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It was just around the time Ingenuity was released last year that we learned the astounding news about the Russes’ remarkable 2008 estate gift of $95 million having grown — by $29 million. The gift had included shares of YSI, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of sensors, instruments, software, and data collection platforms for environmental water monitoring, which was acquired by the high-tech engineering and manufacturing company ITT.
The gift now stands at a remarkable $124 million.
And so a year has passed, yet the news was so great that it feels like we learned it yesterday. It was a gift so profound that
it remains top of mind each day in all that we do, and will for a very long time.
YSI was founded as Yellow Springs Instrument Company at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Most interesting, but perhaps not surprising at all, is that this was just a few years before and next door to where Fritz and Dolores founded their company, Systems Research Laboratories (SRL).
It is both inspiring and endearing to consider how early Fritz knew of and invested in the company — surely knowing that one day his investment would reap untold benefits.
A related update is our completion of the Russ Innovation Gateway — a mini-conference center in a building that was once Fritz’s personal office and workshop, on the grounds of the current Russ Research Center. This technology park near Dayton, Ohio, was SRL’s home.
FROM THE DEAN’S DESK
Dean Dennis Irwin
Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin welcomes a graduating student to the Order of the Engineer in June.
Today, the fully outfitted Russ Innovation Gateway features a classroom, two conference rooms, a kitchenette, and off ices for small engineering and technology start-ups. We hope to foster them and build connections with those firms as well as the tenants of the Russ Research Center.
Another example of Fritz’s vision was his uncanny understanding of what would be the demands of our modern day society and infrastructure. Having known him, I’d bet he had some idea as to how YSI’s capabilities and endeavors would one day meet those demands: One of the most significant economic developments in Ohio involves the shale oil and gas researchers in eastern Ohio. And interestingly, YSI plans to be heavily involved in groundwater monitoring for hydraulic fracturing.
I’ve received many inquiries and communications regarding the Russ College’s role in the shale oil and gas arena. In June, I convened a retreat — department chairs, center directors, board members — and developed a position statement.
Our role will be one of research, support, technology development, and educational offerings. One of those educational offerings will be an undergraduate program in the new and growing area of energy engineering.
In other academic news, I’ve welcomed our largest freshman class ever. We’ve begun our first year of semesters, which is a big change for all of us. Meanwhile, the Russ College has been well prepared for students who are either continuing or beginning studies under semesters this fall, because our new associate dean for academics, Jeff Giesey, has been co-director of the University’s overall Q2S transition effort.
Another exciting endeavor underway: With the help of branding and marketing agency Ologie of Columbus, Ohio, we’ve been hard at work since last spring developing updated branding for the Russ College, including a suite of new creative materials. It powerfully conveys to the outside world the great energy and potential of all that is the Russ College.
If you receive our weekly e-newsletter as a student or faculty member, or if you’ve logged onto the Engineering Ambassador blog at www.ohio.edu/engineering/ambassadors/blog, you’re already seeing bits and pieces of our new direction. I invite you to keep tabs on us as we roll out new websites and other pieces to bring this bold new messaging to life.
In this new academic year as well, we look forward to the awarding of the seventh Russ Prize, in collaboration with the National Academy of Engineering, in February. This past February during Engineers’ Week, we welcomed the sixth recipient, bioengineering pioneer Dr. Leroy Hood of Seattle, to Ohio University. He addressed a standing-room-only crowd of hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members of all backgrounds, explaining his view of how healthcare will radically change in our lifetimes, once each of us possesses our own genome thanks to rapid advancement in technology. Like Fritz before him, he is a true visionary.
Russ Prize recipient Dr. Leroy Hood addresses a packed crowd in Baker University Center.
High-school participants at the Russ College-sponsored national Future Cities competition party in Washington, D.C., during National Engineers Week.
Russ College electrical engineering students won the Institute of Navigation’s (ION) annual autonomous snowplow competition the second year running. Senior Ryan Kollar and graduate students Samantha Craig, B.S.E.E. ’12, and Pengfei Duan Kuangmin Li, M.S. ’10, took home a $3,000 award, as well the Golden Pen award for best final report and the Golden Shovel award for best student final presentation. A team member will present their paper at ION’s Satellite Division Conference this fall.
The Ohio Society of Professional Engineers awarded John Linser, B.S.C.S. ’12, the $1,000 Systems Research Laboratories (SRL) scholarship. Linser interned at AK Steel in Mansfield, Ohio, and at Lockheed Martin facilities in Akron, Ohio; Lufkin, Texas; and Camden, Arkansas. SRL was founded by Fritz, B.S.E.E. ’42, HON ’75, and Dolores Russ.
OHIO’s Front Room Coffeehouse in Baker University Center was renovated according to a design created by industrial and systems engineering June 2012 graduates Moniquea Grier, Zach Phillipi, Dereck Smith, and Kyler Torrence. The group had studied the Front Room’s layout and service challenges as part of their two-part senior design course.
The Ohio University Flying Bobcats won first place in flying events and second in safety for the second year running at the Region III National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference held last October at Ohio University. Travis Fisher, B.S.A. ’12, and J.D. Quint, B.S.A. ’12, placed first and second, respectively, in power-off landings; Jordan Bidwell, B.S.A. ’12, and Chris Gatz, B.S.A. ’12, won second place in the message drop. The team also took second place in safety at the national competition in May.
Five industrial and systems engineering majors placed second of 29 teams nationwide in an ergonomics evaluation software competition in fall 2011 sponsored by Auburn Engineers, Inc., of Auburn, Alabama. The team used Auburn Engineers’ eTools software to diagnose potential musculoskeletal problems among marching band members.
Chemical and biomolecular engineering graduate student Linchong Mai, B.S.Ch.E. ’12, became the first undergraduate ever to win a prize in the student poster competition last October at the 220th Electrochemical Society Meeting in Boston. Mai’s poster, “Studies on the Bulk Reactions During Ammonia Oxidation,” took second place.
The Avionics Engineering Center presented the McCall Awards of Excellence to Adam Naab-Levy, B.S.E.E. ’12, and Kuangmin Li, M.S. ’10; the Richard H. McFarland Scholarship to Ryan Kollar; the AIAA DATC Graduate Scholarship to Paul Stocklin; the Dayton Section of the Institute of Navigation award to doctoral students Scott Nykl, M.S.C.S. ’09, and Chad Mourning B.S.C.S. ’06, M.S ’09; and the AIAA Cary R. Spitzer Memorial Award to doctoral candidate Phil Duan, M.S. ‘11.
Courtney Sterrick, a junior in chemical and biomolecular engineering, received the American Council of Engineering Companies’ 2012–13 Ohio University Student Scholarship. The $2,000 award is offered to a junior or senior Russ College student considering consulting engineering as a career choice.
Chemical engineering senior Luis Delgadillo, B.S.Ch.E. ’12, won first place in the tissue and protein engineering division in the undergraduate research poster competition at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) student regionals in April. Delgadillo was honored for
Linchong Mai at the 220th Electrochemical Society Meeting.
The Flying Bobcats at the regional NIFA SAFECON competition.
Team Diverse Edging
Team Flashcrop at Athens Startup Weekend.
his poster “The Dynamic Cellular Adhesivity of Breast Cancer Cells Conferred by CD44 Varies with Mesenchymal or Epithelial Phenotype.”
Russ College students finished in the top two teams in the first Athens Startup Weekend, organized by the Ohio University Innovation Center and the Athens County Economic Development Council. Team FlashCrop — master’s candidate Supradeep Kumar and Chad Stroud, B.S.M.E. ’12, both of mechanical engineering — placed first. Team Agribuddy included industrial and systems engineering master’s student Warnaka Gunawardena.
Mechanical engineering senior design teams continue to stand out in national competitions aimed at assisting the disabled. The Frapptastic Five won the National Institute for the Severely Handicapped’s National Scholar Award for Workplace Innovation & Design for a mechanism that helps individuals with severe disabilities — employees of SW Resources in Parkersburg, West Virginia — assemble a three-part valve used in McDonald’s frappe dispensers. The J.F. Lincoln Foundation honored Team Assistive Adventures with second place for its design of a modified, off-road wheelchair. Team Diverse Edging took third place in the Ability One Network Design Challenge, also for a project for SW Resources.
