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Russ College honors faculty and staff

ATHENS, Ohio (May 19, 2005) -- The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University honored faculty and staff at the college's annual awards celebration April 29 for outstanding teaching, research and performance in 2004-2005.

The college's Outstanding Administrative, Technical, and Classified Employee Awards recognize employees with outstanding results-based performance. Recipients for 2005 were: Christy Lee, director of planning and budget (administrative award); Kelley Jolley, administrative associate for Career and Outreach Programs (classified award); and Shyler Switzer, lab coordinator for the Ohio Coal Research Center (technical 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 2005 were: Doug Goetz, associate professor for the Department of Chemical Engineering; Teruhisa Masada, associate professor for the Department of Civil Engineering; Savas Kaya, assistant professor for the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Dale Masel, associate professor for the Department of Industrial Manufacturing Systems Engineering; Todd Myers, assistant professor for the Department of Industrial Technology; and Dave Bayless, associate professor for the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The White Teaching Award recognizes dedicated teaching and student advising in each department of the Russ College. Recipients for 2005 were: Ron Faliszek, assistant professor for the Department of Aviation; Michael Prudich, professor and chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering; Guy Riefler, assistant professor for the Department of Civil Engineering; Angie Bukley, visiting Stocker Professor, and Maarten Uijt de Haag, assistant professor, for the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (tie); Dusan Sormaz, associate professor for the Department of Industrial Manufacturing Systems Engineering; John Deno, associate professor for the Department of Industrial Technology; and Greg Kremer, associate professor for the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Awards were established by the alumnus Fritz Russ and his wife, Dolores, in 1981. The Russ Outstanding Research Paper Award recognizes research and scholarship excellence across to college by faculty who published papers in refereed journals. The 2005 recipient was Eric Steinberg, associate professor and assistant chair of the Department of Civil Engineering, for the paper he co-authored with Shad Sargand, Russ Professor for the Department of Civil Engineering: "Forces in Wingwalls of Skewed-Integral Bridges," published in the Journal of Bridge Engineering, November/December 2004.

The Russ Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award recognizes outstanding teaching and advising across the college. Russ College students select the recipient. The 2005 recipient was Robert L. Williams II, associate professor for the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

In addition, the Russ College advisory board and Robe Leadership Institute honored two individuals with the Russ College Board of Visitors/Robe Leadership Institute Leadership/Service Award. James F. Fales, Loehr Professor and chair of the Department of Industrial Technology; and Marty North, assistant dean for career and outreach programs; were recognized for their exemplary leadership and service to the Russ College and the greater community, especially in the area of student career development.

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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