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Russ College dean of engineering named associate fellow

ATHENS, Ohio (April 21, 2005) -- Dennis Irwin, dean and Moss Professor of Engineering Education at Ohio University's Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, was recently named associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Dennis IrwinThe AIAA is the premier professional society devoted to the progress of engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. With 31,000 members, it is the largest association of its kind in the world. Its member list includes the most respected members of the professions.

According to James Rankin, director of the Avionics Engineering Center at the Russ College, Irwin's 11 journal publications and 44 conference papers are testimony to his success in research.

"Dennis is very active in guidance and control research for aerospace vehicles," Rankin said. "He has been very successful in receiving research funding, the most recent being for the university consortium that assumed responsibility for the NASA ACTS satellite," Rankin said.

The institute stipulates that only senior members with at least 12 years of significant professional experience, and a minimum of three recommendations from other members, are eligible to become associate fellows. The number of associate fellows is limited to one for every 150 AIAA members.

Rankin noted that Irwin's nomination also speaks to the strengths of Russ College's engineering programs.

"His selection as an AIAA associate fellow highlights the level of research the Russ College is conducting in aerospace and aeronautics. As the only member of the Russ College to hold this distinction, Dean Irwin is setting the bar at a high level and encouraging the college to increase its research activity," Rankin said.

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. Research areas currently receiving significant funding include avionics, fuel cells, bioengineering, oil and gas pipeline corrosion, and environmental pipes and culverts. 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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Media Contact: Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Girton, (740) 593-1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793

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