUD.
I WANT TO THANK THE STAFF HERE
AND THE FACULTY. I CAN’T EXPRESS HOW MUCH I LOVED MY TIME HERE AND TO OUR
FRIENDS AND FAMILY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
WE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT. AND LAST, TO THE
GRADUATE, I HOPE YOU ARE SO PROUD OF THIS
FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT. CONGRATS, GRADS.
[ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU, HALEY, FOR THOSE
EXCELLENT THOUGHTS ON YOUR EXPERIENCES AT
IOWA. NEXT I WILL PRESENT THE OUTSTANDING SENIOR
AWARD, WHICH IS SELECTED BY THE ENGINEERING
STUDENT COUNCIL AND IS PRESENTED
TO GRADUATES WHO DEMONSTRATE EXCEPTIONAL CHARACTER,
AN AFFINITY FOR LIFELONG LEARNING,
AND ARE ACTIVE, ENGAGED, AND
WELL-RESPECTED MEMBERS OF THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND OF
THE UNIVERSITY O F IOWA AS A WHOLE.
THE AWARD IS CHOSEN BASED ON NOMINATIONS RECEIVED FROM CURRENT FACULTY MEMBERS AND
STUDENTS ALIKE. IT WILL BE A
SURPRISE FOR ONE OF THE RECIPIENTS TODAY. THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENT IS
RECOGNIZED FOR HIS INCREDIBLE WORK ETHIC, STRONG DESIRE TO
GIVE BACK TO OTHERS, AND
COMMITMENT TO INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY. FOR EXAMPLE, HE CREATED AND
ORGANIZED AN OUTREACH PROGRAM CALLED IGNITE TO RECRUIT MINORITY HIGH SCHOOL
STUDENTS TO ENGINEERING. HE HAS SERVED AS A PROGRAM
DIRECTOR, SENATOR, AND PRESIDENT
OF NSBE, THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF
BLACK ENGINEERS. WITHOUT HIS VISION, ENERGY,
AND ENTHUSIASM, NSBE WOULD NOT HAVE HAD THE REMARKABLE IMPACT IN THE COMMUNITY
THAT IT HAS ENJOYED. ONE OF HIS NOMINATORS DESCRIBED
HIM AS EXHIBITING THE FOLLOWING
TRAITS INDICATIVE OF A STRONG LEADER
— INITIATIVE, DETERMINATION, PERSISTENCE,
ORGANIZATION, COLLABORATION, COMMUNICATION, FLEXIBILITY, AND APPROACHABILITY.
HIGH PRAISE INDEED. I AM VERY
PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE RECIPIENT OF THIS YEAR’S
OUTSTANDING SENIOR AWARD IS MARTELL BELL.
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
>>COME ON UP, MARTELL.
[ APPLAUSE ]>>YOU MAY NOTE THAT SOME OF OUR
GRADUATES ARE WEARING REGALIA SIGNIFYING THEIR MEMBERSHIP IN
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS OR HONOR SOCIETIES.
THESE ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDE INVALUABLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEADERSHIP, FELLOWSHIP, SERVICE,
AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. WOULD THESE STUDENTS
PLEASE RISE TO BE RECOGNIZED. ALL RIGHT.
[ APPLAUSE ]>>I WOULD NOW LIKE TO RECOGNIZE
STUDENTS WHO WILL BE EARNING HONORS. GRADUATES, PLEASE STAND IF YOU
ARE EARNING UNIVERSITY HONORS OR ENGINEERING HONORS.
[ APPLAUSE ] LET’S RECOGNIZE THEM AND THEN I WILL EXPLAIN.
[ APPLAUSE ]>>UNIVERSITY HONORS IS EARNED
THROUGH A COMBINATION OF HONORS COURSEWORK AND OTHER ENRICHMENT
ACTIVITIES SUCH AS RESEARCH, STUDY ABROAD,
AND INTERNSHIPS. ENGINEERING HONORS STUDENTS
COMPLETE RESEARCH UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF
A FACULTY MENTOR, CULMINATING IN THE SUBMISSION OF
AN HONORS THESIS. WE WILL NOW RECOGNIZE STUDENTS
WHO HAVE ACHIEVED “DISTINCTION” FOR GRADUATING IN AT LEAST THE
TOP 10% OF ALL STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AS
MEASURED BY GRADE POINT AVERAGE.
