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Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University Ingenuity Magazine 2011


  • The Annual Magazine of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology2011

    Russ College of Engineeringand Technology

    Stocker Center1 Ohio UniversityAthens OH 45701.2979

    New program boosts freshman math scores

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    From the Deans Desk

    Student Achievements

    Student Life: Adventures Abroad

    Research Spotlight

    Research Feature: Junior Faculty Research

    Selected External Research Awards

    Academic Feature: Freshman Math Adds Up

    Presidents Perspective

    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

    Class Notes

    Cooperative Education Report




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    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 federal organizations.

    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.


    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 properties.






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    Dean Dennis Irwin

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    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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    WRITE TO US!We welcome letters from readers. We reserve the right to edit for space, collegiality, and grammar. Please include your contact information. E-mail to [email protected], or mail to Ingenuity magazine, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Ohio University, Stocker Center 177, Athens, Ohio, 45701.

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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 percent.

    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 communication.



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    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 Shovel plaque.

    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.

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    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 cities, and

    By Amy Goodnite

    Industrial and engineering systems student finds herself a world away

    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 overseas base.

    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 efficiency.

    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 me.

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    The Latest on



    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 technologies.

    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.

    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 gasification properties.

    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 results.

    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.


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    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 explains.

    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.


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    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 lights.

    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 applications.

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    $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 community.

    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 new technologies.

    $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 implementations.


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    $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 encyclopedia Wikipedia.

    $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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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 Council.


    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 funds.

    The Russ College aims to be the best undergraduate engineering

    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 University.

    5 priorities drive us: Cultivate Learning: Cultivate outstanding academic and

    student- life experiences $50 million Expand Opportunity: Increase access and opportunity

    $175 million Inspire Discovery: Invest in research, discovery, and creative

    activity $105 million Nurture Place: Enrich the campus environment $100 million Encourage Community: Expand outreach and partnerships

    $20 million

    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 there.

    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.


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    PARKER HANNIFIN Creates student lab in honor of alumnus

    Industrial and Systems Engineering



    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 engineering.

    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 says.

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    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 of them.

    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 running again.

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    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 support start-ups.

    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 legacy.

    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 2006.

    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


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    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 pacemaker.

    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: DNA.

    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 the world.

    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.


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    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 Interconnect.

    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 mechanical engineering.

    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).


    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 system.


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    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 Russ.

    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 Reserve.

    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 Ad

    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 2011.

    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 in Beersheva.


    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.


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    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 Education.

    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 industry.

    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 Stiffness Discrimination

    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.


    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 Engineering Research

    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 Multiphase Technology

    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


    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.

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    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 candidate.

    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 sciences.

    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 electronics.

    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, 2010.

    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, Florida.

    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 (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, Wisconsin.

    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 Columbus, Ohio.

    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.

  • 24.

    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.

    31 Gifts

    ADB Airfield Solutions

    AK Steel


    Abbott Labs

    Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

    Allegheny Energy

    Ariel Corporation

    BBC & M Engineering

    Boeing Company

    Buckeye Power, Inc.

    Component Repair Technologies, Inc.

    Diagnostic Hybrids

    Diamond Power Specialty Company

    E. I. Dupont

    Federal Highway Administration


    GKN Sinter Metals

    General Electric


    Honda of America Motor Manufacturing

    Kenworth Truck Company

    Kokosing Construction Company

    Lockheed Martin

    Marathon Petroleum Company LLC



    Moen, Inc.

    Momentive Performance Materials

    Montgomery County Sanitary Engineering

    NASA (various locations)

    National Security Agency

    Northrop Grumman

    Ohio Coal Research Center

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    PCC Airfoils

    Rockwell Collins


    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 Programs.