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Ingenuity STUDENTS P. 4 Creating for Good in Ghana AWARDS P.25 Faculty join Engineering and Science Hall of Fame, National Academy of Inventors ALUMNI P. 8 Married alumni face future as one FACULTY P.24 Bringing big innovation to nanotech SHRINKING FRACKING’S FOOTPRINT Jason Trembly and Russ College researchers focus on solving the challenges facing fracking and its future the russ college of engineering and technology 2013–2014

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  • IngenuitySTUDENTS P.4Creating for Good in Ghana

    AWARDS P.25Faculty join Engineering and Science Hall of Fame, National Academy of Inventors

    ALUMNI P.8Married alumni face future as one

    FACULTY P.24Bringing big innovation to nanotech

    SHRINKINg FRACKINgS FooTpRINTJason Trembly and Russ College researchers focus on solving the challenges facing fracking and its future

    the russ college of engineering and technology 20132014


    Senior civil engineering student Sarah

    Koska jumps for joy as The Yellow

    Submarine, the Russ Colleges student

    concrete canoe team, floats back up to

    the top of Clevelands Hinckley Lake at the

    first round of the Ohio Valley Regional

    American Society of Civil Engineers 2013

    Concrete Canoe Competition.

    For more great student news, see pages 67.








    16 | OUR CULTURE




    26 | CLASS NOTES

    28 | CO-OP PROFILE


    Editorial CrEdits

    ExECutivE Editor Colleen Carow, BSJ 93, MA 97, MBA 05

    assoCiatE Editor Adrienne Cornwall

    WritErs Colleen Carow Adrienne Cornwall Kaitor Kposowa, MA 14 Arian Smedley

    PhotograPhErs Jill Bateman, MA 13 Rebecca Miller, MA 14

    dEsign Ologie, Columbus, Ohio




    What happens when two Engineering

    Ambassadors find true love? For Russ College

    alumni Daniel and Sadie Evans, its a journey

    that started in Stocker Center and created

    their future together.


    Claire Hall, BSChE 14, digs in with her fellow

    Russ College teammates on their recent service

    trip to Ghana, helping bring better education

    to a rural village and building relationships

    with its people.

    Share your comments, feedback, and

    memorable Russ College moments by

    writing us at [email protected] or INgENUITY MAgAzINE, RUSS CoLLEgE, SToCKER CENTER 177, 1 oHIo UNIvERSITY, ATHENS, oH 45701.

  • From TheDeans DeskWelcome to our tenth issue of Ingenuity magazine!

    We thought it only fitting to re-engineer the magazine in celebration of this anniversary

    and our new creative identity, which we call Create for Good. You may have encountered

    it on our website, in our halls on campus, in Ohio Today magazine, or at one of our alumni

    events. We think it captures our values about improving the human condition (the words

    of our namesake, Fritz Russ, BSEE 42, Hon 75). Or, in other words, it means educating

    young engineers and technologists to work toward good in both societally beneficial and

    sustainable ways.

    You may shudder at the notion of an engineering and technology college developing a

    creative identity. Thats for corporations, right? But we always knew there was something

    unique about this place. And because academic institutions are facing greater competition,

    and also because were proud of who we are, we thought it was time to figure out how to

    talk about who we are.

    I hope this issue is a fresh surprise for you. With a new look and feel, more in-depth stories,

    more news about students and faculty, and beautiful photography, we listened to you. Thank

    you for responding to our survey with clear and candid feedback, so we can better articulate

    Russ Colleges strengths. Youre welcome to share more thoughts at [email protected]

    I hope this issue also makes you stop and think. As thought leaders, we want to evoke and

    inspire. In last years letter, I said that our role in the shale oil and gas area would be one

    of research, support, technology development, and educational offerings. We come to you

    now with an in-depth look at what we offer. I couldnt be more proud, and whether youre

    an alumnus, a student, a former or current faculty member, or a Russ College friend, I hope

    you are, too.


    DENNIS IRWIN, pHD, pE Dean moss Professor of engineering education Thomas Professor of engineering Fritz J. and Dolores h. russ College of engineering and Technology

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    Ingenuity | Spring 2014

    Russ College learning community students played puppetmaster for Athens 2013 Halloween Block Party. As part of the collaborative Honey for the Heart art project led by local artists Patty Mitchell and Robert Lockheadalso a mechanical engineer20 pre-engineering students brought their budding technical know-how to the production, helping build oversized, wearable puppets for a parade. Students got a professional development boost and experienced a creative application for engineering while also growing their teamwork and communication skills.

    Photograph by David Hooker, BSJ '92

  • Being connected to a place like this village is different from classroom experiences, Giesey said. When youre not connected, you may care, but it is centered on you. Connections make our students care because they see how their work affects real people living around them.

    The rural villages goal? Attract and retain the best teachers it can, a project that started seven years ago to offer better education to the village children, who followed the obruni, or white visitors, through the village streets every day.

    The Ghanaian capital proved to be overwhelming, from the language barrier to the streets lined with stalls hawking a random assortment of wares.

    There were crabs being sold on the side of the road, childrens toys, water bottles, all these things you wouldnt expect, Sova said.

    one item they needed for the building project was geotech fabric for the septic system design they were planning. After striking out on this important filtration component, they began formulating a plan B on the 14-hour trip to maase, arriving just before midnight Friday.

    They were greeted by a small group of locals and a table set for dinnerincluding whole fish, which took the group by surprise.

    most of us hadnt eaten a fish like that, said Sova.

    04 05

    Sunday morning, which was mothers Day at home in the U.S. and also in maase, took the group to the village church for a birthday celebration and afterward, to a meal with the village elders of traditional peanut stew and rice.

    When students realized they wouldnt be using Western utensils, the elders demonstrated a more simple design by shaping the rice ball into a spoon with their hands.

    The messier you get, the better the food is, declared Sova.

    As the project continued, each day saw a massive amount of laborlike the two men who dug the massive hole for the tank in a day and a halfand each night saw the students adjusting their designs and plans for the following day.

    We had mass amounts of paper in front of us at the table, and we had all our ideas mapped out in front of us, hall said of the late nights, which also included chocolate and games of Uno. That was the point where I was like, Wow, this is what people do as engineers.

    The student engineers managed to complete the design and installation of the teacher housings septic tank, including an anaerobic digestion pit, a few days shy of their two weeks on site. With the help of village elders, they recruited labor for the digging, masons for the tank construction, and burlap coffee sacks to stand in for the geotech fabric they were missing.

    Their accomplishments are the most recent of several projects completed with the help of russ College students since 2004, when Giesey initiated the idea in coordination with the village chief, Nana K. owusu-Kwarteng, who at the time was director of the Institute of the African Child and a PhD student in education administration at ohIo.

    over the six trips Giesey has madeplus two more led by other russ College facultyservice teams have built a solar-powered water pumping system, analyzed the electric power distribution system in the village, and worked on the beginning stages of the teacher housing. russ Vision Funds, which support students as they pursue activities beyond the classroom that will develop their meta-engineering and meta-technology skills, made this years trip possible by helping cover the costs of the students travel and supplies.

    Since the groups departure, residents have put up the roof superstructure, which the next team of Bobcats Building a Better World will help complete with a rainwater collection system in may.

    hall hopes to return for this project because, as she discovered, the experience is about more than engineering: to celebrate their final night in maase, their hosts at the hotel prepared a dinner, bringing together all of the people who contributed to this work toward the future life of the village.

    All of a sudden, at the end of two weeks, I was surrounded by all these people that I was now close with, said hall. Im a sophomore from Tiffin, and here I am in Ghana, helping this community.

    For a closer look at more photos from the trip,


    Colleen Carow contributed to this story.

    When four russ College engineering students departed for maase in rural Ghana at the start of summer break, they admittedly had no idea what to expect.

    It was really intimidating, but it was still a sense of adventure, said Nicole Sova, a chemical engineering major from olean, N.Y., about her arrival in Ghanas capital, Accra.

    The group spent nearly two weeks building a septic system for teacher housing in the West African countryside, and the experience held much more in store for them than they realized: a sense of community with the residents and elders who helped bring their plans and engineering skills to life.