THE LEVELS OF DISTINCTION ARE INDICATED BY STARS ON THE GOWN
AND IN THE COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM AS FOLLOWS: THREE STARS DESIGNATES
HIGHEST DISTINCTION, OR THE TOP 2%. TWO STARS DESIGNATES HIGH DISTINCTION, OR THE NEXT 3%. DISTINCTION, OR THE NEXT 5%. SEATED.
[ APPLAUSE ]>>NEXT WE WILL RECOGNIZE
GRADUATES WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATES IN
SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM, TECHNOLOGICAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP,
OR WIND ENERGY. WILL THESE STUDENTS PLEASE RISE. SERIES OF
COURSES TO PROVIDE — [ APPLAUSE ]
>>YES.
THESE STUDENTS COMPLETED A
SERIES OF COURSES THAT PROVIDE
THEM WITH DEPTH OF UNDERSTANDING
IN A SPECIALIZED AREA THAT COMPLEMENTS THE ENGINEERING
CURRICULUM AND PREPARES THEM FOR SUCCESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY.
NEXT I AM DELIGHTED TO INTRODUCE ALUMNA SHARON TINKER WHO WILL
DELIVER THE CHARGE TO THE GRADUATES AND WILL BE INDUCTED
INTO OUR DISTINGUISHED ENGINEERING ALUMNI ACADEMY.
SHARON TINKER RECEIVED HER BSE IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING IN 1980
HERE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.
SHARON IS AN ACCOMPLISHED
CHEMICAL ENGINEER AND A DEDICATED SUPPORTER OF ACADEMIC
EXCELLENCE, FACULTY RECOGNITION,
AND LIFELONG LEARNING. SHARON
HAS IMPROVED WORKPLACE SAFETY AT CHEMICAL PLANTS AND REFINERIES
AROUND THE WORLD IN HER POSITION AS A PROCESS SAFETY ENGINEER AT EXXON AND EXXONMOBIL FOR NEARLY
35 YEARS. HER CONTRIBUTIONS HAVE BEEN
RECOGNIZED WITH NUMEROUS AWARDS. SHARON HAS INSPIRED AND
SUPPORTED OUR CHEMICAL ENGINEERING PROCESS SAFETY
LABORATORY IN WHICH STUDENTS
DEVELOP CRITICAL SKILLS. THANKS
TO HER VISION AND SUPPORT, IOWA
IS POSITIONED AS A LEADER IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING PROCESS SAFETY.
THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT AREA, INDEED.
SHE ALSO ESTABLISHED THE SHARON
K. TINKER PROCESS SAFETY PROFESSOR OF CHEMICAL AND
BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING, A POSITION HELD BY C. ALLAN GUYMON. SHARON ALSO GIVES BACK TO HER ALMA MATER AND HER COMMUNITY IN
NUMEROUS WAYS. SHE SERVES ON THE
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING ADVISORY BOARD, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
FOR THE FRIENDS OF NEAL SMITH NATIONAL
WILDLIFE REFUGE AND IS A
VOLUNTEER WITH THE IOWA STATE HISTORICAL
MUSEUM AS WELL AS THE UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL IOWA’S
VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
SHE HAS ALSO SERVED AS PART OF
THE TORRANCE EDUCATION FOUNDATION AND THE UNITED WAY OF
THE GREATER BAYTOWN AREA.
SHARON, PLEASE COME TO THE
PODIUM AND DELIVER YOUR ADDRESS. [ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU FOR THIS HONOR. AND THE WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO
ADDRESS THE COLLEGE OF
ENGINEERING COMMENCEMENT. GRADUATES, FAMILY, FRIENDS, FACULTY, STAFF AND OTHER
INTERESTED PERSONS, IT’S WONDER FUL TO
BE HERE TO CELEBRATE OUR GRADUATES.
THIS IS A MILESTONE IN THEIR LIVES AND THE CULMINATION OF AN INVESTMENT BY THEM AND MANY OF
YOU. MY MESSAGE TODAY IS DO GOOD.
