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  • IngenuitySTUDENTS P.4Russ Vision funds propel student passion

    FACULTY P.28Taking and making the high road

    ALUMNI P.14The beat of his own drum

    CULTURE P.18Senior design, space, the gift of sound, and more

    LOOK OUT ABOVERuss College researchers eye the future of UAV technology and an industry full of potential for good

    THE RUSS COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY 20142015

  • 02 | DEANS LETTER

    04 | STUDENT PROFILE

    08 | STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

    10 | RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

    12 | RESEARCH AWARDS

    14 | ALUMNI PROFILE

    16 | ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENTS

    18 | OUR CULTURE

    22 | FEATURE STORY

    28 | FACULTY PROFILE

    29 | FACULTY NEWS

    30 | CLASS NOTES

    32 | CO-OP PROFILE

    33 | CREATE FOR THE FUTURE

    EDITORIAL CREDITS

    EXECUTIVE EDITOR

    Colleen Carow, BSJ 93, MA 97, MBA 05

    ASSOCIATE EDITOR

    Peter Shooner, MS 10

    WRITERS

    Colleen Carow Adrienne Cornwall Kaitor Kposowa Peter Shooner

    PHOTOGRAPHERS

    Rob Hardin, BSC 08, MS 13 Rebecca Miller Paul Stocklin, BSEE 14 Electronic Vision, Athens, Ohio ev.net

    DESIGN

    Ullman Design Marietta, Ohio

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    NOW HEAR THIS

    A group of five visionaries engineers,

    a physician, and a neuroscientist are

    awarded for embodying Fritz and Dolores

    Russs belief in how engineering improves

    the human condition.

    SINGING A NEW SONGIts not all rock and roll to him. Electrical

    engineering alumnus Dustin Bates, BSEE 05,

    MSEE 08, proves that indeed, there is no such

    thing as a typical engineer.

    Share your comments, feedback, and

    memorable Russ College moments by

    writing us at INGENUITY@OHIO.EDU or

    INGENUITY MAGAZINE, RUSS COLLEGE,

    STOCKER CENTER 177, 1 OHIO

    UNIVERSITY, ATHENS, OH 45701.

    ON THE COVER: Cheng Professor of Electrical Engineering Maarten Uijt de Haag (second from left) and masters students Ashkay Bharadwaj and Adam Schultz, BSEE 14, and Russell Gilabert, BSEE 15 (L-R, captured by Electronic Vision via UAV), are developing technologies to keep manned and unmanned aircraft flying safely as a new generation of life- and money-saving UAVs takes to the skies. For more, see pages 22-27.

    www.ohio.edu/engineering

  • ITS NOT JUST ABOUT THE LEGOS.

    At annual outreach events coordinated by the

    Russ College chapter of the Society of Women

    Engineers, students like Busra Cakmak, a

    masters candidate in industrial and systems

    engineering, build more than just models

    with local Girl Scouts they build skills and

    confidence in the women leaders of tomorrow.

    For more about how SWE members create for

    the future, see pages 4-5.

  • FROM THEDEANS DESKWere not just studying and writing papers.

    Were putting ourselves out there, and Im not just talking about flight training. Im talking

    about participatory research and learning. Were inside of it as participants. Its the best

    way to determine true issues, not just the speculative ones.

    Turn the page, and youll see. Were not just speculating about improvements that could

    result from cleaning up water at hydraulic fracturing sites were observing, assessing,

    analyzing, and then developing solutions to put them in industrys hands. Were also

    identifying how electrochemical engineering can be used to make products in a more

    sustainable way.

    Were talking to Nobel Laureates, solving the problems of developmentally disabled

    workers, ensuring the safe transport of oil and gas. Were not just gathering and analyzing

    data for unmanned aerial vehicles were building, flying, modifying, and discovering uses

    that will save lives and livelihoods. And were saving the state of Ohio millions of dollars in

    infrastructure because were not just at the roadside were embedded, in each and every

    pavement sensor, buried deep.

    Read on in this issue: From the very beginning of semiconductor devices, weve been in the

    middle, building real products.

    Our new energy engineering program is a prime example. Weve responded to a societal and

    cultural need, motivated by demand from students and from the world.

    Were not just observing the technology from the outside. Were here, now, listening,

    learning, doing: creating for good.

