Dean Harriet Nembhard poses for a photo

Greetings from the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa!

We are delighted to bring you this year’s issue of Iowa Engineer. Among the themes in this magazine, you will find that excellence, resilience, and community stand out.

Our faculty members have been recognized with some of the highest university and professional honors, such as being named a University Distinguished Professor, delivering the annual UI Presidential Lecture, and receiving the highly prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.

The academic experience in our College of Engineering means not only that our students receive an outstanding education but that they also see the connections between engineering and our broader society, the need to spark excitement for students interested in STEM fields, and how leadership roles in the college and across campus will position them for success beyond Iowa.

Throughout the year, the college has faced new, unexpected challenges such as when a tornado touched down in Coralville, destroying one of our research facilities. We were grateful that there were no injuries to our faculty, staff, or students. Just as we did during the pandemic, we made the necessary pivots and adjustments that allowed our work to continue and move forward.

As many of you know, my time as dean of the College of Engineering ended July 1, 2023, when I took on the role of president of Harvey Mudd College. The University of Iowa and its College of Engineering will always be a special place for me, and I will continue to follow its many successes.

The distinctive work of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni is nothing short of transformative.

I continue to be inspired by the ways this college is improving human health, stewarding environmental resources, and developing emerging technologies, which will impact every aspect of our lives. I have enjoyed interacting with our ambitious and entrepreneurial students, who I am confident will go on to change the world. I have met many alumni whose careers beyond this campus have made the world safer, more accessible, and more sustainable.

I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of this campus community and provide leadership for this wonderful college.

Harriet Signature

Harriet B. Nembhard
Dean, College of Engineering
Roy J. Carver Professor of Engineering


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