MANY OF YOU GRADUATES HAVE BEEN DOING GOOD WHILE
WORKING ON YOUR DEGREES. YOU HAVE TAKEN THE SOMETHING
MORE TO BE DOING GOOD. IT MAY BE LITERALLY BUILDING
BRIDGES IN BOLIVIA OR ECUADOR WITH CONTINENTAL CROSSINGS,
INSTALLING SOLAR POWER WATER
PUMPS FOR A SUSTAINABLE WORLD,
DESIGNING A SCHOOL BUS STOP FOR IOWA. TUTORING WITH THE MULTI-ETHNIC
AND SCIENCE ASSOCIATION, COOKING A MEAL FOR FAMILIES AT THE
RONALD McDONALD HOUSE.
MAKING BLANKETS FOR IOWA CITY
SHELTER HOUSE WITH THE SOCIETY
OF WOMEN ENGINEERS, BUILDING A
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOUSE, WORKING AS A CHALLENGER TO
INTRODUCE BETTER MEDICINES, PROVIDE ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER OR
MAKE SOLAR ENERGY ECONOMICAL.
CONDUCTING RESEARCH ON
CONTAMINATION OF HOMES, DEVELOP SENIOR ENGINEERING DESIGN
PRODUCTS TO HELP A YOUNG BY RIDE HIS BICYCLE.
I’M TRULY AMAZED AT THE GOOD YOU HAVE DONE WHILE WORKING ON YOUR
DEGREES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.
THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING HAS
CERTAINLY BECOME MUCH MORE
ENGAGED IN THE COMMUNITY IN THE
40 YEARS SINCE I RECEIVED MY DEGREE. DO GOOD, INCLUDES THE WHAT OF HELPING YOUR COMMUNITY AND
WORLD. DO GOOD ALSO INCLUDES THE HOW.
ONCE AGAIN, THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA’S COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
HAS PROVIDED A STARTING POINT IN
HOW TO DO GOOD.
THE VISION OF THE COLLEGE OF
ENGINEERING, INCLUDES OUR GRADUATE ARE ETHICAL,
GLOBALLY-AWARE CITIZENS WHOSE
WORK WHILE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA AND THROUGHOUT THEIR
CAREERS MAKE THE WORLD SAFER,
AND OUR USE OF RESOURCES MORE EFFICIENT.
AN ETHICAL CITIZEN AVOIDS HARM TO PEOPLE IN THE ENVIRONMENT.
HARM CAN BE PHYSICAL DAMAGE BUT
CAN ALSO BE EMOTIONAL OR
PHYSICAL DAMAGE. CONSIDER THE UNINTENDED
CONSEQUENCES OF THE WHAT AND THE HOW OF YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS. SOMETIMES YOU MAY HAVE TO MAKE
THE TOUGH CHOICE, WHETHER
ORGANIZATIONS HAVE THE SAME ETHICAL STANDARDS THAT YOU HAVE.
MANY OF THE SKILLS YOU HAVE DEVELOPED IN YOUR CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE OF THE
CLASSROOM WILL SUPPORT YOUR DOING GOOD IN YOUR CAREER AND IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILLS
IS TEAMWORK AND BEING AN
EFFECTIVE TEAM MEMBER, THINK OF THE WHOLE TEAM.
AS A NEW ENGINEER, I ACCEPTED A
JOB A JOB WITH EXXON CHEMICAL IN
HOUSTON, TEXAS WORKING IN A SMALL BATCH MANUFACTURING PLANT.
I WAS AWED BY THE CHEMICAL PLANT
AND A LITTLE SCARED OF THE MACHINERY AND CHEMICALS. I
REALIZED I NEEDED TO LEARN SOME
THINGS THAT WERE NOT TAUGHT IN MY CLASSES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA.
SO, I APPROACHED EVERYTHING IN A
CAUTIOUS MANNER AND ASKED A LOT
OF QUESTIONS. SOME SAFETY NEAR
MISSES AND PROJECT COST OVERRUNS TAUGHT ME THAT I HAD NOT
ASKED ENOUGH QUESTIONS. NOT EVERYONE TOOK THE SAME APPROACH. SOME NEW GRADUATES
COME TO WORK FULL OF CONFIDENCE AND BRAVADO.
AFTER ALL, THEY HAVE JUST BEEN ON THE TOP OF THE PECKING ORDER
AS SENIORS AND RECEIVED RECOGNITION AND CONGRATULATIONS
ON THEIR COLLEGE DEGREE AND ARE STARTING A GOOD JOB. SOME OF THE EXPERIENCED
OPERATORS AND FIRST-LINE SUPERVISORS DON’T APPRECIATE
THIS COCKY ATTITUDE. AFTER I
TRANSFERRED TO THE REFINERY-CHEMICAL PLANT COMPLEX
IN BAYTOWN WE HAD A NEW ENGINEER THAT I WILL CALL JEFF. [LAUGHTER]
>>JEFF WAS ASSIGNED TO A UNIT AND HIS SUPERVISOR TOLD HIM TO
TROUBLESHOOT AN OPERATING PROBLEM ON THE UNIT. JEFF
DECIDED HE COULD JUST GO LOOK AT THE EQUIPMENT, IDENTIFY THE
PROBLEM, AND FIX IT. HE ASKED THE OPERATOR WHERE THIS
DISTILLATION TOWER WAS WITHOUT ANY OTHER DISCUSSION. THE OPERATOR DID NOT APPRECIATE
BEING TREATED AS A TOUR GUIDE AND GAVE HIM DIRECTIONS TO GO
DOWN THE BLOCK AND ACROSS THE STREET. AT THE LARGE TOWER GO UP THE
STAIRS TO THE SECOND LEVEL. SO JEFF FOLLOWED THE DIRECTIONS,
AND WHILE HE WAS ON THE PLATFORM ON THE SECOND LEVEL AN OPERATOR
FROM THE REFINERY STARTED YELLING AT HIM. WHAT ARE YOU
DOING ON MY UNIT? AND CHASED HIM OFF THE UNIT. IT TURNS OUT THE OPERATOR HAD GIVEN JEFF SOME
WRONG DIRECTIONS ON PURPOSE AND
SENT HIM ACROSS THE STREET INTO THE REFINERY. JEFF HAD BEEN SET
UP FOR EMBARRASSMENT. EVERYONE
BUT JEFF THOUGHT IT WAS AMUSING. IT TURNS OUT THAT OPERATORS WANT
RESPECT FOR THE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE THAT THEY HAVE EARNED. THE TYPE OF INITIATION THAT NEW
ENGINEERS RECEIVE IS DETERMINED BY THEIR ATTITUDE AND HOW THEY
DEAL WITH OTHERS. AN ENGINEER’S SUCCESS IS DEPENDENT ON THEIR
RELATIONSHIPS AND TRUST WITH THE OPERATORS AND
FIRST LINE SUPERVISORS THAT OPERATE THE UNITS EVERY DAY.
MOST OF YOU WILL NOT WORK IN REFINERIES OR PETROCHEMICAL
PLANTS, BUT ALL OF YOU WILL JOIN ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE A
VARIETY OF ROLES AND EXPERIENCE LEVELS THAT MUST WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM FOR SUCCESS. MOST OF
YOU ALREADY KNOW THIS FROM YOUR
CO-OPS AND INTERNSHIPS OR
WORKING IN OTHER TEAMS. ANOTHER
CRITICAL SKILL IS CONTINUOUS LEARNING.
THAT LEARNING CAN BE ATTENDING FORMAL TRAINING CLASSES, READING
BOOKS OR JOURNALS, LISTENING TO
THE STORIES OF GRIZZLED VETERANS AT LUNCH OR HAPPY HOUR. SOME OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE LEARNING IS
THE ON-THE-JOB TRAINING PROVIDED BY
AFTER-ACTION REVIEWS AND INCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS.