A team of six civil engineering students submitted one of the top three closest bids in the Ohio Contractor’s Association 2012 Estimating Competition. The team prepared a comprehensive bid package, including procedural methods and a construction schedule, for a hypothetical construction project.
Amy Goodnite, a senior in industrial and systems engineering, received the 2012–13 John L. Imhoff Scholarship from the Institute of Industrial Engineers. The national award is given annually to one student who has contributed significantly to the profession through understanding of international culture. Goodnite spent the summer of 2011 in Japan on a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship.
Civil engineering and computer science students presented their collaborative project, the “Virtual Boat for Environmental Education,”
at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Sustainability Competition for People, Prosperity and the Planet on the Mall in Washington, D.C., in April. The team displayed its work alongside projects from other government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and businesses.
Scott Eardley, B.S.Ch.E. ’12, received OHIO’s Dean of Students Citation for exceptional leadership contributions to the campus community. Eardley, a Robe Leadership Institute scholar, managed and presented workshops for the Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center for two years, often spoke to the chemical engineering sections of the Engineering Freshmen Learning Community, and participated in Engineers Without Borders.
Warnaka Gunawardena, an industrial and systems engineering master’s student, tied for first in DRS Technologies’ “See the World in Infrared 2012 Student Infrared Imaging Video Competition @ OHIO” for his project using infrared cameras with iPhones and other Apple products.
Sophomore and junior chemical engineering students placed third out of 12 teams in the AIChE regional car design competition during April at the University of Akron. OHIO’s “S-pee-d Racer” — fueled by the patented wastewater-to-hydrogen electrochemical system invented by their faculty advisor, Russ Professor Gerardine Botte — stopped just 18 inches from the 71-foot target distance.
Graduate student Barbi Wheelden spent the summer of 2012 in Seoul, Korea, completing a research fellowship at Seoul National University (SNU) sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) program. She was encouraged to apply by her doctoral advisor, Seoul native and Russ-Ohio Research Scholar in Coal Syngas Utilization Sunggyu “K.B.” Lee, director of the Sustainable Energy and Advanced Materials Lab.
I spent the summer of 2012 in Seoul, Korea, a city whose metropolitan area is the second largest in the world. I grew up in Sparta, Illinois — population: 4,300. Athens, Ohio, was the largest town in which I had ever lived — until now.
Yet, the world in which we live is small, and it’s getting smaller. During my time in Seoul, I connected with a high school friend who had been there for a year, working as an English teacher at a private institute and high school. Here we were, both in Korea, catching up over Indian food. Our academic paths were very different, but they brought us to the same place, halfway across the world.
As little as 60 years ago, the idea of an American university student casually travelling to Korea to perform a research project would
A Whole New WorldA summer in Korea shows it’s a small world — with broad horizons
By Barbi Wheelden
have been unheard of. Korea — now one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world — didn’t begin its economic and industrial growth until the 1960s, after the devastation of the Korean War. Today, many Korean products are sold in America, and the reverse is also true. There also is collaboration in the academic world, so that groundbreaking university research can be performed using the creative and technical resources that both countries have to offer.
My research is in bio-based, biodegradable polymer blends. I worked alongside an SNU graduate student whose research was in bio-based nanocomposites. Together, we studied the properties of natural rubber/polylactide/organoclay nanocomposites, materials that have the potential to be suitable for all-natural and largely biodegradable flexible packaging.
I also experienced Korea’s rich and detailed culture and history. I visited the burial mounds of ancient kings and the historical Bulguksa Temple. I spent the night in a Buddhist temple, where I practiced martial arts, dined, and chanted with the monks who live there. I visited the “Five Grand Palaces,” ancient wonders located in the heart of Seoul. I also was introduced to Korean research institutes and national labs, a nuclear power plant, and Hyundai’s shipbuilding industry. Each day was a new adventure and an opportunity for me to appreciate the technological and infrastructural marvels of this modern country, while being amazed and awed by its history.
There are many people in the world today — more than three times more, in fact, than 100 years ago. More people, same world. Living in such a populous city helped me to see what a challenge that can be. I saw even more clearly that there are a finite number of resources available to sustain human life, but that the creativity and ingenuity of humanity is infinite. As I work to develop more sustainable plastic products, I hope that my research can help contribute to lessening the burden of human existence on Earth.
Wheelden and SNU grad student Sang-hoon use a rheometer to measure the solid and liquid properties of her polylactide/natural rubber blends.
GIVING TO THE RUSS COLLEGE
What makes a student pick one college over another? All other factors being equal — course of study, quality of facilities, eminence of faculty — the answer is: $4,000.
Over the past several years, the Russ College has experimented with scholarship awards from $2,250 to $6,000. Between fall 2010 and 2011, the college estimates increased enrollment of the freshman class by 35 students in targeted areas. Notably, a scholarship of $4,000 made the most significant difference in the number of admitted students who chose to enroll.
The Russ College is targeting these scholarships to women and multicultural students to improve diversity, as well as students majoring in programs with excess capacity to increase efficiency. Using the $4,000 targeted strategy, enrollment continued to increase.
Maximum enrollment improves the college’s bottom line through greater tuition revenue and increased state funding, which is determined in part by enrollment levels. But money isn’t the only thing that matters. By increasing enrollment with targeted scholarships, the Russ College will transform into an even more dynamically diverse college — with a balance of women, underrepresented groups, and academic backgrounds — and a model for other engineering and technology colleges throughout the nation.
Recent gifts to the Russ College are helping achieve that goal. Stephen, B.S.M.E. ’62, and Elinor Kline established the Stephen and Elinor Kline Endowed Scholarship Fund with a gift of $300,000 to provide three $4,000 scholarships annually.
“Thinking of my college years and how OHIO was the catalyst to changing my life, a scholarship seemed the way to say, ‘Thank you,’” Stephen says.
The Klines met while both were working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base outside Dayton, Ohio. He was a project engineer in aircraft development, and she worked in procurement. Participating in OHIO’s Alumni College over the years reminded Stephen of his school days and how his studies had influenced his life. When he and his wife decided to donate a major gift to the University, he knew the Russ College had to be the recipient.
In keeping with the theme of memory and change, the Stephen and Elinor Kline Endowed Scholarships will be awarded to needy students in good academic standing from Greene, Darke, Miami, and Seneca counties in Ohio — all are places where the Klines or their forebears have lived.
“We hope our scholarship will help a worthy student complete a degree with fewer financial concerns,” Stephen says. “It would be wonderful if others also would consider establishing a scholarship to assist future generations of students in reaching their goals.”
A $4,000 scholarship makes all the difference for students
A $4,000 scholarship roughly doubles the likelihood that a student will choose to study engineering and technology at OHIO over another institution. To provide such awards, we have created a top-priority fund to support strategically targeted, undergraduate scholarships so we can:
• Openthedoorstoanengineeringeducation for a new generation of engineering and technology professionals.
• IncreasetheRussCollege’syield (admitted students who enroll).
• HelptheRussCollegemaintain capacity enrollment in an increasingly competitive landscape.
• EnabletheRussCollegeto“make”—in tuition and state fund reimbursements — all thatit“spends”onprovidinganeducation.
Online degree program targets working engineer managers
When it launched in 1998, the Russ College’s master’s degree in engineering management was cutting edge. Although the program did not yield a separate degree (it was a master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering with a focus on engineering management), students flocked to campuses in St. Clairsville, Chillicothe, Portsmouth, and Lorain to take advantage of classes conducted via live video.
Within 10 years, though, the program had reached a breaking point. Engineering professors had to compete with their compatriots in other colleges to schedule time on the distance-learning video network. They also had to make up to eight-hour round trips to offer exams in person. Not to mention that students were no longer impressed with live video — not when the likes of Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania were offering true online learning.
Something had to change. And as engineers do, the faculty in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering thought big.
“We wanted a whole new degree, separate from a research degree,” says David Koonce, associate professor. “We wanted to offer a professional degree, like an M.B.A. or M.H.A., without a thesis component.”