    Sova and the rest of the groupincluding senior civil engineering major evan Boso of Athens, ohio, senior industrial and systems engineering major michael Felgenhauer of Westlake, ohio, junior chemical engineering major Claire hall of Tiffin, ohio, and Associate Dean of Academics Jeff Gieseyare members of Bobcats Building a Better World, a russ College student organization that helps disadvantaged communities improve their quality of life through environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects. Along the way, students become internationally responsible engineers and technologists.

    Ingenuity | 2014

    on Saturday, they first glimpsed the construction site to find another surprise waiting: a tree had rooted itself in the center of the house. They quickly got to work removing the tree, testing the soil and surveying the slope of the site with a quick lesson from Bosothe only civil engineering studenton how to use a theodolite, which is used to measure angles.

    At the end of the night, they gathered to troubleshoot their designs and put in a call for help to civil engineering student Joe Cook, the groups president, who was back in the States having dinner with his girlfriend, for a final check on their redesign.


    The story of students who traveled across the world to help a community and forge new friendships

    By Adrienne Cornwall / Photography by Evan Boso, BSCE 14


    Jeff GIesey, assoCIate Dean for aCaDemICs


    Pictured from left to right: Village resident Luanga Ofori, Evan Boso, BSCE 14, tribal elder Kwaku Ofori, and Mike Felgenhauer, BSIT 14, take a break from digging the anaerobic digestion pit.

    Village children play in front of a house on one of Maases two paved streets.

    Within a day or so of arriving in Maase, the BBBW team reached the consensus to abandon the original design. Luckily, they had arrived with a plan Bthe anaerobic digestion pitand were able to reach the organizations president, senior civil engineering major Joe Cook, via phone to consult on the modified design.

  • CIvIl enGIneers make ChIlDs play of CrIb upCyClInG

    Want to see a child light up? One sure bet is to

    offer a new toyor four, like civil engineering

    students at the Russ College did this spring

    for tots at OHIOs Child Development Center.

    Using 16 of the centers old cribs that no

    longer met safety standards, a team from our

    student chapter of the American Society of

    Civil Engineers, led by Department Chair Deb

    McAvoy, repurposed the parts to create two

    sensory tunnels and two combination painting

    and chalkboard easels. In December 2013, the

    students offered a new designa child-size

    desk with chalkboard sidesto CDC parents for

    purchase as a fundraiser for the center.

    Taylor engineers Top sCholarship win

    Senior Benjamin Taylor earned a well-deserved award for scholarly excellence and leadership in industrial engineering as the recipient of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Presidents Scholarship in April 2013. Aside from being the president of OHIOs student chapter of IIE, Taylor serves as a peer mentor for Learning Communities, as a student grader for two different courses, and as an active member of Students for Liberty, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Tau Beta Pi. The industrial and systems engineering major is also an Engineering Ambassador and senior representative to the departments Board of Advisors.

    Teams disTill hard work inTo awards

    Green technology is the wave of the future, and the Russ College had two student teams ride it to win at the annual WERC Environmental Design Competition in Las Cruces, N.M., in April. Tasked with creating fully operational, bench-scale designs for solar distillation and nitrate-removing water treatment systems, the chemical engineering students took on the additional lab time on top of senior design projects. They were honored with two $500 judges choice awards for their solar distillation and nitrate removal designs and a $1,000 special recognition prize for the bench-scale distillation design. More than the monetary rewards, the students took away a sense of pride in completing the challenge. Even though we didnt win first place, I was still proud of our accomplishment, said team member Liz Cohenour.

    weaver aims high for nasa fellowship

    Senior Matt Weaver is helping to shed new light on water treatment options with his research on a new nanomaterial, based on boron nitride, replacing the existing mercury-based UV lamps that are now standard for treating water. NASA took interest in the technology because of its usefulness in space, where mercury is particularly hazardous from the lack of atmospheric ionization, and this year awarded Weaver a second Space Technology Research Fellowship. Weaver hopes his studies this year under Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Wojciech Jadwisienczak will produce a prototype for a low-cost UV lamp design so that astronauts, who must recycle water in space, as well as terrestrial humans, have a safer method of producing potable water.

    Get the inside scoop on what students are up to by visiting the new Russ College news center at

    06 07

    m.a.C.s. team ploWs to vICtory onCe more

    It was a three-peat in 2013 for electrical engineering students, who took their champion autonomous

    snowplow back to Minneapolis, Minn., for a third consecutive win in only three contestsagainst

    seven other universitiesat the Institute of Navigations (ION) Autonomous Snowplow Competition.

    The team turned M.A.C.S. loose on rival Miami University of Ohio at the OHIO v. Miami football

    game last fall, plowing through the Miami logo and pumping up the crowd. Then, they returned

    to perform some good at the 2014 competition. Instead of creaming the competition again, former

    team members acted as ION safety officers and official competition liaisons. See the Miami game

    action at

    Ingenuity | 2014

    erGonomICs team folDs a better pIzza box

    Pizza-box folding got an ergonomic

    makeover by engineering, technology, and

    science students in a national student design

    competition, where the Russ College team

    beat out 34 other teams with its solution to

    make the task safer and more efficient. Team

    H-Factor included students from industrial

    and systems engineering, food and nutrition,

    and civil engineering working together to

    solve the complex problem that incorporated

    engineering, human process analysis, and

    physiology factors. Their design, which uses

    a jig to hold the box while it is folded by a

    worker, won each of them first-place cash prizes

    and $5,000 in travel funds to meet with the host

    company, Alabama-based Auburn Engineers.

    laWless reWarDeD for servICe anD stuDy

    Juggling the demands of an engineering

    degree program with a military commitment

    is no easy feat, and doing it extremely well

    deserves special recognition. The Award of

    Merit from the Society of American Military

    Engineers offers just that, and this year it

    recognized civil engineering student and

    Ohio University ROTC service member Joseph

    Lawless as one of only 20 in his service

    branch in the country to demonstrate such

    exemplary performance. Lawless takes service

    and engineering seriously, as he plans to

    take his skills to the Army Corps of Engineers

    before pursuing structural engineering in the

    private sector.

    BoBCaTs flying on The safe side

    Ohio Universitys Flying Bobcats student pilots flew straight to the top of the safety rankings for the fourth consecutive year in the regional Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference competition, hosted by the National Intercollegiate Flying Association at Western Michigan University in October. With safety-focused events, including navigation, landing, and equipment proficiency, the event showcases the Russ College flight teams priority to create for good in the cockpit by putting safety first.

    designing To make a differenCe

    Mechanical engineering senior design teams have amassed more than $70,000 in competition prizes, including this years big win: the $20,000 top prize in the national Ability One Network Design Challenge focused on assistive design for people with disabilities. Winning team EZSqueeze designed a compressed-air machine that relieved much of the physical exertion of transferring thick polishing fluid from large to smaller bottles, enabling more employees with disabilities to do the work and reducing waste by more than 60 percent. Two other teams capped off the years winnings with $1,000 gold and $750 silver prizes from the national J.F. Lincoln Foundation college-level design competition in December.


    enGIneers float WInnInG DesIGn

    Its sink or swim at the American Society of Civil

    Engineers Concrete Canoe Competition. After

    several years of cracking under water pressure

    at the regional competition, the 2013 Russ

    College vessel proved seaworthy as the team

    submerged it and watched it float back to the

    surface of Medina, Ohios Hinckley Lake. Their

    modifications to the concrete recipe and canoe

    design brought The Yellow Submarine back

    to the surface in one piece at the Ohio Valley

    Regional Conference contest, hosted by the

    University of Akron. Watch their design story

    on our multimedia page at


  • digging deep for innovaTion

    An exciting new application of coal has been enabled by an ohio University-patented technology: the Coal to Graphene, or C2G, process, invented by russ Professor of Chemical engineering Gerardine Botte, director of the Center for electrochemical engineering research. In the energy-efficient and clean process, coal can be selectively manipulated to synthesize a clean, advanced, and high-value material. emerging as a promising nanomaterial due to its unique combination of superb properties, the resulting graphene has applications in multiple ohio markets, such as energy storage, aerospace, electronics, military, lubricants, and elastomers, and others. According to Botte, graphene is currently being produced from graphite in an expensive processand there are no known sources for graphite in the U.S., with about 70 to 80 percent coming from China. Botte, supported by a $250,000 grant from the ohio Department of Development, plans to show that all types of ohio coal can be used for graphene synthesis, opening a new industry for ohio coal.

    safeTy firsT

    The next generation of safety engineers are getting a boost from a National Institute for occupational Safety and health (NIoSh) training grant. The money funds a two-year masters program in industrial and systems engineering with a focused curriculum on occupational safety. Led by Associate Professors Diana Schwerha and Gary Weckman, working in the Center for Advanced Systems and Transportation Logistics engineering, students not only complete coursework but also intern with ohIos Department of Safety during their first year, participate in plant tours, attend local and national conferences, and then complete an industry internship. Last summer, students interned at the ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and at the Fairfield medical Center. The programs first cohort graduates in may.

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    Ingenuity | 2014RESEARCHSpoTLIgHT

    a fresh look at DIrty WorkThe Center for Advanced Materials Processings Timothy J. Cyders, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is getting down to the nitty-gritty. Thanks to the donation of a $70,000

    pump test rig by Seepex, Inc., Cyders is running destructive wear tests to compare machine

    lifetimes between two kinds of progressive cavity pumps moving an extremely abrasive fluid.

    Operating with a unique screw design, the pump is especially useful for moving viscous fluids and

    slurries, like those encountered in the oil and gas industry. Cyders hopes to use the rig to test and

    validate a new pump design hes creating that will improve the efficiency and overall performance

    of traditional pumping systems.

    keepInG an ear to the GrounDTime to hit the road! When the $160 million Nelsonville bypass opened in October 2013, the hilltop highway project had decades of investment in research and planning by Russ College faculty, staff, and

    students. Led by Russ Professor Shad Sargand, also associate director of the Ohio Research Institute for

    Transportation and the Environment, a group of faculty, staff, and 12 undergraduate students supported

    the Ohio Department of Transportation by designing the 8.5-mile stretch to include underground

    sensors that detect ground movement 100 feet below as a result of abandoned mines. Other sensors can

    detect movement in slopes and embankments, ground water levels, or slope changes. About 80 percent

    of the construction engineers working on the project were OHIO civil engineering alumni, who with

    faculty, staff, and students have saved ODOT more than $22 million in past projects.

  • $1.729 million from the research partnership to secure energy for america to develop, demonstrate, and

    commercialize an innovative flowback/

    produced-water management process.

    Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment

    Cost-Effective Treatment of Flowback and Produced Waters via an Integrated Precipitative Supercritical (IPSC) Process


    in research and sponsored programs

    $708,134 from the ohio Dept. of transportation(ODOT) to determine the effectiveness of

    ODOTs current methodology for estimating

    service life of culverts and storm sewer

    conduits; determine alternative metrics, as

    necessary, to ensure accurate and reliable

    service life predictions for newer materials;

    develop service life estimates using

    degradation models developed through

    research on various materials and protective

    coatings currently used by ODOT; and

    recommend changes to the second volume

    of the Location and Design Manual.

    Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment

    Assessment of ODOTs Conduit Service Life Prediction Methodology

    $400,000 from a consortium of leading oil and gas companies worldwideto confidently ensure that any given transport

    pipeline (either already existing or in the

    design phase) wont suffer from top-of-

    the-line corrosion by developing a two-fold

    approach centered on field experience.

    Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology

    Top of the Line Corrosion Mitigation JIP

    $89,912 from advanced micron Devices, Inc. to design, evaluate, and test node,

    network interface, and router architecture

    of the exascale system at Advanced Micron

    Devices in Austin, Texas.

    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    Network and Router Architecture for Exascale Computing Systems

    $1.47 million from petronasto identify and quantify the key issues affecting

    the corrosion of materials specifically relating

    to the integrity of structures for the high

    pCO2 (partial pressure of carbon dioxide)


    Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology

    Corrosion Prediction and Prevention for Pipeline Materials in High pCO2 Environments

    $697,975 from ohio state university to conduct research to aid the development

    of technology for geospatial location and

    navigation in underground environments

    using signals of opportunity.

    Avionics Engineering Center

    CONRAD: Collaboration Research and Development Effort on Precision GPS/EO Nav/ Navigation Fusion

    $374,990 from nasas langley research Centerto design, develop, verify, and validate a

    performance-based cockpit information

    management system with the aim of

    improving hazard and state awareness while

    simultaneously monitoring the accuracy,

    integrity availability, and continuity of source

    information used by pilots.

    Avionics Engineering Center

    A Performance-Based Flight Deck Information Management System for Improved Hazard Awareness and Source Data Integrity

    $79,547 from the national science foundation to develop novel resettable stiffness

    systems that are capable of achieving a

    similar control performance to the RSASD,

    but with fewer feedback components.

    Civil Engineering

    Novel Resettable Stiffness Systems for Response Mitigation of Civil Infrastructure

    $1.283 million from the national science foundationto assess the potential for holistic waste stream

    management featuring algal cultivation and

    processing to manage liquid and solid waste

    from a house or residential community, and

    recycle the carbon stream into energy of

    sufficient quality to power the dwelling in a

    sustainable manner.

    Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment

    SEP: Sustainable Housing through Holistic Waste Stream Management and Algal Cultivation

    $640,510 from a consortium of leading oil and gas companies worldwide to contribute to the technology base

    consisting of data, theories, and computer

    software in the field of naphthenic acid

    corrosion, to provide an opportunity for

    industry to cosponsor research in this field and

    to contribute to the solution and prevention

    of corrosion arising from naphthenic acid.

    Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology

    Naphthenic Acid Corrosion JIP

    $327,547 from the national science foundation to establish a collaborative relationship

    with Hohai University in Nanjing,

    China, to conduct research on reservoir

    sedimentation and soil erosion, functions

    of tainter gates for river navigation and

    hydraulic structures, and regional curve

    development and bankfull channel analysis.

    Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment

    International Supplemental Request for the Books in Classroom

    $70,375 from the u.s. army Corp of engineersto simulate the performance of the

    integrated anaerobic membrane

    bioreactors, clinoptilolite ion exchange,

    and GreenBox ammonia electrolysis

    technologies; provide design variables and

    optimization of the system for the scale

    up of the GreenBox into the system; and

    validate the simulation of the integrated

    wastewater treatment system.

    Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research

    Simulation and Analysis of Novel Anaerobic Wastewater Treatment System for Energy Generation at Contingency Operating Locations

    $330,000 from engility Corporation to supply flight tests services to the Federal

    Aviation Administration for engineering

    evaluation and testing of ADS-B/Wide Area

    Multilateration Service Volumes in Colorado

    and other areas, enabling enhanced FAA ATC

    aircraft tracking in key mountainous areas that

    present challenges for radar.

    Avionics Engineering Center

    ADS-B Flight Test Support and Data Collection

    $630,000 from General electric Corporation to continue the improvement in

    cost-estimation accuracy and expanding

    the functionality of COMPEAT$, software

    developed by Russ College researchers to

    enable GE engineers to estimate the costs

    of manufacturing a new product, while its

    being designed.

    Center for Advanced Systems and Transportation Logistics Engineering

    COMPEAT$ Cost Model Development for 2013

    $99,940 from syngenta to develop a state-of-the-art

    modeling platform as a predictive tool

    in a risk assessment system for pesticide


    Center for Air Quality

    Modeling Atmospheric Pesticide Aerosolization and Volatilization to Predict Environmental and Human Exposure

    $33,000 from Copper Development associationto perform blind tests on copper tubes

    of various sizes from six different

    manufacturers, and to evaluate and

    compare the mechanical behavior and

    burst pressures in light of recent work to

    optimize design criteria.

    Center for Advanced Materials Processing

    An Assessment of Mechanical Behavior of Copper Tube for Performance-Based Design Criterion

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    Ingenuity | 2014RESEARCHAWARDS

    + one award from each additional research unit or department

    top ten

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    Since their first memorable meeting at the russ College in 2007, Sadie and Daniel had been long been helping each otherand othersas student leaders in the college, members of Campus Crusade, and fellow students.

    By the time Daniel proposed, both of them had also found ways to improve society with their engineering degreeshis in computer science, hers in industrial and systems engineering.

    They met during one of their many experiences helping others, when Sadie served as a judge for the Stocker Scholarship, awarded to a deserving incoming freshman.