AFTER-ACTION REVIEWS WERE
DEVELOPED BY THE U.S. ARMY AS A STRUCTURED DEBRIEF OF A PROJECT
OR EVENT. THE PARTICIPANTS
REVIEW WHAT HAPPENED, WHY IT HAPPENED, AND HOW IT COULD BE
DONE BETTER. IT TAKES A DISCIPLINED ORGANIZATION TO TAKE THE TIME TO
DO AN AFTER-ACTION REVIEW
BECAUSE IT IS EASY TO JUMP INTO
THE NEXT TASK OR PROJECT. I FINISHED MY CAREER AS A PROCESS
SAFETY ENGINEER FOCUSING ON INCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS. I LIKED
SOLVING THE PUZZLE OF WHY AN INCIDENT HAPPENED AND ANALYZING
INCIDENTS FOR COMMON CAUSES. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT REASON FOR
UNDERSTANDING WHY THE INCIDENT HAPPENED WAS LEARNING HOW TO
PREVENT FUTURE INCIDENTS. THAT LEARNING WAS NOT LIMITED TO
INCIDENTS IN OUR COMPANY OR IN THE REFINING
AND PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY. THERE IS LEARNING FROM BIG AND
SMALL INCIDENTS EVERYWHERE. I MADE SEVERAL TRIPS TO REFINERIES
TO PROVIDE INCIDENT INVESTIGATION TRAINING AND
CONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS. I MADE
ONE TRIP TO THE STRATHCONA
REFINERY IN EDMONTON, ALBERTA,
CANADA IN DECEMBER. EDMONTON IS ALMOST TO THE NORTHPOLE AND IT WAS COLD. THE TEMPERATURE WAS MEASURED IN DEGREES CELSIUS IN CANADA. WE WOULD CONVERT IT TO
DEGREES FAHRENHEIT. THAT WASN’T A PROBLEM ON THE WAY TO THE AIRPORT ON THE LAST
MORNING WHEN THE BANK SIGN SHOWED -40 CELSIUS, WHICH IS
ALSO -40 FAHRE NHEIT. I DON’T THINK I HAD BEEN THAT COLD SINCE
MY FRESHMAN YEAR WALKING FROM HILLCREST DORM TO THE
CHEMISTRY-BOTANY BUILDING FOR MY 8:30 CHEMISTRY CLASS. [LAUGHTER]
>>THE PLANE TO TEXAS WAS DELAYED BY SEVERAL HOURS BECAUSE
THE WATER LINES ON THE PLANE HAD
FROZEN AND HAD TO BE THAWED OUT BEFORE THE PLANE COULD FLY. THAT
REALLY NEEDED AN INVESTIGATION.
GRADUATES, I KNOW THAT GOING FORWARD EACH OF YOU WILL EXCEL
IN YOUR CH OSEN CAREER PATH. EACH
OF YOU WILL ALSO MAKE POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE BROADER WORLD.
IT WILL BE IN A FORM AND TIME THAT FITS YOUR NEEDS AND GOALS.
IT COULD BE CONTRIBUTING TO THE UNITED WAY DURING YOUR COMPANY’S
ANNUAL CAMPAIGN, COACHING A
LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM,
GIVING BLOOD DURING BLOOD DRIVES,
BEING A BELL RINGER FOR THE SALVATION ARMY, SERVING ON A
SCHOOL BOARD OR CITY COUNCIL OR IN ANOTHER POLITICAL OFFICE OR
JOINING THE BOARD OF A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT IS
CONSISTENT WITH YOUR VAL UES YOUR
CONTRIBUTIONS OF GOOD WILL BE WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU.
DO SO IN AN ETHICAL MANNER THAT AVOIDS HARM TO PEOPLE AND OUR
WORLD. BE A TEAM MEMBER THAT VALUES
EVERYONE’S CONTRIBUTIONS AND KEEP LEARNING GRADUATES,CONTINUE
TO MAKE US PROUD. GO FORTH AND DO GOOD!
[ APPLAUSE ]>>VERY WISE WORDS, INDEED. SHARON, THIS IS WHEN WE’LL
INDUCT YOU. IT’S MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE
YOUR AMAZING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FIELD AND THE MANY WAYS YOU’VE GIVEN BACK TO THE
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA AND TO A
BROADER COMMUNITY. [ APPLAUSE ]>>MONTSERRAT FUENTES, EXECUTIVE
VICE PRESIDENT AND PROVOST, WILL
NOW CONFER THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING DEGREES
ON OUR GRADUATING STUDENTS. WILL
THE CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREE, BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
ENGINEERING, PLEASE RISE. PROVOST FUENTES, THESE
CANDIDATES, HAVING COMPLETED ALL THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
ENGINEERING, ARE RECOMMENDED TO YOU BY THE FACULTY OF THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FOR THE CONFERRING OF THIS DEGREE.
>>BY THE AUTHORITY VESTED ME BY
THE BOARD OF EJETS AND THE STATE
OF IOWA, I CONFER YOU AS
QUALIFIED AND DESIGNATED. CONGRATULATIONS.
[ APPLAUSE ]>>GRADUATES, YOU MAY
BE SEATED. WE NOW WISH TO INDIVIDUALLY RECOGNIZE
THE RECIPIENTS OF ENGINEERING BACCALAUREATE DEGREES.
