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The Science of Sticking Together ...... 8 Russ Prize ...... 5

In Memoriam Dolores H. Russ ..... 4

Groundbreaking News.... 18

Academic Honesty .... 15 DEPARTMENTS From the Dean’s Desk ....................................... 2

Research Spotlight ..................................... 11

From the Board ..................................... 16

Class Notes ..................................... 22

Russ Prize ....................................... 5

Recent External Research Awards ..................................... 12

Faculty and Staff Awards ..................................... 17

New Hires/Retirees ..................................... 23

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments ..................................... 20

Cooperative Education Report ..................................... 24

Student Achievements ....................................... 6 President’s Perspective ..................................... 10

Student Life: Fuel for the Future ..................................... 14


Dean Dennis Irwin

Dear alumni and friends: I’m saddened to share that one of our College’s and Ohio University’s greatest friends, Dolores Russ, passed away at the beginning of 2008. You may recall that Dolores’ husband of 62 years, Fritz, preceded her in death in 2004. I am fortunate to have known Dolores for the last 20 years. She and Fritz worked side by side toward their many achievements. She was intelligent, quick witted, and a pleasure to be around. She will be sorely missed. We have shared more about her inspiring life on page 4. I’m pleased to share many exciting accomplishments and progress since our last issue. Construction on the new Academic & Research Center, the shared facility we’re building with the College of Osteopathic Medicine, is just getting underway as Ingenuity lands in your mailboxes. The building should be completed in time for fall 2009, with occupation in winter 2010. Designed for collaboration and interdisciplinary exchange, this dynamic facility will enable new ways of working for our students,

faculty, and staff, and will support programs such as our new master’s in biomedical engineering, which began this fall. Don’t miss Ingenuity’s special spread on the new facility, on pages 18-19. Another exciting new program will help our undergraduates learn how public policy is formed, and what role they, as future engineers and technologists, might play in creating or reforming policy in the workplace. We live in a society becoming increasingly dominated by technology. Our elected officials, most of whom don’t have technical training and expertise, are asked to set public policy for technology. Our country’s infrastructure depends on these decisions. The engineers and technologists who are involved with the creation of new technologies—and the transfer or renovation of existing technologies—must participate in these legislative processes, and we are going to train our students to do just that with a series of senior-level courses that will apply toward graduation requirements. In Russ College strategic planning news, our department chairs are leading working groups on issues such as accreditation, a workload policy for faculty, communications, departmental interdisciplinary issues, and other topics. The committees came out of our summer biennial dean’s retreat of department chairs, center directors, and dean’s leadership staff.


Their work, over the next year, will fuel the Russ College as we target newly defined academic quality indicators, or metrics. We’re looking at areas ranging from prominence, to cost of instruction, to faculty and student statistics. These more quantitative measures of reporting our performance will immediately inform decisions about resource


Engineering Ambassador and electrical engineering major Chris Tyo and Dean Irwin try their hands at playing spoons at the Russ College’s bluegrass barbeque in May.

allocation and, in the longer term, guide the direction of the College. Russ College Board of Visitors Chair Mark Arnold, B.S.I.S.E. ’86, discusses the project in detail in his column on page 16. Russ College research grew last year, with external research expenditures increasing from $14.1 million to $14.7 million— about half of the College’s revenue and about 51 percent of the University’s total sponsored research. In addition to the Avionics Engineering Center’s worldclass research, our strategic research areas are bioengineering, energy and the environment, and civil infrastructure. The Avionics Engineering Center accounted Lionel Batty, director of research and development, GrafTech International Ltd.; Ohio University President for almost half—$6.8 million—of that overall Roderick McDavis; Congressman Charlie Wilson; Don Majcher, vice president of technology and innovation partnerships at the Ohio Aerospace Institute; Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin; Moss Professor research figure. Our funding in the other Khairul Alam areas is evidence of our current success and future potential: Figures for 2006-2007 were we proudly hosted Congressman Charlie Wilson from Ohio’s 6th almost $3.2 million for energy and the environment, and $1.3 district for a press conference announcing a $1.6 million federal million for civil infrastructure. appropriation that we will share with the Ohio Aerospace Institute and GrafTech International. The Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology—related to both energy and the environment, and smart civil infrastructure, The grant will enable Moss Professor of Mechanical Engineering because of its work in oil and gas pipeline corrosion mitigation— Khairul Alam, and these groups, to continue his research with accounted for another $1.6 million. carbon foam in order to develop the next generation of heat exchangers for airplanes and spacecraft. And since bioengineering became one of our strategic research areas, more than $3.2 million in external funding has been secured It’s an exciting project that is well aligned with our strategic research for collaborative Ohio University projects. areas—the heat exchangers have the potential to increase efficiency We celebrated another exciting project in late November, when and decrease emissions in military planes because they are made from carbon foam and will weigh up to 40 percent less than the metallic ones now in use. As always, please feel free to share your ideas, questions, and concerns—and don’t forget to let us know what’s new with you by submitting an update for Class Notes at Thank you again for your continued support!

Dennis Irwin, Ph.D., P.E. Dean and Moss Professor of Engineering Education Russ Prize recipient Yuan-Cheng “Bert” Fung shares a smile with Dean Irwin during his campus visit in September.



In Memoriam Dolores H. Russ July 20, 1921 – January 1, 2008


olores H. Russ, treasured friend and longtime benefactor of Ohio University and the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, died New Year’s Day in Naples, Florida, her winter home. She was 86. Born in Jackson County, Ohio, on July 20, 1921, Dolores was married for 62 years to the late Ohio University electrical engineering alumnus Fritz Russ, who preceded her in death in 2004 at the age of 84. The Russes were a lifelong team that co-founded one of the nation’s largest independent engineering and high-tech research firms and dedicated their lives to engineering education. Their passion led them to help build state-of-the-art engineering programs and facilities at Ohio University as well as at Wright State University and Cedarville University, also in Ohio. “Thousands of students and faculty members benefited from Dolores and Fritz’s generosity,” said Dennis Irwin, dean of the Russ College. “Perhaps most significant, though, was their dream to encourage innovation in engineering because of their belief that the appropriate role of engineering is to improve life.” Fritz’s vision and technical expertise spanned an engineering career of more than 55 years and many engineering firsts, and Dolores was an equal partner in their decisions. In the early 1950s, they founded Knollwood Electronics in the basement of their home. In 1955, they established Systems Research Laboratories in Beavercreek, Ohio, their summer home; they dug the foundation and built the framework together. With Dolores serving as secretary-treasurer, they shared the only telephone through a window adjoining their offices. SRL specialized in electronics, lasers, and artificial intelligence, and had about 1,000 employees when the Russes merged it with Arvin Industries Inc. in 1987. The Russes’ civic activities included seats on the National Aviation Hall of Fame board of trustees. Wright State University awarded them both honorary doctorate degrees in 2002. .

Above: Fritz, B.S.E.E. ’42, and Dolores Russ Below: Dolores Russ speaks at the June 25, 1994, celebration naming the College of Engineering and Technology for she and her husband, Fritz Russ, B.S.E.E. ’42.

Their involvement with Ohio University as a couple dates to the ’70s. In 1973, Fritz joined the College of Engineering and Technology Board of Visitors. The following year, he was appointed to the Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees. Dolores accompanied him to every meeting. In 1994, the University’s College of Engineering was renamed the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology in honor of the Russes’ dedication and commitment to engineering education at Ohio University. The Russes endowed the National Academy of Engineering Russ Prize, one of the top three engineering prizes in the world, in 1999. The prize has been awarded to the coinventors of the implantable heart pacemaker, the inventors of kidney dialysis and the first blood oxygen sensor, and most recently to the “father” of modern biomechanics. That year, Ohio University honored Dolores with an honorary alumna award. In 2004, the Russes received the Founders Citation—the highest honor the Board of Trustees presents—for exemplary service to Ohio University. In recent years, Dolores continued the couple’s steadfast counsel and support for Ohio University and the Russ College. Dolores was the daughter of the late Willard and Stella (Anderson) Houser. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Hazel Brunton Houser, and only brother, Floyd Houser. She is survived by two sisters, Betty Pomeroy and Emma Houser; a brother-in-law, Richard Pomeroy; a sister-inlaw, Mildred Russ Crum; and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were at Eisnaugle-Lewis Funeral Home in Jackson, Ohio. Burial was at Fairmont Cemetery. Plans for an Ohio University memorial service will be announced when complete. For more information, please contact Colleen Carow at 740.593.1488 or carow@