    Sincerely,

    DENNIS IRWIN, PHD, PE

    Dean Moss Professor of Engineering Education Thomas Professor of Engineering

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    Ingenuity | 2015

    Attitude. Heading into competition at the Region III National Intercollegiate Flying Association's (NIFA) Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) held at Ohio State University in October, Flying Bobcats Safety Officer Matt Kershaw, along with Rob Derssel (left) and Chris Swink (right), stage one of the Russ Colleges Piper Warrior aircraft for the navigation event. The team, which competed in nine events focused on navigation, landing, equipment proficiency, and other tasks relevant to safe aircraft operation, topped Kent State and Bowling Green in overall school ranking, coming in third for the second consecutive year.

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    STUDENTPROFILE

    They can see for milesTake a look at students, supported by Russ Vision funds, who are charting new territory and blazing trails with a vision all their own

    By Colleen Carow

  • students at Ohio University. His Innovator in Residence position is with the OU Entrepreneurs group, a student organization dedicated to training and supporting student entrepreneurs and innovators while connecting them with external experts and resources. Herbert networks with entrepreneurial experts all over the country, gathering their advice and spreading his enthusiasm and ideas for startup innovation.

    I want to see two more businesses, technologies, and movements start next year that otherwise wouldn't have. The year after that, I want to see 10, then 20, and then for it to just become a way of life here, says Herbert, who did his work at OHIOs Innovation Center, and the arts and media Create_Space lab in Putnam Hall. I want to make Athens another Silicon Valley, but with a reasonable cost of living.

    In the meantime, hes building his startup concept a robotic pizza prep and cooking device he calls a pizza kitchen in a box with parts custom-designed and printed on a 3D printer. Next steps? Get the production prototype up and running, and of course, start delivering pizzas.

    Picture this. You have a startup idea. For a compact robotic pizza printer. Thats right a 3D printer robot that prints pizza instead of plastic. And you want to be able to take an academic term to work on it full time. So you propose that administrators let you use the one-credit-hour cooperative education course for a course of your own design. You get the green light. Then you win a nationally competitive fellowship in recognition of your ingenuity. And before you know it, youre an Innovation Fellow, coaching other students. In your free time, youre lobbying on Capitol Hill for intellectual property rights.

    Youre John Herbert, a mechanical engineering senior who received Russ Vision funds to attend an entrepreneur workshop. Soon after, he was named to the National Science Foundations Epicenter fellowship program.

    Since the fall, Herbert has divided his entrepreneurial co-op time between the startup and strengthening entrepreneurial support for

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    Addition of a phenyl group to the 4-nitrogen of methimazole significantly increases anti-inflammatory inhibition ability. This is just one of the results of Olivia Laniers research with Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Doug Goetz. Studying pathological inflammation present in rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease Lanier and colleagues learned ways to manipulate methimazole, a drug commonly used to treat Graves disease, to inhibit white blood cell adhesion that contributes to inflammation.

    Russ Vision funds supported the chemical engineering seniors lab wages, as well as submission costs to the European Journal of Pharmacology, which published the paper she co-authored as a result of the research.

    I want to use my chemical engineering skills to solve bio-related problems. I want to perform research to obtain cures for debilitating diseases

    Ive witnessed first-hand the effect they have on people and their loved ones, says Lanier.

    The child of Bobcat parents, one of whom happens to be a Russ College alum and co-owner of a civil engineering firm, she also performs research at the Sustainable Energy and Advanced Materials Lab with Eminent Scholar Sunggyu

    K.B. Lee on a novel, polymerization catalyst development project, on top of participating in three student organizations. This fall, shell head to graduate school with the hope of becoming a research professor.

    I find that this work is inspiring and rewarding, she says.

    Ingenuity | 2015

    I WANT TO SEE TWO MORE BUSINESSES, TECHNOLOGIES, AND MOVEMENTS START NEXT YEAR THAT OTHERWISE WOULDN'T HAVE. THE YEAR AFTER THAT, I WANT TO SEE 10, THEN 20, AND THEN FOR IT TO JUST BECOME A WAY OF LIFE HERE.

    JOHN HERBERT, SENIOR

    Olivia LanierChemical and

    Biomolecular Engineering

    John HerbertMechanical Engineering

    If you can dream it, well help you build it. Students and faculty alike can apply for Russ Vision funds, created with the transformational $124 million estate gift from

    Fritz, BSEE 42, HON 75, and Dolores Russ. The funds support student organizations and leader-

    ship, competition teams, research experiences, and international study, taking students beyond the

    classroom as they develop i