Harpole-Pentair Developing Faculty Award

Murray J. (BSEE ’43) and Ruth M. Harpole created the Harpole-Pentair Developing Faculty Award in 1986 to provide supplemental support and enrichment opportunities for young assistant professors.

The Harpoles also have supported the Engineering Teaching and Research Complex, student scholarships, and faculty development opportunities at Iowa State. Murray served as chairman and CEO of Pentair, a global, diversified manufacturing company that he co-founded. He was inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame and received the College of Engineering’s Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering in 1985. In 1987, he received the Anson Marston Medal. He also served on the ECpE department’s External Advisory Board. Murray and Ruth received the ISU Foundation’s 2005 Order of the Knoll Campanile Award for service and generosity that advanced the excellence of Iowa State. He passed away in May 2011.