Honorary Degree, Interim Dean, & Rowan Obit

Eugene G. Sukup, IA A ’10, recently received an honorary degree, doctor of science, from Iowa State University (ISU). Together with his wife Mary, they established Sukup Manufacturing Co, in 1963. “Over the past 50 years, Mr. Sukup and his company have amassed more than 80 U.S. patents.” Click here to read more about Eugene Sukup.

In 2011, he received the ISU Honorary Alumni Award and was inducted into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame. In 2014, Mr. Sukup joined Tau Beta Pi as an eminent engineer he was named a 2015 Legend in Manufacturing by Elevate Advanced Manufacturing. His two sons both earned degrees from ISU, including Charles E. Sukup, P.E. (IA A ’76), the current president of Sukup Manufacturing with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering.


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has appointed Cem Karacal, Ph.D. (OK G ’89), as interim dean of the School of Engineering beginning January 1, 2016. Dr. Karacal is currently a professor and associate dean in the School of Engineering. He joined the SIUE in 1993 and has twice been nominated by his colleagues for the SIUE Teaching Excellence Award.

“Dr. Karacal exemplifies the teacher-scholar model that we value so much,” Denise Cobb, interim provost at SIUE, said. “He thoroughly understands how to be an effective teacher.” Read the press release for more biographical information on Dr. Karacal.


Earlier this month, Henry M. Rowan passed away at the age of 92. Rowan was an industrialist whose $100 million gift to Glassboro State College in New Jersey in 1992 was the biggest individual cash gift to any public college or university at the time. The gift “was meant to express gratitude to the state where he grew up and where he and his wife created a global conglomerate, Inductotherm Group, from a revolutionary furnace he invented, to melt metal, in the basement of his home in 1953.”

The gift to the school, which was renamed in his honor – Rowan University, financed an engineering school professorships, and scholarships. Read the full obituary from The New York Times.


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