That was no small task. Creating any degree program from scratch involves drawing up a unique curriculum, designing new courses, talking with faculty and administrators, and running the whole thing past the Ohio Board of Regents for their approval. In this case, the project absorbed not only the ISE faculty, but also staff from eLearning Ohio, the University’s online learning division, and Compass Learning, a company that facilitates online courses for schools nationwide.
The idea was to focus on working engineers, Koonce says. “You’ve been successful, you get promoted — and all of a sudden engineering is
Online degree program targets working engineer managers
only 10 percent or 20 percent of your job,” he says. “An M.B.A. used to be the route to go, but it’s so very broad. We wanted to stay on the technical side.”
What they came up with is a five-semester curriculum comprising just 10 classes, including a capstone project of the student’s choice.
“The program offers a wide overview of many aspects of both engineering management and just being an engineer in general,” says Rachel Kamish, a materials engineer for Delphi Packard Electrical/Electronic Architecture who is part of the program’s first cohort from January 2011. “It’s well rounded and convenient.”
Instead of a lecture hall, classes use Blackboard, an online learning platform where instructors and students can post reading materials, podcasts, videos, Webinars, and any other information required. Students have access to blogs, wikis, and discussion boards to explore topics on their own or in groups. Instructors offer virtual office hours via Adobe Connect Web conferencing software that allows them to share their computer screen with students and record the session for those who can’t participate live.
“We want to make students feel as much a part of a community as possible,” Koonce says.
The first cohort of students started in January 2011, followed by a second in January 2012. Koonce is quick to point out that these are real graduate students who had to meet the University’s admission requirements.
“Students find that the classes take a lot of time,” Koonce says. Although students work at their own pace and on their own time,
“these are real graduate classes,” he adds. “They’re challenging.”
Teaching online can be a challenge for instructors, too. They’re expected to respond to student e-mail within 24 hours during the week, so students aren’t held up waiting for information. Exams are offered in 48-hour windows so students in multiple time zones worldwide can take tests at reasonable hours. (A proctoring system — the first
implemented at OHIO — uses the student’s own microphone, Webcam, and browser to prevent cheating.)
And while faculty aren’t likely to hear “the dog ate my homework” as an excuse, they may have to cut some slack to the student who travels for work to places with spotty Internet access.
“Extending deadlines for a few hours or days while a student is traveling is not a problem for me,” says Diana Schwerha, assistant professor of ISE. “I just want to see the student excel at work and in our program.”
That’s a big relief to students like Jose Ruben Gomez, a mechanical product engineer for Hewlett-Packard who started in January 2012.
“Due to the nature of my job, I need to have the flexibility to be able to travel to a variety of global sites if needed,” he says. “This is the only way I would be able to study and still be able to travel for my job.”
‘THE PROMISE LIVES’ Campaign Update
about the Russ College’s eminent scholar Dr. Sunggyu “K.B.” Lee on pages 12-13, the Russ gift was key to bringing him here.
The Russ gift also provided the required 1:1 match for a $442,500 grant from the National Institutes of Health to Monica Burdick, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. The grant funded Dr. Burdick’s work — and the assistance of three graduate students and one undergraduate student — on a unique analysis technique that could better distinguish between cancerous and normal tissues, and even between types of cancerous tissues. Coincidentally, Dr. Burdick also won the Russ College’s Research Award in May for an outstanding paper on breast cancer research. This honor is particularly meaningful to young faculty like her, because it is bestowed by peers.
Another beneficiary of the Russes’ generosity is Srdjan Nesic, director of the Institute of Corrosion and Multiphase Technology and holder of a Russ Professorship, also created with funds from the Russ gift. Dr. Nesic has been named a member of a new National Academy of Sciences committee that is investigating potential dangers posed by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. His selection reaffirms OHIO’s prominence and the power of charitable giving.
It’s incredibly humbling to realize how much Fritz and Dolores trusted in the promise of us all.
As alumni, faculty, staff, and students of the Russ College, you have benefited in some way from Fritz and Dolores’s kindness. I hope you will consider following the Russes’ vision by supporting The Promise Lives Campaign.
Last year in these pages, I told you about OHIO’s The Promise Lives Campaign, which aims to raise $450 million to ensure that Ohio University becomes the nation’s best transformative learning community. I have an exciting update that testifies to the acumen of an OHIO alumnus and his faith in us.
In 2008, Fritz and Dolores Russ bequeathed $95 million to the Russ College. That gift — the largest charitable donation to any public engineering college in the United States — included shares of YSI, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of technology for environmental water monitoring. Fritz first invested in the company in the 1950s. And when ITT acquired YSI last September, the stock’s value increased by $29 million, bringing the Russ Gift to a total of $124 million. Their legacy benefits The Promise Lives Campaign with a total of $114 million in support for the Russ College.
This funding is vital to achieving enhanced support for our goals, including faculty research and professional development, something the Russes were passionate about. As you’ll read in the feature
By Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis
OHIO President Roderick J. McDavis, B.S.Ed. ’70, offers a toast to 2012 Russ Prize recipient Dr. Leroy Hood at a dinner in his honor after his University address in February.
AVIONICS ENGINEERING CENTER
Aircraft in flight create a turbulent vortex at each wingtip known as a wake vortex. These vortices — essentially invisible, horizontal tornadoes — are a grave threat to smaller aircraft, especially during landing and takeoff. Researchers at the Avionics Engineering Center are developing a novel wake-avoidance technology that dynamically tracks potential wake vortex regions and presents this information to the pilot in real time.
CENTER FOR ADVANCED MATERIALS PROCESSING (CAMP)
CAMP is working with Performance Polymer Solutions, Inc. of Moraine, Ohio, to develop and demonstrate an innovative carbon nanotube graphite foam/phase change material system for high-heat storage capacity. The project has already successfully tested graphite foam grafted with carbon nanotubes in a small thermal energy storage device. Scale-up of the graphite composite material system for energy storage is planned for next year.
CENTER FOR ADVANCED SOFTWARE SYSTEMS INTEGRATION (CASSI)
CASSI researchers successfully applied for a three-year training project grant for students working toward master’s degrees in industrial and systems engineering with an emphasis in occupational safety. The grants are offered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which sponsors a number of such projects across the country as a way to maintain capacity in occupational health and safety.
CENTER FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH (CEER)
With funding from the National Science Foundation, CEER is purchasing a transmission electron microscope that will enhance all the projects at the center. This microscope will be able to examine the surface of solid substances and could be used to explain how the surface structure
affects the properties of that material. Because the center is looking at the use of solid materials for energy production, this instrument is a valuable addition to the other surface analysis tools CEER researchers use.
INSTITUTE FOR CORROSION AND MULTIPHASE TECHNOLOGY (ICMT)
ICMT researchers are working on a two-year project with the Tarim Oilfield Company to better understand the corrosion mechanisms of super 13Cr steel and other corrosion resistant alloys. For the project, which will provide guidelines for the selection of well completion tubing material for development programs, researchers are conducting corrosion tests with various equipment to simulate field conditions in the lab.
INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT (ISEE)
ISEE researchers have formed a start-up company to develop and commercialize CO2 mass transfer technology resulting from their research. ECO2Capture arose from membrane photobioreactor research conducted through the Ohio Coal Research Center, ISEE, and the Third Frontier-sponsored Center for Algal Engineering Research and Commercialization. The membrane technology will enhance carbon transfer into algal growth media in commercial-scale algae bioreactors without the negative aspects — such as high cost, localized acidic pH environments that inhibit growth, system instability, and restart difficulties — inherent in other carbon transfer systems.
OHIO COAL RESEARCH CENTER (OCRC)
In collaboration with HESS Corporation and Aquionics Inc., OCRC is developing a unique process to remediate flowback and produced water from oil and gas drilling operations. The process includes a by-product adsorbent and advanced supercritical water reactor that will remove naturally occurring radioactive materials — and dissolved solids and hydrocarbons — from drilling wastewater. The process not only is cheaper and cleaner than existing methods but also yields non-hazardous solid materials that can be reused. The center is currently developing a prototype reactor system for the process.
