College of Engineering • Iowa State University

Therkildsen Industrial Engineering Building

A New Home for the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Thanks to a $42 million gift commitment from C.G. “Turk” and Joyce A. McEwen Therkildsen, the department will have a new facility that will serve as its home and provide technically enhanced research laboratory and learning spaces where industrial engineering students can gain the knowledge to design tomorrow’s innovative, nimble and intelligent processes needed now more than ever across all industrial sectors. [READ MORE]

“We feel strongly about investing in the future of industrial engineering at Iowa State. Joyce and I continue to be impressed with the quality of an Iowa State industrial engineering education, and the visionary leadership demonstrated by the department and university. Providing a state-of-the-art facility is one of the best ways to ensure the department is able to evolve and expand as the professional field advances.”
~C.G. “Turk” Therkildsen

About the Therkildsens

Charles George “Turk” Therkildsen, an industrial engineering alumnus, and Joyce Arlene McEwen Therkildsen, a graduate with a double-major in zoology and physical education, met as students at Iowa State College (as it was then called) in 1956. The couple are part of the Class of 1959 and were both active in Greek life as collegians. Today, Turk serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board for Industrial Hard Chrome while Joyce works as a Corporate Secretary. Both Therkildsens have fond memories from their time at Iowa State and have continued to support the university in various significant ways over the years. [READ MORE]



A graphic that includes senior photos from ISU alums Turk and Joyce Therkildsen


Turk and Joyce Therkildsen