Maxwell C. Stanley

Maxwell C. Stanley

1904 - 1984
  • C. Maxwell Stanley earned a BSE from The University of Iowa in 1926 and a MS degree in hydraulic engineering in 1932.
  • In 1932, Stanley co-owned the two-man consulting firm Young & Stanley, Inc in Muscatine, IA. By 1939, the firm had grown to 70 members and changed its name to Stanley Engineering Company when Stanley acquired Young’s interest in the firm. Stanley went on to develop the firm into a 700-member international multidisciplinary consulting organization serving governmental, industrial, and electrical utility clients in the US and more than 30 foreign countries.
  • Stanley co-founded HNI Corporation (formerly HON INDUSTRIES, Inc.), an office equipment manufacturer.
  • Stanley was the first chairman of the UI Foundation’s President’s club and was a member of the Foundation Board for nine years, including four as chairman.

Building Information

Street Address
320 South Riverside Drive
Year built

The first hydraulic lab at the University of Iowa was built in 1920 on the banks of the Iowa River. The original lab expanded and grew to become today’s C. Maxwell Stanley Hydraulics Lab.  Thanks to efforts by Gregs G. Thomopulos to secure family donors to renovate and expand the Hydraulics Lab, the lab was renamed to honor C. Maxwell Stanley.

The Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory is an intellectual and administrative hub for hydraulic engineering. The Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory houses:

  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Environmental Hydraulics
  • Hydrometeorology
  • The Iowa Flood Center
  • IIHR Archives
  • Research Computing Services
  • Ship Towing Tank
  • Administrative offices
  • Seminar room
  • Conference room
  • Other support services