The Annual Magazine of the Russ College of Engineering and
Russ College of Engineeringand Technology
Stocker Center1 Ohio UniversityAthens OH 45701.2979
New program boosts freshman math scores
From the Deans Desk
Student Life: Adventures Abroad
Research Feature: Junior Faculty Research
Selected External Research Awards
Academic Feature: Freshman Math Adds Up
Giving to the Russ College
Alumni Profiles: On the Right Track
From the Board
Not Your Typical Hacker: The Russ Prize 2011
Faculty and Staff Awards
Faculty and Staff RecentAccomplishments
New Hires and Retirees
Cooperative Education Report
While the growth of our students inspires us, were also
energized by the potential of our faculty. Our new Russ-Ohio
Research Scholar in Coal-Syngas Utilization, Dr. Sunggyu K.B. Lee,
has settled into his new 16,000 square-foot-lab nicelyafter a
whopping seven semi trucks delivered his equipment! But Dr. Lee
didnt just bring his groundbreaking alternative fuels technologies
with him. He also brought eight graduate students to work in the
lab, four of whom will become our alumni. His Sustainable Energy
and Advanced Materials Laboratory is one of the finest labs in the
nation specializing in process and product research and development
in alternative fuels, functional materials, and high-pressure
technologyparticularly products that can be made using sequestered
CO2. Im also proud to highlight several junior faculty members. On
pages 8-9, you can read about assistant professors who, early in
their careers, have already received noteworthy grants from major
Each time we send Ingenuity off to our campus design team, were
reflecting on our past academic year while preparing to begin a new
one. In 2012, well celebrate our second anniversary of opening the
Osteopathic Heritage Foundations and Charles R. and Marilyn Y.
Stuckey Academic & Research Centera building so successfully
collaborative that we cant keep its moveable furniture in one spot
before another student group sets up camp to study, holds a student
org meeting, or huddles on their senior design project. The moving
tables and chairs, long hours, and midnight brainpower result in
some exciting accomplishments that these pages
unfoldaccomplishments like that of Joe Morris, a grad student who
got his pick of multiple nationally competitive fellowships he was
awarded. Or, the mechanical engineering senior design team that won
$20,000 in prize monies for their valve assembly design in a
national competition that supports solutions for workers with
disabilities. There was also the team of young women aviatorsErin
Derosa B.S. 11, Rachael Johnson, B.S. 11, Brooke Furz, Kelley
McCoy, and Catherine Meyer, who attended the Women in Aviation
International Conference in Reno, Nevada, after their own
successful fundraising campaign.
And you may recall the STEAM project: A three-year, $1.67
million National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded effort. Our
graduate students worked with area middle school teachers over that
period to develop virtual science courses. STEAM was one of just 15
teams in the nation invited to represent the NSF in the first U.S.
National Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., held
last fall on the National Mall.
FROM THE DEANS DESK
Preparing to create polyurethane from castor oil, chemical and
biomolecular engineering Ph.D. candidate Amber Tupper sets up a
heating apparatus with the guidance of Dr. Sunggyu K.B. Lee,
Russ-Ohio Research Scholar in Coal-Syngas Utilization.
Masters student Nathan Andre, B.S.C.S. 10, (R), coaches exhibit
visitors about propagation of energy through a medium in the form
of a wave via the STEAM-developed game WaveHero. Modeled after the
popular Guitar Hero game, it teaches users about key concepts such
as transverse and compression waves, wavelength determination
velocity, frequency, mediums, resonance, and particle
nFROM THE DEANS DESK
Dean Dennis Irwin
In a collaborative effort among three of our programs, other
faculty shared their expertise with colleagues at Iraqs Al-Anbar
University by assessing its programs with a focus on the ABET
accreditation process. Department Chair and Neil D. Thomas
Professor Gayle Mitchell, Russ Professor Shad Sargand, Associate
Professors Eric Steinberg and Ben Stuart, and Research Engineer
Andrew Russ of Civil Engineering; Mechanical Engineering Chair Greg
Kremer; and Associate Professor Costas Vassiliadis of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science collaborated with five visiting
colleagues from Iraq.
As we look back on the past year, we also celebrate the
accomplishments of our alumni, such as Retired Brigadier General
and Russ College Board of Visitors member James Abraham, B.S.E.E.
43, B.S.I.E. 48. Jim was recognized in August by the City of
Gahanna, which dedicated its city hall in his honor. You can read
more in Class Notesand be sure to see in that section how to send
us your news so we can include you next time. Finally, a biennial
event that we are most grateful to share, one that grew from the
hearts of our beloved friends Fritz, B.S.E.E. 42, H.O.N. 75, and
Dolores Russ: the Russ Prize. In February, the sixth Russ Prize was
bestowed on visionary cross-disciplinary scientist Leroy Hood, one
of the pioneers of the Human Genome Project (see page 18). Were
honored to be the home of the worlds top prize in bioengineeringand
well be honored to welcome Dr. Hood to Ohio University in February
for a visit during Engineers Week 2012. It will be one of many
events to look forward to hearing about in our next issue.
Professors from abroad on their first day of the Al-Anbar
project (from L to R, all of Al-Anbar University unless otherwise
noted): Abdulqader Ismail Abdulwahab, dams and water engineering;
Adil Nuhair Abed, dean; Bashar Al-Tarawneh, University of Jordan
(Amman, Iraq), civil engineering; Talal Hussein Fadhil, civil
engineering; Obaid Talaq, deputy dean.
James Abraham, B.S.E.E. 43, B.S.I.E. 48, is congratulated on his
City of Gahanna honor by a fellow soldier.
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The Flying Bobcats f light team was named National Champions for
Safety at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA)
Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) in May. At the
regional competition in October, junior Travis Fisher and freshman
Grant Rhue placed first in the message drop, in which they had to
manually drop two message containers from 200 feet in the air.
Fisher also came in second place in the short field approach and
landing, in which students had to land on a short approach and
touchdown on the runway in a 200-foot zone, similar to landing on
an aircraft carrier.
A team of five senior mechanical engineering students won first
place in the national 2011 Ability One Network Design Challenge.
The second Ohio University team in three years to come in first,
Frapptastic Five took home a prize of $10,000 to split and another
$10,000 for their department, for their design to improve assembly
of valves for McDonalds frappe dispensers. Kyle Royer, Broc
Pittenger, Logan Dobrovich, David Few, and Michael Koh, all of whom
received their bachelors degrees in mechanical engineering in June,
worked with Parkersburg, West Virgina, company SW Resources, which
employs disabled workers. Work is now safer and easier for the
disabled employees, and productivity has improved more than 100
Electrical engineering masters degree candidate Joe Morris,
B.S.E.E. 11, was offered four of five fellowships he applied for,
receiving an honorable mention for the fifth. He accepted the
Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Fellowship
with the Department of Defense. Once he completes graduate studies
in June 2012, Morris will begin a full-time position at Kirtland
Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that he already has been
guaranteed as part of the fellowship.
Chemical and biomolecular engineering doctoral student Dake Xu
won second place for the best student poster in applied corrosion
technology during the 2011 National Association of Corrosion
Engineers Conference in Houston for the poster Mitigation of
souring and MIC due to SRB in the presence of sand using a triple
biocide cocktail consisting of glutaraldehyde, EDDS (a
biodegradable chelator), and methanol. Xu received the Harvey Herro
Prize, including a plaque and $1,000, as part of the honor.
Civil engineering masters student Stephen Busam, M.S.C.E. 11,
was selected Outstanding Student of the Year and awarded a $1,000
prize by the Ohio Transportation Consortium.
Grace Sallar, a civil engineering major, received a $1,000 award
as part of a case study competition at the 2010 Undergraduate
Leadership and Creativity Symposium, a three-day intensive workshop
held in November at Ohio State on leadership, creativity, product
innovation, entrepreneurial thinking, and persuasive
Electrical engineering seniors Matt Miltner, DerekFulk, and
Samantha Craig placed first in the Institute of Navigations first
robotic snowplow competition held in January in St. Paul,
Minnesota. The team received a $2,500 check for its first-place
finish as well as $500 for the presentation, along with a Golden
A team of chemical and biomolecular engineering students won the
Inherent Safety in Design Award at the 2010 National Chem-E-Car
Competition hosted by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers
in Salt Lake City, Utah. Abbey Hackenberg, Philip Palumbo, Marcie
Howard, Ryan Lang, and Keeley Schneider, who organized the 2010
North Central Regional Chem-E-Car Conference, hosted by Ohio
University earlier in fall 2010, also were invited to present at
the conference on what made their regional conference so
successful. All the students received their bachelors degrees in
chemical engineering in June.
A team of civil engineering students participated in the spring
2011 Ohio Contractors Associations Estimating Competition. Each
team was given a set of plans for a road construction project,
including labor and equipment rates, and then was required to
complete an entire bid package within several hours and present it
to a panel of judges.
Steven Slover, B.S.I.S.E. 11, a senior industrial and systems
engineering major, won best technical paper at the 2011 Regional
Institute of Industrial Engineers Conference, which Ohio University
hosted in February. Two teams of chemical and biomolecular
engineering students attended the 21st International Environmental
Design Contest at the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las
Cruces, New Mexico. The design contest challenged students to solve
technical problems ranging from CO2 emissions to disinfecting rural
water sources. A group of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty
women from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science participated in the Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing
at the Mohican Lodge and Conference Center, in Perrysville, Ohio,
in February. One hundred and seventy-five women computer scientists
gathered to explore career opportunities, share research and
professional accomplishments, and network.
Industrial and systems engineering senior Goodnite at Ginkakuji,
the Temple of the Silver Pavilion, in Kyoto, Japan.
When I first started studying Japanese as a freshman, I wanted
to learn more about a language and culture I had little knowledge
of. I never dreamed it would take me halfway around the world or
affectmy career choices. Ive always enjoyed mathematics and
science, but I was just as interested in foreign languages,
culture, and history. Industrial and systems engineering is a field
where I can combine all of my interests and use all of my
strengths. People might ask what engineering has to do with culture
and history, or how knowing Japanese could be useful. For me, the
connection is strong. Economies of various countries around the
globe become more and more intertwined. Products that are designed
and sold in the U.S. are produced elsewhere, and our products are
exported. If we, as engineers, dont take the initiative to study
other cultures, how can we know what they consider important in
terms of products and services? If we dont understand how factories
are set up or why work is divided a certain way, confusion could
affect product quality or schedules. In short, if we dont
understand where our foreign customers and employees come from, how
can we hope to remain competitive? For two months in Kyoto this
summer, I studied Japanese in intensive language classes, explored
By Amy Goodnite
Industrial and engineering systems student finds herself a world
Recipient of a U.S. State Department Critical Language
Scholarship, industrial and systems engineering junior Amy Goodnite
spent the summer in Japan as part of an initiative to encourage
students to learn a less-commonly-taught language that is important
to American interests. She spent four hours in class each day,
complemented by cultural activities and her home stay with a
Japanese family. Goodnite, whose father served in the Air Force,
hopes to become a military officer or government contractor at an
experienced daily life firsthand through my home stay. I made
lifelong friends. I also got an up-close look at the organization
of Japans transportation systems when I took the Shinkansen, or
bullet train, to and from Kyushu. The 375-mile trip took three
hours instead of the six that it would have taken by car. And
because my host family lived an hour outside of Kyoto, I had to
take a train and two different subway lines to school. I thought Id
be late because of delays, but that was not the case at all. If I
was the one who was late, the next train was never far behind. As a
systems engineering student, I was duly impressed by the
I hope to pursue a career in logistics with the U.S. military
overseas. As part of my experience, I met the Japanese ambassador
to America and learned about why some of our largest bases are in
Japan. I also was able to travel to Hiroshima, where I toured the
peace memorial and museumand heard directly from a survivor in her
native language what it was like the day the atomic bomb fell. Her
story impressed upon me the responsibility that I, like all
engineers, have to the rest of humanity: not just to develop
technology, but to ensure that technology is tempered by morality.
It is a message I plan to carry with me wherever the future takes
The Latest on
RUSS COLLEGE RESEARCH
Avionics Engineering Center The Avionics Engineering Center is
supporting Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and SAIC (Science
Applications International Corporation) in testing the GPS and
inertial guidance systems installed on the F-35, the nations new
Joint Strike Fighter jet. The result will be a proven aircraft
sensor suite serving as the keystone of safe navigation, precision
landing, and other missions for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marines,
and eight allied nations.
Center for Advanced Software Systems IntegrationRuss College
researchers are working in partnership with PolymerOhio to develop
a cost model that would estimate the costs associated with
off-shoring and re-shoring manufacturing operations for polymer
products (molds, molded parts, and assembly). The team has finished
the first part of the project, interviewing a number of polymer
companies in Ohio to determine their reasons for going abroad or
bringing back manufacturing.
Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research (CEER)CEER was
recently awarded a $74,946 EAGER (Early Concept Grant for
Exploratory Research) grant from the National Science Foundation to
study the development of novel photonic chemical sensors. The
sensors are based on nanoscale membranes composed of amorphous
semiconductor materials. They are predicted to be significantly
more sensitive than what is currently available. Among other
advantages, advanced sensors have applications in the diagnostic
and design of batteries, fuel cells, and other energy storage
Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology (ICMT)In
January 2011, ICMT started a new joint industry project sponsored
by six major oil and gas companies (Baker Hughes, BP, Chevron,
ConocoPhillips, Petrobras, and Statoil) focusing on naphthenic acid
corrosion. Corrosion caused by naphthenic acids occurs at high
temperatures and high velocity, causing significant damage to
distilling units in oil refineries.
Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (ISEE) Ohio
University is the lead in the Ohio Third Frontiers Wright Project,
Center for Algal Engineering Research and Commercialization.
Working with the University of Toledo, Algae Producers of America,
Algaeventure Systems, and 11 other academic, nonprofit, and
commercial entities, ISEE researchers will help advance the
commercial potential of algal technologies in the state of
Ohio Coal Research CenterIn partnership with a leading utility
company, the Ohio Coal Research Center is developing two biomass
pre-treatment methodologies that will increase the ability to
utilize biomass as fuel in large power plant facilities. The first
methodology focuses on biomass integration within existing coal
power plants, utilizing thermal energy from within the facility to
produce a biomass product with higher energy density. The second
utilizes supercritical carbon dioxide from an advanced
gasification-based power facility to improve biomass feed and
Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment
(ORITE) Several state departments of transportation are supporting
an ORITE multistate study of thermoplastic pipe. The American
Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
sets Load and Resistance Factor Design Bridge Design
Specifications, which encompass culverts, including those with
thermoplastic pipes. The project will reassess the AASHTO
specifications governing installations of thermoplastic pipes in
the light of current materials and technologies, develop a rational
design procedure better matched to real-world results, and
recommend improved installation methods.
Center for Scientific Computing and Immersive Technologies
(CSCIT)CSCIT researchers designed, developed, and deployed a
customized, distributed, fully automated sequencing and analysis
software for the Illumina Genome Analyzer, a commercial machine for
DNA sequencing analysis. Enabling users to specify sequencing and
analysis parameters and options, the software provides automatic
By Mary Reed
Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Diana
Schwerha and PolymerOhio President Joe Jacomet discuss
opportunities for reshoring polymer companies to Ohio. Increasing
energy costs and labor costs abroad have made offshoring more
expensive, while reshoring shortens the supply chain.
JUNIOR FACULTY ENGAGED IN SIGNIFICANT RESEARCH
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Monica Burdick in her Academic & Research Center lab.
Razvan Bunescu, assistant professor of computer science, has won
a $224,000 National Science Foundation grant to create computer
programs that analyze the Wikipedia text and allow computers to
then process the information. Suppose you learn about a subject at
school, then you get a question on the exam. The path that you use
to get to the answer is based not only on
knowledge in the textbook. You also use knowledge you have about
the worldcommon sense knowledge, Bunescu says. The computers, they
process only what is given to them. His program will create graphs,
which include nodesbasic information pieces, such as the city of
Athens or the state of Ohioand arcs, which connect these nodes to
their categories, in this case city, county, and state. Along with
his colleagues at the University of North Texas, Bunescu wants to
build a computer program that identifies the true categoriesones
that indicate a true subsumption relationship, he says. The
resulting graph of world knowledge might then be used in a wide
array of natural language processing applications, such as in
helping Web users connect with answers to questions they post in
natural language on sites such as Yahoo! Answers.
Monica Burdick, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular
engineering, recently won a $500,000 award from the National
Science Foundation to study breast cancer stem cells (the basic
cancer cells from which other specialized cells are generated).
Were trying to figure out how a breast cancer stem cell marker set
may be related to the mechanical properties of a cell
how soft or how solid a cell isand whether or not those
mechanical properties may be another type of marker that we could
use to study or otherwise identify these cancer stems cells, she
says. Burdick is also a principal investigator on a three-year,
$442,000 National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute
grant to analyze the biochemistry of cancerous tissues. In the
simplest sense, we are trying to bring in an engineering analysis
to standard pathology assays, which are the things that doctors use
to figure out if you have cancer or other diseases, she
By Mary Reed
Junior Russ College faculty members are taking everyday
situationsfrom Wikipedia searches to traffic safetyand making them
more accurate and safe for the public. One way to measure the
importance of this research is the $2.3 million in grants these
projects received in just the past fiscal year.
BREAST CANCER RESEARCH
Deborah McAvoy, assistant professor of civil engineering,
received a $244,817 U.S. Department of Justice grant to evaluate
the effectiveness of lighting, paint, and reflective material
schemes on first responder vehicles. There are no federal
guidelines as to what emergency vehicles should look likeno
regulations, she says. The average crash rate for all vehicles is
1.27 per million vehicles miles traveled. For ambulance drivers,
the rate jumps to 7.7. Drivers have a lot of distractions, McAvoy
allows. She hopes to determine what
works to get them back into the zoneand save lives. McAvoy also
received nearly $23,000 in Federal Highway Administration funds
from the University of Akron to evaluate so-called dynamic speed
signs, which look like regular speed limit signs, but use LED
lights to allow for a change in the speed limit. For instance, when
road construction reduces two lanes to one, changing the speed
limit from 65
to 45 can reduce crashes and traffic backups. We know they work
in theoryits just that when people see those signs, will they obey
them? McAvoy asks. She performs some tests in the field and some in
the driving simulation lab on campus, a facility that opened in
2010 with funding from the National Science Foundation.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Avinash Kodi and
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Wojciech
Jadwisienczak have each won a National Science Foundation Faculty
Early Career Development (CAREER) grant. Kodi received a five-year,
$407,000 grant to improve the way computer coresthey execute the
instructions from any computer applicationcommunicate with one
another. As computing demands increase, the number of cores in a
computer also increases. These computing cores are going to talk to
each other, and inter-core communication is actually a bottleneck.
Thats where a lot of power is being consumed, Kodi says. His
research uses optics (in the form of photons) rather than metal
(electrons) to communicate, and does so while reducing power
consumption by a significant factor. Silicon photonics technology,
while considered the future of computing, is also expensive. Kodi
is working on maximizing the utilization of available photonics via
novel reconfiguration techniques.
Jadwisienczak received a five-year, $444,000 award to continue
his research in optoelectronics, specifically solid state lighting
devices, such as LEDs and laser diodes. The principle is to
capitalize on efficient energy conversion which is happening in
semiconductors, he says. Currently, much of the energy in solid
state lighting devices is wasted as heat. Along with colleagues and
graduate students, Jadwisienczak is working to make this energy
conversion even more efficient than todays compact fluorescent
Were trying to engineer new materials capable of doing that.
Engineering materials means we need to better understand the
semiconductors we work withtheir physical, chemical, and structural
properties when adopting them for specific optoelectronic
SELECTED EXTERNAL RESEARCH AWARDS
$1,890,500U.S. Army Corp of EngineersElectrochemical Engineering
Research CenterDistributed Power from Wastewater Phase II To design
and build ammonia and urea electrolyzers to recover energy from
waste and produce hydrogen for military applications.
$790,000General Electric CorporationCenter for Advanced Software
Systems IntegrationCOMPEAT$TM Cost Model Development and
Maintenance To develop and improve methodologies for estimating the
manufacturing cost of a variety of products, including jet engines,
gas turbines, wind turbines, and steam turbines.
$725,000BP, ENI S.p.A., Champion Technologies, Chevron, Clariant
Oil Services, ConocoPhillips, Exxon, Nalco, PTT, Saudi Aramco,
Total, INPEX Corporation, Occidental Petroleum Corporation,
Petrobras, Petronas, BG Group, Encana, TransCanada, Wood Group
Information Management, MI-SWACO Institute for Corrosion
andMultiphase TechnologyCorrosion Center JointIndustry Project To
develop MULTICORP corrosion prediction software, a mechanistic
model of CO2 and H2S corrosion for the upstream oil and gas
industry, in order to advance scientific knowledge and practical
understanding in the field of CO2 corrosion in multiphase flow
systems via cutting-edge research driven by industrial needs, and
to educate and train future researchers who will implement and
disseminate this knowledge throughout the corrosion engineering
For 20102011, the Russ College reported approximately $16.1
million in research and sponsored programs. These are the top 10
awards, also including one award from each department and research
unit that received grants.
CEER researchers take water samples at the Athens Wastewater
Treatment Plant to test the removal of ammonia from wastewater.
$599,228Science Applications International CorporationAvionics
Engineering Research CenterFederal Aviation Administration
Technical Operations Navigation Services Distance Measuring
Equipment (DME) Procurement Support (Task 3) To provide key
technical consultation and implementation optimization support for
modernization of the United States DME ground-based infrastructure,
in order to achieve Next Generation Air Transportation System
Area-Navigation capabilities that increase the efficiency of the
national airspace system.
$500,000Ohio Department of DevelopmentInstitute for Sustainable
Energy and the EnvironmentThird Frontier (WPP): Center for Algal
Engineering Research and Commercialization To establish a
state-wide center for assisting algae companies in commercializing
$499,926Federal Aviation AdministrationAvionics Engineering
Research CenterTTD-2 Acquisition and Implementation Support for
Ground-Based Navigation Services To provide the Federal Aviation
Administration with technical expertise and unique research
facilities in order to support a broad range of navigation and
landing system equipment acquisitions, improvements, and
$422,990Northrop Grumman Corporation Avionics Engineering
Research CenterAutomated Aerial Refueling Program To develop
computer models for determining system availability, accuracy,
continuity, and integrity, and to analyze system design in order to
enable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to rendezvous and refuel
using tanker aircraft, thus enabling extended missions.
$409,690Ohio State UniversityAvionics Engineering Research
CenterCollaborative Research and Development Effort on Precision
GPS/EO Nav/Navigation Fusion To support research on advanced
navigation concepts, in collaboration with Ohio State University,
Miami University, and the Air Force Institute of Technology.
$399,961National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationAvionics
Engineering Research CenterDesign, Development, Verification, and
Validation of an Integrated Alerting and Notification Function for
an Intelligent Integrated Flight Deck To develop and test an
integrated alerting and notification system for a next- generation
cockpit instrumentation and display.
$348,000U.S. Department of EnergyInstitute for Sustainable
Energy and the EnvironmentMulti-Hybrid Power Vehicles with Cost
Effective and Durable Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell and
Li-ion Battery To develop a technology to create durable polymer
electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells for hybrid vehicles by
reengineering ionomers so they can operate at higher temperatures
in reduced relative humidity.
$306,697National Science FoundationOhio Research Institute for
Transportation and the Environment (ORITE)The 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.
$240,000Ohio Aerospace InstituteCenter for Advanced Materials
ProcessingAffordable, High Conductivity Graphite Foam Heat
Exchangers Phase II To develop thermal models for graphite foams in
phase II of a grant in which Russ College researchers are
developing and optimizing high-conductivity graphite carbon foams
for heat exchangers and thermal energy storage devices in aerospace
and also high heat flux systems.
$224,540National Science FoundationCenter for Scientific
Computing and Immersive TechnologiesBuilding a Large Multilingual
Semantic Network for Text Processing Applications To create
automated natural language processing software for the online
$199,506Interthyr CorporationChemical and Biomolecular
EngineeringTLR Signal Inhibition: A Novel Therapeutic Paradigm To
identify and characterize small molecule inhibitors of pathological
inflammation and cancer.
$194,348Ohio Department of DevelopmentCenter for Air Quality
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Climate Change Impact
Analysis To provide the State of Ohio with energy policy options
that address climate change, and to develop a unique simulation
model showing the potential economic and environmental effects of
future policies, in collaboration with the Voinovich School and
Ohio State University.
$119,832National Science FoundationMechanical
EngineeringInteractive Virtual Haptics: Augmented Statics and
Dynamics Activities To create and evaluate haptics, or force-
and-touch, augmented educational activities for undergraduate
engineering dynamics courses.
$99,747GS1-GlobalEngineering Technology and ManagementGS1
Symbology Testing To test the performance of cell phones as a bar
code scanning device, and the performance of scanners when
presented with multiple bar codes.
$35,000Google, Inc.Electrical Engineering and Computer
ScienceModernizing TCP To analyze network communication between
Google and YouTube and their customers, in order to find ways to
improve data exchange quality and speed.
Teaching Assistant Doug Hoffman (L) works with a student in a
Thursday homework session.
Student math success rates increase by 50 percent
hen Jose Jimenez took Electrical Engineering 101, his professor
told the class, If you know calculus, feel free to use it. Problem
was, Jimenez didnt know it. So I had to do it the hard way, he
remembers, figuring out the problems with more basic math. But
Jimenez enrolled in the Russ Colleges new math program, where he
took pre-calculus, calculus A and calculus B. Now, the sophomore
electrical engineering major says he would recommend the program to
anyone. It brought me from the level of not even knowing what
integrals are to knowing what they are and being able to use them,
he says. Jimenez is one of at least 500 students aided by the
two-year-old program, which provides math instruction specifically
for Russ College students. The results tell the story: Success
rates for pre-calculus students have improved from about 50 percent
to 80 percent and, for the calculus courses, from about 50 percent
to 75 percent. In addition, Russ College freshman retention
rateskeeping students enrolled at the Russ Collegeincreased from 81
percent the year prior to the programs inception in fall 2009, to
84 percent for the
Math Instructor Salley Hyatt teaches Math 263A (Calculus I).
200910 academic year. Were really trying to build a bridge
between that high school experience and the college experience,
says Salley Hyatt, Russ College math instructor. The former high
school math teacher turned math department teaching assistant says
she uses her skills from both former roles in her current one. I
check their homework. I check attendance. I make sure I know
everybodys name. I can say hi to them in the hall and let them
know, We know your name, we know who you are, we care about you, we
want you to do well. Hyatt also created a pre-calculus workbook
that includes engineering- and technology-specific math problems,
which help students learn the math as it will apply to their
courses and future work. For example, one problem requires students
to use trigonometry to figure out the span of beams necessary to
repair a bridge damaged in an earthquake. Our students think really
concretely, Hyatt says, the workbook gives us a way to apply the
math. In addition to highly qualified teaching staffHyatt plus two
math department doctoral candidates who are teaching assistants,
Josh Beal and
Doug Hoffmanthe framework for the program is also designed for
success. For starters, the courses are set up across three lecture
session meetings with 60 students, then one breakout session
meeting with groups of 20 students divided among the three
instructors. Finally, there is a one-meeting homework session where
students come to the classroom and simply work on their homework
while the instructors stand by to answer questions.
I went every Thursday, and it really helped me, says Marissa
Singley, a sophomore mechanical engineering major. (The
instructors) would come around to you individually and answer
questions about homework or what we did in class the day prior. The
courses are nearly identical to those offered in the math
department, in terms of texts and tests. They use the same final
exams as in the other math courses, so this is not grade inflation,
says Ken Sampson, Russ College associate dean for academics. Most
first-year students enrolled in the Russ College math program are
also members of learning communities, groups of about 2025 students
who take a set of courses together. This enables them to get to
know each other and form study groups early on.
The other thing that we do is have the classes meet in the
Academic & Research Center. It fits in with our overall
strategy of trying to bring first-year students into the college
culture early, Sampson says. They dont always take engineering
classes their first year. Were bringing these students into the
building and in a place where they can meet their colleagues . . .
and it has been wildly successful.
The Russ College math instructors salary is funded by the Russ
Legacy Endowmentwhich was created with funds from the 2008 estate
gift of $95 million from the late Fritz J., B.S.E.E. 42, HON 75,
and Dolores Russwhile the TAs salaries are paid for by the
Department of Mathematics. As the program continues, the Russ
College hopes to expand it to cover all lower-level math courses.
Singley wishes she could continue her math courses sophomore year
with Hyatt as her instructor. (Calculus A) made me really decide
that I actually kind of like math. Its not just something I can do.
Its something I like to do as well.
Teaching Assistant Josh Beal (L) works with a student in a
Thursday homework session.
From L to R: Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit,
Margaret M. Walter, Margaret Peggy McGreevy Walter, B.F.A. 67,
Robert D. Walter, B.S.M.E. 67, HON 97, and President Roderick J.
McDavis cut the ribbon around the Walter International Education
Center. As part of The Promise Lives campaign, the Walters provided
$2 million through the Walter Family Foundation for the project.
The building, occupying the former Sigma Chi fraternity house at 15
Park Place, is set to become the first Ohio University building to
receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
certification, pending approval by the U.S. Green Building
The Russ College is a key player in our strategic objectives.
Ohio University is already a leading public institution in the
United States. We offer affordable, quality higher education in
order to graduate meta-engineerswell-rounded engineering and
technology leaders of the future.
To that end, we will increase access and opportunity by raising
funds for scholarships, graduate student stipends, and a student
activities fund that Beth Stocker, wife of Paul Stocker, B.S.E.E.
26, HON 74, established with an initial contribution of $500,000 in
2004. By growing the principal and enhancing earnings, we will
strengthen support for the Russ College student successes you read
about in these pages.
The leading researchers at the Russ College influence our state,
nation, and world with discoveries that improve our lives and
positively influence our regions economy with new research centers
and commercialization that create jobs.
We also will invest in research, discovery, and creative
activity by raising funds for faculty recruitment, so the best and
brightest make Ohio University the home of their breakthroughs.
Additional endowed chairs in the Russ Colleges identified strategic
research areastransportation (air and ground infrastructure,
logistics) and energy and the environmentare vital to recruiting,
and to retaining faculty whose excellence in teaching and research
make them sought-after experts.
A strategic research fund will support, for one, grant-matching
requirements, as many grants require that Ohio University match all
or a portion of the award amount. Just this fall, the Russ College
is developing a proposal for a $3.5 million, U.S. Department of
Transportation-funded grant to establish a University
transportation centerand it requires a 1:1 match from non-federal
The Russ College aims to be the best undergraduate
college and top research college in its focus areas in the
country. Well get therewith your support. Each and every individual
in the Bobcat family is part of the design that will transform our
5 priorities drive us: Cultivate Learning: Cultivate outstanding
student- life experiences $50 million Expand Opportunity:
Increase access and opportunity
$175 million Inspire Discovery: Invest in research, discovery,
activity $105 million Nurture Place: Enrich the campus
environment $100 million Encourage Community: Expand outreach and
The Promise Lives campaign aims to raise $450 million to ensure
that Ohio University becomes the nations best transformative
learning community. It is an historic goal. But as an alumnus,
alumna, or friend of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of
Engineering and Technology, you know were capable of it. Youre no
stranger to having a vision, designing a plan, or charting a
flight, and assembling the many intricate pieces required to get
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis
FOCUSING ON OUR FUTUREPromise Lives campaign will propel
University, Russ College to new heights
Ohio University will be the nations best transformative learning
community, where students realize their promise, faculty advance
knowledge, and alumni become global leaders.
PARKER HANNIFIN Creates student lab in honor of alumnus
Industrial and Systems Engineering
PROFESSORS EXPECTATION OF EXCELLENCE LIVES ON
GIVING TO THE RUSS COLLEGE
Parker Hannifin Corporation, the international motion and
control company, has made a gift of more than $180,000 to the Russ
College in honor of alumnus and board of visitors member Jack
Myslenski, B.S.I.T. 74. The gift will be used to create a new fluid
power lab in Myslenskis name. Myslenski worked for the company for
35 years, starting as a first-line supervisor in 1973 and retiring
as executive vice president for marketing, sales, and operations
support. During his many leadership roles over the years, Jack has
been an inspiration and mentor to people both inside and outside of
Parker, including many students at Ohio University, notes Parkers
Chairman, CEO, and President Don Washkewicz. Parkers record results
in sales, earnings, and cash flow during Jacks last four years at
Parker simply would not have been possible without his
contribution, he explains. Fluid power applies to both pneumatics
and hydraulics, which are used in equipment such as aircraft
landing gear and construction vehicle lifting mechanisms. Located
just off Stocker Engineering Centers lobby, the new lab will
feature Parker Hannifin products, including trainers, components,
and control systems. Myslenski, whose wife and several children and
children-in-law also attended Ohio University, credits his father
with noticing that he was mechanically inclinedbut Myslenski
started college wanting to be a teacher. In the end, he chose
engineering. The Russ College of Engineering and Technology and
especially the Department of Engineering Technology and Management
(ETM) made it abundantly clear that showing up and working hard was
not just an option, he says. Department Chair Pete Klein says the
department has a rich history in the area of fluid power. Classes
in this technology have been taught continuously since the early
1960s, Klein notes. Open to various Russ College programs, the lab
will get the most use from students studying ETM and mechanical
The late Helmut Zwahlen was known for his high expectations of
students. In Dr. Zwahlens simulation class, all the aspects of a
real-world situation had to be distilled and
recreatedsimulatedwithin the confines of a computer program, says
Russ College alumnus Michael Gardner, B.S.I.S. 81. Only with
rigorous preparation and above-average effort was one able to
succeed, Gardner adds. Gardner, president of Findlay, Ohios
Superior Trim, which manufactures interior trim components for
heavy trucks, and his colleague Robin Hayward, B.S.I.S. 85,
recently made a $50,000 gift to establish the Dr. Helmut Zwahlen
Award for Outstanding Student Achievement in Simulation. The annual
award will provide $2,500 for an undergraduate student who is
excelling in an advanced simulation course. Zwahlen, who taught
simulation, joined the Russ College in 1971 as an assistant
professor of industrial and systems engineering and later became a
Russ Professor. He was a prolific researcher whose work led to the
creation of high-visibility highway signage in use on American
highways today, where it continues to save lives, Department Chair
Bob Judd says of Zwahlen. Hayward, senior operations analyst at
Superior Trim, participated as a subject and lead researcher in
Zwahlens work for the Ohio Department of Transportation. He says
that he and Gardner also wanted to recognize the global influence
of Zwahlens research. The opportunity to be involved in projects
and research that had a real-world impact was significantly more
influential on me as time has gone on, as opposed to the classic
textbook education, Hayward notes. Dr. Zwahlen taught with an
intelligent practicality that helped his students understand how
what we learn can apply to real-life situations.
From left to right: Parker Vice President and
President/Hydraulics Group Jeffery A. Cullman, Department of
Engineering Technology and Management Pete Klein, Jack Myselnski,
Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin, and Parker Executive Vice
President/Human Resources Daniel S. Serbin
Late Russ Professor Helmut Zwahlen at his desk in the Research
and Technology (RTEC) Building in the early 1980s. A native of
Switzerland, Zwahlen passed away in March 2010.
The course Robotic Applications, or ETM 464, will integrate the
lab into class activities on hydraulic and pneumatic clamping,
grippers, and effectors. Hydraulics and Pneumatics ETM 320 will use
the lab to expand its content to include motion control. Kinematics
and Dynamics of Machines, or ME 301, will use the lab for student
projects that often involve hydraulic actuation. This lab is so
meaningful because it links the university I love, educationwhich
is my passionand the company I worked at for 35 years, Myslenski
ON THE RIGHT TRACKAlumnus likens building a model train set to
building a business
But after just one semester, Kughn had to leave Ohio University
for eye surgery. What I did was out of necessity, but I would not
recommend that to anybody, he says of leaving the University.
Planning to return to Ohio University the following fall, he took a
summer job in construction and soon found himself managing the
project. The company then offered him a full-time job in Chicago
and Kughn found the opportunity too good to pass up. At age 25, he
met Al Taubman, the future billionaire shopping mall magnate, and
so began Kughns 30-year career at the Taubman Company, where he
rose to president and CEO. Today, Kughn is the chairman and
president of Kughn Enterprises (also a real estate company) and a
handful of other successful businesses. Along the way, he collected
model trains. I would go to train shows, two to three a year, Kughn
recalls. At the same time, I was collecting and my collection grew
quite large. For about three or four years in a row, the other
enthusiasts would say to me, Dick, why dont you buy the Lionel
Train Company? Its the only thing you dont own.
One day, Kughn got a call from his attorney with news that
perhaps Lionel was for sale. Despite the serious reservations of
his accountantsLionels luster had faded after a stint of
manufacturing in MexicoKughn bought the company. Within a few
years, Kughn improved both the companys product line and bottom
line. During this time, he met rock star Neil Younganother model
train enthusiastand the two collaborated to create Lionel
Technologies, or Liontec. They brought to the market a realistic
digital sound system for the model trains as well as a new remote
control technology. Kughn sold controlling interest in Lionel in
1995 and remains in an ambassadorial role. He auctioned off much of
his car and train collection in 2003, closing Carail. Now 81, he
has earned an honorary doctorate and today still works and
continues with civic affiliations full time. Kughns advice to
todays college students is to work hard and have fun. Do good
things for society and for other people. By all means, if youre not
having fun, dont do it. Because if youre not having fun, you wont
be good at it.
By Mary Reed
It was the beginning of a lifetime of collecting models
trainsand later a few real trains as well as carsthat peaked when
Kughn owned Detroits Carail museum, holding many of the cars and
model trains that he had collected over the years. At some point in
the young Kughns life, he learned that engineers arent just the
people who drive the trains, and when he took an aptitude test in
high school he scored near the top in engineering.
Though an eye condition that causes double vision made academics
challenging for Kughn, Ohio University accepted him in 1949 in
civil engineering on probationary status.
The University was beautiful and still is, Kughn says. He took
courses and participated in ROTC. The professors and the teachers
and the (administrators)I had nothing but the best to say about all
He roomed with his old grade-school buddy and fellow engineering
student Bob Wismar, B.S.A.E. 52. Dick is one of the hardest working
people Ive ever known, Wismar says. Hes always had a job, even as a
kid. Hes a very bright person, Wismar notes. He was kind of an
inventive guy. Still is, I think.
The story is now legendary. A seven-year-old Dick Kughn, on his
way home from school, dug out a Lionel train from someone elses
trash and took it home. He and his dad refurbished it and got it
FROM THE BOARD
By Emmett Boyle, M.S. 70
Its an honor for me to greet you for the first time. Working
with the Russ College Board and Dean Irwin is insightful and
invigorating. In our biannual meetings and our monthly phone
conferences, we discuss how to capitalize on what is great about
the Russ College while encouraging strategic areas that will
strengthen our college and Ohio University.
We do that with metrics developed under the leadership of Dean
Irwin. Were unique at Ohio Universityand among academic
institutions nationwide, I suspectin having such a set of
measurable goals to guide us. An important piece is the Russ Vision
Plan, a long-range look at how to invest the 2008 Russ bequest. Im
happy to report that the plan already has reaped benefits.
Fueling our junior faculty successes with grants (see pages 8-9)
is a new grant writing position supported by the Russ bequest.
During the last year alone, the Russ College grant writer worked on
more than 60 proposals, emphasizing junior faculty and very
productive senior faculty. Our grant writer reviews up to 30 grant
funding announcements a day; does research to find appropriate
funding sources; and leads workshops specifically tailored to Russ
College faculty, researchers, and graduate students.
Our new math program, which you can read about on pages 12-13,
is also supported by the Russ Vision plan. In its first year, it
dramatically increased our students success rates. By providing
more individualized teaching, we give students who enroll in the
Russ College a stronger footingso they will stay enrolled and
graduate from the Russ College.
Scholarships is another area were targeting, toward the goal of
increasing enrollment. Ohios population is declining, so higher
education institutions are competing harder for
students. But between fall 2010 and fall 2011, the Russ College
enjoyed an increase of more than 50 applicants, from 999 to 1050
prospective students. As a result, enrollment has grown. We offered
more scholarships in that time period, and its paying off.
Another portion of the Russ Vision Planand again a unique
characteristic of the Russ Collegeis tied intimately to the Russes.
Their bequest included the Russ Research Center, a technology park
near Dayton, Ohio, that was home to their company, Systems Research
Laboratories. Todays tenants include Sensor Technology Systems,
which develops night vision goggles for military special operations
teams, and Cornerstone Research, which provides high-tech
prototyping for new products.
A very special feature of the park is the Russ Venture Group
building, a free-standing structure in the front corner of the
property. It was once Fritzs personal office and workshop. To
foster additional connections with engineering and technology
firms, well renovate it into a small innovation center, with
offices of various sizes and accompanying office equipment to
Our strategies and plans move our college forward not just on
spreadsheets and in numbers. As we see returns on our investments,
our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are making their mark on
our nation and world. These are the discoveries, collaborations,
and breakthroughs we all share as part of the Russ College
Emmett Boyle, M.S. 70, is chair of the Russ College Board of
Visitors and the colleges 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 Boger, where they
operate The Elmwood Group, a consulting company. He was inducted
into the Russ College Academy of Distinguished Graduates in
Please welcome Susan Lee to the Russ College. As the Russ
Colleges chief fund-raising officer, she oversees and directs all
charitable giving activities. Susan, who has 15 years of experience
in higher education fund-raising, also holds a doctorate in higher
education administration/leadership studies.
For more information about how to give to the Russ College,
contact her at [email protected] or 740.593.0894.
Susan LeeSenior Director of Development for the Russ College
NOT YOUR TYPICAL HACKERSixth Russ Prize recipient cracks the
code of the human genome
Russ Prize recipient Leroy Hood (L) talks with Nobel Prize
Laureate James Watson (R) in 1988 at a human genome project meeting
at Wasons Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Watch the VideoLearn more about Leroy Hood in a special Russ
College video production that features his colleagues past and
present. See it online at
He predicts another sea changein healthcare as we know it with
the advent of what he terms P4 medicine (predictive, preventive,
personalized, and participatory), made possible by his work.
This revolutionary new medicine will have important societal
implications by sharply turning around the ever-escalating costs of
healthcareand will have important medical implications because the
twin visions of P4 medicine are wellness quantified and disease
demystified, Hood explains.
Previous Russ Prize recipients are Elmer Gaden (2009),
engineering and commercialization of biological systems for
large-scale manufacturing of antibiotics and other drugs;
Yuan-Cheng Bert Fung (2007), the father of biomechanical
engineering; Leland C. Clark Jr. (2005), inventor of biosensors;
Willem J. Kolff (2003), the father of artificial organs; and Earl
E. Bakken and Wilson Greatbatch (2001), inventors of the heart
Leroy Hood is a man after one very big thing: paradigm changes.
He got there by spending a lot of time on very small things:
Hood, a bioengineering pioneer, was awarded the sixth Fritz J.
and Dolores H. Russ Prize in February by the National Academy of
Engineering for developing the automated DNA sequencer. His
invention made possible the sequencing of the human genome in just
more than a decade instead of a century.
The human genome project transformed biology as perhaps no other
science project has ever done, Hood says.
The Russ Prize, created by Ohio University with a gift from
alumnus Fritz Russ and his wife, Dolores, recognizes a
bioengineering achievement in widespread use that significantly
improves the human condition. It is the top bioengineering prize in
One of the Universitys greatest sources of pride is the Russ
Prizea vision Fritz and Dolores had decades ago, notes Ohio
University President Roderick J. McDavis.
An inventor, scholar, and visionary, Hoodwho calls himself a
cross-disciplinary scientisthas been a pioneer in bringing
engineering to biology through his invention and commercialization
of many of the key analytic instruments in use today. His
successful application of these instruments has addressed
fundamental problems in modern biology and medicine.
To date, more than 1,000 genomes have been revealed using the
automated DNA sequencer, transforming many areas of biology. The
advancement also led to expressed sequence tagging, which
ultimately helped to predict gene function, and the ability to
identify genes involved in diseases. Hoods work also has led to a
change in how pharmaceutical companies make drugs.
Dennis Irwin, dean of the Russ College of Engineering and
Technology at Ohio University, notes that the invention of the
automated DNA sequencer is unique in the history of the Russ Prize
because of its application to forensic science.
The sequencer has enabled the development of important drugs
that are crucial to the realization of personalized medicine and
therefore have saved lives. Its also true that many people wrongly
accused of crimes have been exonerated and been given back their
lives, he says.
President and co-founder of the nonprofit Institute for Systems
Biology in Seattle, Washington, Hood and his colleagues today are
using advances in genomics, proteomics, and molecular diagnostics
to pioneer advances in diagnostics, therapeutics, and preventionin
order to focus increasingly on promoting wellness rather than
merely treating disease.
The Russ College honored faculty and staff in May for
outstanding contributions in teaching, research and service.
Its an honor to recognize these individuals for their work
throughout the year, says Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin. They make
us all proud to be part of the Russ College.
The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Awards were established by
alumnus Fritz J. Russ, B.S.E.E. 42, HON 75, and his wife, Dolores,
in 1981 and carry a plaque and cash award of $1,500.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering Bob Williams received the
Russ Teaching Award.
Winning the Russ Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award is a
huge honor because our college has many good teachers in many
departments, Williams says.
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Avinash Kodi
received the Russ Research Award for his paper, Exploring the
Design of 64-and 256- Core Power Efficient Nanophotonic
Established by Marvin, B.S.C.E. 47, and Ann White, the White
Awards honor outstanding faculty members for recognition in
teaching and research. The White Research Award recognizes
continued and sustained achievements in research, scholarship, and
the creation of new knowledge by a faculty member in each
department. The gift carries a plaque and $500 award.
Recipients were: Bryan Branham, assistant professor of aviation;
Kevin Crist, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering;
Shad Sargand, Russ Professor of civil engineering; Wojciech
Jadwisienczak, assistant professor electrical engineering; Kevin
Berisso, assistant professor of engineering technology and
management; Dale Masel, associate professor of industrial and
systems engineering; and Frank Kraft, associate professor of
Recognizing dedicated teaching and student advising, the White
Teaching Award also honors a faculty member in each department.
Recipients were: Ron Faliszek, assistant professor of Aviation;
Darin Ridgway, associate professor of
chemical and biomolecular engineering; Deborah McAvoy, assistant
professor of civil engineering; Frank Van Graas, Russ Professor of
electrical engineering; Zaki Kuruppalil, assistant professor of
engineering technology and management; Diana Schwerha, assistant
professor of industrial and systems engineering; and Bob Williams,
professor of mechanical engineering.
The Russ Colleges Outstanding Administrative, Technical, and
Classified Employee Awards honor employees with superior
results-based performance and award the recipients with a plaque
and $750 cash prize.
Its important to note that these recipients were nominated by
their peers, Irwin says.
Honorees were: Erin Root, administrative coordinator for student
services (classified); Issam Khoury, information/computer
specialist and lab coordinator for the Department of Civil
Engineering (technical); and Laquetta Cortner, coordinator for
minority, women and outreach programs (administrative).
