Ohio University

Department Chairs

David Juedes

Chair, Professor
Stocker Center 330

David Juedes is a tenured professor and chair of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Juedes teaches a range of computer science classes from introductory to advanced graduate-level courses. He is a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Research Interests: algorithms, complexity theory, approximation algorithms, computational biology

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Computer Science, Iowa State University, 1994; M.S., Computer Science, Iowa State University, 1990; B.S., Computer Science and Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 1988



  • Senior Member ACM 2010, Russ College Outstanding Research Paper Award 2004.

Gregory Kremer

Chair, Robe Professor
Fax: 740.593.0476
Stocker Center 253

Greg Kremer began his career as a mechanical design engineer for General Electric Aircraft Engines (1988-1993) before pursuing his advanced degrees. He joined Ohio University in 1998, where he has been chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering since 2006 and teaches the program’s senior design capstone, "Designing to Make a Difference." Kremer, selected as a Carnegie Scholar for 2005-2006, participates in the teaching of learning with such projects as developing and assessing student achievement of professional skills outcomes — ABET accreditation board outcomes related to teamwork, communication, global/societal impact, ethics, lifelong learning, contemporary issues, and others. He is the department’s organizer for assessment and continuous improvement. Kremer is also advisor for the student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and other vehicle-related projects.

Research Interests: Mechanical design and new product development, Integrative Education & Community Engagement, Sustainable Energy and the Environment

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 1998; M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 1995; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 1989


  • (book chapter) Kremer, G.G. "Designing to Make A Difference," included in the book Connected Science, Ferrett, T. and Geelan, D. editors. 2012.
  • Bayless, D.J., Kremer, G., Vis, M., Stuart, B., Shi, L., Cuello, J., Ono, E., “Photosynthetic CO2 Mitigation using a Novel Membrane-based Photobioreactor,” Journal of Environmental Engineering and Management, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 209-215, April 2006.
  • Kremer, G.G., “Enhanced Robust Stability Analysis of Large Hydraulic Control Systems via a Bifurcation Based Procedure,” Journal of the Franklin Institute, Vol. 338, No. 7, November 2001, pg. 781-809.
  • Kremer, G.G. and Thompson, D.F., “A Bifurcation Based Procedure for Designing and Analyzing Robustly Stable Nonlinear Hydraulic Servo Systems,” Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, (Vol 212 Part I), 1998, pp. 383-394.


  • Carnegie Scholar (2005); Robe Professor (2012); Russ College Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (2010); Ohio University Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award (2000); Ability One National Design Competition (multiple awards won by student teams I have mentored)

Something you may not know about me: Kremer loves to experience nature on foot or on a mountain bike. He has competed in 6 marathons, numerous 100 mile mountain bike races, and other endurance and adventure races. He's also very active in his church community.

Dale Masel

Chair, CASTLE Director, Professor
Stocker Center 272

Dale Masel has been a member of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering since 1998 and was named chair in 2018. Before becoming chair, he served the department in a variety of roles, including as undergraduate chair (2002-2018), accreditation coordinator (2000-2005), and adviser for the student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (1999-2002). He has also served the Russ College as adviser of the Engineering Ambassadors (2004-present) and an instructor for the engineering Learning Communities (2005-2017).

Since 2000, Masel has been co-Principal Investigator for a research project sponsored by General Electric to develop improved methods for estimating manufacturing costs. Areas of application for the methods include jet engines, gas turbines, and wind turbines. He has also been involved in a research collaboration with Geisinger Health since 2013 to develop improved supply chain management methods for hospitals.

Masel is a member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), serving from 2013 to 2018 as co-chair of the Facilities Design and Planning Track at the IISE Annual Conference. He is also a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA), and APICS. From 2004 to 2013, he was also a member of the College-Industrial Council on Material Handling Education.

Research Interests: manufacturing cost estimation, distribution center design and management, supply chain management in health care

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, Penn State University, 1998. M.S., Industrial Engineering, Penn State University, 1995. B.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Toledo, 1993.


  • Winner of the CIEADH/IIE Innovations in Curriculum Award 2011

Deborah McAvoy

Associate Dean for Academics; Interim Chair Aviation; Associate Professor Civil Engineering
Stocker Center 122

Deb McAvoy joined Ohio University in 2007. She received her Ph.D. from Wayne State University after working as a civil engineering consultant for 11 years. While pursuing her doctorate, McAvoy worked as the lead research engineer for the Wayne State University Transportation Research Group. McAvoy's research interest is in highway safety, traffic engineering, traffic signal system optimization and progression, roadway design and human factors engineering. She has worked on projects for the Ohio Department of Transportation, Michigan Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the United States Department of Justice, 3M, and other industry clients. As a part of these studies, she has conducted technical analyses for signal timing, congestion, crash, gap studies and has substantial experience in corridor progression and work zone safety analyses. She is a registered professional engineer in the states of Michigan and Ohio and certified as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer through the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Research Interests: highway safety, traffic engineering, traffic signal system optimization and progression, roadway design and human factors engineering

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Transportation Engineering, Wayne State University, 2007; M.S., Civil Engineering, Wayne State University, 2004; B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Detroit, 1994

Todd Myers

Chair, ETM Director of Workforce & Professional Development
Stocker Center 125A

Todd Myers has 10 years of manufacturing experience in the automotive manufacturing industry. His responsibilities have included multi-plant materials management, ERP implementation, project management, and engineering management and lean implementations. His funded research has included RFID OEM capability studies, barcode robustness studies, value stream mapping, lean consulting, and manufacturing operations. His interests also include international studies. Myers is a three-time recipient of the Marvin E. and Ann D. White Russ College Departmental Research Award and departmental teaching award recipient.

Research Interests: RFID OEM capability studies, barcode robustness studies, value stream mapping, lean consulting, manufacturing operations

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Inst. Tech, Education Studies, Ohio University, 2007; M.B.A., 2001; B.S.I.T., 1988.


  • Myers, T. D. (2007). Learning outcomes for an engineering and technology public policy curriculum. Teaching Engineering and Technology Public Policy While Fulfilling Multiple ABET and University Requirements, Myers and Stuart, AC 2010-924: ASEE 2010 Annual Conference Louisville Ky.
  • “Globalization Issues In The Industrial Technology Transfer Supply Chain”, The IAJC-NAIT-IJME 2008 International Conference, A Refereed Paper 30% acceptance rate (Myers, T.), Nashville, TN., November 18, 2008.
  • “Manufacturing Centric Undergraduate Capstone Experience” American Society for Engineering Education, June 22- 25, 2008. The 115 Annual Conference Proceeding, A Refereed Paper (Myers, T. & Klein, P.) Pittsburg, PA, June 23, 2008.


  • Three-time recipient of the Marvin E. and Ann D. White Russ College Departmental Research Award. Recipient of the Marvin E. and Ann D. White Russ College Departmental Teaching Award. Epsilon Pi Tau Laureate recipient.

Something you may not know about me: Myers has taught university courses in France and Argentina. He has conducted business in Mexico, Canada, and Japan.

R. Guy Riefler

Chair, Professor
Stocker Center 218

Guy Riefler joined the Department of Civil Engineering in September 2000 after completing his advanced degrees at the University of Connecticut. He has three years of environmental consulting experience at ENVIRON Corporation in Arlington, Virginia. Riefler investigates chemical and biological interactions that affect the transport and transformation of pollutants in the environment. This work typically entails the heavy use of analytical chemistry, molecular biology, and numerical modeling. Riefler's research currently focuses on phytoremediation, chemical and biological processes in acid mine drainage remediation, stormwater treatment, and algae growth for alternative fuels and sustainable housing. He is currently developing a process to treat acid mine drainage sustainably by converting the iron sludge into profitable paint pigment. He has served as the faculty advisor for the OHIO Engineers Without Borders group in Ghana and has also worked with students in the WERC and ASCE environmental design competition. He was awarded the ODNR Mining Awareness Educator Award in 2009 and the OHIO Transformative Teaching Award in 2011. He is a registered professional environmental engineer in the state of Ohio.

Research Interests: acid mine drainage treatment bioremediation, stormwater treatment, algae cultivation for biofuels and in house nutrient cycling

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., University of Connecticut; M.S., University of Connecticut; B.S., Cornell University

Something you may not know about me: Guy Riefler enjoys golfing, camping, backpacking, skiing, soccer, and triathlons.

Valerie Young

Chair, Associate Professor
Stocker Center 169

Dr. Young joined Ohio University in 1996. She has been involved in air quality research everywhere from Nashville, Tennessee to Barrow, Alaska. Dr. Young is the faculty advisor for the Ohio University chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon (the chemical engineering honor society) and for the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Organization.

Research Interests: Air quality, Pollution, Controlled Burn Emission Modeling

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1992 -- BS, Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University, 1988