Associate Professor Todd Myers will become chair of the Department of Engineering Technology and Management on July 1.
Photographer: Rebecca F. Miller
Professor Peter Klein has served as chair of the department since 2006 and will begin early retirement after 24 years at Ohio University.
Photographer: Rebecca F. Miller
Feb 13, 2014
By Colleen Carow
Associate Professor Todd Myers has been appointed chair of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology’s Department of Engineering Technology and Management (ETM), effective July 1. He succeeds Professor Peter Klein, who will begin early retirement after almost 24 years of service to Ohio University.
Myers, who joined the Russ College in 1998 as a faculty member, is also an alumnus of the program. Named Kraft Family Scholar in 2009, he has served as assistant chair since 2010. He helped lead three student study abroad experiences, two to Argentina and one to France; and he re-activated the Epsilon Pi Tau Lambda chapter student honorary fraternity, which has received four regional excellence awards since then. Region 3 director since 2000 of Epsilon Pi Tau, he also served the former Center for Automatic Identification as assistant director.
“Dr. Myers is certainly best suited for carrying the department into the challenges of increased enrollment, possible expansion of facilities, and enhanced connections with employers of our graduates – namely, industry in Ohio,” said Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin. “His leadership in conceiving of and developing the proposed bachelor’s program in technical operations management is a fine indicator of his vision for technology in our state,” he added.
Myers has been recognized with the ETM departmental teaching award twice and the research award three times. His industry experience includes management roles at TS Trim, a world-class automotive interior parts manufacturer, and he holds a doctorate in education studies and a master’s in business administration from Ohio University.
Peter Klein, who joined OHIO in 1990, became chair in 2006. During his tenure as chair, he led name changes for the department, program and major; and successful re-accreditation by ATMAE (Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering). He also spearheaded the development of the state-of-the-art Parker Hannifin Motion and Control Laboratory in Stocker Center.
“Dr. Klein continued the long tradition of strong, focused leadership that ETM is known for,” Irwin said. “He was the perfect individual to lead the department during his tenure.”
A former Kraft Family Scholar, Klein served as president of the largest division of ATMAE for the last three years and in 2011 was honored with ATMAE’s national Faculty Excellence Award. He also received ETM’s departmental awards for outstanding teaching or research two times each, and was honored in 1998 with the Russ Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching.
Jack Myslenski, a 1973 alumnus of the ETM program, offered praise for Klein. “Dr. Klein led the ETM department to new high levels of enrollment during his tenure. He increased the professional character of the department and walked us all through a name change which has more clearly defined the program of study. He did an outstanding job adjusting our curriculum to the semester system while keeping the integrity of what is current and relevant in the market. And he has been a good leader of the staff, an advocate for students, and a receptive listener to ideas from the board,” said Myslenski, a longtime member of the ETM board and the Russ College Board of Visitors.
Klein, whose industry experience includes management positions at HP, IBM, and AMPEX Corporation, will return in the fall to teach part-time.