The Arend J. and Verna V. Sandbulte Professorship in Engineering was created in 2010 by a gift from Arend “Sandy” Sandbulte (BSEE ’59) and his wife, Verna Sandbulte, to support an elite faculty member in electric energy.
Sandy spent 31 years at Minnesota Power, a major utility company in the Midwest. He rose through the leadership ranks at Minnesota Power and served as President and CEO from 1989 until his retirement in 1996. He was well-known throughout the electric power industry as an innovative leader who cared deeply for his employees, famous for the fact that he knew and remembered the name of every one of them. The Sandbultes, who reside in Duluth, Minn., have maintained strong contacts with Iowa State University and have provided strong and continued support for the university and the department.
- Ian Dobson (2011-present)