RUSS COLLEGE HONORS FACULTY AND STAFF
Research Engineer Issam Khoury helps civil engineering senior
and Engineering Ambassador Grace Sallar prepare to look for
material properties such as a Youngs Modulus and Poissons Ratio as
she places a fiber glass tension specimen in a material testing
FACULTY & STAFF AWARDS
Gerri Botte and Srdjan Nesic, Department of Chemical and
Biomolecular Engineering, were named Russ Professors. The two new
professorships were made possible with the 2008 estate gift of $95
million from the late Fritz J., B.S.E.E. 42, HON 75 and Dolores
Dean Bruckner, assistant director, Avionics Engineering Center;
Frank van Graas, Russ Professor, Department of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science; Trent Skidmore, senior research
engineer, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science: Awarded the Dr. Samuel M. Burka Award at the
Institute of Navigation International Technical Meeting for
their co-authored paper Algorithm and Flight Test Results to
Exchange Code Noise and Multipath for Biases in Dual Frequency
Differential GPS for Precision Approach, Navigation, Fall 2010.
B.J. Galloway, associate professor, Department of Aviation, was
awarded the Patriotic Employer Award by the Department of Defenses
National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and
Tingyue Gu, associate professor, Department of Chemical and
Biomolecular Engineering, placed in the top five percent of cited
authors for journals in biology and biochemistry.
Wojciech Jadwisienczak, associate professor and Avinash Kodi,
assistant professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science, each won five-year National Science Foundation
Faculty Early Career Development grants of more than $400,000.
David Juedes, associate professor, chair, Department of
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was awarded senior
member grade in the Association for Computing Machinery.
Savas Kaya, associate professor, Department of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science, co-authored Electrochemically
grown metallic nanocomb structures on nanoporous alumina templates,
Appl. Phys. Lett. 98, 223105 (2011).
Peter Klein, professor, chair, Department of Engineering
Technology and Management, was re-elected for a second term as
president of the Manufacturing Division of the Association of
Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering.
Sunggyu K.B. Lee, Russ-Ohio Research Scholar, Department of
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is editor of the Green
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering book series for CRC Press and
Taylor & Francis Group.
Terry Masada, professor, assistant chair, Department of Civil
Engineering, was selected as a 2010 Outstanding Reviewer for the
Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice, a publication
of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Dale Masel, associate professor, Department of Industrial and
Systems Engineering, tied for first place for the Innovations in
Curriculum Award presented at the Annual IIE Honors and Awards
Dinner and Ceremony, held in May in Reno, Las Vegas. The award,
given by the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department
Heads, recognized Masels implementation of senior professional
concentrations into the curriculum.
David W. Matolak, professor, School of Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science: Gave several invited talks in Korea: Mobile
Hoc Networks: Fundamentals, Existing Insights, and New Results
on Performance, in May at the Electronics and Telecommunications
Research Institute in Daejeon; and Wireless Channel Modeling, LTE
Fundamentals, and Spread Spectrum Communications, at Chungbuk
National University in Cheongju.
Co-Authored Worse-than-Rayleigh Fading: Experimental Results and
Theoretical Models, IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 49, no. 4,
pp. 140146, April 2011 and Airport Surface Area Propagation Path
Loss in the VHF Band, Proc. AIAA/IEEE Integrated Communications,
Navigation, & Surveillance Conf., Herndon, Virginia, 1012 May
Co-Authored the book chapter Aircraft Communications and
Networking, Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering, R. Blockley and
W. Shyy (eds.), pp. 48294838, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.,
Chichester, UK, 2010.
Todd Myers and Thomas Scott, associate professors, Department of
Engineering Technology and Management, were named Kraft Family
Scholars for outstanding performance and potential for future
contributions to the department. Myers also was awarded laureate
ranking in Epsilon Pi Tau International, the international honor
society for professionals in technology. Myers was nominated by the
board and trustees based on his service to EPT and lifetime
achievements in work, research, and teaching in technology.
Richard McFarland, director emeritus, Avionics Engineering
Center, received the Captain of First Flight award from the North
Carolina Transportation Departments Division of Aviation. The award
was presented for the avionics and aviation safety work that
McFarland completed over recent decades in North Carolinas portion
of the National Airspace System.
Gayle Mitchell, Neil D. Thomas Professor, chair, Department of
Civil Engineering: Participated in an ABET Accreditation visit
to accredit civil engineering programs in Israel, including
those at Technion University in Jerusalem and Sami Shamoon College
FACULTY/STAFF ACCOMPLISHMENTS 20102011
Sang-Soo Kim, associate professor, Department of Civil
Engineering, had his Asphalt Binder Cracking Device (ABCD) adopted
by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation
Officials as a standard test method. This is a major step toward
the product becoming an industry-required test.
Co-authored Removal of medium and low concentrations pollutants
from simulated highway runoff using a vegetated biofilter, paper
no. 11-3291, presented at the 90th Annual Meeting of the
Transportation Research Board in January in Washington, D.C.
Co-authored Vegetated Biofilter for Post Construction Storm
Water Management for Linear Transportation ProjectsDormant Grass
Test Supplement, Final Report No. FHWA/OH-2010/7 Supplement, for
the Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Research Institute for
Transportation and the Environment, Civil Engineering Department,
Ohio University, December 2010.
Chuck Overby, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering,
authored: Reflections on Two Peace and Justice
BirthdaysJapans Article 9s 64th and the Article 9 Societys 20th,
a five-page paper distributed across Japan, summer 2011.
An Engineers Reflection on Some Kafkaesque and Silencing
Experiences in Searches for Truth and Communities of Justice in our
Possessive-Individualist, Entropic-Economic, Corporatized Culture,
Concerned Philosophers for Peace Annual Conference, University of
Dayton, Ohio, November 57, 2009.
Michael Prudich, professor, Department of Chemical and
Biomolecular Engineering, was elected chair of the Chemical
Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering
Shad Sargand, Russ Professor, Department of Civil Engineering:
Was awarded the William W. Bill Baker Award
from Flexible Pavements of Ohio in March 2011 for his commitment
to quality and overall impact on the Ohio asphalt paving
Co-authored Viscoelastic FE Modeling and Verification of a U.S.
30 Perpetual Pavement Test Section, International Journal on Road
Materials and Pavement Design, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2010.
Co-authored Evaluation Of Warm Mix Asphalt Mixtures Containing
Rap Using Accelerated Loading Tests, ASTM Journal of Testing and
Evaluation, Vol. 39, No. 3, 2010.
Co-authored Roads and Retaining Structures Specifically for
Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, U.S. Army Engineer Research and
Development Center/Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
report ERDC/CRRL TR-11-01, United States Army Corps of Engineers,
Hanover New Hampshire, January 2011.
Lonnie Welch, Stuckey Professor, director of the Bioinformatics
Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science, co-edited Advances in Genomic Sequence Analysis and
Pattern Discovery, a textbook for bioinformatics researchers.
Bob Williams, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering:
Co-authored Contour Crafting Cartesian Cable
Robot, U.S. Patent No. 7,753,642, July 13, 2010. Co-authored A
Experiment including Analysis of Palpation Forces and
Velocities, The Journal of the Society for Simulation in
Healthcare, 5(5): 279288, October.
Co-authored Humanoid Walking Robot: Modeling, Inverse Dynamics,
and Gain Scheduling Control, Hindawi Journal of Robotics, Vol.
2010, Article ID 278597.
WELCOMES & FAREWELLS
Shannon Bruce, grantscoordinator, Institute for Sustainable
Energy and the Environment
Saikat Ghosh, research scientist/database project manager,
Center for Air Quality
Brian Hassler, facilities manager, Center for Electrochemical
Gail Houlette, administrative associate, undergraduate studies,
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Bryan Riley, associate professor, School of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science
Jason Trembly, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical
Engineering; and assistant director, Ohio Coal Research Center
Corey Shafer, research lab engineer, Institute for Corrosion and
William Austad, instructor, School of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science, 20 years
Robert Curtis, associate professor, School of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science, 32 years
Kenneth Halliday, associate professor, Department of Mechanical
Engineering, 30 years
Sandi Mathews, administrative coordinator, School of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science, 15 years
Roger Radcliff, professor, School of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science, 29 years
NEW HIRES AND RETIREES
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Jason Trembly and
chemical engineering masters student Phil Hansel inspect the
contents of a super-critical CO2 reactor, which extracts oil from
biomass. Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment
researchers will use the reactor system to evaluate the feasibility
of using CO2 captured from coal-fired power plants to improve the
process of co-firing biomass with coal.