    As a candidate, Daniel was fielding questions under the spotlights with fellow competitors at the front of robe Auditorium from a panel of engineering Ambassadors and faculty.

    he remembers how the judges loomed in the back of the room, a clump of dark figures whod collectively decide his fate. What he didnt know was that hed end up marrying one of them.

    They were all very nervous, Sadie, a senior industrial and systems engineering (ISe) major at the time, recalls with a chuckle of empathy. each of the judges was asking difficult questions.

    So, Sadie threw them a curveball. Whats your favorite food? she tossed out.Sadies opening line had stuck with Daniel, and

    theyd reconnect at the end of fall quarter when the freshman Stocker Scholars were paired with mentors who were senior engineering Ambassadors, which Sadie led as president.

    The rest is russ College history. But rather than the colleges unique collaborative community connecting students and faculty and the impact of their work on the outside world, Sadie and Daniels chance meetings as students also led them to connect with their future spouse:

    Between mentoring meetings, hang-outs between classes, and Campus Crusade events, their friendship flourished.

    We realized we had much more in common than engineering, Sadie says.

    he eventually joined the Ambassadors as well, continuing his undergraduate studies as Sadie started the ISe masters program the next fall.

    They glance and grin at each other as they recall their first date, a low-key night of Connect Four and coffee at Donkey Coffee uptown that they kept a secret from their group of friends at the end of fall quarter. But they returned from winter break as an official couple.

    Soon after, Danielwho graduated in three years, thanks to several Advanced Placement credits and strategic schedulingwas a masters student himself. Both also took on research assistantships.

    Sometimes Id be up late working, and shed bring me doughnuts, he remembers, shooting a grateful smile at Sadie.

    Their support of each other during the very busy years of graduate school wasnt surprising given their shared interest in helping improve society with their technical skills.

    For her thesis, Sadie developed a model to help the university predict which students would leave their undergraduate studiesand whenbased solely on their demographic information. Working with the office of Institutional research and her adviser, Associate Professor David Koonce, she determined a number of predictive factors to help ohIo target resources toward those most at-risk for leaving. other graduate students since have built on this work and her startup data to refine the models accuracy and effectiveness.

    Now a management engineer at Childrens hospital in Akron, ohio, she analyzes data and processes to improve decision-making at the facility so patients and medical staff have a better experience.

    Daniel looks admiringly at Sadie as he jokes, Sadie saves patients lives every day, but in a sense, both are improving outcomes for people in critical facets of their everyday lives.

    After wrapping up his own thesis projecta program in which algorithms are applied to genetic data to identify where in the genome a difference would translate to a mental disability or diseaseDaniel became a developer of educational software for teachers and schools, at Software Answers outside of Akron. A few months later, he bought the condo where hed eventually pop the question.

    They fondly remember that it all started on West Green. Today, Sadie loves the fact that she can improve the patients experience in the emergency room by analyzing intake and staffing data. The hospital can schedule the optimal number of staff for consistently busyand consistently slowperiods, which can give a patient more time with their caregivers in an emergency.

    on the other sideworking from the back endDaniels software helps educators and schools be more efficient and focus on learning, giving the students more time with their teachers in the classroom.

    Shop talk at the dinner table is helped by a dose of understanding and respect for the details that are each others expertise. With nearly a decade of memories together supporting each other, creating for good, and maneuvering through dinner prep each night in their kitchen, their shared experience helps them answer how these two russ College grads relate to each other under one roof.

    We can kind of each understand what the other is doing, Sadie says, looking across the kitchen at Daniel. Well, sometimes.

    To learn more about how Engineering

    Ambassadors become engineering leaders,

    please turn the page.


    saDIe evans, bsIse 06, ms 08

    Few things say romance quite like installing hardwood floors. But in 2012, for the fifth anniversary of their first date, sadie evans, BSIS 06, MS 08, found herself doing just that. But daniel evans, BSCS 09, MS 11, managed to top it the following weekendwith a well-planned marriage proposal.

    JoIneD for GooDBy Adrienne Cornwall

  • ChanGInG the ImaGe of the Internet

    Todays social media image nexus is Imgur, the image-hosting site that Alan Schaaf, BSCS 10, created as a gift to Reddit during his junior year at Ohio University in 2009. User-driven

    discussion board heavyweight Reddit has taken hold of 6 percent of all Internet users since

    its founding in 2005, but image-sharing was a big weakness. Imgur has filled the void and

    then some, surpassing Reddits site traffic with 4.5 billion monthly page views by 130 million

    unique visitors. And Schaaf isnt stopping there: His 12-person show run out of San Francisco

    employing five OHIO grads, including fellow alum sister Sarah, BSC 08is developing the next

    level of curated image-viewing for on-demand entertainment.

    puTTing your inTernal radio on The road

    Blast your Internet radio tunes on the road thanks to Livio Radio founder and CEO Jake Sigal, BSISE 03, MSISE 05, who sold the company to Ford Motor Co. in June for nearly $10 million. Since founding Livio Radio in his parents basement in Ferndale, Mich., Sigal has been wowing Silicon Valley with technology that marries his love of music and his technical know-how.

    revving The engine of innovaTion and enTrepreneurship

    Start-up counseling and funding revved up three fledgling businesses founded by Russ College students and alumni at the Innovation Engine Accelerator program this summer at Ohio Universitys Innovation Center. AccessAble Travel, Razor Dynamics, and Atlas Language Innovations each received mentoring in entrepreneurship, business plan development coaching, and up to $20,000 in start-up funding over 12 weeks before pitching their products to potential investors at the Innovation Engine Showcase. From a website to help ease burdens for disabled travelers to language-learning virtual games to augmented-reality friend-finding apps, this years crop of inventive engineering student companies not only represent half of the six businesses selected for this elite regional program, but also how Russ College students create for goodand how they dont waste any time getting started.

    Building for The fuTure on a solid repuTaTion

    Raymon Fogg, Sr., BSCE 53, knows something about building solid things. Since 1959, hes been innovating design-build construction services in the Cleveland area, and making sure our construction engineering students are prepared when they graduate, through his service on the Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management advisory boards for the Russ College. Ohio University will honor Foggs longstanding service as a humanitarian and to the University, both at the college level and as an emeritus trustee of the Ohio University Foundation Board, with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at commencement in May. Tales of Foggs reconstruction efforts in Guatemala, Honduras, and Somalia and as a volunteer pilot for medical patients are legendary, as is the legacy of service hes built in his 60 years as an engineer.

    opening a new ChapTer wiTh verse

    Although he spent his Russ College career juggling an athletics schedule as an OHIO tailback with his engineering courses, Jesse Owens II, BSIT 89, returned to campus this year after publishing his first book of poetry. Chronicles of a Different State of Mind explores shapes, experiences, and themessuch as seasonsfrom Owenss perspective, and he drew dozens of supporters to his book signing at the Little Professor Bookstore on Court Street in October.

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    makInG the teChnICal personal

    Ingenuity | 2014 Continued from Alumni Profile

    Sadie and Daniel evans displayed budding leadership skills early on in their russ College careers, so they were natural contenders for becoming engineering Ambassadors.

    Another former ambassador, Bryon Iacianci, BSISe 10, credits the program and the russ College with his happiness as an engineer and his success at Parker hannifin Corporation, where he received an endorsement from Board of Visitors member Jack myslenski, BSIT 73.

    The ambassador program allowed us to take a step back from our usual development of technical abilities and made it possible for us to fine-tune our soft skills during all of our interactions, Iacianci said. As an engineer in a manufacturing setting, the relationships and communication with our folks on the floor can make or break the ability of the team to achieve their goals.

    Whether perfecting first impressions with influential alumni at college events or fielding questions about the russ Colleges rigorous academics during prospective student tours, engineering Ambassadors quickly learn how to be nimble in interpersonal situations and get exposure to communicating with a range of personalities.

    As ambassadors, the students interact with a wide variety of people, said Dale masel, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering and the groups adviser. They get a lot of experience talking about themselves and what theyve done at the russ College, so theyre prepared, even when theyre meeting people outside of their ambassador role.

    When Sadie evans served as president of the group her senior year, it was her first opportunity to develop her own leadership style. For current Ambassador Talli Topp, a mechanical engineering senior, leadership also includes thinking on her feet.

    one of the skills Ive found most useful is being able to handle the unexpected, Topp said. You never know what questions someone is going to ask on a tour, and as an engineer, youll have unexpected things happen all of the time. Being an Ambassador has given me tools to handle those situations.

    Leadership, confidence, and communication are so important to success as future engineers and technologists that alumnus Karol A. ondick, BSee 55, and his wife, JoAnn, decided to endow the programs operating expenses with a charitable gift of more than $200,000 in 2012.

    Ive had firsthand experience of the value of the engineering Ambassador program through the years, said Dayton native ondick, now an emeritus board member of both the russ College Board of Visitors and ohio University Foundation Board. The program goes beyond the classroom. It gives them greater exposure and an outlook on things in a different way, such as what its like to be a member of the team and how they can contribute to the college. This helps them later in life.


    The Karol A. and JoAnn Ondick

    Engineering Ambassadors represent

    the college to prospective students,

    alumni, and the OHIO community,

    developing networking and

    communication skills, and building

    confidence in nontechnical


    Rachel Fryan, BSCS 15, BSVC 15

    Photograph by Peter Earl McCollough, BSVC 08

    By Adrienne Cornwall

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    vIne vIsIonary soars to starDomSocial media is a fickle thing, but in his first year at OHIO, freshman Logan pauls popularity has vaultedmuch like he did over Tau Beta Pis The Bent statue in front of Stocker Centerto more

    than 3 million followers on Vine, a new app featuring six-second videos in a Twitter-like news feed.

    He celebrated his million-follower milestone in September by releasing Vine videos featuring more than

    40 participants and Rufus, OHIOs beloved mascot. Then in December, as a guest on the Today Show,

    he shot Vines with anchor and OHIO alum Matt Lauer, BSC 97, and actor Terry Crews (a.k.a. the

    Old Spice guy) in his signature hilarious style before Pepsi chose him to work the company's Pepsi

    Halftime Supervine event at Superbowl XLVIII.


    students school senator in innovation Russ College computer science student Taffie Coler got a surprise visitor this January at her start-up companys Innovation Center work

    spacea real, live, U.S. senator. Rob portman was in town to hear about entrepreneurship

    and visit the Institute for Corrosion and

    Multiphase Technology, but got a bonus lesson

    in LiveInteractives social media marketing app,

    which aims to get people out of their seats and

    into the streets. LiveIn, which lets you post,

    share, and view local events, will be available

    as a beta launch this spring.

    new engineering degrees come onlineVirtual-learning opportunities at the Russ College and OHIOs

    leadership in online higher education for engineers expanded

    in 2013 with the launch of two new online masters degree

    programs in engineering. With specialization tracks offered

    online in both the M.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Civil

    Engineering, these new offerings join the successful online Master

    of Engineering Management degree program launched in 2011,

    providing advanced curricula to help experienced engineers

    develop deeper technical expertise. Learn more about our online

    programs at

    be an ambassador for goodKnow a high school student youd like to steer our way? Share

    our newly developed online viewbook component. Designed as

    a companion to the print book we send to recruit prospective

    undergraduates, it highlights eight current Russ College students.

    Share this link to help us get the word out about the Russ College,

    what life is really like at OHIO, and how this group of students

    plans to create for good. Or take a look yourself for a little



  • russ prize goes to laser surgery pioneersWhen Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ invested

    in their belief in the ability of engineering

    to improve the human condition by

    establishing the Russ Prize in 1999, more

    than 25 million people had undergone

    one of the life-changing vision correction

    surgeries known as LASIK and PRK. The three

    visionaries who developed the laser ablative

    photodecomposition behind these surgeries,

    Dr. Rangaswamy Srinivasan, Dr. James J. Wynne, and the late Dr. Samuel E. blum, were awarded the 2013 Russ Prize for their

    contributions to this technology, which

    has improved vision, increased personal

    productivity and provided greater economic

    opportunity worldwide. Both Srinivasan and

    Wynne visited OHIO to deliver public lectures

    and meet with Russ College students.

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    Ingenuity | 2014our CulTure

    hunDreDs Get theIr taG onHow do you create for good? We asked hundreds of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and

    prospective students how they want to make a lasting mark on the world with their work in

    engineering and technology. They wrote it down on vintage-style tags, and we displayed their

    inspiring words for the world to see. What began as a Russ College event in the Academic &

    Research Center in January 2013 grew to include recruitment events, our annual Homecoming

    Tailgate, and advisory board gatherings throughout the yearand it now plays a key role in our

    undergraduate viewbook, received by thousands of prospective students. Through fun portraits,

    an art installation, social media, and our everyday interactions, the Russ College community has

    come together to tag themselves and their contributions to improving the human condition.

    russ award endowment lifts hopesContinuing our colleges legacy of investment in future generations of engineers, Professor emeritus of Civil engineering ed russ and his wife, edith, endowed an award in fall 2013 for an undergraduate civil engineering student. The russ ross Award Fund in Civil engineeringnamed in honor of the couples parentswill first honor an undergraduate in fall 2015. Just as their parents helped them, the russes hope the award will help students who may face a financial burden to continue their studies.

    airline partnership cleared for takeoffThe Department of Aviation is doing much more than providing pilot certification to help our students aviation careers take off. This fall, the russ College signed a bridge agreement with PSA Airlines, a regional subsidiary of US Airways, to create a recruiting pipeline that helps student pilots get more flight time in commercial aircraft and interview spots for their pilot training program. PSA Vice President of Safety randy Fusi said the partnership with ohIo was an easy decision: ohIo aviation graduates have had great success in our training program, better than any other university grads. We couldnt agree more.

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    Almost two years ago, more than 20 russ College faculty leaders gathered at a retreat to learn about hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, and to decide how the russ College would respond to the shale oil and gas phenomenon in ohioin teaching, applied research, and service to the state. The following statement drew the colleges particular line in the sand:

    The russ College recognizes the significance that ohio shale plays as a means to transition to a sustainable energy future, and is committed to studying, understanding, and providing solutions regarding the

    effects of hydraulic fracturing on ohios environment, its infrastructure, its economy, and the health and safety of its people. The russ Colleges expertise is uniquely suited to these tasks.

    But a position statement is empty without action. Since that retreat, the russ College has embarked on comprehensive studies of this technology. We are innovating improvements, mitigating environmental effects, and understanding the inevitable ripples into the health and financial life of the region.

    Can fracking fulfill its promise?

    Ingenuity | 2014

    How Russ College teams are creating new technologies to make the process clean, safe, and cost effective


    By Colleen Carow

    Russ College students and researchers at the Institute of Sustainable Energy and the Environment analyze "flowback" water generated from an oil well located in the Bakken shale formation.

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    If we can do it economically, it only makes sense to reuse water, instead of pulling fresh water from the watershed and hauling it throughout shale regions, Trembly says.

    The design begins with ultraviolet (UV) and water-softening technologies that remediate bacteria in the water and remove hard-water ions and naturally occurring radioactive materials (Norm). Assistant Professor of environmental Studies Natalie Kruse Daniels, BSCe 04, Professor of Civil engineering Ben Stuart, and their colleagues in the ohio Coal research Center and the Institute for Corrosion and multiphase Technology are running experiments with known processeslike those used in municipal water treatmentthat can selectively remove the Norm and dissolved solids from water, to see how those methods work with flowback, which has high ionic strength.

    In the next step, the water is pumped into a reactor, which is powered by gas from the well, and transformed into a supercritical state. At very high pressures and temperatures, the water takes on properties of both a liquid and a gas. Salt and hydrocarbon byproducts then precipitate out as solids or gasify into hydrogen and carbon dioxide, leaving only clean water that can be reused in place of fresh groundwater for future operations. The salt can be used for a variety of applications including road de-icing, and the hydrogen can be used to heat the reactor.

    This would be a huge increase in process sustainability, says Kruse, an Athens-born environmentalist who has worked on stream reclamation since age 10. If you can safely dispose of Norm and produce clean salts, then they could be reused in another industry.

    hess Corporation, a leader in the development of unconventional shale resources, is providing

    resources from supplier to customerfor the oil and gas industry in eastern ohio.

    When I look this industry, I see valves, pumps, nuts, and bolts, miller says, pointing to a photo of a rig on his computer screen. These are all things ohioans make. Theres a huge supply chain behind a drill rig and all of its parts.

