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Kelly Ortberg to receive University of Iowa 2018 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Kelly Ortberg ('82 BSME) has served as chairman, president, and CEO of Rockwell Collins since 2013, accelerating the global aviation company's growth and transforming the industry through new information management services. In addition to leading the Fortune 500 company, Ortberg gives his time...

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