After he graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering in 1942, Fritz Russ, and his wife, Dolores, founded one of the nation's leading electronic and automation corporations, Systems Research Laboratories. They also began a lifelong journey to support the profession of engineering because of their belief in its ability to improve the human condition.

Making their first gift to OHIO in 1963 with $25, the Russes left a transformational $124 million estate gift in 2008 to the Russ College. It was the largest charitable gift to any public engineering school in the country and the largest to any engineering school in Ohio, enabling us to make the Russ College best in class. With unparalleled resources to educate future generations of engineers and technologists who create for good, the Russ College holds the largest endowment of any college at Ohio University.