    The inventory, capabilities assessment, and mapping system developed by the school are helping manufacturers, suppliers, and other businesses source ohio goods and services, shorten their supply chains, and reduce the risk of supply disruptions.

    our intention is to identify new policies and practices that will leverage this finite opportunity into something that builds Appalachia ohios social and economic infrastructure into a sustainable and resilient regional economy, says miller. Very few states and regions have done this right.

    Clean Livinghydraulic fracturing has created another area of

    concern, particularly for the public: the potential impact on groundwater resources.

    Through funding from the Voinovich School, the Sugarbush Foundation, and the russ Colleges Institute for Sustainable energy and the environment, Kruse and a team of researchers have taken water samples from about 40 wells, springs, and mine discharges in the region, mainly in Athens and Belmont Counties. Sampling water from private landowners and municipal supplies, the team developed a baseline study of the areas drinking water before any drilling or injection well activity started.

    well operation and engineering insight to support process design and costing activities. Aquionics, an industry leader in UV wastewater treatment, is providing a pilot-scale reactor to determine dosing requirements to remediate bacteria in flowback water, and will develop a commercial-scale UV-reactor design based upon this data. meanwhile, the ohio Gas Association is promoting communication with oil and gas producers who are interested as end-users.

    The data from the teams research, which will be conducted over the course of about two years, will be used to provide more accurate cost estimates and develop a commercial-scale unit.

    million in externally funded research in sustainable energy technologies.

    It is ideal for a small startup, Bayless says. The company developing this as a commercial venture could independently deploy the units, removing risk of water management from the well owner. This has the potential to employ a lot of people in good-paying jobs.

    Future TenseAccording to the ohio Department of Natural

    resources, the number of issued well permits in the state increased from 24 in September 2011 to more than 1,000 in September 2013.

    No other energy resource has made such a dramatic production increase at a revolutionary speed, according to the handbook of Alternative Fuel Technologies, authored by russ-ohio research Scholar in Syngas Utilization Sunggyu K.B. Lee.

    Shale gas is considered one of the viable solutions toward energy independence, said Lee, considered a foremost expert in shale oil technology as a patent-holder in shale oil extraction technology and author of three other books, an encyclopedia chapter, and 10 refereed publications on the topic.

    more wells mean more rigs, more trucks and more workers. ohIos Consortium for energy, economics and environment (Ce3) is stepping in to help understand the effects.

    As director of Ce3, a partnership among the russ College, College of Arts and Sciences, and Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs, Scott miller coordinates the work of about 40 researchers across the university.

    Part of the full conversation of shale involves capturing the social, economic, and environmental dimensions, in addition to the technology, miller says. The economic and environmental implications of the shale boom in this region are massive.

    For example, each wellhead represents an investment of $6-10 million for a development company. The Voinovich School is currently investigating the supply chain the flow of

    Water Wise To horizontally fracture just one shale gas well

    requires four to six million gallons of waterthat is, water, proppants (usually sand or man-made ceramic materials), and a cocktail of additives.

    Some of this mixture will return to the surface as flowback, along with a host of contaminants. And it has to go somewhere. Its trucked miles away to a location with the geology to support storing it underground in an injection well.

    Transporting water to and from wells is one of the biggest costs in the industry, says Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering Jason Trembly, BSChe

    03, mS 05, PhD 07. So what if the flowback could be treated and reused? Trembly, also associate director of the ohio Coal research Center, is the architect of a novel process that could prove to be a significant game-changer in the quest to extract oil and gas resources from the nations shale formations with fewer environmental concerns.

    Supported by the russ College and ohio University office of Technology Transfer, Trembly and his team were awarded nearly $2 million in federal and state grants from the research Partnership to Secure energy for America (rPSeA) and the ohio Third Frontier, for the project Cost-effective Treatment of Flowback and Produced Water via an Integrated Precipitative Supercritical (IPSC) Process. Their goal: to construct and operate a fully integrated prototype capable of treating a barrel per day of flowback water.

    The process would address the single largest issue facing the industrythe vast amounts of water that are required to fracture the shale deep underneath the earth. once used, the vast majority of flowback is injected into a disposal well, while some very limited re-use does occur.

    Trembly estimates that treating wastewater on site instead of paying to haul it to an injection well would reduce fresh water needs at fracturing operations by about 30 percent, on top of the transportation cost savings and reduced potential damage to rural roads not designed for such heavy loads.

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    If we can do it economically, it only makes sense to reuse water, instead of pulling fresh water from the watershed.Jason Trembly, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    The economic and environmental implications of the shale boom in this region are massive.Scott Miller, Director of CE3

    russ College Dean Dennis Irwin says the project is an example of how the college has staked out ground as a major resource for studying the effects of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

    This is a great example of socially responsible engineering with long-term impact for our region and far beyond, says Irwin.

    Corrosion Controlresearchers at the Institute for Corrosion and

    multiphase Technology are addressing the challenge of building Tremblys prototype, which requires carefully chosen materials because flowback is a high-salinity brine that can corrode the steel components used to construct the treatment system at the wellhead.

    Theyve performed research for leading oil and gas companies around the globe for more than two decades, simulating and modeling corrosion phenomena encountered during hydrocarbon production and processingfrom downhole to the refinery. Now, they can transfer their knowledge to the hydraulic fracturing industry, which faces aggressive environmental hazards including Co2, a main driver of corrosion.

    Tubular steels have to withstand high pressures and elevated temperatures, while being exposed to corrodents in injected and produced fluids, says David Young, assistant director of the institute, who is studying a range of alloys for Tremblys reactor.

    We can advise what types of engineering materials and inhibition strategies can be used to mitigate these corrosion processes.

    Road WorthyBeyond the wellhead, heavy trucking to and

    from remote injection well sites taxes local roads not designed to carry their weight.

    our roads grew up from deer paths to wagon paths, says Bill Lozier, Licking County engineer and associate director of the russ Colleges robe Leadership Institute.

    Civil engineers in the ohio research Institute for Transportation and the environment have worked for 30 years to test, understand, and model the effects of traffic loads and environmental effects on pavement performance. Their mobile labs offer unique capabilities to monitor road conditions.

    our challenge is to not harm the industry while still protecting the public investment in our road system. Academia and science need to take over, to evaluate the existing road structureto determine what is needed in terms of less expensive maintenance, or for rehabilitation, Lozier explains.

    A successful commercial-scale design of Tremblys system could spawn a completely new industry for transporting the reactor on flatbed trucks, vastly reducing the loads traveling these back roads, says Loehr Professor of mechanical engineering David Bayless, principal investigator on more than $18

    The samples, tested at three separate labs, showed almost no hits for organic chemicals.

    Its fun to find stuff, but then you sit back and realize, oh wait, this is a good thing, Kruse says with a laugh. our groundwater resources are pretty good.

    Future groundwater testing that reveals the presence of pervasive organic constituents after the start of any hydraulic fracturing activity, noted Kruse, could be a red flag.

    Clearing the AirGroundwater isnt the only environmental

    concern. According to Professor of Chemical engineering Kevin Crist, director of the russ Colleges Center of Air Quality, the only air quality monitoring facility in the region, greenhouse gas emissions in central ohio are down about 27 percent in the last two years.

    New mercury emission rules and the abundance of natural gasmethaneresulting from hydraulic fracturing have led to closings of older, less efficient coal-fired power plants. American electric Power reported in october 2013 that in ohio alone, it would retire about 7,000 megawatts of coal-fired, electric generation capacity by early 2016. This leaves energy companies to consider other fuel sources like natural gas, which thanks to hydraulic fracturing is cheap and abundant, and creates about half the greenhouse gas emissions of coal.

    This is good news, especially for ohio, notes Crist. ohio is a major emitter of carbon dioxide and other pollutants associated with electric power production.

    Frack ForwardAs one of the countrys rapidly developing

    domestic energy resources, the shale oil and gas industry and its long-range benefits and downsides remain unknown. In response, the russ Colleges ongoing work includes yet additional studies on eliminating the use of water almost entirely, developing new types of proppants that keep problematic contaminants within the shale seam, finding technologies that enable economically viable Co2 sequestration for enhanced oil recovery, and developing new cost-effective gas separation technologies.

    adrienne Cornwall and arian smedley contributed to this story.

