July 12, 2007
By Anita Martin
The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University has received a charitable gift to establish a new mechanical engineering scholarship.
Russ College alumnus R. Emmett Boyle and his wife, Debra J. Boger, of St. Clairsville, are endowing a full tuition undergraduate scholarship in mechanical engineering. The first scholarship will be awarded for the 2007-08 academic year.
Boyle, who worked as an engineer for much of his professional career, established the award to support students who have the qualifications and desire to become engineers.
"It is my strong belief that the engineering profession, and in particular mechanical engineering, provides some of the best possible solutions to the challenges confronting our society and the world today," Boyle said. "Given my past and present experience with the Russ College, my investment in Ohio University will provide selected individuals the very best environment to obtain a quality engineering education."
Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin said the scholarship will help talented students realize the dream of becoming engineers or technologists. "As the cost of attending college increases, scholarships become more and more important to our students' ability to obtain an education," he said.
Today, Boyle leads The Elmwood Group, a management advisory firm he formed. He has been director and chair of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and was a director of the U.S. Chamber in Washington, D.C. In 2006, Boyle was inducted into the Russ College's Academy of Distinguished Graduates, the highest honor the college bestows on its graduates.
Boyle earned a master's degree in industrial systems engineering from Ohio University in 1970. After working on the Gemini spacecraft project at McDonnell Aircraft Corp. and for the Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Co., he became president of Ormet Corp. in 1983. Boyle bought the company in 1986, and as its chairman and CEO, he more than doubled its size over the next 18 years.
To be eligible for the R. Emmett Boyle Scholarship, a mechanical engineering student must demonstrate financial need and academic aptitude and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.6.