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Contact: Jill Hummels, School of Engineering, (785) 864-2934.

KU honors two for visionary engineering careers

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas School of Engineering is honoring two alumni today for professional achievement in their careers and community service.

Theodore J. Cambern Jr. of Overland Park and Duane E. Dunwoodie of Los Altos, Calif., will be presented with the Distinguished Engineering Service Award at the Adams Alumni Center. Cambern and Dunwoodie will each receive a bronze sculpture designed by Jon Havener, a faculty member in the KU School of Fine Arts. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams Alumni Center, 1266 Oread Ave.

The award was created by the School of Engineering Advisory Board in 1980 to honor engineering alumni, or engineers who have maintained a close association with the school, for outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and to society.

"The School of Engineering is blessed with a number of outstanding alumni and this year we have the pleasure of recognizing two of these individuals," said Carl E. Locke, dean of engineering. "They received degrees in different engineering disciplines but have a lot in common. They both were instrumental in starting new organizations, which they then led to be successful ventures. This talent was not taught in any of the engineering courses, but we like to believe the thinking and problem-solving skills they obtained from the engineering curricula contributed to their success. I consider both Ted and Duane as personal friends, and it gives me great pleasure to participate in this recognition of their outstanding careers."

THEODORE J. CAMBERN JR. is vice president and principal of TranSystems Corp. The firm is a major international transportation company that employs about 800 people in more than 25 offices throughout the country.

Cambern was pivotal in the 1995 creation of TranSystems Corp., which is now responsible for the engineering of several billion dollars worth of construction every year. The company, through Cambern's direction, provides expert service in anything that deals with the movement of people, products or information from one location to another. TranSystems was ranked 109th in the 2000 Engineering News Record ranking of top design firms and in May was ranked 84th in the 2001 ranking.

Cambern earned his bachelor's in civil engineering in 1958, his master's in 1965, and his doctorate in engineering in 1974, all from KU.

Cambern's ties to KU have strengthened since earning his doctorate. From 1976 to 1980, Cambern was a visiting lecturer, and from 1989 to 1995, he was an adjunct professor teaching steel and bridge design courses. Cambern has served on the School of Engineering Advisory Board since 1980 and was chairman from 1996 to 1998. Cambern is a life member of the University of Kansas Alumni Association.

Cambern is a member of numerous professional organizations and has held key leadership positions in many of them. He has held several offices on the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. He is a fellow and life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

From 1990 to 1991, he served as national director of the National Society of Professional Engineers, an organization to which he's belonged since 1965. In 1992, Cambern was honored with the Professional Engineer in Private Practice Merit Award. He also has served on advisory councils of state transportation agencies.

Closer to home, Cambern has been a member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce since 1984, serving as chairman of its Transportation Committee in 1991. He spent four years on the planning commission of Prairie Village. Cambern has also been involved in United Way, Boy Scouts and youth league baseball and basketball.

Cambern and his wife, Marcia, have three children and seven grandchildren.

DUANE DUNWOODIE is the retired president and CEO of Wiltron, an instrumentation firm that is now a part of Japan-based Anritsu. Dunwoodie graduated in 1952 from the KU School of Engineering with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

While serving as a Navy lieutenant during the Korean War, Dunwoodie distinguished himself by designing and building an interface converter unit that linked the output of the teletype machine to the decryption machine and greatly sped up communication of classified information.

He earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1958 and followed that with the Degree of Engineer in 1960, also from Stanford.

In 1960, Dunwoodie co-founded, with two others, the Wiltron Company, a California-based instrumentation firm that by 1990 grew to an $82 million-a-year enterprise with more than 700 employees.

In 1990, Wiltron was sold to the Japan-based Anritsu. Dunwoodie was made president and CEO of Wiltron to provide continuity of management for three years. For an additional year he functioned as an adviser and provided training on management techniques, retiring in 1994.

Dunwoodie and his wife, Marlene, established an endowment for the microwave laboratory at KU in 1992; the laboratory has been renamed in his honor. In 1994, Dunwoodie became a member of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Advisory Board, on which he served until 2000.

Dunwoodie's generosity and leadership extends beyond his work or his relationship with the School of Engineering. He was a member of a committee that raised $300,000 for the Los Altos (Calif.) Library. He has also arranged programs with Gavilan College in Morgan Hill, Calif., to train technicians. Dunwoodie has worked with the Morgan Hill (Calif.) High School to stimulate student interest in engineering as a profession. He has advised the Stanford University school of engineering on industrial requirements.

Dunwoodie also worked with the U.S. State Department in the 1980s to break down telecommunications import barriers in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. He is a member of the American Electronics Association and an IEEE life member.

The Dunwoodies have four children and several grandchildren

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