    Our ultimate aim is to address the needs of the public and industry alike, to help create a more sustainable energy future.Dennis Irwin, Russ College Dean

    Pictured left to right: Graduate students Caleb Hawkins; Taylor Macy, BS 14; and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Natalie Kruse Daniels, BSCE 04.

    Pictured left to right: Mechanical engineering master's student Mark Hritz, BS 12, and Sak Dassard, MS 07, PHD 13.

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    savas kaya, professor of electrical engineering, may work in the realm of the tiny, but his visions are larger than life.

    By Colleen Carow

    In an effort to bridge the gap between

    nanotechnology and undergraduate education,

    Savas Kaya is building an immersive,

    interdisciplinary, educational platform called

    the nanOstUdio. Supported by almost $200,000

    from the National Science Foundation and

    matching funds from OHIOs Nanoscale

    Quantum Phenomena Institute and the 1804

    Fund, the studio will feature interactive

    learning exhibits about some of the smallest

    building blocks in our techno-world

    nanomaterials and nano-scale devices.

    Kaya was researching ways to better

    integrate science with education, but found

    that the majority of nanotech-related

    undergraduate projects consisted of new

    certificate programs or new courses, and he

    wasnt satisfied.

    I didnt find that creative enough, Kaya

    says. One of the reasons why students may

    be escaping studying courses and degree

    programs related to nanotechnology may be

    because its too restrictive or too focused and

    away from day-to-day lives.

    Housed in a corner of the Academic &

    Research Centers large project hangar, the

    studio will feature a media island so users can

    virtually explore molecular and nanostructures

    via computer visualization, play with interactive

    computer interfaces and games, and watch in-

    depth videos about nanotech developments.

    lee fInDs fame In enGIneerInG anD sCIenCe

    Dont let his modesty fool you: Sunggyu K.b. Lee is hall-of-fame caliber in many respects. Globally acclaimed for his research

    on advanced materials and alternative

    fuels, as well as his development of clean

    coal technology, Lee is also well-known for

    his dedication to undergraduate teaching

    and for establishing a family dynamic

    among researchers in his lab. The Engineers

    Club of Dayton made it formal when they

    inducted Lee, Russ-Ohio Eminent Scholar in

    Syngas Utilization and professor of chemical

    and biomolecular engineering, into the

    Engineering and Science Hall of Fame in

    November 2013.

    burDICk brInGs the fIGht to CanCer

    Having lost three family members to cancer,

    Monica burdick has made fighting the disease her lifes work. The assistant professor of

    chemical and biomolecular engineering and

    her interdisciplinary research teams study how

    cancer stem cells work in hopes of figuring out

    a way to fight them. This new insight is at the

    forefront of modern cancer research, particularly

    in late-stage disease treatments, and two of her

    grant-funded projects will help identify cancer

    stem cells and a novel in situ diagnostic process.

    Their significant initial findings from the first

    yearsupported by the work of several graduate

    and undergraduate student researcherswere

    published in 2012 in Frontiers in Oncology. The

    team will continue its work to move these new

    diagnostic and treatment technologies from the

    lab to a clinical setting.

    rIefler makes mark WIth pollutIon-to-paInt

    Environmental engineering is turning pollution

    into art in the lab of Associate Professor of

    Civil Engineering guy Riefler. In collaboration

    with Associate Professor of Painting and

    Drawing John Sabraw, Riefler and a team

    of graduate and undergraduate researchers

    are collecting acidic runoff from abandoned

    coal mines throughout southeast Ohio and

    developing a process to turn the sludges iron

    precipitates into pigment for professional-

    quality paints. Sabraw has developed an entire

    series of artwork, dubbed Chroma, inspired

    by the environment and incorporating these

    paints, which the duo hope to eventually

    develop on a commercial scale.


    A sought-after expert in clean coal technology, Loehr Professor of mechanical engineering David Bayless was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for his development of engineering technologies that seek to address the nations energy and environmental problems. he is best known for his work in combining algal biomass and coal in combustion for electricity-generating applications, an approach that could cut Co2 emissions in half.


    While Assistant Professor of Civil engineering Ken Walsh has been protecting buildings and bridges from earthquakes most of his career, this year he was recognized for building a great rapport with students as well. The University Professor Award, which Walsh was honored with in April 2013, recognizes outstanding teaching at the universityand is the only honor decided entirely by the University student body.


    The GreenBox, developed by russ Professor and pee-to-power pioneer Gerardine Botte, converts ammonia from wastewater into energy and clean water through her patented electrochemical process. The industry has taken notice: The venture capitalist showcase Startup Silicon Valley awarded e3Clean Technologies, the company she founded to commercialize the GreenBox, its most Likely to Succeed honor this summer. Also named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, Botte heads the Center for electrochemical engineering research, which recently moved into an expanded lab facility on mill Street in Athens to make room for the next phase of technological breakthroughs.

    DreamInG bIG at atomIC sCale

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    Visitors can get hands-on at a demonstration

    station, testing nanomaterials as compared to

    conventional ones to understand the different

    properties of both. The station also offers the

    inside scoop on advanced microscopes.

    Kaya ultimately aims to show guests how

    we interact with these nanostructures and

    molecular materials every day and spark

    interest in learning more about them. Russ

    College students, as well as the larger university

    and surrounding communities, including area

    schools, will be welcome.

    To develop the studio, Kaya drew inspiration

    from his two children, ages eight and six. At

    visits to Columbus's Center of Science and

    Innovation, he has watched them interact with

    scientific concepts in a fun and engaging way.

    Why cant we do that in the same spirit?

    Kaya asks. A studio is a comfortable and

    accessible environment.

    The studio is already equipped with a

    tabletop electron microscope, an atomic-force

    microscope, a scanning tunneling microscope,

    the interactive media and science station,

    two large flat-screen monitors, and two

    work stations.

    The state-of-the-art equipment is capable

    of showing things on the atomic level, but

    its simple to use. That was strategic, Kaya

    explains, because he wants the space to

    be inviting for those new to the nanotech

    world. The tools are small, compact, and

    to some extent portable, in order to share

    the experience with visitors outside the

    engineering and technology community.

    Because the National Science Foundation

    also wants to better understand what drives

    undergraduates to the industry, Kaya will work

    with professors and graduate students from

    OHIOs Gladys W. and David H. Patton College

    of Education to observe and collect statistics

    on how undergraduates interact with the

    technology and what motivates them.

    We may have hit a gold mine, Kaya says.

    This is a perfect example of how science and

    education can meet without getting in the way

    of one another.

    In addition to creating the space for others to

    experience the world on an atomic scale, Kaya

    will hire about a dozen students each year to

    work as researchers during the summer and as

    studio demonstrators during the year.

    One of these students, junior computer

    engineering major Gregory Pugar, says his

    nanOstUdio work sparked his interest in

    nanoscale biomedical engineering. As he

    considers whether to study it in graduate

    school, hes looking forward to sharing his

    enthusiasm with the community, especially

    high school students.

    The hope is to spark interest in kids who

    might not have ever heard of this, Pugar says.



    arian smedley contributed to this story.

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    mIChael beDnarIk BSCHE 84 is the Asia-Pacific technical advisor for Exxon

    Mobil in Shanghai, China.

    John brenner BSCHE 75 retired from Dow Chemical almost 10 years ago

    and has moved back to the land of milk and

    honey, in part to cheer on todays Bobcats.

    raymonD brushart BSISE 90 is program manager for the Ohio Department

    of Transportations Ohio Local Technical

    Assistance Program Center.

    Charles Canty BSEE 61 retired from AT&T in 1989. He recently moved

    from New Jersey to North Carolina.

    russ College alumni carry their passions forward and change the world for the better.

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    thIerry lanGloIs DestaIntot MSEE 84

    recently retired from the European

    Commission as Directorate-General for

    Research and Innovation.

    kyle felts BSME 03 is associate manager of production for Tesla

    Motors, where he and a team are producing a

    zero tailpipe-emissions car.

    buCk fetters BSIT 66 retired several years ago from Monsanto

    Company as director, and continues to consult

    for various companies and organizations. He

    and his wife, Sue, whom he met at OHIO, are

    approaching their 50th anniversary. They have

    two grown children.

