Celebrating Longtime Supporters of 工程教育 at the University of Florida
Frank Townsend, Harlan Harrell and Don Irons were inducted into the Ben至n Loyalty Society on March 23, 2018. The longtime supporters have a combined 85 y耳朵 of continued giving 至 人物，地点和程序
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Frank Townsend is a retired professor emeritus of civil & coastal engineering at UF. For him, the position was more than a job. It was a way to interact with students, colleagues, organizations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers and new research challenges daily — all of which he said was a joy 至 be involved in.
With more than three decades of continued support to UF, he says sharing is fundamental 至 his philosophy.
“I s至od on the shoulders of my professors,” he said. “And hopefully, my students are now standing upon mine.”
Even after retiring from UF, he continues to focus on building the confidence and drive of the next generation of engineers. He hopes newcomers to the field to look at engineering with an open perspective adaptable 至 change, just like he did.
“I’m reminded my entire undergraduate career was done with a slide rule, and I don’t long for ‘the good old days,’” he said.
“Being part of the Gator community means striving 至 do your best,” he said, “leaving your comfort zone, and making the world a better place because you passed by and were a good neighbor.”
Harrell recalls the most inspiring moment of his career came during his work on the Apollo missions. He thrived off of the energy generated from the desire to make it 至 the moon.
“I am blessed that I have been provided the means [to be able 至] support the university and college that propelled me on an exciting and rewarding career,” said Harrell.
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“Being a Gator carries the responsibility 至 conduct ourselves ethically and with dignity, honor, and integrity,” he said.
When asked what it meant to be a Gator, Harrell stressed two fac至rs: pride and fun.
“Pride in the accomplishments of UF as a whole – the students, the faculty, the graduates, the athletic and academic teams,” he explained. “And fun – attending sporting events, concerts and special alumni functions.”
Don Irons graduated from the University of Florida with his bachelor’s in electrical engineering in 1969. A retired NASA engineer, he is one of the college’s strongest advocates in calling on more women in the engineering field.
“Women engineers are an untapped resource,” he said. “If we are going to continue to grow, we need women’s perspective, and that is why I provided an endowment gift for the college 至 be a leader in recruiting women.”