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|Francis B. Francois, BSGenE56, is the 2003 recipient of the Marston Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the College of Engineering.
A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Francois spent much of his professional life developing and implementing public policy. He began his career specializing in patent and trademark law. In 1980 he was named executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, a position he held for 19 years. He served in elected office for 18 years in Prince Georges County, Maryland, and maintained a private practice in intellectual property protection for nearly two decades. Now retired, Francois lives in Bowie, Maryland.
In addition to his engineering degree, Francois earned a law degree at George Washington University in 1960. He was honored as a Marston Medalist at homecoming, along with the most recent recipients of the Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering: Hamid Elahi, Donald F. Greenwood, Peter C. Hemken, and Leonard C. Rodman.
Hamid Elahi, BSEE77/MSEE79/PhDEE1983, of Sarasota Springs, New York, is general manager of GEs Power Systems Energy Consulting group. Elahi is a vocal proponent of industry support for university research. He has taken a leadership role in an NSF-sponsored Industry-University Cooperative Research Center, which has enhanced the work of the colleges electric power and energy research group.
Donald F. Greenwood, BSCE76, is a former Iowan now living in Olathe, Kansas. He is president of the Construction Group at Burns & McDonnell. His division has become the 21st-largest design-builder in the nation and has been the companys most profitable division in five of the last eight years. It employs nearly 150 professional personnel and generated revenues of $310 million in 2002. Greenwood has received numerous professional honors and awards.
Peter C. Hemken, BSChE77, of Hockessin, Delaware, joined DuPont in 1977 after graduating with distinction from Iowa State. He is currently chief executive officer of DuPont-Sabanci International, one of DuPonts larger joint venture companies with a global presence on four continents. A lifetime member of the ISU Alumni Association and Order of the Knoll, Hemken is also active in community work and his church.
Leonard C. Rodman, BSCE71, is chairman and CEO of Black & Veatch Holding Company, one of the nations largest and most diversified engineering and construction companies. Under his direction, the company has had strong financial performance, superior client satisfaction, and a greater presence in the global marketplace. Rodman is active in a number of professional organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers.