Ingenuity 2012

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  • The Annual Magazine of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology2012Russ Colleges first eminent scholar dotes on students in the lab and classroom

  • is published annually by the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and

    Technology at Ohio University. Share your comments or questions

    by contacting us at ingenuity@ohio.edu

    or 740.593.1488.

    Editor/WriterColleen Carow,

    M.B.A. 05, M.A. 97, B.S.J. 93,

    director of external relations

    WritersCorinne Colbert, B.S.J. 87, M.A. 93

    Ingenuity PhotographersMark DawsonJill Bateman

    Joel Prince, B.S.V.C. 12Maddie Meyer

    Alex Snyder, B.S.V.C. 10, M.A. 12

    Ohio University Notice of Nondiscrimination

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    2012 Ohio University.All rights reserved. UCM#1074-15.8M

  • 1FEATURES

    FROM THE DEANS DESK

    STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

    STUDENT LIFE

    GIVING TO THE RUSS COLLEGE

    ACADEMIC FEATURE

    PRESIDENTS PERSPECTIVE

    RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

    RESEARCH FEATURE

    RESEARCH AWARDS

    EDITORIAL

    ALUMNI PROFILE

    DISTINGUISHED GRADS

    FACULTY AND STAFF AWARDS

    FACULTY AND STAFF ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    WELCOMES AND FAREWELLS

    IN MEMORIAM

    CLASS NOTES

    COOPERATIVE EDUCATION REPORT

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  • FROM THE DEANS DESK

    It was just around the time Ingenuity was released last year that we learned the astounding news about the Russes remarkable 2008 estate gift of $95 million having grown by $29 million. The gift had included shares of YSI, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of sensors, instruments, software, and data collection platforms for environmental water monitoring, which was acquired by the high-tech engineering and manufacturing company ITT.

    The gift now stands at a remarkable $124 million.

    And so a year has passed, yet the news was so great that it feels like we learned it yesterday. It was a gift so profound that

    it remains top of mind each day in all that we do, and will for a very long time.

    YSI was founded as Yellow Springs Instrument Company at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Most interesting, but perhaps not surprising at all, is that this was just a few years before and next door to where Fritz and Dolores founded their company, Systems Research Laboratories (SRL).

    It is both inspiring and endearing to consider how early Fritz knew of and invested in the company surely knowing that one day his investment would reap untold benefits.

    A related update is our completion of the Russ Innovation Gateway a mini-conference center in a building that was once Fritzs personal office and workshop, on the grounds of the current Russ Research Center. This technology park near Dayton, Ohio, was SRLs home.

    FROM THE DEANS DESK

    Dean Dennis Irwin

    Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin welcomes a graduating student to the Order of the Engineer in June.

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  • Today, the fully outfitted Russ Innovation Gateway features a classroom, two conference rooms, a kitchenette, and off ices for small engineering and technology start-ups. We hope to foster them and build connections with those firms as well as the tenants of the Russ Research Center.

    Another example of Fritzs vision was his uncanny understanding of what would be the demands of our modern day society and infrastructure. Having known him, Id bet he had some idea as to how YSIs capabilities and endeavors would one day meet those demands: One of the most significant economic developments in Ohio involves the shale oil and gas researchers in eastern Ohio. And interestingly, YSI plans to be heavily involved in groundwater monitoring for hydraulic fracturing.

    Ive received many inquiries and communications regarding the Russ Colleges role in the shale oil and gas arena. In June, I convened a retreat department chairs, center directors, board members and developed a position statement.

    Our role will be one of research, support, technology development, and educational offerings. One of those educational offerings will be an undergraduate program in the new and growing area of energy engineering.

    In other academic news, Ive welcomed our largest freshman class ever. Weve begun our first year of semesters, which is a big change for all of us. Meanwhile, the Russ College has been well prepared for students who are either continuing or beginning studies under semesters this fall, because our new associate dean for academics, Jeff Giesey, has been co-director of the Universitys overall Q2S transition effort.

    Another exciting endeavor underway: With the help of branding and marketing agency Ologie of Columbus, Ohio, weve been hard at work since last spring developing updated branding for the Russ College, including a suite of new creative materials. It powerfully conveys to the outside world the great energy and potential of all that is the Russ College.

    If you receive our weekly e-newsletter as a student or faculty member, or if youve logged onto the Engineering Ambassador blog at www.ohio.edu/engineering/ambassadors/blog, youre already seeing bits and pieces of our new direction. I invite you to keep tabs on us as we roll out new websites and other pieces to bring this bold new messaging to life.

    In this new academic year as well, we look forward to the awarding of the seventh Russ Prize, in collaboration with the National Academy of Engineering, in February. This past February during Engineers Week, we welcomed the sixth recipient, bioengineering pioneer Dr. Leroy Hood of Seattle, to Ohio University. He addressed a standing-room-only crowd of hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members of all backgrounds, explaining his view of how healthcare will radically change in our lifetimes, once each of us possesses our own genome thanks to rapid advancement in technology. Like Fritz before him, he is a true visionary.

    Russ Prize recipient Dr. Leroy Hood addresses a packed crowd in Baker University Center.

    High-school participants at the Russ College-sponsored national Future Cities competition party in Washington, D.C., during National Engineers Week.

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  • STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

    SOARING

    Russ College electrical engineering students won the Institute of Navigations (ION) annual autonomous snowplow competition the second year running. Senior Ryan Kollar and graduate students Samantha Craig, B.S.E.E. 12, and Pengfei Duan Kuangmin Li, M.S. 10, took home a $3,000 award, as well the Golden Pen award for best final report and the Golden Shovel award for best student final presentation. A team member will present their paper at IONs Satellite Division Conference this fall.

    The Ohio Society of Professional Engineers awarded John Linser, B.S.C.S. 12, the $1,000 Systems Research Laboratories (SRL) scholarship. Linser interned at AK Steel in Mansfield, Ohio, and at Lockheed Martin facilities in Akron, Ohio; Lufkin, Texas; and Camden, Arkansas. SRL was founded by Fritz, B.S.E.E. 42, HON 75, and Dolores Russ.

    OHIOs Front Room Coffeehouse in Baker University Center was renovated according to a design created by industrial and systems engineering June 2012 graduates Moniquea Grier, Zach Phillipi, Dereck Smith, and Kyler Torrence. The group had studied the Front Rooms layout and service challenges as part of their two-part senior design course.

    The Ohio University Flying Bobcats won first place in flying events and second in safety for the second year running at the Region III National Intercollegiate Flying Associations Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference held last October at Ohio University. Travis Fisher, B.S.A. 12, and J.D. Quint, B.S.A. 12, placed first and second, respectively, in power-off landings; Jordan Bidwell, B.S.A. 12, and Chris Gatz, B.S.A. 12, won second place in the message drop. The team also took second place in safety at the national competition in May.

    Five industrial and systems engineering majors placed second of 29 teams nationwide in an ergonomics evaluation software competition in fall 2011 sponsored by Auburn Engineers, Inc., of Auburn, Alabama. The team used Auburn Engineers eTools software to diagnose potential musculoskeletal problems among marching band members.

    Chemical and biomolecular engineering graduate student Linchong Mai, B.S.Ch.E. 12, became the first undergraduate ever to win a prize in the student poster competition last October at the 220th Electrochemical Society Meeting in Boston. Mais poster, Studies on the Bulk Reactions During Ammonia Oxidation, took second place.

    The Avionics Engineering Center presented the McCall Awards of Excellence to Adam Naab-Levy, B.S.E.E. 12, and Kuangmin Li, M.S. 10; the Richard H. McFarland Scholarship to Ryan K