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Diagnostic Hybrids gift supports Ohio University students in Russ College's Department of Industrial Technology

ATHENS, Ohio -- Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc. (DHI) recently gave $10,000 to Ohio University to benefit students in the Industrial Technology program and the quality education they receive. The gift, which is part of Ohio University's $200 million Bicentennial Campaign, supports the department's discretionary funds, giving the department flexibility in using the money in ways that best assist students.

DHI President and CEO David Scholl, an Ohio University alumnus, announced the gift to honor the longstanding collaboration between DHI and Industrial Technology, which is part of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology. DHI, a local bioscience company, is known as the world's largest cell culture provider.

"The beauty of this gift is that it will go either directly to students, or indirectly by improving the program with new equipment or other needs that arise. Replacing old equipment with newer technology ensures our students are trained on the latest tools of the trade," Industrial Technology Department Chair James Fales said.

Scholl and DHI colleagues have been impressed with the caliber of IT students and professors who have worked as consultants for DHI as part of class projects and competitions. "The collaboration has positively influenced DHI's corporate growth, particularly in our operations and information technology groups. The professionalism of the program, its students and the high quality of their work is to be commended," Scholl said.

In its work with DHI, Industrial Technology helped develop new manufacturing processes and uncover cost-savings. Retired Industrial Technology Professor Bill Reeves and his students designed a polystyrene plate-stamping process that helped DHI win its first national cell culture contract. As part of DHI's growing information technology requirements, Matt Holbrook, an Industrial Technology graduate now employed full-time at DHI, and Industrial Technology Assistant Professor Todd Myers automated and centralized databases, which will considerably reduce operational expenses. The project resulted in an invitation for Holbrook and Myers to speak at a Chicago conference on deploying Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems for bioscience companies.

Scholl points out that workforce development in the Appalachian region is a major part of DHI's business philosophy. Hiring locally to fill specific technology-related needs means looking to Ohio University for recent, high-quality graduates. "One key benefit of the strong relationship between DHI and Ohio University is recruiting talent from within the region – if a new employee can have a world-class professional opportunity without leaving friends and family, we expect retention to be high, and that is what we see." Scholl said.

DHI has also established the DHI/Manasseh Cutler Scholars Award at Ohio University to provide one student from Hocking, Morgan, or Washington County with a full-tuition scholarship for four years of study at Ohio University.

DHI was founded in 1983 as an Ohio University-based life science start-up and has experienced rapid growth, with revenues having grown ten-fold over the past five years. The company is headquartered and has production and R&D laboratories in the Ohio University Research and Enterprise Park in Athens, Ohio.

The Ohio University Bicentennial Campaign – which has raised nearly $175 million toward its goal of raising $200 million in time for the university's bicentennial in 2004 – will provide money for scholarships, endowed professorships, technological enhancements, innovative programs, and selected capital improvements.

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. The Russ College also performs sponsored research in avionics, distributed and secure computing, fuel cells, oil and gas pipeline corrosion, environmental pipes and culverts, and other areas. 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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Contact: Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Carow Girton, (740) 593-1488

 
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