November 3, 2011
Ohio University dedicated a new fluid power lab this week at the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology in honor of 1973 alumnus Jack Myslenski.
Located off Stocker Center’s main lobby, the lab was created with a gift of more than $180,000 from Parker Hannifin, where Myslenski, a graduate of the engineering technology and management program, worked for 35 years.
“Today’s dedication salutes Jack’s many contributions to Ohio University and also recognizes the important partnership Ohio University has with Parker,” said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis.
The space contains state-of-the-art Parker training equipment, components and control systems. It was designed to serve as a student training lab in fluid power, teaching the use of pneumatics and hydraulics like those used construction equipment and aircraft landing gears.
Parker dispatched an engineer to custom-assemble the lab for the Russ College.
“We know that funding in state universities is a challenge, and Parker is proud that we are able to help support the education of engineering students,” said Jeff Cullman, president of Parker’s hydraulics group. “Our hope is that, like Jack, they will remain within Ohio companies and help them to achieve success.”
Myslenski, who serves on the Russ College board of visitors and the ETM advisory board, started at Parker in 1973 and retired three years ago as one of five executive vice presidents, having worked in roles across the globe and contributed to a banner $12 billion year for the company.
Myslenski noted that his coursework at the Russ College prepared him for challenges such as supervising 20 employees in his first job at Parker.
“I was very lucky when Parker hired me,” he said. “I can't thank those individuals enough for their bet on making a long-haired kid, fresh out of college, a first line supervisor in Wickliffe, Ohio.”
McDavis called Parker an innovator and a leader for creating the lab. “This lab illustrates how our students’ future employers are taking an active role in their education before they enter the world of work,” he said.