    GreG harvey BSME 08 is an account manager for the Timken

    Company. He will be relocating from Chicago

    to Detroit after completing his MBA at

    Northwestern University in June 2014.

    I design, engineer, market, research, and develop for the field of aviation.

    ConnIe tobIas, aas 77, bGs 78

    I help advance technology in space exploration and natural gas development.

    Jonathan WIlkof, bsIt 05

    I help develop and engineer faster and more efficient tooling for corrugated packaging, reducing the amount of paper pulp, and ultimately, trees that are used.

    WIllIam farber, bsIt 85

    sCott abramson BSA 07 marketing manager for Rapid Displays

    in Chicago, proposed to his girlfriend,

    Brittany Wasserman, at the Russ

    College Homecoming tailgate party in

    October 2013. She said yes.

    bryan DavIs BSCE 13 is a project manager at McDaniels

    Construction Company in Columbus,

    Ohio (pictured here with Nichole

    Lowe, BSCHE 14).

    John hattersley BSEE 73 is president of InData Systems, a

    specialty bar code systems supplier

    that has patented scanning systems for

    invisible covert bar code applications.

    Jose rIvera BSIT 73 is founder and director of a Honduran

    food service business that provides

    technical service in Honduras and

    abroad. He served in the U.S. Air Force

    after graduation.

    ConnIe tobIas AAS 77, BGS 78 a captain with U.S. Airways, has

    completed more than 21,000 flight

    hours in 68 different aircraft. She

    was selected to escort the WASP float

    at the 2014 Rose Bowl Parade, and

    accompanied 17 of the remaining

    WASPs, ranging in age from 89 to 94.

    frank poChIro BSIT 97 a senior process planner at BMW, has

    held two international assignments

    in Germany, worked in Mexico, and

    owned his own business. He and his

    wife, Kara Leavitt Pochiro, BSED 99,

    have two sons, Angelo, 9, and Rocco,

    6. They live in South Carolina.

    JustIn hollIs BSETM 13 is a manufacturing engineer at KTH Parts

    Industries, a tier-one Honda supplier that makes

    structural components for most Honda and

    Acura models produced in the U.S. He recently

    acquired his Six Sigma Green Belt certification

    from the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

    r. Jason hoopes BSETM 10 is a product engineer for HFI, LLC.

    ChaD InGle BSCE 99 manages roadway projects as project engineer

    for the City of Kettering, Ohio.

    Joe JaChInoWskI BSEE 79 is CEO of Mevion Medical Systems, Inc. The

    company received FDA approval for an

    advanced radiation therapy system used to

    treat cancer, and recently treated its first

    patient in St. Louis.

    mattheW Johnson BSCE 94, MSCE 96 is principal for Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, and

    was recently named new design practice leader.

    mohammeD karIm MS 94 is president of his own company.

    rICharD kehl BSME 58 is retired.

    ChrIs koenInG BSIT 80 is a senior design engineer for Eaton.

    aDam lytton BSCE 10 is a project engineer for District 11 of the Ohio

    Department of Transportation.

    alIsha mIlbry BSIT 04, MS 11 was the Central Ohio National Society of Black

    Engineers Professionals Chapter Member

    of the Year for 20122013. She is a plant

    engineering supervisor for UPS.

    eDWIn murray BSME 53 is retired.

    James nICkum BSEE 78 is retired and returning to the workforce as an

    aviation consultant. Jonathan WIlkof BSIT 05 is a manufacturing engineer and an owner of

    Stark Industrial LLC, a contract manufacturer

    of precision metal parts and assemblies located

    in North Canton, Ohio. He and his wife have a

    daughter and are expecting their second child

    in June.

    JIm WyllIe BSCS 05, MSCS 08 is a performance engineering manager at

    Akamai Technologies. In 2013, he bought a

    condo, completed a century ride, and lost

    30 pounds.

    franCIs raber BSEE 62 is retired.

    shaDI ramahI BSEE 94 is Midwest regional sales manager for Metso.

    He created the app,

    which allows businesses to target local users,

    and earned an MBA in 2012 from Oakland

    City University.

    robb roby BSME 94 was recognized in 2013 for his outstanding

    intellectual property legal work in Managing

    Intellectual Property magazines IP Stars

    Guide. A partner at Knobbe, Martens, Olson &

    Bear, an intellectual property law firm, he has

    been counseling clients with respect to patent,

    trademark, and copyright law issues since 1997.

    KoussAy Gus shAAr BSEE 00

    is plant manager at Siemens Renewable

    Energy, Wind Power Nacelle Manufacturing

    Plant, where he manages manufacturing

    projects and business ventures. He completed

    a masters in mechanical engineering with a

    focus in manufacturing systems management

    from Southern Methodist University.

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    riChArd diCK diCKerson BSCE 80

    is CEO of Utility Technologies International

    Corp. He has run 65 marathons and climbed

    multiple peaks, including Mt. McKinley, Mt.

    Kilimanjaro, and Mt. Everest.

    keIth elsass BSEE 02 is owner of Convomonics.

    WIllIam farber BSIT 85 is vice president of the southeast region of

    Container Graphics Corporation. His oldest son,

    Nathan, is a sophomore at Ohio University.

  • a front roW seat for DIsaster relIef

    Last summer, engineering Technology and management senior molly slattery was one of the two first-ever U.S. Army Defense Coordinating elements (DCe) interns, along with a student from the University of Nevada.

    As part of her role at the Region IV office

    in Atlanta, she observed a ten-member DCE

    team collaborate with organizations like the

    Federal Emergency Management Agency

    (FEMA) and the Red Cross in the discipline

    of emergency management.

    I learned that it takes an entire town

    to manage disaster relief, says Slattery,

    also a cadet in OHIOs Army ROTC program.

    There is so much coordination that goes

    into disaster prevention and recovery. Its

    amazing how many people work together

    to get things like that accomplished.

    Slattery became Incident Command

    System (ICS) certified and interviewed

    everyone in the FEMA region IV office as a

    means of learning more about emergency

    management. I met high-ranking military

    leaders and civilians who make the decisions

    about how to use civilian and military assets

    to recover from natural disasters, as well as

    overseas devastation, she notes.

    Slattery will commission as a second

    lieutenant when she graduates. She then

    hopes to use her skills to improve disaster

    prevention and relief by developing safer and

    lighter military equipment, and developing

    protocols to cut reaction time, and reduce

    life-threatening injuries and casualties.

    For information about how to connect

    your company or organization with the

    Russ College internship and cooperative

    education program, contact Director of

    Professional Experiences Dean Pidcock at

    740.593.0894 or [email protected]

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    HoW WILL YoU SUppoRT oUR RUSS CoLLEgE FACULTY SUpERHERoES? We invite you to drop us a line at [email protected] and let us know. You can also recognize them with a charitable gift that honors the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound, brandish the Lasso of Truth, or otherwise make a lasting impact on generations of russ College students. For more info., contact Senior Director of Development Scott Gluck at [email protected] or 740.593.2533 or visit

    Who Was your superhero?

    For many chemical engineering majors from the late 60s to 90s, it was

    Nick Dinos, now professor emeritus. So much so that more than 80 of them

    came together to create the Nicholas Dinos Professorship in his honor. Russ

    College Board of Visitors members Jim Edwards, BSCH 70, and Debbie Burke,

    BSCHE 85, and alum John Baginski, BSCHE 70, established the professorship

    with help from another board member, Hank Waters, BSCH 83.

    Edwards says he had some interesting professors, but that none of

    them impacted his life like Dinoswhom students chose for the University

    Professor Award not once but three times: in 1975, 1992, and 1997.

    Nick made chemical engineering come to life. Who else could combine

    Shakespeare with Henrys Law and come out with something that made

    sense? He was a professor, but somehow he was one of us, he says.

    Associate professor of Chemical Engineering Darin Ridgway, who first joined the Russ College on a visiting professorship appointment,

    has been named the first Nicholas Dinos Professor for his work inspiring

    generations of chemical engineers. Professorships enable OHIO to recognize,

    and often to attract and retain, faculty who seem to have superpowers.

    Ridgway, the perennial selection by seniors for the department teaching

    awardas in, 12 timesbelieves were shaped by everyone we deal with,

    and that we take little things, good and bad, from all those experiences.

    Im just a guy trying to do a good job every day, he says.

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