By Colleen Carow and Melissa Gerber
David J. Bayless, Loehr Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and director of the Ohio Coal Research Center, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering for his efforts to improve power generation efficiency and remediate air pollution.
Founded in 1880, ASME is a 120,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the worldwide engineering and technology community. Bayless, among 161 ASME members recently awarded the distinction of fellow, joins a distinguished group of 2,834 fellows.
Bayless has been internationally recognized for his work in bioremediation of carbon dioxide, improving solid oxide fuel cells and controlling particulates using electrostatic precipitation. He also helped found Ohio University's Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment (CE3), an education and research program combining economic public policy and energy and environmental engineering.
Since joining Ohio University in 1995, Bayless has been awarded three patents with revenue-generating licenses and has five pending patents. He received $7.5 million in research funding from federal and state agencies and industry between 2000 and 2007.
One of Bayless' current projects is a bioreactor, in which algae is used to recycle carbon dioxide from a power plant and turn it into fuel, such as biodiesel. The project includes developing a training lab at Ohio University-Lancaster to teach students how to make and use fuel from biofeedstocks.
The author of more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed publications, Bayless also is director of the Robe Leadership Institute in the Russ College. He is the recipient of research awards from the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Ohio University, and other academic and research institutions. Bayless also is chair of the Russ College Cooperative Education Committee and national vice president for the Central Region of Pi Tau Sigma, an international mechanical engineering honor society.
Bayless, a licensed professional engineer in Ohio and Missouri, holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri in Rolla, a master of science degree in engineering management from the University of Central Florida and a doctorate from the University of Illinois.
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