Meeting the Father of Biomechanics: Priceless By George Mauzy


irst-year Russ College faculty member John Cotton never imagined he would meet the man who wrote the book on biomechanics. An assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Cotton was among several Ohio University faculty members who picked the brain of 2007 Russ Prize recipient Yuan-Cheng “Bert” Fung during the award-winner’s visit to campus in September. Known as the father of modern biomechanics, the world-renowned Fung spent the day interacting with faculty, staff, and students and wrapped up his visit with a 45-minute lecture in Baker University Center Theatre. Fung, a professor emeritus of bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego, won the 2007 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, one of the top three engineering prizes in the world. The National Academy of Engineering presented the award’s $500,000 cash prize to him in February at a gala celebration in Washington, D.C. “For academic types like me, meeting him is Engineering Ambassador Patrick Karnes (L) listens to 2007 Russ Prize recipient Yuan-Cheng like seeing the Rolling Stones,” Cotton said. “Bert” Fung lecture to the Ambassadors during his fall visit to campus. “I have literally taught courses from his books. His Biomechanics book is timeless, because it was the first one to apply strong mathematics principles to biological tissues.” people’s understanding of the human body by applying engineering Fung’s research contributed to the development of the entire field principles is pretty awesome.” of automotive safety design, as well as artificial skin, personal body Russ College Engineering Ambassadors had the honor of being armor for military and emergency personnel, prosthetic devices, and first on Fung’s itinerary for the day. They plied him with questions other breakthroughs that save and improve millions of lives. over coffee cake: Which of your inventions is your favorite? Why did Throughout the day, researchers and students approached the you leave a successful career in aeronautical engineering to study the 88-year-old Fung with questions about his research and asked him human body? to pose for pictures and sign books. One graduate student working Fung says he had understood much about how airplanes tolerated on the Virtual Haptic Back, a joint project of the Russ College and stress, but not much about how pilots fared in difficult flying situations. the College of Osteopathic Medicine that enables medical students “The human body is fascinating. I have been studying it a long time, to identify back problems via touch using virtual reality, referred to and I still don’t think I understand it very well,” he said, chuckling. a copy of Biomechanics lying on a nearby desk as “our bible.” Fung, a top researcher in human tissue engineering, visited the lab of Russ College Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Doug Goetz and Assistant Professor of Physics David Tees. Their research studies how white blood cells get trapped in the small Established with a multimillion-dollar endowment in 1999 by the blood vessels of the lung, which is among Fung’s favorite parts of late Fritz J. Russ, B.S.E.E. ’42, HON ’75, and his wife, Dolores, the the anatomy (see story on page 8). Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize is a $500,000 biennial award that “I am fascinated with the lung,” Fung said. “I like how lungs recognizes outstanding achievement in an engineering field of critical heal themselves and are machine-like. They are flexible, sturdy, and importance that significantly improves the human condition. Previrarely hurt.” ous recipients are: Goetz-Tees lab associate Kapil Bajaj, a master’s student in 2005 – Leland C. Clark, Jr., inventor of biosensors chemical and biomolecular engineering, credited Fung with being 2003 – Willem J. Kolff, inventor of kidney dialysis the first person to provide an accurate model of how the human 2001 – Earl E. Bakken and Wilson Greatbatch, inventors of the lung works. “In classic physiology, a wrong model of how the heart pacemaker lung worked was used until Dr. Fung created an accurate one,” Bajaj said. “He redefined lung structure. The way he simplifies

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soaring high The Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) student chapter received the Silver Award as part of the 2007 Chapter Recognition Program for work that was done during the academic year. The chapter president was Jeremy Cosner, M.S.I.S.E. ’06, and the faculty advisor is Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Diana J. Schwerha.

Matthew Cornett, B.S.C.E. ’07, and civil engineering senior Andrew Wargo, won first place in February’s Intercollegiate Asphalt Mixture Performance Contest, awarded by the Ohio Department of Transportation and Flexible Pavements of Ohio. Students designed an asphalt mixture that would not rut under heavy traffic. They prepared test specimens following their mix design and submitted to the Ohio Dept. of Transportation for rut resistance measurement. The written report was submitted to Flexible Pavements, and the mix design was submitted for a regional competition.

Chemical and biomolecular engineering master’s student Damilola Daramola, B.S.C.E. ’04, won a National Society of Black Engineers Board of Corporate Affiliates Scholarship for demonstrating high scholastic performance and dedicated service to the Society and other organizations, and for possessing high professional promise. Selected for the highest level of this three-tiered scholarship program, Daramola currently works in the Electrochemical Engineering Research Laboratory under Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Gerardine Botte. This is the second consecutive year a Russ College student has received the honor.

The Flying Bobcats at the NIFA Regionals award ceremony in October (front row, L to R): Brent Pycraft, Marco Junco, Nathan Galieti, Michael J. Smith (team assistant captain), Matthew Cox, and Heath Bowers (team captain); middle row (L to R): Stephanie Sullivan, Marcus Frank, Michael T. Smith, Kevin Ketchum (kneeling); back row (L to R): Deak Arch (advisor), Anthony Pelfrey, Eric Taylor, Sean Cannon, Ryan Krawczyk, Brad Cobb, George Armann (coach), Matthew Miller, William Sandoval, David Readout, and B.J. Galloway (interim department chair).

Chemical and biomolecular engineering Ph.D. student Bryan Boggs, B.S.Ch.E. ’07, Russ Farquhar, B.S.Ch.E. ’06, and Amy Weber, an industrial and systems engineering senior, won second place in the Chem-E-Car competition at the North Central American Institute of Chemical Engineers Regional Conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign in spring 2007 with their “Shoe-Sized Ammonia Powered Automobile,” funded by the Vice President for Research Student Enhancement Award. They will compete in the national Chem-E-Car competition in Salt Lake City in November. Christian Canto and Vanessa Fajardo, both chemical and biomolecular engineering Ph.D. students from Mexico, received 2007 Roberto Rocca Fellowships, which provide scholarship support to talented graduate students from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela who study outside of their country. 6.

Electrical engineering students tied for third place in the Annual Institute of Navigation’s Autonomous Lawn Mower Competition, held in June at the Wright State University Campus in Dayton. Each of the engineering schools designed and built a lawnmower that would mow a patch of grass on its own. Differential Global Positioning System techniques were used to guide the mowers to better-than-inch accuracy. Lasers and sonar were also employed to watch for obstacles. Chris Engel, B.S.E.E. ’06, authored and presented “UAV Navigation in the National Airspace System” at the JUP quarterly meeting held at MIT in October 2006. Electrical engineering master’s student Behlul Poonawalla authored and presented “Peripheral Vision Display for GA—Flight Test Results.” Vanessa Fajardo, a Ph.D. student in chemical and biomolecular engineering, won a third-place Harvey Herro Award in the student poster competition in applied corrosion technology at the NACE 2007 Conference and Expo in Nashville, Tennessee, in March. A group of 18 students and five faculty members attended.

The Ohio University Flying Bobcats took home 21 awards in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s (NIFA) Regional Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON), hosted at Ohio University in October. Notable awards include the safety award, which the Flying Bobcats won for the second consecutive year. The team was second runner up for the Team Flight

Electrical engineering doctoral candidate Indranil Sen, Ph.D. ’07, and David Matolak, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, won the Best in Track Award at the 25th Annual AIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference, held in Portland, Oregon, in October 2006, for their paper “The Ground-to-Ground Airport Surface Channel: Transmission/ Reception from Airport Field Sites.” Joshua Kephart, B.S.E.E. ’06, Sunny Pandya, B.S.E.E. ’06, and electrical engineering master’s student Behlul Poonawalla won the Best Student Paper Award for “Flight Test Evaluation of Synthetic and Peripheral Vision Displays in General Aviation.” Greg Smith, an industrial and systems engineering junior in the Air Force ROTC program, The Chem-E-Car team (L to R): Chemical and biomolecular engineering sophomore Kristina Easley, industrial and was selected among 24 students systems engineering senior Amy Weber, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Gerardine Botte, and chemical and biomolecular engineering seniors Stephen Back and Zachary Bender. nationwide to attend the 14th annual National Character and Championship Award. The team’s captain is senior Heath Bowers, Leadership Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in head coach is Staff Instructor George Armann, and faculty advisor February. The symposium, held at the U.S. Air Force Academy, is Assistant Professor Deak Arch. focused on the advantages of a diverse workforce.

Seniors Nick Herpy and Carolyn Salisbury, and sophomore Sonja Abbey, all electrical engineering students, won second place in the Student Ethics Competition at the IEEE Region II Student Activities Conference, held at the University of Cincinnati in April. The students had 90 minutes to review a high-pressure professional dilemma, choose the most ethical course of action, and give a six to 10-minute presentation to a panel of five or six judges. Seth G. Howard, B.S.E.E. ’07, won the Richard H. McFarland Scholarship, established by Richard H. McFarland, founder of the Avionics Engineering Center.

Amy Weber, a senior industrial and systems engineering major, won first place in the paper competition at the North Central American Institute of Chemical Engineers Regional Conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign in spring 2007 with her presentation “Feasibility Study on the Use of Ammonia Electrolysis for On-Board Hydrogen Production.” Chemical and biomolecular engineering sophomore Stephen Back won second place for his presentation, “Using an Electrochemical Technique to Measure Chromium Ions Simultaneously.”

Slave Jovanovski, B.S.C.S. ’07, placed second overall in the “Sponsor Track” of the TopCoder Open competition hosted by Ohio University in May. TopCoder analyzes a client’s software needs, runs a series of competitions to build each piece of their program, and assembles the pieces into a high-quality application. Jovanovski was eligible for the sponsor track, reserved for employees of companies that sponsor the competition, because he is working online as an intern for VeriSign while he finishes his last quarter at Ohio University. He won $1,500 and has since joined VeriSign full time. Mallory Pollard, a first-year aviation student, won the 2007 Scripps School of Journalism Public Speaking Showcase. She competed against 800 Ohio University students from a variety of majors with her speech, titled “Why Aviation is the Best Major Ever.” Mallory received a plaque and a $100 cash prize and was offered an additional scholarship.

Institute of Industrial Engineers student chapter members, all industrial and systems engineering majors, take a break from volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in fall 2006 (L to R): Eric Franz, Andrea Kors, Jeremy Greathouse, Shannon McNeal, and Quintin Neubauer, all B.S.I.S.E. ’07; and graduate students Jeremy Cosner and Jerone Anderson.



The Science of

Sticking|Together In collaboration with faculty and students throughout Ohio University, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Doug Goetz and colleagues are investigating cell adhesion and initiating a multidisciplinary master’s program in biomedical engineering


hen bacteria invade, your white blood cells snap to attention. These microscopic Marines rush to the defense, attach themselves to and storm through blood vessel walls, then stream through the tissues to the point of attack. Usually, it’s good when white blood cells rank up, but sometimes they jump the gun. When white blood cells rally without an infection to fight, they can cause pathological inflammation such as arthritis, heart disease, Crohn’s disease, and colitis, to name a few. “This phenomenon is the basis for my entire lab,” said Doug Goetz, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. Since before he joined the Russ College in 1999, Goetz has applied his studies of white blood cell adhesion to investigate the fundamental dynamics underlying such inflammatory diseases. His efforts have attracted funds from the American Heart Association, the National Science

Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Whitaker Foundation. Goetz’s work involves cross-disciplinary collaboration among engineering, the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and Arts and Sciences, the Edison Biotechnology Institute, and local companies such as Diagnostic Hybrids. The alliances yield valuable health research and help to lay the foundation for the University’s new biomedical engineering master’s program, which Goetz directs. While pathological inflammation can occur throughout the human body, two of Goetz’s current projects focus on the cardiovascular system. Goetz, with colleagues from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, tackles inflammation of the aorta and lungs, laying groundwork for future targeted drug-delivery and possible preventions for heart disease.

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Assistant Professor of Physics David Tees, chemical and biomolecular engineering Ph.D. candidate Prithu Sunudd, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Doug Goetz, and 2007 Russ Prize Recipient Yuan-Cheng “Bert” Fung watch how white blood cells travel through capillaries – the body’s smallest blood vessels – in the lung.


Beginning with the Basics

Imagine your blood vessels as an elaborate system of biomechanical highway tunnels. Blood cells and platelets zoom past in a constant traffic flow. For white blood cells to fight infections in your body, they must leave the traffic flow along the tunnel walls, roll a bit, and finally come to a stop before they can exit the tunnel to hunt for bacteria. “If you have an infection in your left hand, the white blood cells accumulate in your left hand,” Goetz said. “How do they know how to do that? The (blood) vessel wall releases chemicals that tell the white blood cells to come and the number of proteins on the vessel wall increases, making it ‘stickier’,” he added. In the case of pathological inflammation, Goetz explained, vessel walls get “sticky” when they shouldn’t. To treat these inflammations, scientists have begun to engineer drug carriers that mimic how white blood cells adhere to those sticky vessel walls. “The field of white blood cell adhesion relates very closely to drug delivery research,” Goetz said. He explained that scientists like his collaborator Justin Hanes at Johns Hopkins University make spherical porous particles that are filled with medicine and “targeted” to specific areas. These drug carriers, made from biodegradable polymers, imitate the white blood cell’s mechanism for rolling, tumbling, and sticking to vessel walls. Such drug delivery research attempts to selectively target diseased tissue and spare the rest of the body from the stress of tough treatments such as chemotherapy or, in the case of pathological inflammation, steroidbased medications. While Goetz and other researchers in his lab are not actively trying to get a drug delivery vehicle on the market themselves (“You would need millions of dollars to actually create a new drug,” Goetz said), they do inform drug design by testing the underlying biophysical principles.

Matters of the Heart

“This might be how you die someday,” Goetz said as he outlined his research on arthrosclerosis on a dry-erase board. Blunt or not, with heart disease ranking as the number one cause of death in the United States, it’s a pretty sound bet. When fat sticks to the walls of blood vessels, white blood cells come along, eat the fats, then die there, causing pathological inflammation and contributing to the plaque build up that leads to heart attacks. Goetz and Ramino Malgor, assistant professor of pathology in the College of

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Doug Goetz talks with chemical and biomolecular engineering Ph.D. candidate China Malakondaiah Kummitha in the lab.

Osteopathic Medicine, have discovered the existence of an additional, and potentially critical, protein in hardened arteries. The protein, called wnt5a, is normally found in embryos, and helps to coordinate the growth and movement of embryonic cells. They also found evidence that wnt5a interacts with something called “toll-like receptors,” which activate the innate immune response. Interestingly, toll-like receptors have been implicated in pathological inflammations like arthrosclerosis. Goetz and Malgor are now trying to understand the relationship between wnt5a and toll-like receptors and the role wnt5a plays in the development of heart disease. Their research lays groundwork for the development of novel therapeutics for arthrosclerosis.

“Breath” of Knowledge

“Doug and I were brainstorming, and I got this idea,” said David Tees, assistant professor of physics. Tees suggested they use micropipettes, tiny cylindrical glass instruments about the size of capillaries—the smallest blood vessels in the body—to study cell adhesion. Researchers and students in Tees’ lab went to work, sucking white blood cells into micropipettes to simulate blood flow through the capillaries. Because capillaries are so small, a large fraction of the white blood cells are lodged in the intricate maze of these tiny vessels inside your lungs. “It’s not a perfect model,” Tees said of his micropipettes. “But we can use it to find the underlying parameters (of white blood cell adhesion in capillaries) with our research.” The model could some day be used to test drug treatments for inflammation, as it

could determine whether the treatments block or enhance cell adhesion in capillaries. Tees, who recently received a prestigious NSF CAREER grant—a grant that Goetz also won—to continue this research, credits many of his professional moves to the success of his collaborations with Goetz. “Doug is my closest collaborator,” Tees said. “He’s a great colleague to work with, and to have collaboration between physics and engineering is really considered a figure of merit around here.”

Sticking with It

This spirit of collaboration among engineering, physics, and medicine has inspired a new master’s program in biomedical engineering, which started this fall. A few years back, Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin charged Goetz with expanding biomedical engineering opportunities for students. He contacted some colleagues to help develop a program, which eventually evolved into the master’s offering. According to Goetz, the level of synergetic expertise in the life sciences, medicine, and engineering made the decision to launch this program obvious. “People have really begun to recognize the impact and benefits you get when people in the life sciences and engineering team up,” Goetz said. “The collaborative value of biomedical engineering is really growing on the national level, both in academia and in industry.” With the many established and growing biomedical collaborations between engineering, the life sciences at Ohio University, the biotech industry, and the medical community, the new biomedical engineering program should snap perfectly into place. .


Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis

by Roderick J. McDavis


ajor changes are underway in the State of Ohio’s approach to higher education. Gov. Ted Strickland recently authorized the creation of The University System of Ohio. His vision to redefine higher education not only in Ohio, but as a model for the entire nation, is a wonderful and important opportunity for Ohioans. This fall, Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut was on our campus to share his vision. The creation of the first-ever system of higher education in Ohio marks an historic shift in strategy at a time when Ohio’s future demands a renewed commitment to public higher education. Now is the time for all of us to determine how we can leverage our public institutions’ history, strengths, and prominence to benefit Ohioans, our graduates, our state, and our nation. This means providing educational opportunities to young people and adult learners from urban centers and rural corners of our state alike, offering our best and brightest students and researchers new possibilities to pursue excellence in our classrooms, laboratories, and communities. It also means serving Ohio’s future educationally, as we support the needs of our small towns, big cities, and our nation.

There are many people on our campus who illustrate the promise of our great University, including Russ College Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Gerardine Botte. Dr. Botte earned a $600,000 sponsored research contract from American Hydrogen to support the research and development of a new fuel technology application. She developed the patentpending ammonia catalytic electrolyzer technology, which efficiently converts ammonia into hydrogen to produce inexpensive fuel. It was the technology’s application in clean-energy fuel-cell generators that drew American Hydrogen to this groundbreaking research. This academic year, we have marked new beginnings and reaffirmed long-lasting ties. As we inaugurate what promises to be a year of continued institutional progress and accomplishments, I invite you to take a moment to remember the promise of Ohio University—what it has meant in your life, and what it means to today’s students. President McDavis catches up with Jim Abraham, B.S.E.E. ’43, B.S.I.E. ’48, at the Russ College’s annual awards celebration in May.

In fact, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and even prospective students and their parents played a significant role in opening new territory for Ohio University this fall. Through our new marketing campaign, “The Promise,” we hope Ohio University will be a household word rather than perceived as a “best kept secret.” This campaign showcases some of our best and brightest students through television, billboard, and print advertisements. 10.


The presidents of Ohio’s higher education institutions have been invited to play a key role in determining this new direction. Governor Strickland has said the system will not be modeled after the public university systems of other states, but rather serve as a model for how to approach public higher education in the 21st century. Our campus community is embracing this opportunity to once again shape another new frontier.


The Latest on

Russ College Research Avionics Engineering Center

through the experiments, once matured, will be used to build a fully mechanistic corrosion model that predicts TLC in the oil field.

The Avionics Engineering Center has developed a test capability for steep-angle aircraft approach required by some European airports such as London City and Geneva because of physical obstructions like buildings. So far, three aircraft manufacturers, including Embraer Aircraft, Cessna Aircraft, and Gulfstream have used the research to support certification of their aircraft.

Center for Advanced Materials Processing The Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) is partnering with the University of Dayton and several Ohio companies to develop manufacturing tools using nanomaterials. The State of Ohio’s Third Frontier program funded the project, “Low-Cost Polymer Nanocomposite Tooling for Agile Manufacturing,” enabling the center to purchase the Russ College’s first Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

Center for Advanced Software Systems Integration (CASSI) CASSI researchers are developing the first customized smart algorithm designed to simultaneously reduce health care costs and improve health and safety conditions in manufacturing firms. Researchers are also using the virtual online world Second Life as a way to direct learning through interactive and collaborative virtual homework sessions.

Center for Air Quality The Center for Air Quality is working with the City of Cleveland to bring the region into attainment with new air quality standards for ozone and particulate matter. In addition, the center is developing a comprehensive carbon management system that will become an integrated part of Cleveland’s sustainability program. Daily air quality forecasts are also being performed, for northeast Ohio, with participation from both graduate and undergraduate students.

Ohio Coal Research Center

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Gerri Botte (center) at the August press conference announcing the commercial licensing of her ammonia-to-hydrogen electrolysis process, with American Hydrogen Corp. President Benjamin Shafer (left), and Russ College Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Studies, and Planning.

Center for Intelligent, Distributed and Dependable Systems (CIDDS) CIDDS’ Medical Image Analysis Lab is collaborating with the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University of Kentucky to identify imaging and biomarker metrics for Alzheimer’s diagnosis and prevention. CIDDS researchers utilize advanced image segmentation and alignment tools to measure the rate of change in brain MR images with high precision. So far, they have observed how and to what extent brain shrinkage, or atrophy, changes as the clinical stages progress. Now, they are looking for common shrinkage patterns among patients with Alzheimer’s.

Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology One of the Corrosion Institute’s biggest ongoing projects involves the study of topof-the-line (TLC) pipeline corrosion, which occurs when water vapor condenses at the top and the sides of the pipeline. Because standard corrosion inhibitors are usually injected at the bottom of the pipe, top-of-the-line corrosion presents a distinct challenge. A TLC joint-industry project was initiated at the institute five years ago and is sponsored by four major oil companies: BP, ConocoPhillips, ENI, and Total. The knowledge gathered

The Ohio Coal Research Center is developing gasification technology that converts biomass (organic material) to syngas (synthesis gas), which can then be made into liquid fuel for transportation. The center has upgraded a process known as FischerTropsch synthesis, increasing the amount of gasified carbon that can be used for fuel from 50 to 100 percent. Some researchers theorize that almost all U.S. transportation fuel could be domestically produced from non-food biomass using technology like that developed by the Coal Center, but only with a renewable source of hydrogen. The center has been collaborating with Gerardine Botte, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, who designed a method of generating hydrogen via electrolysis that was licensed in August for commercial development by American Hydrogen, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Security Resources Corp.

Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment (ORITE) ORITE researchers, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Transportation, are looking into how warm mix asphalt can be used on the surface layer of a perpetual pavement. Warm mix asphalt uses special additives that enable the asphalt surface course to be worked and compacted at temperatures up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (55 degrees Celsius) lower than conventional hot mix asphalt, resulting in reduced fumes, pollution, and energy consumption during construction. ORITE is comparing the load response, performance, pollution, and energy costs in a test pavement in Guernsey County and in ORITE’s Accelerated Pavement Load Facility at Ohio University’s Lancaster campus. 11.


For 2006-2007, the Russ College reported $14.7 million in research and sponsored programs. Highlights of recent awards, listed with the researcher name(s) and affiliation(s), are: Khairul Alam (Center for Advanced Materials Processing): $416,924 from the University of Dayton to develop low-cost polymer nanocomposite tooling for agile manufacturing. Khairul Alam (Center for Advanced Materials Processing): $129,091 from Applied Sciences Inc., for the development of low-cost conducting polymer for electrostatic precipitators (phase II). Tom Arthur (Avionics Engineering Center): $146,891 from ITT Industries for antenna baseline and attitude measurement system feasibility study for the unmanned aerial vehicle. David Bayless (Ohio Coal Research Center): $70,000 from the U. S. Department of Energy for the adaptation of planar solid oxide fuel cells for use with solid fuel sources. David Bayless (Ohio Coal Research Center): $1.27 million from the Ohio Coal Research Consortium Management 2006-2007 for the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority. Kevin Berisso (Industrial Technology): $2,934 from Arjobex America for radio frequency identification moisture testing. Kevin Berisso (Industrial Technology): $9,880 from Alien Technology Corporation for testing radio frequency identification tags for their ability to function in -77 °C temperatures. Gerardine Botte (Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering): $41,182 from Hydra Fuel Cell Corporation for a scale-up of Ammonia Electrolytic Cell: 5W Prototype. Michael Braasch (Avionics Engineering Center): $80,000 from Rockwell Collins for multi-sensor integration for autonomous vehicle relative navigation. Michael Braasch (Avionics Engineering Center): $77,637 from L-3 Communications Corporation for the development of a radio frequency simulation capability. Kevin Crist (Center for Air Quality): $64,131 from the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority for the development of a fine grid urban airshed modeling tool for air quality planning and analysis. 12.

Kevin Crist (Center for Air Quality): $14,986 from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency for the Northeast Ohio air quality online sustainability project.

Tingyue Gu (Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology): $38,464 from ARAMCO for hydrotesting of microbiologically induced corrosion.

Mike DiBenedetto (Avionics Engineering Center): $288,696 from the Federal Aviation Administration for the refinement and development of flight inspection concepts and precision instrument approach procedure inspection requirements as supported by the Wide Area Augmentation System.

Kevin Johnson (Avionics Engineering Center): $15,167 from Athens Technology Inc. for a flight test using the center’s Delfin L-29 jet.

Mike DiBenedetto (Avionics Engineering Center): $114,232 from Honeywell Inc. for preliminary high-level assessments to determine the threats to the Global Positioning System (GPS) position accuracy resulting from rotor blade and rotor craft airframe interference. Jeffrey Dill (Avionics Engineering Center): $150,000 from Rockwell-Collins for TTNT LPI/LPD waveform development. Jamie Edwards (Avionics Engineering Center): $25,875 from Landrum & Brown to analyze obstructions for a gilde-slope facility at O’Hare International Airport. William Edwards (Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment): $193,787.44 from the Ohio Department of Transportation for forensic investigation of AC and PCC pavements with extended service life. Joseph Essman (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science): $63,508 from the Junior Engineering Technical Society for TEAMS test development. J. Ludwig Figueroa and Shad Sargand (Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment): $153,456 from the Ohio Department of Transportation for a performance assessment of warm mix asphalt pavements. Douglas Goetz (Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering): $100,000 from the American Heart Association to increase the understanding and development of new therapeutics for heart disease. Tingyue Gu (Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering): $3,500 from Amgen Inc for the creation of software modeling the ionexchange chromatography for bioseparations.

Robert Judd (Center for Advanced Software Systems Integration): $215,992 from General Electric Corporation for the continuation of a long-standing project to develop more accurate cost models of jet engines. All the Ohio-University developed models are in production use by GE engineers. Savas Kaya (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science): $15,000 from Wyle Laboratories Inc. for a feasibility study of reconfigurable mixed-signal circuits. Savas Kaya (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science): $120,000 from the National Science Foundation for a study of transmembrane proteins for bimolecular logic and storage. Sang-Soo Kim (Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment): $51,960 from the Ohio Department of Transportation for the creation of a simple test procedure for evaluating low-temperature crack resistance of asphalt concrete. Frank Kraft (Mechanical Engineering): $100,000 from the International Copper Association for the creation of a copper micro-channel tube for automotive climatecontrol and HVAC systems. Chang Liu (Center for Intelligent, Distributed, and Dependable Systems): $53,856 from EduTech for the Second Life Teen Grid Education Partnership Project, a partnership with Educational Technology to build a high school education island on the teen grid of the virtual online world Second Life. Chang Liu (Center for Intelligent, Distributed, and Dependable Systems): $2,000 from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health for the creation of two minority health month events to encourage healthy eating by getting the participants to play a virtual healthy eating game.

Jundong Liu (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science): $26,000 from the University of Kentucky for the creation of advanced image segmentation and registration techniques.

Transportation for a study of forces in wingwalls from the thermal expansion of skewed semi-integral bridges. Robert Thomas (Avionics Engineering Center): $21,924 from Defense Research Associates Inc. for information on how to see and avoid flight demonstration support.

Teruhisa Masada (Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment): $188,164 from the Ohio Department of Transportation for the study of shear strength of clay and silt embankments. Dale Masel (Center for Advanced Software Systems Integration): $13,592 from General Electric Aircraft Engines for the revision of the forging cost model for rotating parts. Richard McFarland (Avionics Engineering Center): $14,997 from the Elizabeth CityPasquotank County Airport Authority for the installation of a commissioned ILS at the Elizabeth City Airport in N.C. Srdjan Nesic (Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology): $43,000 from Woodside Energy Ltd. to assess material resistance to general and localized corrosion. Srdjan Nesic (Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology): $250,000 from EniServizi Corporation for a water-wetting joint industrial project. Simbo Odunaiya (Avionics Engineering Center): $5,000 from BPC Airport Partners Master Civil Engineering Team O’Hare for the creation of computer modeling for glide-slope reflecting planes for the O’Hare International Airport. Simbo Odunaiya (Avionics Engineering Center): $7,201 from National Renewable Energy Laboratory for an impact study on radar systems. Shawn Ostermann (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science): $49,307 from NASAGlenn Research Center for supporting the NASA DTN code base. Hajrudin Pasic (Center for Advanced Materials Processing): $418,391 from the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority for pilot-testing of sieving electrostatic precipitator. David Quinet (Avionics Engineering Center): $38,407 from HNTB Corporation for a runway test at Los Angeles International Airport. David Quinet (Avionics Engineering Center): $18,000 from Robinson Aviation

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Hajrudin Pasic works with a graduate student in the Electrostatic Precipitator Lab on the development of a patentprotected sieving electrostatic precipitator.

