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Russ College honors alumni, faculty and staff
By Spencer Elliott

 

Athens, OH (May 12, 2009) -- The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University recently honored four alumni as distinguished graduates and recognized faculty and staff for outstanding teaching, research, and performance in 2008-2009. The awardees were recognized Friday night at the college's annual awards celebration.

 

 The alumni, Edmund "Ed" K. Cheng, William "Bill" Englefield, Carla E. Lucchino, and Richard "Dick" McFarland, were inducted into the Russ College's Academy of Distinguished Graduates, which honors and celebrates the achievements and contributions of alumni to the field of engineering and technology. It is the highest honor the College can bestow on its graduates.

 

Cheng, who received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Ohio University in 1972, began his career at Intel where he held various design and management positions in the microprocessors group for several years, before founding Silicon Compliers in San Jose, Calif., in 1981. He would go on to organize the start-up circuit simulator company Anagram, where he served as president and CEO, before joining Synopsys where he held several executive positions. Currently, Cheng serves as president and CEO of Gradient Design Automation, a position he assumed in 2006. Gradient is a leader in thermal analysis technologies for integrated circuits, which he helped to introduce into the industry.

 

Englefield received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Ohio University in 1952. In 1961, he and his wife, Janet, started a petroleum products distribution company out of an office in the basement of their home. Today, Englefield Oil, Inc., which includes almost 100 Duke and Duchess convenience stores, has total annual sales of about $700 million and employs 1,500 people. Englefield also served as president of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America in 1993 and president of the Ohio Petroleum Marketers Association in 1976 and 1977. He remains a member of both organizations, as well as the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America, the National Association of Convenient Stores, and the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers.

 

Englefield noted that he wouldn't have been able to attend college without the football scholarship that Ohio University provided – a scholarship that was continued after he broke his collarbone during his senior year.

 

"The comparison between when I was in school and now is unbelievable," said Englefield, who gave a tour of the campus to his family.

 

Lucchino, who graduated from Ohio University with a master's degree in industrial and systems engineering in 1982, began her 25-year career with the U.S. Department of Defense as an industrial engineer in the machine shops of the Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, N.Y. She would go on to work for the Air Force Systems Command, the Defense Office at Westinghouse, the Defense Logistics agency, the Defense Contract Management Office at Lockheed Martin, and served as comptroller and executive director of financial and business operations at the Defense Contract Management Agency. Since 2002, she has served as the Assistant Deputy Commandant in Installations and Logistics at the U.S. Marine Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C. Lucchino remains active with the Russ College as a member of the Board of Visitors and as a member of Ohio University's Board of Advisors. She has won several performance awards including two Meritorious Civilian Service Awards and the Exceptional Civilian Service Award.

 

Lucchino said she was humbled to receive the award and praised her fellow distinguished graduates. "Their accomplishments are phenomenal," she said. "There is a lot to be proud of coming from the Russ College."

 

McFarland received his bachelor's of science degree in mathematics from Ohio University in 1950, and returned in 1962 as a member of the electrical engineering faculty. The following year, he founded the Avionics Engineering Center, the only center of its kind in the United States, specializing in research, development, and evaluation of electronic navigation, communication, and surveillance systems. An active pilot with more than 18,000 hours as pilot in command, McFarland is a fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and has been honored with awards from the FAA, Aviation Week and the Institute of Navigation. He currently serves as chief engineer and director emeritus of the Avionics Engineering Center.

 

Professor emeritus of electrical engineering Joe Essman was also honored for his 25 years of support for the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS), which works to increase high school student interest in engineering and increase the visibility and importance of engineering to society. The organization's largest and longest running program, TEAMS, was started in Ohio by Essman in 1984. Over the years, Essman grew the program to nine sites in Ohio, making Ohio the country's strongest TEAMS state. JETS Executive Director Leann Yoder traveled from the Washington, D.C., area to present the award.

 

The Russ College also honored faculty and staff for outstanding teaching, research, and service.

 

The Outstanding Administrative, Technical, and Classified Employee Awards recognize employees with outstanding results-based performance. Recipients for 2009 were: Bonnie Behm-Geddes, administrative associate for the Department of Industrial Technology (classified award); Micah McCreery, laboratory technician for the Ohio Coal Research Center (technical award); and Bruce Brown, assistant director of operations for the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology (administrative award).

 

The Marvin E. and Ann D. White Awards were established by alumnus Marv White and his wife, Ann, in 1988. The 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 2009 were: Bryan Branham, associate professor in the Department of Aviation; Srdjan Nesic, professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Shad Sargand, Russ Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering; Chang Liu, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Dale Masel, associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; Kevin Berrisso, assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Technology; and Khairul Alam, Moss professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

 

The White Teaching Award recognizes dedicated teaching and student advising in each department of the Russ College. Recipients for 2009 were: B.J. Galloway, associate professor in the Department of Aviation; Michael Prudich, professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Eric Steinberg, associate professor in the Department of  Civil Engineering; Doug Lawrence, professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Gursel Suer, professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; Zaki Kuruppalil, assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Technology; and Greg Kremer, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

 

The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Awards were established by alumnus Fritz Russ and his wife, Dolores, in 1981. The Russ Outstanding Research Paper Award recognizes research and scholarship excellence across the college by faculty who published papers in refereed journals. The 2009 recipient was Srdjan Nesic for his paper "Kinetics of Corrosion Layer Formation, Part 1. Iron Carbonate Layers in Carbon Dioxide Corrosion and Part 2. Iron Sulfide and Mixed Iron Sulfide/Carbonate Layers in Carbon Dioxide/Hydrogen Sulfide Corrosion."

 

The Russ Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award recognizes outstanding teaching and advising across the college. Russ College students select the recipient. The 2009 recipient was Dave Bayless, Loehr Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering.

 

In addition, the Russ College advisory board and Robe Leadership Institute honored Jim Rankin, associate dean for research, graduate studies and planning, with itsBoard of Visitors/Robe Leadership Institute Leadership/Service Award. Rankin was recognized for his service to the field of aviation navigation and to the University at the institutional, center, and College level.

The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, educates well-rounded professionals with both technical and team-project skills. The Russ College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across the traditional engineering spectrum and in technology disciplines such as aviation, computer science, and industrial technology. Strategic research areas include bioengineering, energy and the environment, and smart civil infrastructure. Named for alumnus Fritz Russ and his wife Dolores, the Russ College is home of the Russ Prize, one of the top three engineering prizes in the world. For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/engineering.

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