OHIO RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR TRANSPORTATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT (ORITE)
ORITE researchers are helping the Ohio Department of Transportation and a construction contractor to monitor soil movement by installing sensors in and under a new four-lane highway in southeastern Ohio. Because the U.S. Rte. 33 Nelsonville bypass project includes several bridges and deep soil-fill embankments on a route that crosses over abandoned mines, a two-mile test section was created to support analysis. Hundreds of sensor clusters at depths of up to 100 feet will monitor and alert ODOT to ground and superstructure movement resulting from the inactive mines naturally shifting downward.
One of the Avionics Engineering Center’s aircraft departs runway 07 at Snyder Field, with blue lines showing tracking satellites and a red ribbon showing the path the aircraft has flown, also indicating areas of potential wake turbulence. The lower rightcornershowsapilot’s“headsup”displayview.
Tucked away at the end of a shopping center on East State Street, just down from a gym and the Aldi discount grocery, the Sustainable Energy and Advanced Materials (SEAM) Laboratory is well disguised. There is no sign on the marquee, just some discreet lettering on the doors. You’d never know that it’s the site of groundbreaking research in alternate fuels and biodegradable polymers.
At first glance, the lab’s director, Sunggyu “KB” Lee, is similarly deceptive. Dressed in a golf shirt and khakis, cracking deadpan jokes at his own expense and teasing his graduate students, Lee doesn’t come across as one of the world’s foremost researchers on clean coal technology, syngas conversion, and functional polymers.
But that’s exactly what he is. The Russ College’s first eminent scholar, and OHIO’s fourth. Holder of 32 U.S. and 80 international patents. Editor of the Green Chemistry and Chemical Engineering book series. Author of a dozen books, including The Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing, and hundreds of journal articles and conference papers. Principal or co-principal investigator on $23 million in research grants.
“I have a dull life,” jokes the Russ-Ohio Research Scholar in Coal Syngas Utilization, before admitting that he’s just very efficient. “If you work at a little higher intensity, you can accomplish a lot,” he says. “It’s a long day. I sleep well.”
A native of Seoul, Korea, Lee first came to Ohio to work on a doctorate in chemical engineering at Case Western Reserve University. He taught at the University of Akron for 17 years, rising from assistant to full professor and serving as chair of the Department of Chemical
Father FigureThe Russ College’s first eminent scholar dotes on students in the lab and classroom
Engineering. In 1997, he became chairman and C.W. LaPierre Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
But Lee always considered himself an Ohioan. “To me, Ohio has always been my home state even though I was born and raised in Korea,” he says.
That probably was an advantage when OHIO began pursuing Lee for the eminent scholar position. “I all but stalked him, even going to Rolla to try to convince him to come here,” says Dave Bayless, Loehr Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Ohio Coal Research Center. “We were lucky to get our foot in the door. When Dean Irwin told me to go get him, I did all I could to persuade him to come here. It was an amazing coup.”
Bayless wasn’t unarmed in his pursuit: The University was able to recruit Lee because of a $4.92 million grant in 2008 from the state of Ohio’s Research Scholars Program, which aims to entice eminent scholars to conduct research at Ohio universities. Just two were awarded in the state: one at Ohio University, and one at The Ohio State University. The Russ College had to match the grant — and was able to do so using funds from the recent $124 million bequeathal from alumnus Fritz Russ, B.S.E.E. ’42, HON ’75, and his wife, Dolores.
Lee joined the Russ College faculty in September 2010 — bringing seven semi trucks of equipment and 10 of his Missouri graduate students with him.
One of them was Amber Tupper, a postdoctoral researcher who specializes in polymers. She had joined Lee’s lab group in Missouri
Lee and graduate student Amber Tupper.
knowing full well that he might be leaving and was willing to move to stay with him.
Tupper says working with Lee is a student’s dream. “Dr. Lee allows us a lot of freedom in deciding our research,” she says. “We’re not given a specific project, but the chance to explore and determine what’s most interesting and rewarding to us.”
And, the relationship between professor and student is deeply personal. “Dr. Lee wants us to do well in classes and research, but more importantly cares that we’re happy,” Tupper says. He takes us out for lunch or afternoon coffee breaks so we have a chance to talk.”
If his students love Lee, it is most definitely requited. “I like students — they make me happy and are quite inspiring,” he says, confessing that as class time approaches he becomes antsy with anticipation. “I’ll go 30 minutes early and then linger in the café in the Academic and Research Center afterwards. Students are the priority.”
Such dedication to students impresses Lee’s colleagues. “I know of no other professor like him. I have been around some real leaders and magnetic personalities, but none that exemplify what he does,” Bayless says. “The students look at him like a surrogate father and friend at the same time. I have no idea how he pulls it off, and he’s just so easy to be around.”
Lee sees his devotion to his students as a legacy of his own doctoral advisor, John C. Angus (HON ’98), an original inventor of the synthetic diamond and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. “It’s hard to believe this rare connection between my advisor’s distinctive honor and my professorial destiny,” Lee says. “I regard all my graduate students as his academic grandchildren.”
Many of Lee’s former students keep in touch not only with him, but through him with current students. “This leads to a relationship like a family within the lab,” Tupper says.
Lee hopes to host a reunion in Athens of the 100-some graduate students he has advised over the years. He’ll have a lot to show them at the SEAM Lab. “It’s one of the best labs in the world in terms of research equipment, systems development, and the issues we work on,” he says.
Although they seem worlds apart, sustainable fuels and polymers share a basis in hydrocarbons, the chemical constituent for all fuels as well as commodity polymers. Lee got his start at Akron studying alternate fuels in the 1980s, when oil costs were high. As the price of oil fell in the 1990s — and dried up funding for research — he switched his focus to polymers. With today’s renewed focus on the environment and climate change, both areas work together to meet industry and consumer demands for clean coal, petroleum alternatives, and biodegradable plastics.
“We endeavor to provide technological solutions to society’s energy sustainability and environmental acceptance,” Lee says. “We also strive to enhance the quality of human life by offering advanced and smart materials for diverse aspects of human activities.”
On one side of the lab, Lee and his students are developing and refining processes that could make gasoline — real gasoline — from biomass like grass clippings. On the other side, he and his teams are investigating how to use high pressure and high temperatures to create polymers that are lighter, stronger, and more flexible — but can be tossed on a compost pile to biodegrade.
Being able to coach new teachers and engineers while making the world a better place makes Lee happier than any of his other, numerous professional accomplishments.
“I’m most proud of working on societally needed research, and educating and nurturing my students,” he says. “Being a mentor in their early careers is something I can cherish the rest of my life.”
Using the twin extruder to melt and blend together polymers and additives, Alexandria Niemoeller, who followed Lee to OHIO to complete her graduate degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology, adds PBAT — a petroleum-based but biodegradable polymer — and Cloisite nanoclay — a natural clay which has been organically modified. Niemoeller’s dissertation work aims to improve the properties of the extremely flexible PBAT, which can be used for flexible food packaging and then composted, by creating a polymer clay nanocomposite.
$1,591,774ITT Exelis, Inc.Avionics Engineering Research CenterFAA Surveillance and Broadcast Program Office and Flight Test Activities for Key SitesTo support FAA service approval of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast service in the United States National Airspace System by collecting and analyzing flight test data using specially equipped aircraft, allowing air traffic control and pilots to share real-time aircraft identification, position, and intent; and enabling air traffic control to keep aircraft a safe distance apart. $900,000General Electric CorporationCenter for Advanced Software Systems IntegrationCOMPEAT$ Cost Model DevelopmentTo develop and improve methodologies for estimating the manufacturing cost of a variety of products, including jet engines, gas turbines, wind turbines, and steam turbines.
$725,250Ohio State UniversityAvionics Engineering Research CenterCONRAD: Collaboration On Navigation Research And DevelopmentAlgorithm development and real-time data collection techniques for integrated navigation systems including GPS, inertial navigation sensors, electro-optical and infrared cameras, laser scanners, and ultra-stable oscillators.