Inc. for Instrument Landing System consulting for the U.S. Army in Wiesbaden, Germany. James Rankin (Avionics Engineering Center): $6,358 from Jerkens & Gilchrist for GPS-based aircraft surveillance technology. James Rankin (Avionics Engineering Center): $28,000 from Rockwell-Collins for an inertial technology assessment and market study.

Robert Thomas and James Rankin (Avionics Engineering Center): $36,300 from ITT Corporation to characterize the low-altitude signal coverage of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast Ground-based Transmitter at the Ohio University Airport. Maarten Uijt de Haag (Avionics Engineering Center): $150,000 from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for the development of tightly-integrated LADAR/ INS algorithm to support urban operations. Frank Van Graas (Avionics Engineering Center): $14,298 from Wyle Laboratories Inc. to study the feasibility of using synthetic aperture radar as an aid for navigation.

Shad Sargand (Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment): $147,130 from Washington State University for the Afghan Merit Scholars Program, which is supporting several Afghanistanuniversity faculty members as they earn master’s degrees from the Russ College in civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering with the goal of returning to Afghanistan to help rebuild the infrastructure.

Frank Van Graas (Avionics Engineering Center): $500,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration for local area augmentation system research and development.

Shad Sargand (Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment): $302,612 from the Ohio Department of Transportation to model and monitor pavement response and performance.

Bob Williams (Mechanical Engineering): $51,900 from the Columbus Osteopathic Heritage Foundation for a five-year osteopathic training for the virtual haptic back.

Trent Skidmore (Avionics Engineering Center): $300,000 from Boeing for the Boeing Technical Assistance Contract. Andrey Soloviev (Avionics Engineering Center): $30,000 from Robert Bosch Corporation for the study of pedestrian navigation in urban environments. Janusz Starzyk (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science): $8,000 from General Dynamics Corporation for behavior learning analysis for simulated tactics. Eric Steinberg (Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment): $98,141 from the Ohio Department of

Gary Weckman (Center for Advanced Software Systems Integration): $41,109 from World Tek Inc. for the creation of Compatibility Tek, a tool for reduction of health care costs in manufacturing firms.

Aaron Wilson (Avionics Engineering Center): $141,660 from Trandes Corporation for the NAS Norfolk chambers field pre-installation support for the ILS. Valerie Young (Center for Air Quality): $50,400 from the U.S. Dept. of Agricultural Forest Service for a model of the dispersion of smoke from forest management burning to determine potential effects on endangered species. Helmut Zwahlen (Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment): $81,244 from the Ohio Department of Transportation for the creation of improved work zone design guidelines and enhanced model of traffic delays in work zones. 13.


Fuel for the Future: Mechanical Engineering Student Becomes Ohio Coal Research Center’s First Co-op Employee By Jon Martin


he last weeks of my sophomore year as a mechanical engineering student were spent debating between accepting a co-op position for a corporate company or working as the first co-op employee for the Ohio Coal Research Center in the basement of Stocker Center. I chose the latter. In my opinion, I made the right decision. The Ohio Coal Research Center (OCRC) is a grant-funded affiliate of Ohio University that conducts research in state-of-the-art energy conservation technology. Employing about 50 faculty, staff, post-doctoral research associates, graduate students, and undergraduate lab assistants, the center is currently conducting research on coal gasification, bioreactor technology for converting greenhouse gases into biofuels, extracting toxic gases through electro-static precipitation, reducing the amount of carbon dioxide produced by power plants through carbon sequestration, and my main focus— using flue gas from coal-fired power plants as fuel for solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC). What makes SOFCs unique is that they are made entirely of solid-state materials that can withstand high power plant temperatures. My milestone projects were to set up, practice, and operate a tape caster and screen 14.

Mechanical engineering senior Jon Martin shares his experience as the first cooperative education employee for the Russ College’s own Ohio Coal Research Center. Martin, who hopes to work in the alternative energy field and possibly pursue graduate study, is currently starting fabrication of a pilot bioreactor wherein algae feeds off the carbon dioxide produced by power plants, ultimately producing oil that can be used for biodiesel fuel. printer, which are two fundamental machines used for SOFC production of SOFCs. The tape caster is a large, heavy platform constructed of granite, steel, and aluminum that forms the fuel cell’s electrolyte by pouring a “slurry” through a blade and forming a long, very thin tape. Once the desired shape is carefully cut out of the tape, it is dried and sintered in a furnace, creating a ceramic (solid oxide) electrolyte. The screen printer in the production lab could technically be used to print T-shirt designs, but in this case, its sole purpose is to print a conductive layer of ink onto both sides of the electrolyte, forming the anode and cathode of the fuel cell. The first three months of my work involved planning, researching, and preparing the tape caster, screen printer, and other necessary equipment. My final three months gave me experience in preparing the equipment for student research and writing safety documentation for the approval of operations. During my co-op term, I had the privilege of visiting and working with scientists and engineers from three different companies who research and develop SOFCs. This experience taught me helpful production techniques and gave me insight into constructing Ohio University’s

very own fuel cell production facility. In particular, I learned the importance of venting the tape caster and screen printer, because many of the chemicals in SOFC production are toxic. Ultimately, I constructed an exhaust system that enabled us to regulate and monitor the flow of negative pressure to meet safety standards. My experience as the “guinea pig” coop employee for the Ohio Coal Research Center was challenging, exciting, and interesting on many different levels. One day I would be welding a steel frame, while the next day I would be researching safety concerns or even wearing a lab coat and making fuel cells. The handson experience I gained from daily work with the knowledgeable technical staff is irreplaceable, and it was great to work with faculty outside the classroom and see them work as engineers rather than teachers. Today, watching students perform research in the lab that I constructed gives me a great sense of accomplishment and “fuels” my interest in alternative energy technology even more. Ohio Coal Research Center cooperative education employee Jon Martin prepares the screen printer to form the anode of a fuel cell in the Coal Center’s solid oxide fuel cell production lab.


Academic Honesty 101 The Russ College Is at the Head of the Class

“We members of the Russ College pledge to act with integrity and expect the same from each other.” — Russ College honor pledge

“Foremost for us is a renewed commitment to academic honesty— as a culture that we live and breathe,” stated Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin in 2006. That commitment—and the many positive initiatives that the Russ College has developed and employed—is now giving students an edge and bringing recognition to the College as an expert in higher education-academic honesty issues. Real, sustainable cultural change must come from within through a bottom-up approach. Some of the best ideas emerge and shared understanding develops through open dialogue, in part because much “plagiarism” is unintentional and results from not having a shared understanding of expectations. The Russ College’s efforts toward that cultural change include student and faculty honor councils, the appointment of an academic honesty advisor, an academic integrity Web site, faculty workshops and brownbag series, a required technical writing seminar for graduate students, graduate courses on teaching engineering, pre- and post-defense screening for theses and dissertations, the development of courses on the teaching of engineering, and a pending honor code that includes an honor pledge and statements of student and faculty responsibility. Of the small proportion of universities that do have honor codes, most simply have university-wide codes. The Russ College is one of the only engineering colleges—if not the only—with its own honor code.

Aviation major Riley Brookings says the College’s initiatives are a strong influence. “I have seen an amazing response from the faculty in my classes. All of my professors take this kind of cheating seriously. With the many different kinds of programs like town hall discussions and meeting with professors one on one, students cannot be ignorant about the issue,” Brookings said. The College also has consulted with the nation’s top three recognized experts in academic honesty and sponsored public lectures on campus by two of them. “Bringing students, faculty, and administrators to the table as partners in the promotion of academic integrity is the ‘gold standard’ in our profession, and Ohio University has produced a valuable template for others to adopt in their efforts to stem cheating and plagiarism on their campuses,” said Tim Dodd, former executive director of the Center for Academic Honesty, after his visit in May. Dean Dennis Irwin and various faculty and staff presented the College’s experiences to institutions across the country at a premier academic integrity conference hosted by the Center for Academic Integrity in October. Irwin also led a special discussion for other deans. “Our many efforts are giving our students the knowledge and skills to write and publish in their academic and research careers now and in the future,” said Mike Prudich, interim associate dean for research and graduate studies. The Russ College will continue its work this academic year with additional awareness activities, more faculty brownbag sessions, and the new engineering teaching courses to ensure that the dialogue continues.

Russ College Sophomore Learns What It Is to Lead By Sonja Abbey


he national LeaderShape® Institute is a six-day leadership development experience designed to help participants learn to “lead with integrity.” Participants learn to work in high-performance teams, practice decisionmaking for ethical dilemmas, learn to deal with change, clarify personal values and standards, and learn to understand and respect the values of other individuals. Electrical engineering junior Sonja Abbey attended the August 2007 program, held at Salt Fork State Park in Cambridge, Ohio, as the Russ College’s representative. Abbey currently serves as president of Engineers Without Borders, vice president of the IEEE

Electrical engineering sophomore Sonja Abbey

student chapter, and Russ College Student Council representative for the Society of Women Engineers. I applied to attend LeaderShape after Melissa Feigi, vice president of the Society of Women Engineers, mentioned that she had participated and that it was a worthwhile learning experience. The timing—the week before classes—worked because I was able to move into my dorm room early. I learned a lot about integrity and what it really means to have core values and to

hold to them—how often, we think we hold integrity and sometimes fall short. A big step toward evaluating whether you act with integrity is defining what your values are and spending time thinking about what is the best way to act in different situations. Students from many other organizations, such as the Sales Centre, Greek groups, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender organization attended. I learned about the ways people communicate differently and how to communicate with others. I learned the importance of team effort and how to work in a team better—not always just as the leader but as a member of the group. I also learned about vision and what it means to have a vision. A vision is something you cannot achieve in a lifetime. You can’t achieve a vision by yourself, but you can do something to make progress toward that vision and share it with others. To view a video about the 2007 program, please visit leadership/leadershape.cfm/. 15.


