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Russ College honors faculty and staff


Faculty and staff from Ohio University's Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology were awarded Friday for their achievements in teaching, research and service.

"It's an honor to recognize these individuals for their work throughout the year," said Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin. "They make us all proud to be part of the Russ College."

The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Awards were established by alumnus Fritz J. Russ, BSEE '42, HON '75, and his wife, Dolores, in 1981 and carry a cash award of $1,500 along with a personalized plaque.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Bob Williams received the Russ Teaching Award.

"Winning the Russ Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award is a huge honor because our college has many good teachers imany departments," Williams said. "I'd like to thank the students of the Russ College for this award."

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Avinash Kodi received the Russ Research Award for his paper, "Exploring the Design of 64-and256- Core Power Efficient Nanophotonic Interconnect."

Established by Marvin, BSCE '47, and Ann White, the White Awards honor outstanding faculty members for recognition in teaching and research. The White Research Award recognizes continued and sustained achievements in research, scholarship, and the creation of new knowledge by a Russ College faculty member in each department. The gift carries a $500 reward and personalized plaque for each honoree.

Recipients of 2011 were: Bryan Branham, assistant professor in the Department of Aviation; Kevin Crist, professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Shad Sargand, Russ Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering; Wojciech Jadwisienczak, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Kevin Berisso, assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Management; Dale Masel, associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; and Frank Kraft, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Recognizing dedicated teaching and student advising, the White Teaching Award also honors a faculty member in each department of the Russ College. Recipients of 2011 were: Ron Faliszek, assistant professor in the Department of Aviation; Darin Ridgway, associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Deborah McAvoy, assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering; Frank Van Graas, Russ Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Zaki Kuruppalil, assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Management; Diana Schwerha, assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; and Robert L. Williams, II, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The Russ College's Outstanding Administrative, Technical, and Classified Employee Awards honor employees with superior results-based performance and award the recipients with a $750 cash prize and personalized plaque.

"It's important to note that these recipients were nominated by their peers," Irwin said.

2011 recipients were: Erin Root, administrative coordinator for student services (classified award); Issam Khoury, information/computer specialist and lab coordinator for the Department of Civil Engineering (technical award); and Laquetta Cortner, coordinator for minority, women and outreach programs (administrative).