The Distinguished Professor Award recognizes outstanding scholarly and creative accomplishments and is the highest permanent recognition attainable by faculty at Ohio University. Recipients must have attained tenure and completed a minimum of five years of service at Ohio University.
Among the privileges granted to Distinguished Professors is the honor of annually naming an undergraduate student to receive a year's full-tuition scholarship, lifetime designation title of Distinguished Professor, a one-quarter paid research leave, stipend, and travel support.
The award, first given in 1959, is supported by an endowment provided by Edwin and Ruth Kennedy to the Baker Fund.
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis bestowed the 2015 Distinguished Professor Award on Gerardine Botte, Russ Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, on May 1, 2015 during the Graduate Commencement Exercises.
The prestigious Distinguished Professor award was established in 1959 and recognizes scholarly accomplishment, professional reputation and contribution to the University.
With the honor, Botte will receive a lifetime designation, one semester of academic leave and the privilege of naming one undergraduate student annually to receive a distinguished professor scholarship.
Gerri Botte, who is also the director of the Russ College’s Center for Electrochemical Engineering (CEER), is known internationally for developing the electrochemical engineering “pee-to-power” process in which hydrogen can be created from human and animal wastewater for use in fuel cells with clean water as the only byproduct.
Founded by Botte in 2002 as a research lab, CEER now occupies a dedicated, 20,000 square foot facility with more than $10 million in state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure; houses researchers and students with specialized expertise in electrochemical engineering; and fosters relationships with faculty, government labs and agencies, and other industry members.
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