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Alumnus' fellowship gift boosts control systems research

The Robert H. Josselson’s Fellowship Benefits Graduate Students at Russ College

A gift by a Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology alumnus and prolific patent-holder will support graduate students in the research and development of control systems, electrical devices used to manage the behavior of other devices or systems.

Robert Josselson, who holds four patents on inventions that involve space-based weather instruments and controls, established the Robert H. Josselson Fellowship for Electrical Engineering with a gift of $500,000. Fellowships are graduate or post-graduate student scholarships connected to a specific field and support recipients as they complete pertinent training, work or research.

David Juedes, associate professor and chair of the Russ College School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, noted that Josselson was one of OHIO’s first few electrical engineering doctoral graduates.

“We’re deeply grateful for the opportunities this gift provides for our future students. The fellowship is a great enticement for attracting the best and brightest to our doctorate program,” he said.

Josselson received his master’s degree in 1970 and his doctorate degree in 1972 from OHIO in electrical engineering, after earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

He then worked for Honeywell, Inc., where he designed digital autopilots for missiles and projectiles. Currently, he is a staff scientist at ITT Exelis, a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense and information solutions company.

As a graduate student at the Russ College, Josselson was granted a National Defense Education Act (NDEA) fellowship. He explained that establishing the Josselson Fellowship was his way of “paying it forward” to another Russ College electrical engineering student.

“I was hungry to continue my education, and the small size of OHIO’s electrical engineering department seemed like a good fit,” Josselson said. “Ohio University was good to me. I started with an assistantship, and then—after proving my scholarship— was granted a fellowship. Without them, I would not have been able to attend graduate school,” he added.

The gift counts is part of The Promise Lives Campaign for Ohio University, which has raised $406 million toward its goal of securing $450 million by 2015 in support of students, faculty, programs, facilities and community partnerships.

Josselson and his wife Susan, live in Fort Wayne, Ind.

For more information about The Promise Lives Campaign, visit www.ohio.edu/campaign.