James Abraham, B.S.E.E. 43, B.S.I.S.E. 48, was recognized by the
Internal Revenue Service in Columbus, Ohio, for his 30 years of
free tax assistance to area residents as part of the IRS Volunteer
Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs.
The City of Gahanna also recognized him in August by naming the
city hall in his honor.
Mark Arnold, B.S.I.S.E. 81, was inducted into the Ohio
University ROTC Society of Alumni and Friends ROTC Hall of Fame in
April. Arnold joins fellow Russ College alumnus James Abraham, a
retired brigadier general, in the hall of fame.
Dan D. Cislo, B.S.I.T. 09, is employed at Harbor Distributing,
LLC in Anaheim, California, as an operations process improvement
analyst, improving the process of all operations from warehousing,
delivery, and sales.
Brad S. Clark, B.S.C.E. 03, is a senior project engineer at
Stantecs Cincinnati office, in water infrastructure, environmental
management, and geotechnical engineering.
Shane D. Colvin, B.S.A. 10, is employed at CAE-Simuflite in
Dallas as a business aviation sales representative, selling
simulator services and training for CAE Simuflite.
Bryan Crosby, B.S.M.E. 10, is in the U.S. Navy working as a
nuclear engineer trainee and is also a possible officer
Nilesh Dagia, Ph.D. 04, was awarded the 2010 Young Scientist
Award by the Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers of India. The
award aims to encourage Indian scientists who have conducted
original research with commercial application in pharmaceutical
Matt Delaney, B.S.C.S. 00, M.S.C.S. 05, is a registered patent
attorney at Sand & Sebolt in Canton, Ohio. Mike Sand, B.S.E.E.
61, is the firms founder.
William Dixon, B.S.E.E. 10, is a civilian engineer in the U.S.
Navy. He supports maintenance and upgrades of VISTOL aircraft
Arinze T. Ezepue, B.S.C.E. 10, received his engineer intern
certificate at a ceremony hosted by the Ohio Society of
Professional Engineers held at the Ohio Statehouse.
Patrick J. Fahey, B.S.Ch.E. 10, is a chemical and biomolecular
engineering Ph.D. candidate at North Carolina State University.
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Raymond B. Fogg Sr., B.S.C.E. 53, owner of Ray Fogg Building
Methods, led the clean-up of a once-contaminated industrial
property in Euclid, Ohio, with help from the states Jobs Ready
Sites program. A planned business park will be LEED certified and
could bring more than 1,000 jobs to the area.
Gregory Godic, B.S.I.T. 10, is an industrial engineer at Empire
Die Casting Co., Inc. in Macedonia, Ohio. He is in charge of all
bills of materials, routings, work instructions, labor rates, and
job cost analyses.
Larry Griffith, B.S.C.E. 64, has retired after 46 years as a
civil engineer, the last eight of which he spent as the city
engineer of North Ridgeville, Ohio.
Wes Hines, B.S.E.E. 85, was named interim vice chancellor for
research and engagement at the University of Tennessee Knoxville,
where he is a professor of nuclear engineering. Edward B. Jackson,
B.S.C.E. 40, passed away on January 30, 2010.
Brendan Kelley, B.S.C.E. 10, is a masters degree candidate in
the Russ College Department of Civil Engineering.
Ray Lewis, B.S.M.E. 90, is working at Rexam Closures as the
maintenance manager and managerof technical innovation.
Lauren H. Logan, B.S.E.E. 10, received the top fellowship from
Tau Beta Pi, the nations second-oldest honor society. Logan was
awarded the Centennial Fellowship, given to the societys most
outstanding fellow of 219 applicants. She was a research assistant
for the Russ College Bioinformatics Lab. Logan is pursuing doctoral
studies in ecological sciences and engineering at Purdue.
Carla Lucchino, M.S.I.S.E. 82, received the Ohio University
Alumni Association Medal of Merit at Homecoming 2011. She is the
Department of the Navys assistant for administration, overseeing an
annual budget of about $2 billion for more than 40 Navy and Marine
Corps organizations that comprise 6,000 individuals.
Ryan Marinis, B.S.M.E. 02, was awarded a Ph.D. in mechanical
engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has
accepted a position as senior member of the technical staff at
Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
James Milton Massard, B.S.C.E. 50, passed away on September 13,
James Nebraska, B.S.C.E. 63, passed away on April 24, 2011.
Louis Overstreet, B.S.C.E. 67, received the Ohio University
Alumni Association Medal of Merit at Homecoming 2011. He is chief
operating officer of RCT Engineering in West Palm Beach,
Rob Sampson, B.S.M.E. 10, is working at Swagelok in Solon, Ohio,
as an engineer in the career development program, on six-month
rotations in various departments for two years.
Alan Schaaf, B.S.C.S. 10, is founder of Imgur.com (pronounced
imag-er), an image-sharing website, which is now the 46th most
popular site in the United States.
Daniel Silla, B.S.E.E. 10, is a process engineer at Pilkington
in Northwood, Ohio, where he improves cost effectiveness and
efficiency of existing functions.
Charles R. Stuckey Jr., B.S.M.E. 66, was awarded the Ohio
University Foundations greatest honor, The John C. Baker Founders
Award, which recognizes exemplary service to the foundation.
Formerly a national trustee on the Ohio University Board of
Trustees, he is chair of the campaign steering committee for the
Universitys The Promise Lives campaign.
Wei Sun, Ph.D. 06, received a National Association of Corrosion
Engineers award for Best Paper in the Corrosion Journal during the
2011 NACE conference.
Prithu Sundd, Ph.D. 08, received a $90,000 post-doctoral
fellowship from the American Heart Association.
Andrew J. Szink, B.S.Ch.E. 10, is participating in the sales
management development program at Actuant Corporation in Butler,
Christopher Wilkins, B.S.I.T. 06, is the new father of Brayden
Christopher Wilkins and was promoted to project manager in the
Advanced Engineering in Life Sciences group at Battelle in
Alexander Zychowicz, B.S.C.E. 10, is a sales engineering and
estimator at Monroe Engineering in Monroe, Michigan. He designs
components for municipal clarification of water, gas, and air.
Each year, Russ College students participate in co-opssalaried
positions at various companies where they gain real-world
experience and perspectives on career paths. For the 201011
academic year, nearly 80 students worked in co-op assignments,
choosing from 450 employers in eRecruiting.
ADB Airfield Solutions
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
BBC & M Engineering
Buckeye Power, Inc.
Component Repair Technologies, Inc.
Diamond Power Specialty Company
E. I. Dupont
Federal Highway Administration
GKN Sinter Metals
Honda of America Motor Manufacturing
Kenworth Truck Company
Kokosing Construction Company
Marathon Petroleum Company LLC
Momentive Performance Materials
Montgomery County Sanitary Engineering
NASA (various locations)
National Security Agency
Ohio Coal Research Center
Ohio Department of Transportation
Toyota Motor Manufacturing
Wright Patterson Air Force Base
Highlighted Co-op Employers
Junior mechanical engineering major Matt Bardeen inspects an
industrial compressor at Ariel Industries.
Civil engineering junior Erica Toussant (L) and civil
engineering masters student Ashley Chucray, B.S.C.E. 11, (R) on
assignment with the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The Russ College Office of Career
Programs offers students the use of
eRecruiting, a Web-based, 24/7
comprehensive career management
system that connects Russ College
students with employers for co-op
opportunities. For more information
or to sign up, contact the Office of
Career Programs at [email protected] or
The Russ College thanks our 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
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION REPORT