$709,195Landy Energy Services, Inc.Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase TechnologyCorrosion Behavior of Tubing Materials in the High-Pressure, High-Temperature Multiphase Flow EnvironmentTo better understand severe corrosion of tubing materials due to the high-temperature, high-pressure, and high-production environments in the Dabei & Keshen gas fields — two recently-discovered gas fields in western China — in order to recommend better materials selection, preventing future corrosion issues and consequent economic losses.
Research AwardsFor 2011–2012, the Russ College reported approximately $15.1 million in research and sponsored programs. The top 10 awards, also including one award from each department and research unit that received grants, are:
$650,000BP America, Baker Hughes, Champion Technologies, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Petrobras, Phillips 66, Shell International, Statoil ASAInstitute for Corrosion & Multiphase TechnologyNaphthenic Acid Corrosion Joint Industry ProjectTo contribute to the technology base consisting of data, theories, and computer software in the field of naphthenic acid corrosion typical to oil refining industry.
$637,000Lockheed MartinAvionics Engineering Research CenterJoint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) Technology Assessment and Technology Readiness DemonstrationTo support Lockheed Martin’s JPALS capabilities in the areas of GPS receiver and antenna technology, GPS and DGPS processing algorithms, atmospheric and error effects on GPS, and flight test considerations.
$613,145National Science FoundationOhio Research Institute for Transportation and the EnvironmentThe Boat-of-Knowledge in the Science Classroom (BooKS in Classroom)To conduct on-boat samplings and experiments along the Ohio River from Marietta to Gallipolis, in order to support graduate research and develop an online Boat-of-Knowledge for use in a sustainable science curriculum for area middle schools.
$509,659National Science FoundationChemical and Biomolecular EngineeringACE: Appalachian Cohort for EngineeringTo encourage and enable ACE scholars to matriculate into engineering and computer science degree programs, successfully complete the foundation math and science courses required in first two years of their degree programs, develop connectedness to their professions and to the Russ College while maintaining connectedness to their home communities, undertake career development activities that respect both their professional aspirations and their Appalachian culture, and explore entrepreneurship as a means to contribute directly to the economic development of the Appalachian region.
$467,730National Science FoundationElectrochemical Engineering Research CenterMRI: Acquisition of Transmission Electron Microscope for Advanced Materials Relating to Energy Storage, Alternative Energy, Remediation, and SuperconductorsTo acquire, install, and operate a state-of-the-art transmission electron microscope (TEM) with nanoscale materials characterization capability, and to enhance research and teaching within OHIO’s science and engineering programs.
$421,701Beaver ConstructionOhio Research Institute for Transportation and the EnvironmentInstrumentation and Monitoring of Ground Movements Under Bridges and Along Highway Fills in Nelsonville U.S. Rte. 33 Bypass ProjectTo monitor a new section of U.S. Rte. 33 around Nelsonville that passes over and around numerous documented and unknown abandoned coal mines, and to provide instrumentation to serve as a warning system and alert ODOT about movements taking place deep below the highway structures.
$155,716National Science FoundationCenter for Scientific Computing and Immersive TechnologiesResearch Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Supplement to CAREER: Design of Reconfigurable Power and Area-efficient Nanophotonic Architectures for Future Multi-coresTo involve undergraduate students through the REU program into an existing research project to understand the DRAM architecture and explore nanophotonic communication to DRAM banks using wavelength division multiplexing (WDM), and to develop a simulator framework to test and validate the working of the core-DRAM interconnect.
$50,000Performance Polymer Solutions, Inc.Center for Advanced Materials ProcessingInnovative Hybrid Graphitic Foam Thermal Management MaterialsTo support hybrid foam development by performing micro-mechanical finite element thermal analysis.
$50,000Korea Institute of Science and TechnologyInstitute for Sustainable Energy and the EnvironmentReactive Transformation of CO2 and CO2-rich Gas into HydrocarbonsTo help feed the global demand for sustainable sources of liquid transportation fuel by direct conversion of CO2-rich syngas into methanol.
$24,300GS1-GlobalEngineering Technology and ManagementGS1 Databar Testing — POS subtestTo determine the performance of various omnidirectional point of sale (POS) scanners and to investigate the impact of having multiple symbols on a package where the order in which the symbols are scanned and the specific symbol data has an impact on the functionality of the system.
$12,500Miami Valley Regional Planning CommissionCenter for Air QualityMiami Valley Air Quality On-Line 2011To provide a website showing near real-time information on daily ozone and fine particulate matter in the Dayton, Ohio, region.
(From L-R): Civil engineering graduate students Matt Scheer, Ashley Chucray, and John Ubbing collect settlement and inclination data from a bridge on the new U.S. Rte. 33 bypass in Nelsonville, Ohio.
$380,000National Science FoundationElectrical Engineering and Computer SciencePower-Efficient Reconfigurable Wireless Network-on-Chip (NoC) Interconnects for Future Many-core ArchitecturesTo combat the excess delays, power dissipation, and leakage current and increase the communication data rates of future chip multiprocessors (CMPs) using wireless networking by combining frequency division multiplexing (FDM) and time division multiplexing (TDM) techniques.
I’m inspired to return to you this fall with more on Russ College strategic planning. It was a pleasure to share last year how the Russ Vision Plan — our long-range look at how to invest the 2008 Russ bequest — is already reaping benefits.
After years of development, discussion, and revision, finally we believe we’ve extracted the essence of what the Russ College is and where we want to be.
Drafted by Dean Irwin in collaboration with the college’s associate deans for academic and research, the director of external relations, and others, the plan was vetted with the Russ College Board of Visitors, individual board members, dean’s office staff, and faculty of the Russ College. Board member Jack Myslenski, B.S.I.T. ’73, played a significant role in structuring the plan.
The result is a detailed, measurable plan charting where the college is now and where we want to be — and we want to be in the top 25 of the following five areas:
The Russ Vision Plan is an important parallel component of the strategic plan, guiding us on the areas in which to invest to meet the goals of the strategic plan.
As the graphs here show, there is a correlation between use of endowed funds — such as the Russ gift — and demand for students and research. The needle moves for enrollment and external research award successes as endowment spending accumulates.
This clearly illustrates that our spending strategy, as directed by the Russ Vision Plan, is effective. As we continue to measure our other demands, I will report back to you.
Purpose of the Russ CollegeTo educate “meta” engineers and technologists (exceptionally well-prepared engineering and technology leaders of the future, who throughout their careers will be in demand as leaders by university, government, and industry); create and expand engineering and technology knowledge; support the engineering and technology professions; and serve as a technical resource for public concerns.
Emmett Boyle, M.S. ’70, is chair of the Russ College Board of Visitors and the college’s campaign committee for The Promise Lives Campaign. With more than 45 years in the aerospace and aluminum industries in engineering, management, and ownership roles, he now resides in Ohio and Florida with his wife, Debra, where they operate The Elmwood Group, a consulting company. He was inducted into the Russ College Academy of Distinguished Graduates in 2006.
From the BOARDBy Emmett Boyle, M.S. ‘70, Chair, Russ College Board of Visitors
Engineering and EntrepreneurshipAlumnus designs successful businesses by taking customer’s point of view
Joe Jachinowski, and his wife, Suzanne, atop San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge.
“If you pay attention to the customer, then it’s natural that you’ll start to care about the business and not just the widget that you are designing,” he says.
And taking care of business as well as engineering has served Jachinowski well.
“It’s better to take the bull by the horns and be proactive about your career than sitting passively on the sidelines and be told what to do,” he says. “I entered a field that was very early in its development. It is an interesting combination of medicine, engineering, and business. And it has a great end point: helping to cure cancer.”
Joe Jachinowski, B.S.E.E. ’79, chose Ohio University for three reasons: He could study engineering, play hockey, and, as he says jokingly, be far enough from his hometown of Joliet, Illinois, to not be surprised by his folks visiting.
He’s gone even further since his campus days. Today, Jachinowski is CEO of Mevion Medical Systems, Inc., which just received FDA approval for an advanced radiation therapy system used to treat cancer.
