Athens, Ohio (September 10, 2012) – The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology has newly appointed four faculty to professorships.
Greg Kremer, chair and associate professor of mechanical engineering, has been appointed to the T. Richard and Eleanora K. Robe Leadership Institute (RLI) Professorship for the next five years.
Under the leadership of the RLI director, the Robe Professor promotes and educates about effective leadership to all those that are part of the Russ College, so they can lead within the college, in their professions, and in society.
"Greg has exhibited great integrity and outstanding leadership not only serving as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering during a period of great growth and transition, but also while establishing himself as a world leader in undergraduate design education," said Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin.
Kremer led the development of the Department of Mechanical Engineering's senior design course, which centers around the theme "Designing to Make a Difference." In the year-long course, students create solutions for local employers in order to assist the developmentally disabled in the workplace. Several teams have won national design competitions for their work.
"Being named the Robe Professor was a special honor for me because of my great respect for Dick Robe and all that he stands for, the great impact that the Robe Leadership Institute has had in advancing student leaders in the college, and because the primary focus of the Robe Professorship is integrity," Kremer said.
David Bayless, director of the RLI and Ohio Coal Research Center, has been reappointed to the Loehr Professorship.
Bayless was recognized for his blend of excellence in teaching, scholarship, research and professional responsibilities, as well as his scholarly work in coal research.
"My main focus for the Loehr professorship is to develop a national engineering leadership education cohort," Bayless said. "We already have a leadership division started in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and I plan to do more travel and outreach to build it into an active and engaged division in ASEE."
Maarten Uijt de Haag, professor of electrical engineering and computer science (EECS), has been appointed to the Cheng Professorship for five years based on a recommendation from his colleagues and chair, as well as his national reputation in his discipline and potential for contributing to the national advancement of the School of EECS and the Russ College.
Zaki Kuruppalil, assistant professor of engineering technology and management, has been appointed as the Kraft Family Scholar for the next two years. The Kraft Family Scholar serves as a role model for other faculty members.
Irwin noted the importance of professorships to the quality of education that the Russ College is able to provide.
"Named professorships are integral to maintaining our outstanding record of retaining the excellent faculty who teach our students and who are leaders in research," he said.