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Russ College gift creates endowed professorship

July 26, 2007
By Anita Martin

A recent charitable gift has made possible a new endowed professorship in electrical engineering and computer science within the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

Alumnus Joseph K. Jachinowski, who earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Ohio University in 1979, and his wife, Suzanne, donated $250,000 to establish and endow the Joseph K. Jachinowski Professorship of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

"It is a great pleasure to contribute back to a university and program that prepared me so well for the world of engineering and business," Jachinowski said. "The full Ohio University experience is second to none."

According to Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin, the professorship plays an important role in a time of increasing competition for faculty. "This gift will help us recruit and retain our most talented professors," he said.

Early in his career, Jachinowski co-founded -- with former Ohio University Professor Edmund O. Schweitzer III -- the company SEL, which now is a leading provider of protective relays. Later, he created Varian Medical Systems' most successful medical linear accelerator while at that company. In 1990, he became chairman, CEO and president of IMPAC Medical Systems, which he also co-founded. It is now the world's leading supplier of clinical and administrative information management systems for the field of cancer care. Jachinowski has since become president and CEO of Elekta Inc., the North America subsidiary of Elekta AB, which acquired IMPAC in 2005.

Born in Joliet, Ill., and now a resident of San Francisco, Jachinowski was inducted into the Russ College of Engineering and Technology's Academy of Distinguished Graduates in 2006. 

Faculty members within the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are eligible for appointment to the Joseph K. Jachinowski Professorship.  During the five-year term, the faculty member will receive a salary supplement and funds to support professional development and scholarly and research work.  The dean of the Russ College, along with the chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will make appointments and seek recommendations from within the school.



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