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Russ College Board Mark Arnold, B.S.I.S.E ’81, M.B.A. ’88, is chair of the Russ College Board of Visitors. In the last five targeting, and then tracking will “What matters is not finding the years, reductions inform us about areas in need of perfect indicator, but settling on a in support for improvement, in addition to the higher education efficacy of strategies for achieving our consistent and intelligent method by the State of goals. Ultimately, this will lead us in of assessing your output results, Ohio and the supporting Ohio University’s five-year movement to a more conservative strategic plan—Vision OHIO—the and then tracking your trajectory endowment spending policy by The goals of which are to become a with rigor.” Ohio University Foundation have nationally prominent research resulted in a $2 million decrease in university; to increase the diversity of — Jim Collins, Good to Great and the Social the Russ College’s budget. Now Sectors: Why Business Thinking Is Not the Answer the university community; to expand it is more important than ever for the university’s base of financial us to strengthen and continue our support; and to increase partnerships strategic planning. Measuring our performance is one of the key regionally, statewide, nationally, and globally. ways we can inform that planning. We have identified nine categories of metrics for the Russ College, Over this past year, the Russ College has begun measuring its with specific measurements in each category. The categories, with performance quantitatively for the first time in a comprehensive some examples of those measurements, are: manner. While in the past we have undertaken efforts to measure • Faculty statistics: faculty diversity, student/faculty ratio various programs and initiatives, our new inclusive process will more • Cost of instruction: instructional and space expenditures accurately guide our strategic focus and future resource allocation. • Student statistics: enrollment figures, time-to-graduation, ACT scores For example, one of our goals is to achieve and maintain a certain • Teaching: student engagement, cooperative education undergraduate enrollment level. The metrics we are developing, participation rate • Scholarship: publications, patents, external research funding Homecoming awards ceremony: Russ College Board of Visitors chair Mark Arnold, B.S.I.S.E. ’81, center, with • University service: committee Alumni Board of Directors Chair Dell Robinson, B.S.S.P.S. ‘88 (L), and Executive Vice Chair Dennis Minichello A.B.A.S. ’74, M.S. ’74 (R), at the 2007 Homcoming awards ceremony, where Arnold received the Medal of Merit. participation, fund-raising • Professional activities: professional certifications and service • Collaboration: courses co-taught, papers co-authored • Prominence: number of professional organization fellows Departments and schools within the Russ College are now working on their own metrics, in response to the College’s. Both periodic monitoring and formal reviews will occur to ensure the process is on track. Departments and schools will report progress to the College, and the College will report to the Provost. Eventually, department and school metrics will lead to changes in faculty merit evaluation and pay processes, as well as promotion and tenure criteria. The ultimate goal is that faculty and staff behavior will transform in order to achieve the objectives of departments and schools, the College, and ultimately, Vision OHIO. 16.


A Job Well Done The Russ College Honors Faculty and Staff

Russ College faculty and staff were honored for outstanding teaching, research, and performance at the College’s annual awards celebration in May 2007.

Photographs: Bruce Strong

Established by late alumnus Fritz Russ, B.S.E.E. ’42, HON ’75, and his wife, Dolores, the Russ Outstanding Research Paper Award recognizes research and scholarship excellence across the College by faculty who published papers in refereed journals. The 2007 recipient was Kevin Crist for the first in a series of papers that are part of an extensive study on the transport of mercury into and out of the Ohio River Valley.

Masada, Civil Engineering; David Matolak, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Gary Weckman, Industrial and Systems Engineering; Kevin Berisso, Industrial Technology; and Harjudin Pasic, Mechanical Engineering.

Also established by the Whites, the White Teaching Award recognizes dedicated teaching and student advising in each department of the Russ College. Recipients for 2007 were: Ron Faliszek, Aviation; Darin Ridgway, Chemical and Russ College Board of Visitors Member Chuck Stuckey, B.S.M.E. ’66, HON ’05, and Biomolecular Engineering; Virginia Patton Moss visit at the Russ College bluegrass barbeque in May. Lloyd Herman, Civil Engineering; Ralph Whaley, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Dale Masel, Industrial and Systems Engineering; Tom Scott, “I am honored to work with the outstanding group of students and Industrial Technology; and Bob Williams, Mechanical Engineering. researchers in the center that contributed to this paper,” Crist said. The Russ College’s Outstanding Administrative, Technical, Also established by the Russes, the Russ Outstanding Undergraduate and Classified Employee Awards recognize employees with Teaching Award recognizes outstanding teaching and advising across outstanding, results-based performance. Recipients for 2007 were: the College. Russ College students select the recipient. The 2007 Valerie Pettit and Kay Reeves, administrative coordinators, dean’s recipient was Ralph Whaley. office (classified); Ron Porter, engineering technician, Industrial Technology (technical); and Colleen Girton, director of external “The fact that relations, dean’s office (administrative). this award comes Academic Honesty Advisor Melissa Broeckelman-Post (L) and her husband, directly from the David, and Engineering Ambassadors April Barnes, B.S.C.E. ’07, and Chris Tyo, students gives me B.S.E.E. ‘07, enjoy dancing at the Russ College’s bluegrass barbeque in May. added support for my approach and lets me know I’m on the track that’s best for them,” Whaley said. Established by alumnus Marv White, B.S.C.E. ’47, and his wife, Ann, the Marvin E. and Ann D. White Research Award recognizes continued and sustained achievements in research, scholarship, and the creation of new knowledge in each department of the Russ College. Recipients for 2007 were: Deak Arch, Aviation; Srdjan Nesic, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Teruhisa Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Ralph Whaley accepts an award from Dean Irwin.



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Groundbreaking News: The Academic & Research Center

By Jennifer Krisch and Alison Wayner


n the crisp morning air of a Saturday this September, a standing-room-only crowd of Ohio University supporters, officials, alumni, friends, faculty, and students broke ground on the next addition to campus—a center designed to provide a natural fusion of modern medicine and engineering. The scene clearly conveyed “historic moment” as the guests heard about the history and intent of the building and watched as the curtain dropped on its new name: the Academic & Research Center. They also stepped inside the building’s 18.

100,000-square-foot footprint, outlined on the West Green where the building will stand. Guests then applauded as Section 8 of the Singing Men of Ohio sang the University fight song. The building, an academic complex for the Russ College and the College of Osteopathic Medicine, will unite two colleges in a one-of-a-kind facility that will enhance classroom and laboratory experiences. It will advance research, enhance learning, and promote active collaboration among researchers, physicians, engineers, students, faculty, and staff.

Chuck, B.S.M.E. ’66, HON ’05, and his wife Marilyn Stuckey, celebrate the groundbreaking of the new facility.

The concept and construction of the ARC, now under construction on the West Green and slated to open in fall 2009, would not have become reality without the generosity of private benefactors—in particular Russ College alumnus Charles Stuckey, B.S.M.E. ’66, HON ’05, and his wife, Marilyn. Stuckey’s commitment to the new facility was motivated by a desire to advance the University’s prominence, recognize the institution’s contributions to his own life, and help current and future students. “This building will help to break down the communication and collaboration barriers that exist in higher education. It will break down the discipline silos,” he said. “Hopefully this facility will just be one step in enhancing collaboration across the entire University.” Civil engineering major and Cutler Scholar Ben Jewell, just one of the attendees, agreed. “This is an exciting opportunity to see how far Ohio University students can take biomedical engineering,” he said. Contributions from the Stuckeys and more than 75 other private benefactors make the $30 million ARC the first building on campus constructed primarily with private funding since Cutler Hall opened in 1819. “When I first heard that Cutler Hall was the only building to have been built primarily with private dollars, I couldn’t believe it,” Stuckey said. For more information, visit

(L to R): Chuck, B.S.M.E. ’66, HON ’05, and his wife Marilyn Stuckey, First Lady Deborah and Ohio University President Roderick McDavis, Osteopathic Heritage Foundation President Rick Vincent, College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean Jack Brose, Russ College Dennis Irwin, Board of Trustees Chairman Daniel DeLawder, B.S.Ed. ’71, and Vice President for University Advancement Howard Lipman break ground on the ARC.