PROVOST FUENTES WILL JOIN ME IN OFFERING OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO
EACH GRADUATE. FEEL FREE TO
APPLAUD, IF YOU WISH, HOWEVER THE SPIRIT IS MOVED, AS EACH
GRADUATE IS RECOGNIZED. JANE DORMAN WILL INTRODUCE EACH
DEGREE CANDIDATE INDIVIDUALLY. JANE IS THE COLLEGE OF
ENGINEERING’S DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS AND
FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE. SHE MET MOST OF THE STUDENTS
WHEN THEY JOINED THE COLLEGE, AND HAS MENTORED MANY OF THEM
THROUGH THE YEARS; THEREFORE, IT
IS PARTICULARLY FITTING THAT SHE WILL INTRODUCE THEM AS THEY
RECEIVE THEIR DEGR EES HERE AT COMMENCEMENT.
>>WILL THE NEW BAY YOENGINEERING STUDENTS PLEASE
RISE AND ASSEMBLE ON THIS SIDE
OF THE PLATFORM. PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT
EXECUTIVE OFFICER, JOE REINHARDT, WILL REPRESENT THE ROY J. CARVER DEPARTMENT OF
BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING.>>WE WILL NOW RECOGNIZE THE NEW
GRADUATES IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT
EXECUTIVE OFFICER ALLAN GUYMON WILL REPRESENT THE CHEMICAL &
BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT.>>WE WILL NOW RECOGNIZE THE NEW
GRADUATES IN CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ENVIRONMENTAL
ENGINEERING. PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT
EXECUTIVE OFFICERALLEN BRADLEY WILL REPRESENT THE CIVIL &
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT. WE WILL BEGIN WITH THE CIVIL
ENGINEERING GRADUATES.>>AND NOW THE NEW ENVIRONMENTAL
ENGINEERING GRADUATES.>>WE WILL NOW RECOGNIZE THE NEW
GRADUATES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERING AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING.
PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT EXECUTIVE OFFICER,
ER-WEI BAI, WILL REPRESENT THE ELECTRICAL &
COMPUTER ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT. WE WILL BEGIN WITH THE COMPUTER
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING GRADUATES.>>AND NOW THE NEW ELECTRICAL
ENGINEERING GRADUATES.>>WE WILL NOW RECOGNIZE THE NEW
GRADUATES IN INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING. PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT
EXECUTIVE OFFICER, GEB THOMAS, WILL REPRESENT THE INDUSTRIAL &
SYSTEMS ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT.>>AND NOW WE WILL RECOGNIZE THE
NEW GRADUATES IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.
PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT
EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CHING-LONG LIN, WILL REPRESENT THE
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT.>>PLEASE JOIN ME IN
CONGRATULATING EVERYONE FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>IT SEEMS LIKE JUST A MINUTE
OR TWO AGO THAT I MET ALL OF YOU
WHEN YOU BEGAN THIS ADVENTURE WE
CALL [email protected] I KNOW I
SPEAK FOR OTHERS IN THE COLLEGE WHEN I SAY THAT WE HAVE
IMMENSELY ENJOYED THE
OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND THESE YEARS
WITH YOU AND WE WISH YOU ALL THE BEST. YOU’LL ALWAYS BE PART OF OUR
ENGINEERING FAMILY. PLEASE KEEP
IN TOUCH>>NOW GRADUATES, I HAVE ONE
LAST ASSIGNMENT FOR YOU. IF YOU COULD PLEASE TURN YOUR TASSELS
TO THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR CAPS. YOU ARE NOW OFFICIALLY ALUMNI OF
THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>FINALLY, I WANT TO SAY THAT
AS ENGINEERS YOU ARE EQUIPPED TO
MAKE ESSENTIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO
THIS NATION AND THE WORLD. YOU
HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO BRING YOUR TALENTS, UNDERSTANDING, AND
EXPERTISE TO BEAR ON THE PROBLEMS FACING THE WORLD. I KNOW YOU WILL BE GUIDED BY THE
HIGHEST OF ETHICAL STANDARDS, WITH GREAT RESPECT FOR OUR
ENVIRONMENT, AND A GENUINE COMMITMENT TO HUMAN VALUES. WE
WISH YOU THE GREATEST OF SUCCESS
IN YOUR CAREER AND YOUR FUTURE. THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING US
HERE TODAY AND PLEASE REMAIN
SEATED UNTIL ALL GRADUATES HAVE FINISHED EXITING THE AUDITORIUM.

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