While conventional radiation therapy uses X-rays, the MEVION S250 uses protons — enabling it to focus more precisely on cancer tumors while avoiding healthy tissue. It’s as effective as using X-rays but delivers just one-third the total radiation dose, greatly reducing side effects. Its precision also makes it ideal for treating tumors near the spinal cord and other vital organs.
“Our technology could have a significant benefit, especially for very-difficult-to-treat cases,” Jachinowski says.
Bringing the MEVION S250 to market is a pinnacle in Jachinowski’s career — and that’s saying something.
After earning a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Washington State University, Jachinowski worked brief ly for Varian Medical Systems in California before returning to Washington in 1983 to launch Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories with former Russ College engineering professor Ed Schweitzer. But after two years “California was calling me again,” so he returned to work for Varian as head of systems and software development for the company’s medical division.
In 1990, Jachinowski co-founded IMPAC Medical Systems, the world’s leading supplier of information management systems for cancer care. He led the company through its initial public offering and its sale to Swedish company Elekta AB, after which he became the head of the combined companies in North America.
Most folks would have rested on their laurels at that point, but Jachinowski missed the thrill of building a company from scratch.
“Start-ups are hard and sometimes frustrating, but they’re also exhilarating and a lot of fun,” he says.
After seven years and $150 million, the MEVION S250 is now approved for use in the U.S. and Europe. Mevion has installed the systems at two National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers, has four more centers under construction, and more than a dozen in the planning stages.
“My engineering degree taught how to go about planning to solve and actually solving problems,” he says. “That is what one does in business every day: Make a plan, execute that plan, fix the things that don’t work, and iterate.”
The trick, he says, is looking beyond the immediate engineering challenge to the solution’s life in the real world.
“These individuals, in addition to contributing very significantly to their chosen professions and to their business endeavors, have devoted large amounts of their time and talents to the Russ College. In each and every case, the Russ College would be diminished without their thoughtful dedication throughout many decades.”
— Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin
DISTINGUISHED GRADUATESAcademy of
Four alumni of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology were inducted into the college’s Academy of Distinguished Graduates in May.
Wai-Kai Chen, B.S.E.E. ’60, M.S. ’61, taught electrical engineering and computer science at several institutions — including Ohio University, where he was recognized as Distinguished Professor. “The 18 years at OHIO were the happiest period of my life,” said Chen, who holds an Ohio University Alumni Medal of Merit for Distinguished Achievement in Engineering Education. “Over the years, I saw Ohio University grow in size and stature to become a truly national university, a great achievement that we are all very proud of.”
James Edwards, B.S.Ch.E. ’70, spent 38 years at Columbus Burgess and Niple, including 22 years as owner and two terms as managing partner. Edwards led the firm’s design for Ohio University’s Academic & Research Center, which is the Russ College’s primary learning facility. “In the spring of 1967, I stood on the Richland Avenue bridge and watched with great joy as my calculus book arced gracefully into the Hocking River,” recalled Edwards, a member of the Russ College’s Board of Visitors. “I never could have imagined that 42 years later, I would be standing in that same riverbed bringing a building to life.”
Jack Myslenski, B.S.I.T. ’73, joined Parker Hannifin Corporation after graduating from Ohio University and rose to become executive vice president of marketing, sales and operations support after 35 years with the company. In November 2011, Parker Hannifin and Ohio University dedicated a new Stocker Center motion and controls student training lab in his honor. “My career is filled with many wonderful memories, including being named a general manager only 10 years out of school and responsibilities that took me to almost everywhere in the world,” said Myslenski, also a member of the Russ College’s Board of Visitors.
Randall Sadowski, B.S.M.E. ’65, M.S. ’67, is a product manager for scheduling and data-tracking applications at Rockwell Automation.
Photos by Alex Snyder
He also has been director for university relations, chief applications officer, and vice president of consulting services and user education at Systems Modeling Corporation. The former faculty member at Purdue University and at the University of Massachusetts recalls his great professors from his time at Ohio University, especially one. “Not only did Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Williams guide me through my master’s program, but he convinced me to go on for my Ph.D., which started me on my career. I am forever indebted,” he said.
Top: A group of Russ College Distinguished Graduates gather to celebrate. (Back row, from L-R): Ray Fogg, B.S.C.E. ’53; Emmett Boyle, M.S. ’70; Cruse Moss, B.S.I.E. ’48, L.L.D. ’85; David Pidwell, B.S.E.E. ’70, M.S.I.S.E. ’70; Chuck Stuckey, B.S.M.E. ’66, HON Ph.D. ’05; Karol Ondick, B.S.E.E ‘55. (Front row, L-R): Jack Myslenski, Randall Sadowski, Wai-Kai Chen, James Edwards.
Bottom left: A family of Bobcats, the Myslenski clan gathers in honor of Distinguished Graduate Jack Myslenski. Family members, L-R: daughter Beth Malatesta, ’01; wife, Marsha, ‘74; and daughter, Sarah Rathsack, ’04.
Bottom right: James Edwards accepts congratulations for his award.
FACULTY AND STAFF AWARDS
Faculty and Staff Awards
“Working with Russ College students in and outside of the classroom has always been an extremely rewarding experience during my years at Ohio University. To be selected by the students themselves for the Russ teaching award is quite an honor,” Lawrence said.
The Marvin E. and Ann D. White Awards, established by alumnus White and his wife Ann to acknowledge success in both
The Russ College of Engineering and Technology honored faculty and staff in May for outstanding contributions in teaching, research, and service.
Established in 1981, the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Awards are given each year to recognize the achievements of faculty in the Russ College. The awards include a cash award and a personalized plaque.
“Therecipientsofourdepartmentalandcollegeteachingandresearchawardshighlightthededicationofthe Russ College to the education of our students, with an emphasis on developing the skills necessary to be societal leaders in not only the nuts and bolts of engineering, but also the understanding of our profession’s impactonthehealth,welfare,andprosperityofhumankind.”
— Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin
Associate Professor Emeritus Ed Russ and Assistant Professor Deb McAvoy, both of the Department of Civil Engineering.
Photos by Alex Snyder
The Russ Outstanding Research Paper Award went to Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Monica Burdick for her paper “Gangliosides Expressed on Breast Cancer Cells are E-selectin Ligands.”
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Douglas Lawrence received the Russ Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.
research and teaching, carry cash awards of $500 each and personalized plaques.
The White Research Awards honor a faculty member in each department of the Russ College. Recipients were: Deak Arch, assistant professor in the Department of Aviation; Monica Burdick, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Tiao Chang, professor in the
Department of Civil Engineering; Avinash Kodi, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Kevin Berisso, assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Management; Dusan Sormaz, associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; and JungHun Choi, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
The White Teaching Awards, also honoring a faculty member in each department of the Russ College, recognize those dedicated to teaching and student advising. Recipients were: Bryan Branham, chair in the Department of Aviation; Darin Ridgway, associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering; Deborah McAvoy, assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering; Frank Van Graas, Russ Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Pete Klein, chair and professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Management; Dale Masel, associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; and John Cotton, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
The Outstanding Administrative, Technical, and Classified Employee Awards honor employees with superior results-based performance and award recipients with a $750 cash prize and personalized plaque. The recipients were: Tammy Jordan, department coordinator, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, administrative; Randy Mulford, machine shop and lab coordinator, Department of Mechanical Engineering, technical; and Albert Schubert, research engineer and lab director, Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology, classified.
Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin presents the Russ Outstanding Research Paper Award to Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Monica Burdick.
OHIO President Roderick J. McDavis, B.S.Ed. ’70, visits with Cruse Moss, B.S.I.E. ’48, L.L.D. ’85 (R) and Virginia Patton Moss (L).
Tingyue Gu, professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, was appointed executive editor of the Journal of Microbial and
Dennis Irwin, dean, received the Uncommon Engineer Award from the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers.
Robert Judd, chair, Department of Industrial and Systems
Engineering, was named Russ Professor. The Russ Professorships are made possible by the 2008 estate gift of $124 million from the late Fritz J., B.S.E.E. ’42, HON ’75, and Dolores Russ.
Peter Klein, chair, Department of Engineering Technology
and Management, received one of two University Faculty Awards for Academic Excellence from the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering.
Sunggyu Lee, Russ-Ohio Research Scholar in Coal Syngas Utilization, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, co-authored Biofuels and Bioenergy: Processes and
Technologies, CRC Press, 2012.
Cindy Marling and Chang Liu, Department of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science, were awarded senior member grade in the Association for Computing Machinery.
Gayle Mitchell, Neil D. Thomas Professor, chair, Department of
Civil Engineering:• Co-authored“RemovalofPollutantsfromSimulatedHighway Runoff Using a Laboratory Model of an Exfiltration Trench,” Paper No. 12-1803, Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board 91st Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2012. • Co-authored“RemovalofMediumandLowConcentrations Pollutants from Simulated Highway Runoff Using a Vegetated Biofilter,” Paper No. 11-3291, Transportation Research Record, No. 2262, pp. 214-224, February 2012.• Co-authored“RemovalofPollutantsfromHighwayRunoffUsing Best Management Practices in Ohio,” Proceedings of the 17th National Convention on Civil Engineering, Udon Thani, Thailand, May 2012. • Co-authored“ExfiltrationTrenchforPostConstructionStorm Water Management for Linear Transportation Projects — Interim Report on Laboratory Study of Pervuious Concrete and Filter Media,” for the Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment, Civil Engineering Department, Ohio University, October 2011.
Srdjan Nesic, Russ Professor, Department of Chemical and
Biomolecular Engineering, was named to a National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board committee formed to analyze risks associated with the transportation of diluted bitumen, a heavy petroleum product extracted from tar sands.
Jesus Pagan, assistant director, Institute for Sustainable Energy
and the Environment; and Chang Liu, associate professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, were part of a team that took third place in the first Athens Startup Weekend at the Ohio University Innovation Center. The team created a smartphone app that calculates water temperature in consumer fish tanks and sends reports to the user’s phone.
Shad Sargand, Russ Professor, Department of Civil Engineering:• Developedandorganizedtheworkshop“AddressingImpactson Ohio’s Transportation Infrastructure from Oil and Gas Development Activity,” Hilton Easton Columbus, Columbus, Ohio, June 6, 2012.• Co-authoredMonitoring and Modeling of Pavement
Response and Performance Task B: New York: Volume 1:
I490, RT9A, and I86 Perpetual Pavement, Volume 2: I86 PCC, and Volume 3: I90, Technical Report Nos. FHWA/OH-2012/08A, B, C for the Ohio Department of Transportation, State Job No. 134287, May 2012.• Co-authoredVerification of Rut Depth Collected with the
INO Laser Rut Measurement System (LRMS), Technical Report for the Ohio Department of Transportation, State Job No. 134515, November 2011.• Co-authored“ThermoplasticPipeDeepBurialStudyinOhio:
Associate Professor of Computer Science Cindy MarlingM
Further Analysis of Field Performance Data,” Journal of Pipeline
Systems – Engineering and Practice, ASCE, Reston, VA, Vol. 2, No. 4, Nov. 2011, p. 132-138. Three other journal articles have been accepted and are in press.
Zofia Starzyk, assistant director for administration; Sharon Conner, administrative coordinator; and Cathy Romanowski, accounting specialist, Avionics Engineering Center, received the Avionics Directors’ Award for 2012.
Eric Steinberg, associate professor, Department of
Chemical Engineering:• Co-authored“StructuralEvaluationofLIC-310-0396andFAY- 35-17-6.82 Box Beams with Advanced Strand Deterioration - Final Report,” Ohio Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, September 2011, 131 pp.• PresentedpapersattwoOhioevents:“FullScaleDestructive Testing of an Adjacent Prestressed Concrete Box Beam Bridge,” Ohio Transportation and Engineering Conference, Columbus; “Prestressed Box Beam Failure Testing and Conclusions,” Ohio County Bridge Workers, Supervisors and Engineers Conference, Mt. Sterling, Ohio.• GavethekeynotepresentationattheThirdInternational Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Concrete and Nanotechnology for High Performance Construction Materials, Kassel, Germany. He also presented his paper “Moment Redistribution Capacity in Ultra-High Performance Concrete” at the conference.
Ben J. Stuart, associate professor, Department of Civil Engineering, authored “Addressing the Grand Challenge of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide: Geologic Sequestration vs. Biological Recycling,” Journal of
Biological Engineering, vol. 5, no. 14, 2011.
Gürsel A. Süer, professor, Department of Industrial and Systems
Engineering, co-authored a total of five chapters to two different books:• Manufacturing System, Faieza Abdul Aziz (ed.), pp. 381-404 and pp. 361-380, InTech, Rijeka, Croatia, 2012.• Operations Management Research and Cellular
Manufacturing Systems, Vladimir Modrak and R. Sudhakara Pandian (eds.), pp. 37-52, pp. 208-226, and pp. 258-276, IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania, 2011.
Frank van Graas, Russ Professor, Department of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science, received the 2011 Dr. John
C. Ruth Digital Avionics Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Gary Weckman, associate professor, Department of Industrial
and Systems Engineering, was named a fellow of the International Academy, Research and Industry Association.
Lonnie Welch, Stuckey Professor, Department of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science:• WasnamedtotheBoardofDirectorsfortheInternationalSociety for Computational Biology for a two-year term ending in 2014.• ChairedtheGreatLakesBioinformaticsConferenceatthe University of Michigan, May 15-17, 2012.
Russ Professor of Electrical Engineering Frank van Graas
Bob Williams, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering:• Authored“ImprovedRoboticsJoint-SpaceTrajectoryGeneration with Via Point,” Proceedings of the ASME IDETC/CIE, Washington D.C., 2011.• Co-authored“CapstanasaMechanicalAmplifier”and“7-DOF Cable-Driven Humanoid Robotic Arm,” Proceedings of the ASME IDETC/CIE, Washington, D.C., 2011.
WELCOMES AND FAREWELLS
NEW HIRES AND RETIREES
New HiresAnthony Pelfrey, B.S.A. ’11, flight instructor, Department of Aviation
Jeff Giesey, associate dean for academics, Dean’s Office
Leading his Learning Community class, UC 1900, new Associate Dean for Academics Jeff Giesey discusses how an engineer might determine the feasibility of using bagasse — local sugar cane waste — to generate electricity in Barbados.
RetireesDaniel Gulino, associate professor and assistant chair for graduate studies, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 23 years
Jay Gunasekera, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 29 years
Michael Prudich, professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 28 years
Ken Sampson, B.S.Ch.E. ‘76, associate dean for academics, Dean’s Office; Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 25 years
Thomas Scott, associate professor, Department of Engineering Technology and Management, 19 years
Israel Urieli, associate professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 29 years
DAVID QUINET, 1962–2012
David Arthur Quinet, a senior program engineer, Avionics Engineering Center, passed away in May in San Diego, California, after a brief illness. A sought-after expert in aviation navigation technology who consulted for national aviation-related agencies and airports across the globe, Quinet was a 1984 electrical engineering graduate of Ohio University, serving as both a research assistant and a student intern with an assortment of scholarships.
Quinet and his team at the Avionics Engineering Center were often the most-funded research team at the Ohio University campus over the past 15 years, routinely securing more than $3 million a year from sponsors ranging from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to industry leaders such as Northrop Grumman to international agencies. Quinet contributed to the development of a series of innovative electronic devices that helped to ensure reliable and safe operation of an aircraft.
“Dave and his navigation team found solutions to vexing electronic system problems that, in some cases, no one else in the world had been able to solve.”
— Avionics Engineering Center Director Mike DiBenedetto, B.S.E.E. ’84, M.S.E.E. ’88, Ph.D. ’99
Over the course of his career at the center, Quinet performed technical services for at least 20 governments around the world and provided expertise for airport installations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, and South Sudan.
Quinet and colleagues were honored in 2007 with a special commendation from the president of Ohio University for their research success. That same year, he was presented with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Navigation Services Superior Performance Award for his many years of outstanding support for the agency. In 1980, 1995, and 2005, he received of the Russ College’s Avionics Engineering Center Directors Award, which recognizes employees who contribute to the center’s success.