From student interactive spaces to incubators for centers of excellence, opportunities exist to associate your name with a space in the Academic & Research Center. These spaces can be named to acknowledge the donor, to honor an individual, or to memorialize someone special. Donors making gifts from $25,000 to $1 million will forever be recognized within the new facility. In addition to naming a specific space, all donors will be recognized at a central location. This is a unique opportunity for alumni and friends to make their mark on a singular place. For more information, contact Dan Stroh, assistant dean for development, at 740.593.0894 or

The Duke and Duchess Give Back


ill Englefield’s love for Ohio University grows stronger every few years—one of his granddaughters graduated in 2005, and another will follow in 2008. That’s just the icing on the cake for Englefield, B.S.C.E. ’52, a former football player who attended Ohio University on scholarship. He credits the Bill Englefield, B.S.C.E. ’52, and his wife, Janet University with giving him a unique opportunity. “Without an engineering degree from Ohio University I would never have been able to start Englefield Oil Co. and achieve the success we have had,” Englefield said. Englefield and his wife Janet, of Granville, Ohio, started Englefield Oil Co. in 1961 from an office in the basement of their home, with three service stations. Today, he is chairman of the board of the company, which operates 96 Duke and Duchess convenience stores. “I appreciate the opportunity that Ohio University gave to me,” Englefield explains. His father, an accounting clerk, raised Englefield and his two brothers on his own after their mother passed away when Englefield was nine years old. “There was no way he could pay for my college education,” Englefield recalled. “Ohio University gave me a full football scholarship and got me a part-time job so I could have some spending money. When I injured my collar bone and could not play football in my senior year, they continued my scholarship so I could graduate that year,” he added. In thanks for his opportunities, Englefield and his wife recently committed almost $100,000 to the University. Of that gift, $50,000 will name a large project team room in the new Academic and Research Center. Project team rooms are the facility’s main spaces for students to work, collaborate, and learn. Featuring state-of-the-art technology, white boards for brainstorming, flexible furniture, and team storage, the rooms will be used every day by Russ College students on collaborative design teams as well as those working on senior design projects. Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin noted that the spaces are tailored to meet the needs of today’s student engineers. “These are the rooms where students will gather to do the hands-on, team-centered work that will help prepare them to successfully collaborate on teams in their careers,” he said. The Englefields also pledged $40,000 to the Appalachian Scholars and Urban Scholars Programs. These initiatives support students graduating from urban school districts, as well as students hailing from any one of Ohio’s 29 Appalachian counties who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need. “I have great friends and great memories of my years at Ohio University,” Englefield said. And soon he’ll have not one, but two, more Bobcats he can count on. 19.


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Faculty and Staff Accomplishments Tony Adami and Tom Arthur, research engineers, Avionics Engineering Center, and Jim Zhu, professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, received five-year service awards in May from the Avionics Engineering Center. Khairul Alam, Moss Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, was named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Moss Professor of Mechanical Engineering Khairul Alam speaks at a press conference in November announcing a $1.6 million federal appropriation supporting his research with carbon foam.

Kevin Berisso, assistant professor, Department of Industrial Technology,, earned his Comptia RFID+ Certification in February. Janet Blazyk, software engineer,, and Paul Nilles, IT administrator, Avionics Engineering Center,, received the Avionics Director’s Award in May for their collective efforts in support of Loran-C program research activities. Melissa Broeckelman, academic honesty advisor advisor; Dennis Irwin, dean; David Koonce, assistant professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; and Michael Prudich, interim associate dean for research and graduate studies,, presented “The Ohio University Experience: Protocols for Adjudicating Alleged Plagiarism and Promoting Academic Honesty” at the Center for Academic Integrity International Conference in Newport News, Virginia, on Oct. 19. Laquetta Cortner, coordinator for minority, women, and outreach programs, earned her Ph.D. in higher education. She also received Ohio University’s NAACP Advisor of the Year Image Award. James Fales, Loehr Professor Emeritus, Department of Industrial Technology, is serving as the first “Leader in Residence” for the Global Leadership Center at Ohio University. David Fleeman, B.S. ’02, B.S.C.S. ’02, M.S. ’06, web applications 20.

developer received his master’s in computer science from Ohio developer, University in November 2006. Robert Judd, chair and professor, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Engineering, gave the Hammerle Lecture at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, his alma mater, as part of their 50th anniversary celebration on March 29. He spoke on “Systems Engineering, the Future: From Manufacturing to Health Care.” Peter Klein, chair and associate professor, Department of Industrial Technology,, published “Plastics Thermoforming Tool Design: Plus vs. Cavity Molds,” Manufacturing Education Resource Center (MERC Online). Doug Lawrence, associate professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Science, and Robert L. Williams II, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Engineering,, authored the book Linear State-Space Control Systems Systems,, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; Hoboken, New Jersey, 2007. Sandi Mathews, undergraduate secretary, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Science,, was named Outstanding Classified Employee for March by Classified Senate. David W. Matolak, associate professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Science,, authored, published, and presented several works, including: • Authored “A Simplified Group Interference Cancelling Technique for Asynchronous DS-CDMA,” International Journal of Communication Systems Systems,, vol. 19, pp. 1117-1136, April 10, 2006. • Published and presented “Channel Modeling for V2V Communications,” (invited paper) Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications (V2VCOM 2006), in San Jose, Calif., on July 21, 2006. Srdjan Nesic, professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and director, Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Flow Technology Technology, won the 2007 NACE H.H. Uhlig Award, recognizing outstanding and innovative teaching in corrosion. Simbo Odunaiya, senior research engineer engineer, and David Quinet, senior program engineer, Avionics Engineering Center Center, were awarded Best of Session Paper for “Localizer Receiver Proximity and Capture,” which Odunaiya presented at the Digital Avionics Systems Conference in Dallas, Texas, from Oct. 21-25.

Chuck Overby, professor emeritus, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering: • Presented “Imagine the Magic of an Article 9 Without Borders” at eight major Japanese universities in nine major Japanese cities in support of Japan’s war-renouncing Article 9, during May and June. • Gave the seminar “The Prevention of [1] Oil and Other Resource Wars, and [2] Global Warming—With Green Technology by Design” [GTBD] in conjunction with Japanese engineers, eco-economists, and scientists at Nagoya, Aichi, Waseda, and Hitotsubashi Universities in Japan, during June. • Authored a proposed U. S. Constitutional Amendment modeled after Japan’s Article 9 at the Veterans for Peace Annual Conference in St Louis, Missouri, in August. Louise Pullins, document specialist, Avionics Engineering Center, received a 20-year service award in May from the Avionics Engineering Center. David A. Quinet, senior program engineer, Avionics Engineering Center, received the Federal Aviation Administration Navigation Services Superior Performance Award in May. James Rankin, associate dean for research, graduate studies, and planning, served as interim vice president of research for Ohio University from November 2006-2007. He was also named an associate fellow by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Trent Skidmore, senior research engineer, Avionics Engineering Center, received a 15-year service award in May from the Avionics Engineering Center. Dusan Sormaz, associate professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, served as guest editor for the International Journal of Production Research, and helped to organize the APSP Symposium on Advances in Process & System Planning for the ASME International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Engineering. He also co-authored: • Chapter in Process Planning and Scheduling for Distributed Manufacturing, Springer Series in Advanced Manufacturing, pp. 61-90, May 2007. • “Virtual Manufacturing of Milling Operations with Multiple Tool Paths,” International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, Vol. 9, No. 3/4, pp. 237-264, 2006. Zofia Starzyk, budget manager, the Avionics Engineering Center, was named a 2006 Outstanding Administrator by Administrative Senate. Starzyk manages more than 50 active grants and contracts, totaling more than $9.2 million in the 2005 fiscal year. Gary Weckman, associate professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, was awarded the University of Louisville’s distinguished department of engineering alumnus 2007 Professional Award in October for his dedication to his students and understanding of research. He also served on the planning committee and as a session moderator for the International Conference on Nanotechnology Occupational and Environmental Health & Safety: Research to Practice, in Cincinnati from December 4-7, 2006.

Ralph Whaley, Jr., assistant professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, authored and presented “Development of Amorphous Silicon Photonic Platforms” at the SPIE Great Lakes Photonics Symposium, in Dayton, from June 12-15, 2006. He also co-authored “Observation of Low Optical Overlap Mode Propagation in Nanoscale Indium Phosphide Membrane Waveguides,” Applied Physics Letters, 90, 011114, January 2007. Robert L. Williams II, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering: • Co-authored “Velocity and Acceleration Cones for Kinematic and Dynamic Constraints on Omni-Directional Mobile Robots,” ASME Transactions on Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, 128(4): 788-799. • Presented “Three-Cable Haptic Interface” and “Cable-Suspended Robotic Contour Crafting System” at the ASME International Design Technical Conferences and the 30th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, all in Philadelphia, from September 10-13, 2006. • Presented “Palpatory Training on the Virtual Haptic Back Improves Detection of Compliance Differences” at the Eurohaptics Conference, in Paris, France, from July 3-6, 2006. Carole Womeldorf, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, authored and presented “An Introduction to the Construction of Engineering Concept Inventories: Tools for impacting teaching, learning, and assessment” at the American Society for Engineering Education North Central Section Conference, in Charlestown, West Virginia, March 30-31. She also presented “Concept Inventories: a Foundation for an E3 (Ethical, Effective, and Efficient) Education” at the American Society of Mechanical Engineering International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Chicago from November 5-10, 2006. Janet K. Yates, professor, Department of Civil Engineering and director, Construction Engineering Management: • Authored the book Global Engineering and Construction, John Wiley and Sons, New York, New York, 2007. • Served as a special editor for the July issue of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, July 1, 2007. • Co-authored “Global Legal Issues for Engineers and Constructors,” American Society of Civil Engineers’ Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, vol. 133, no. 3, pp. 1-11, July 1, 2007. Helmut Zwahlen, Russ Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering, presented three papers at the 86th Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting in Washington, D.C., from January 21-25: • “The Use of Average Traffic Speeds to Indicate the Level of Roadway Snow and Ice Control Operations,” (Paper No.: 07-1483, co-authored). • “Approximated Headway Distributions of Free-Flowing Traffic on Ohio Freeways for Work Zone Traffic Simulations,” (Paper No: 07-1511, co-authored). • “Modeling the Temperature Behavior of Concrete Bridge Decks as a Function of Rapid Change in Air Temperature Using Finite Element Analysis,” (Paper No: 07-2499, co-authored).

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Keeping Track of

Classmates Joseph M. Allen, B.S.C.E. ’80, is president of the Nathaniel Development Co. Inc. of Cincinnati. He has developed thousands of home sites in the Cincinnati area.

Debra (Baker) Black, B.S.E.E. ’95, her husband, David, and 3-year-old daughter Hannah, welcomed another daughter, Chloe Faye, on September 6, 2006. Michael Bushman, B.S.C.S. ’02, is a project engineer with Apacheta Corporation. Apacheta is a startup mobile software company focused on framework that allows rapid application development, modification, and easy maintenance. Timothy J. Ferlin, B.S.M.E. ’02, an Air Force captain, is married to Michelle Porter. Tim Fitzpatric, B.S.Ch.E. ’00, is a field service engineer for General Electric’s infrastructure-water and process technologies unit. In April 2006 he was promoted to be the EHS lead for the northeast region. Richard Frankhauser, B.S.M.E.’59, retired from high school teaching and is currently raising 31 alpacas. He also processes alpaca fleece and knitting clothing.


Richard E. Hendrie, B.S.I.T. ’63, graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in French from the University of Florida in May. A retired supervisory special agent with the U.S. Customs Service and a former U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, he holds 21 air medals for combat flights in North and South Vietnam and Laos. He lives with his wife, Linda Miller Hendrie, B.S.Ed. ’64, in Cedar Key, Florida. Tony Hollis, B.S.I.T. ’91, started his career at Honda of America Manufacturing as an engineer before pursuing a career with Excel Inc. in Westerville. Currently, he is director of innovative technology there, and is responsible for directing team members to identify technologies to enhance supply chain operations. He speaks regularly to industry leaders on compliance strategies, challenges, and opportunities; EPC global activities; and obtaining maximum value from radio frequency identification investment. Eric Howland, B.S.I.T. ’96, was selected to attend the advanced studies of air mobility program at McGuire Air Force Base. Upon completion, he will earn a master’s degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Kevin Michael Kmetz, B.S.A. ’03, currently a first officer at ExpressJet airlines, became the father of a beautiful baby girl on Feb. 5. Robert “Bob” E. Kraft, B.S.M.E. ’61, retired in 2004 from Kraft Fluid Systems Inc., a 100 percent ESOP, employee-owned company. Kraft is the current president of IEPS (International Fluid Power Society). Greg Lubeck, B.S.C.E. ’86, married Marlene on April 1, 2006. Carla E. Lucchino, M.S.I.S. ’82, is currently serving as the assistant deputy, commandant, installations, and logistics for the United States Marine Corps. She is responsible for overseeing all Marine

Corps logistics, bases and stations, contracting policy, small business, outsourcing, business process improvement, and ops research. She also serves on the Russ College Board of Visitors. April Lutheran, B.S.I.T. ’03, is employed at Greenville, North Carolina’s Bill Clark Homes, which is recognized as one of the Top 100 builders in the United States. She has also furthered her growth as a designer by working as a contractor for Lancaster Engineering in Greenville. Currently a member of the American Design Drafting Association, she is also an avid soccer player. Marc Macenko, B.S.C.S. ’05, M.S.C.S. ’06, was married on June 17, 2006 and also completed his master’s degree that summer. He is now a Ph.D. candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill this fall as part of the medical image display and analysis group. John L. Morabito, B.S.E.E. ’01, M.S. ’03, M.B.A. ’06, is a maintenance cost engineer for GE Aviation, where he works in a risk management group that determined the pricing for the engine long-term service contracts. Deborah G. Morley, B.S.I.S.E. ’84, M.S.I.S.E. ’86, is director of information technology services at the Harvard College Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Robert H. Page, B.S.M.E. ’49, was awarded the Ruhr University Bochum Silver Medal for his 25 years of leadership in cooperation between the German


University in Bochum and Texas A&M University, where he had been a dean and a professor of mechanical engineering. Frank Pochiro, B.S.I.T. ’97, and Kara (Leavitt) Pochiro, B.S.Ed. ’99, M.S.Ed. ’02, welcomed their second son, Rocco Chase, in March. In May, they started a new international assignment for BOSCH in Stuttgart, Germany, where Frank is a senior manufacturing development engineer for a new oxygen sensor. Richard D. Smith, B.S.I.T., ’70, retired from First Energy Corp. in 1998, ending a career as a technician, foreman, supervisor, and environmental engineer. He is currently a substitute teacher in Beaver Local, East Liverpool, and Toronto, Ohio, school districts. Kristie (Hoge) Van Sant, B.S.E.E. ’95, and her husband, Scott, of Papillion, Nebraska, welcomed a son, Kyle Logan, and a daughter, Katie Jean, on December 15, 2006.

Russ College Welcomes and Farewells The Russ College has recently welcomed or promoted faculty and staff members, and bid farewell to a few other folks. We thank those who have retired for their commitment to the Russ College! PROMOTIONS / NEW HIRES • Michael Braasch, promoted to director, Avionics Engineering Center • Razvan Bunescu, assistant professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science • Monica Burdick, assistant professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering • Sarah Gallo, administrative associate, Department of Civil Engineering • Billy J. “B.J.” Galloway, interim chair, Department of Aviation • Andrew Goodnite, project manager, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science/Center for Intelligent, Distributed and Dependable Systems • Avinash Kodi, assistant professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science • Zaki Kuruppalil, assistant professor, Department of Industrial Technology • Robbyn Matthews, coordinator, Career Programs, Dean’s Office

Alden L. West, B.S.C.E. ’50, retired in 1995 from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after 43 years. He was involved for two years in building the New Jersey Turnpike and for three years in the Army Air Force with the NavigatorB24’s Far East-22nd Bomb Group (WW2).

What’s new with you? New job? Addition to the family? Other personal or professional news? Or, do you know someone who would like to receive Ingenuity? Drop us a line and let us know! Visit www.ohio. edu/engineering/alumni/, or contact us at or 740.593.1488.

• Deborah McAvoy, assistant professor, Department of Civil Engineering

New Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Deb McAvoy discusses intersection safety and operations with civil engineering master’s students Andrew Wargo and Jose Pernas.

• Michael Prudich, promoted to interim associate dean for research and graduate studies, until spring 2008 • James Rankin, promoted to associate dean for research, graduate studies, and planning, as of spring 2008 • Janet Yates, professor and director, Construction Engineering Management Program, Department of Civil Engineering • Maureen Young, promoted to administrative coordinator, Department of Aviation

RETIREES Years of service listed are cumulative for Ohio University • Wen-Jia “Russell” Chen, associate professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (30 years)

• Brian Manhire, professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (31 years)

• David Diggle, associate director, Avionics Engineering Center (14 years)

• Margaret Thomas, lecturer emerita, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (14 years)

• Henryk Lozykowski, professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (23 years)



Cooperative Education Report Each year, Russ College students participate in co-ops—salaried positions at various companies where they gain real-world experience and perspectives on career paths. For the 2006-2007 academic year, nearly 200 students worked in co-op assignments. Mechanical engineering students worked in nearly 100 different assignments. The Russ College’s new coordinator for career programs, Robbyn Matthews, talks with junior mechanical engineering major Michael Totterdale.

New this year is eRecruiting®, a Web-based, 24/7 comprehensive career management system enabling employers and students to network with each other for co-op and internship opportunities. The system’s Alumni Mentors Module connects Russ College alumni with current students for mentoring. For more information or to sign up, contact the Office of Career Programs at coop@ohio. edu or 740.593.1618. The Russ College thanks its 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.

Sampling of Co-op Employers • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 24.

ANSYS ATS Ohio, Inc. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Ariel Corporation BBC & M Engineering Battelle Memorial Institute Blackhawk Automotive Plastics Boeing Company Buckeye Power, Inc. Component Repair Technologies, Inc. Cooper Tire and Rubber Cornerstone Consolidated Cuyahoga County Engineer Diebold Duke Energy E. I. Dupont First Energy Floyd Browne Associates, Inc. Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects Geauga Mechanical Company, Inc.

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General Electric Hendrickson Trailer Suspensions Hinkley Lighting Honda of America Motor Manufacturing Honeywell Aerospace Electronic Systems Hoppes Engineering & Surveying Intel International TechneGroup JGD Associates Kenworth Truck Company Kleingers & Associates, Inc. Kodak Versamark Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc. Lincoln Electric Marathon Petroleum Company LLC Moen, Inc. Montgomery County Sanitary Engineering NASA (various locations) National Security Agency New Product Innovations, Inc. Nifco

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Northrop Grumman Ohio Coal Research PCC Airfoils Preformed Line Products Qualitech Machine Services Rovisys Sauder Woodworking Schedule Star Speedway SuperAmerica LLC Swagelok Companies Toyota Motor Manufacturing United Space Alliance U.S. Air Force Metrology and Calibration Laboratory U.S. Air Force Wright-Patterson Air Force Base United Space Alliance Whiting Turner Contracting Company Woolpert

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ON THE COVER: Using engineering principles, Russ College Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Doug Goetz and Assistant Professor of Physics David Tees are researching how white blood cells get trapped in the small blood vessels of the lung. For the full story, see pages 8-9.

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