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Russ College of Engineering and Technology to hold research fair

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University invites the community to its fall research fair on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stocker Center on the Athens campus' West Green. Faculty, staff and students will display current research projects from academic and research units across the engineering discipline.

Highlights of projects on display include greenhouse gas and power plant emissions; Synthetic Vision Systems for aircraft navigation; targeted drug delivery in cancer research; the "aeromobile," a prototype for 21st-century personal transportation; highway pavement sensor technology, which measures strain, temperature, and soil moisture data; manufacturing information systems that increase production efficiency and reduce operational costs; artificial intelligence; biomechanics; and fuel cell applications.

"The great thing about this event and the work we're doing at the college is that the faculty and staff leading this cutting-edge research are also teaching our students, the engineers of the future," said Dennis Irwin, the Russ College's dean and Moss Professor of Engineering Education. "Both graduate and undergraduate students at the Russ College get to participate in research projects like these - it's a crucial part of their learning."

Russ College research is sponsored by leading government agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA and the Ohio Department of Transportation, as well as major industry players. The fuel cell project, which aims to examine how fuel cell technology could pave the way for cleaner coal-fired power plants, is supported by a $4 million U.S. Department of Energy grant recently secured by the Ohio Congressional delegation.

"We are the best-kept secret in Ohio in terms of technology, but we're trying to change that," Irwin said. "The research fair is one of the measures that will help us."

Refreshments will be provided. Parking will be available in the lots surrounding Stocker Center and adjacent buildings.

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.

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Media contact: Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Carow Girton, (740) 593-1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu

 
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