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Darin Ridgway

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Dinos professorship celebrates chemical engineering faculty excellence

An Ohio University chemical engineering professor has been appointed to a professorship honoring a well-loved professor emeritus.

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Darin Ridgway, of Ohio University's Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, was named Nicholas Dinos Professor for 2013-2018.

More than 80 alumni and friends contributed to establish the professorship in the name of Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering Nicholas Dinos, whose reputation for teaching excellence was built over nearly four decades in the engineering school.

Ridgway said it's an honor to be the recipient. "After I first came to OHIO, it was people like Nick who made me want to stay," Ridgway said. "He was the heart and soul of the department, as shown by the unique way in which this professorship was funded through the contributions of so many alumni."

According to alumnus and Russ College Board of Visitors member Jim Edwards, BSCH '70, he, fellow board member Debbie Burke, BSCHE '85, and John Baginski, BSCHE '70, coordinated an effort to establish the professorship with help from another board member, Hank Waters, BSCH '83.

"There were interesting professors at Ohio University, but none of them impacted my life like Nick Dinos," Edwards said. "Nick made chemical engineering come to life. Who else could combine Shakespeare with Henry's Law and come out with something that made sense? He was a professor, but somehow he was one of us."

Edwards remembers Dinos for his love of learning and the profession, saying Dinos always seemed to be learning himself.

"He wasn't that much older that we were -- or so it seemed. He was genuinely interested in each of us, so it was easy to conclude he was one of us," Edwards recalled. "He enriched my life and the lives of my colleagues beyond measure."

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Chair Valerie Young concurred, saying Dinos always knew each student as an individual.

"I've heard story after story from our alumni about the impact Nick had on them," she said. "Dr. Ridgway was the clear choice. He is the perennial selection by our seniors for our department teaching award. Like Nick, Darin knows the students as individuals, and his influence on them goes well beyond the technical content of a course."