KEN HALLIDAY, 1947–2012
Kenneth Richard Halliday, former associate professor of mechanical engineering, passed away July 16 after a long illness. Halliday had retired in July 2011 after serving the Russ College for 29 years.
Halliday, who developed the program’s first-year introduction to mechanical engineering course, also co-created — along with Kremer and Professor of Mechanical Engineering Israel Urieli — the program’s year-long mechanical engineering senior design capstone experience. Student teams have won several national awards for their projects.
“Ken was a defining presence in the department as it grew from a handful of faculty to the large department that it is today. I still hear alumni talk about how Dr. Halliday’s real-world but no-nonsense approach helped them develop into good engineers.”
— Department of Mechanical Engineering Chair Greg Kremer
Honored with the Russ College’s Russ Outstanding Teaching Award in 1984, he also served as undergraduate chair for the department and was advisor for the Electric Bobcat Racing Team and the Society of Automotive Engineers Mini Baja team.
He attended night school at Western New England College to earn his bachelor’s degree while working at General Electric in western Massachusetts and then went on to obtain his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts. He taught at Rhode Island University and the University of Texas at Arlington before teaching at Ohio University.
RichardF.“Dick”McFarland, M.S. ’50 Russ College Honorary Graduate
Director Emeritus and Chief EngineerAvionics Engineering Center
Editor’s note: This issue of Ingenuity
was already in production at the time Dr.
McFarland passed away. A more complete
tribute can be found online at www.ohio.
Zack Barbis, B.S.Ch.E. ’12, is a process engineer for Power Generation Group, designing environmental equipment for coal-fired boilers. He lives in Barberton, Ohio.
Matthew P. Beckner, B.S.M.E. ’12, is an engineer in technical service with Preformed Line Products. He lives in Mayfield Village, Ohio.
Dave Bernard, B.S.E.E. ’82, is the chief systems engineering and primary technical leader for Science Applications International Corp., located in Beavercreek, Ohio. Bernard also is president of Southwestern Ohio Public Radio, the parent organization for WSWO-LP. 97.5 and 101.1 Ultimate Oldies Radio serving Dayton and the Miami Valley.
Eric J. Biggins, B.S.E.T.M. ’12, is a process engineer for Eagle Brand Milk Products with J.M. Smucker Co. in El Paso, Texas.
Cody Bower, B.S.C.E. ’12, designs roadways for CESO Inc. in Canton, Ohio.
Tim Bressau, B.S.M.E. ’12, is an Engineer 1 for Honda R&D Americas, Inc., in transmission design.
CLASS NOTES 2012
Several Bobcats, all natives of Macedonia, attended a pre-NATO meeting gala in May at the request of the President of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov. Honorary Counsul to The United States from the Republic of Macedonia Lou Vlasho, B.S.C.O. ‘59, and his wife, Pat, hosted Russ College alumni Delfina Jovanovski, M.S.C.S. ‘11, of Apple; and Slave Jovanovski, B.S.C.S. ‘07, of Google; and other graduates for a private meeting with the president, where the students spoke about their careers. They were all invited to Macedonia to be hosts and presenters at The President’s Youth Leadership Conference in Ohrid during the month of August.
(From L to R) Lou Vlasho; Anna Stavreska, M.B.A. ‘03; Ana Gicova, B.B.A. ‘10, M.B.A. ‘11; President of the Republic of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov; Irena Stavreska, B.B.A. ‘05, M.B.A. ‘09; Delfina Jovanovski; Slave Jovanovski; Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the United States Zoran Jolevski
Toni (Smith) Brown, B.S.I.E. ’80, received the “Celestial Torch Pioneer of the Year” award from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) for her work in aerospace assembly and automation technology. She is a senior manager for Boeing Research & Technology in Seal Beach, California.
Warren K. Brown, B.S.I.T. ’65, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the society’s highest honor. Brown, of Fairborn, Ohio, is a 30-year member and past president of the society.
Robert Chappelle, B.S.C.E. ’03, became a professional engineer in 2007 and CSPESC in 2008. He lives in Avon Lake, Ohio.
Jacob Fannin, B.S.C.E. ’12, supervises construction crews on track structure for Norfolk Southern Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia.
M. Ragip Gener, B.S.E.E. ’82, retired in September 2011 after 25 years as an IT systems operations manager at Isbank. Since then, he has been customer operations manager at Lexmark-Turkey.
Michael Gerbus, B.S.C.E. ’12, works for Trans Ash Inc., in the Engineering Department doing estimating, scheduling, and CAD Design.
Jayson Gray, B.S.C.E. ’12, is pursuing a master’s degree at the Russ College of Engineering and working as a graduate research assistant.
Raza Mirza Hasnain, M.S.E.E. ’89, is chief executive of one of Pakistan’s top consulting engineering firms in electrical power.
Richard E. Hendrie, B.S.I.T. ’63, received a master’s degree in French and Francophone studies from the University of Florida in December 2011.
Morganna Keith, B.S.Ch.E. ’12, is a product design engineer in Honeywell’s aerospace division.
Brian Kreinbrink, B.S.C.S. ’12, is employed with IBM in software and technical sales.
Joseph M. McGrew, B.S.A. ’12, is a platoon leader in the Ohio Army National Guard’s Z-107th Cavalry Regiment in Xenia, Ohio.
Seana McNeal, B.S.E.E. ’06, works on aircraft electrical power systems at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Propulsion Directorate.
Michael T. Pabin, B.S.M.E. ’63, passed away on June 11, 2011.
John Deforest Quint, B.S.A. ’12, is a pilot with Commut Air in Cleveland, Ohio.
Benjamin Saydah, B.S.Ch.E. ’97, joined biofuels start-up Sapphire Energy in July 2011. As director of conversion and upgrading, he oversees all of the algae-to-oil conversion activities at the New Mexico production facility and R&D efforts in algae conversion and oil upgrading in San Diego.
Alan Schaaf, B.S.C.S. ’10, is the founder of Imgur.com, was named Best Bootstrapped Start-Up at the fifth annual Crunchies Awards — sponsored by TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and GigaOM — in January. Imgur.com (pronounced “imager”) is an image-hosting site Schaaf started as an undergraduate in the Russ College. The company grew as a client of the Ohio University Innovation Center before moving to San Francisco in 2011. With 13 million images uploaded and 15.5 billion image views every month, Imgur is currently the 35th most-visited site in the United States.
Andrew Stockton, B.S.M.E. ’12, is a field service engineer with Babcock and Wilcox, where he inspects, troubleshoots, and commissions power plant equipment.
Christopher Wilkins, B.S.I.T. ’06, was promoted to project manager in the Advanced Engineering in Life Sciences group at the Battelle Institute in Columbus in March 2011. He has a son, born in December 2010.
Richard Wolfe, B.S.C.S. ’12, is a graduate student in the Russ College of Engineering.
Jim Wyllie, B.S.C.S. ’05, joined Akamai Technologies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, after graduation. He was promoted to manager of performance engineering in April 2012.
Imgur at the Crunchies
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION REPORT
Each year, Russ College students participate in co-ops — salaried positions at various companies where they gain
real-world experience and perspectives on career paths. For the 2011–12 academic year, 100 students worked in co-op
assignments, choosing from 550 employers in eRecruiting®.
The Russ College thanks its co-op employers for their commitment to engineering and technology education. To get
your company involved as an employer, contact the Russ College Office of Career Programs.
“In my first term, I did material testing for composites made of tri-axial braided carbon fiber bundles and epoxy resin. The application for this material is the containment case for the intake of jet engines that protects the fuselage if a fan blade is dislodged.”
— Kate Handschuh, mechanical engineering senior, two co-op rotations at NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland
“I’ve worked on programs in research development, programs in the production phase, and other programs such as the Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS). It was rated one of the top 10 Army Inventions by Defense Industry Daily. I was given a lot of responsibility, and they trusted me to complete many assignments independently.”
— John Linser, computer science senior, three co-op rotations at Lockheed Martin
The Russ College Office of Career Programs offers students and alumni the use of eRecruiting®, a Web-based, 24/7 comprehensive career management system that connects Russ College students with employers for co-op opportunities.