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Engineering college receives equipment donation worth $150,000

ATHENS, Ohio (April 21, 2005) -- The department of mechanical engineering at Ohio University’s Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology has received a $150,000 equipment donation from Brazeway, Inc.

The equipment will be used by professors Andrew Foley and Frank Kraft to evaluate the performance of new, environmentally-friendly refrigerants for air conditioning and refrigeration systems and to evaluate heat-exchangers and components.

Brazeway, Inc., is a worldwide leader in the heat transfer, automotive, appliance and commercial refrigeration industries.

According to Kraft, the donation is a significant coup for the university.

"This equipment is a one-of-a-kind test facility that places Ohio University in a unique position of being able to perform tests that others cannot," he said. "Because of the testing capabilities of this facility, we will have a distinct advantage in partnering with industry and government in the development of new refrigerants and heat exchangers."

The equipment also will give Russ College students the chance to work with some of the newest technologies in the automotive, refrigeration and climate control industries when the equipment is incorporated into the senior laboratory class.

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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