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Leadership is the distinguishing characteristic of Russ College graduates. They embark on their professional paths ready for the challenges of a leadership role. The T. Richard and Eleanora K. Robe Leadership Institute, established in 1996 by the Ohio University Board of Trustees, selects students to participate in special seminars and programs that will teach and demonstrate how they can guide the future of engineering and technology - and of society as a whole.
The Robe Leadership Institute Seminar is the program’s premier offering. During the fall semester seminar, you’ll study leadership fundamentals and observe and compare varied leadership styles as you formulate your own. The seminar includes readings, class presentations, and case studies on successful leaders. Visiting speakers – many of them Russ College alumni – who have reached eminent leadership positions in various fields participate in the seminar and share their knowledge and experiences.
Potential participants are identified and interviewed by their departments before being nominated. The institute director interviews nominees and chooses the students, known as Robe Leadership Institute Scholars, for each fall’s seminar.
If you are chosen for the seminar, you will receive a modest stipend. You also will have access to the Loehr Leadership Resource Center, which includes a private computer lab, audiovisual equipment, and a library of books and multimedia materials on leadership and prominent leaders.
The Robe Leadership Institute’s Gerald Loehr Leadership Resource Center houses books and multimedia materials on leadership and prominent leaders, emphasizing leaders with engineering backgrounds. The center also has a private computer lab and audiovisual equipment for Robe Scholars’ use.
Each year, the Robe Leadership Institute recognizes an outstanding senior student leader in each department. From this group, one student receives the Gerald Loehr Senior Leadership Award, the highest leadership honor for a Russ College graduating senior.
The institute also sponsors a faculty and staff leadership/service award, given by the Russ College Board of Visitors, to recognize exemplary faculty and staff contributions.
Each year, the institute recognizes outstanding senior students in each Russ College department for the Outstanding Senior Leadership Award. Past recipients are:
Each year, the institute recognizes one Russ College senior who has demonstrated outstanding leadership for the Gerald Loehr Senior Leadership Award. The institute’s advisory board [link to advisory board page] makes the final selection. Past recipients include:
2009: Jonathon Cozad, Civil Engineering
2008: Gregory Smith, Industrial and Systems Engineering
2007: Kyle Michalek, Industrial Technology
2006: Thomas Moehring, Mechanical Engineering
2005: Craig Berman, Mechanical Engineering, and Elizabeth Cellar, Chemical Engineering
2004: Deanna L. Davis, Civil Engineering
2003: Ariel K.C. Harter, Mechanical Engineering
2002: Matthew Gene Good, Mechanical Engineering
2001: Catherine Dennise Baker, Industrial Technology
2000: Todd Beekman, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
1999: Holly Amelia Carter, Civil Engineering
1998: Jeffrey Mallory, Mechanical Engineering
The institute’s sponsored Leadership/Service Award is approved and presented by the Russ College Board of Visitors to recognize exemplary faculty and staff contributions exhibiting a fundamental, long-term influence on the College, University, profession, or community. Bestowed only when uniquely deserved, the award honors contributions above and beyond one’s normal duties and responsibilities. Past recipients include:
2009: James Rankin, for his outstanding contribution to Ohio University as Interim Vice President for Research, in his role craft Vision Ohio, and as Director of the Avonics Center, as well as his trendsetting work in AIAA and IEEE, culminating in AIAA naming a scholarship after him.
2006: Dr. William Reeves, in recognition of exemplary leadership and service to the Russ College and the greater community.
2005: Dr. James F. Fales, in recognition of exemplary leadership and service in Russ College student career development.
2005: Marty North, in recognition of exemplary leadership and service in Russ College student career development.
2003: Dr. Ben J. Stuart, in recognition of exemplary leadership and service with the Waste Management and Environmental Research Consortium student design contest from 1998-2003.
2000: Dr. Joseph E. Essman, in recognition of exemplary leadership and service from 1984-1999 with Ohio and U.S. programs for Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) and Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS).
Faculty and Staff Leadership/Service Award Criteria
The purpose of this award is to recognize extraordinary and exemplary leadership and/or service by any faculty or staff member of the Russ College.
Robe Leadership Institute Leadership
The institute was established by the Ohio University Board of Trustees in 1996 to honor retiring Dean T. Richard Robe, and his wife, Eleanora, who served the Russ College as a team during their 16-year tenure. With Dean Robe’s leadership, the College introduced selective admission standards, women’s and minority programs, and other innovative programs. Robe also worked to strengthen the College’s faculty by introducing the practice of named professorships at Ohio University. He has served on numerous boards, consulted with several corporations, and published in several engineering journals.
Robe graduated from Ohio University in 1955 with high honors in civil engineering. After working for General Electric and serving in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot, he returned to Ohio University to complete a master’s degree in mechanical engineering while teaching civil engineering. After earning his Ph.D. in engineering mechanics at Stanford University, Robe was a professor at the University of Kentucky and later as associate dean for academic affairs in its college of engineering.
Robe became the institute’s first director and architect of its initiatives. Retired as director at the end of 2004, Robe remains engaged with the institute’s programs and serves as a member of the advisory board.
Established in 1996 by the Ohio University Board of Trustees, the T. Richard and Eleanora K. Robe Leadership Institute encourages and promotes effective leadership among the Russ College’s students, faculty, and staff.
The institute’s mission is to: