Ohio University

Center and Institute Directors

Dennis Irwin

Dean Emeritus; Director ORITE; Professor Emeritus Electrical Engineering
Stocker Center 378

An Ohio University faculty member since 1987, Dennis Irwin was dean of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology from 2002 until 2019. During that time, he also was also Moss Professor of Engineering Education, which is held by the standing dean of the College during his or her tenure. During his tenure, he facilitated the largest charitable gift ever given to a public engineering college: a $124 million bequest from the estate of Fritz and Dolores Russ. He also developed the initial vision for the Academic & Research Center; and has led the development of a doctoral program in civil engineering, two new master’s degrees, three online master’s degrees in several disciplines, and a unique fundamentals initiative to equip engineers and technologists of the future with tailored foundational instruction. He was also instrumental in bringing the world’s premiere space education program, International Space University, to Ohio University and serving as chief host for its Summer Space Studies Program 2015.

Prior to becoming dean, he chaired the Russ College’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science for five years. He was selected as the school's Outstanding Graduate Instructor and Outstanding Undergraduate Instructor three times each. From 2001 to 2002, he held the Neil D. and Bernice E. Thomas Professorship in Engineering in honor of his outstanding teaching abilities and rapport with students as well as achievements in the electrical engineering profession. Irwin previously worked for Logicon Control Dynamics Company in Huntsville, Alabama, as a program manager for projects sponsored by NASA, the United States Air Force, and the United States Army.

A registered professional engineer in the state of Ohio, Irwin is also a faculty member of the International Space University. He has chaired the space systems engineering department three times, and has served as a lecturer or workshop leader since 1998. He is recognized in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in Science and Engineering. In May 2001, NASA Glenn Research Center awarded him the honor of Excellence in Project Management for his work on the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite. He currently serves on the nomination committee for the National Academy of Engineering’s Russ Prize, the world’s highest honor in bioengineering. During 2015-2016 he served as president of the Ohio Society Professional Engineers, where he has received numerous awards for engineering management, engineering leadership, and conference organizing. He is a fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers, where he currently serves on the Board of Directors and the House of Delegates, an associate fellow of AIAA, and senior member of IEEE. He is also a public member of the Ohio General Assembly’s Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technical Committee.

He has received research sponsorship from agencies such as NASA, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Department of Education, for which he served as the U.S. principal investigator for a joint grant from the European Union and the United States.

He is the author or co-author of 40 articles and 15 technical reports and has given numerous national and international presentations in the areas of flexible structure control and the use of remotely accessible laboratories for research and educational purposes.

Research Interests: appropriate technology, energy studies, computer-aided control system design, and algorithm development and robust control design

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1986

David Juedes

Chair, Professor
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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.

Dale Masel

Chair, CASTLE Director, Professor
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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

Srdjan Nesic

Russ Professor/Institute Director
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Srdjan Nesic, a Russ Professor, has also been director of the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Flow Technology since 2002. Having taught courses related to thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and corrosion, he also been principal adviser for more than 50 master’s and doctoral students.

Nesic’s research lies at the intersection of transport phenomena and electrochemistry, with applications in corrosion and erosion corrosion. Responsible for more than $30 million in external research funding, almost all from private industry, he is author of more than 10 articles in books including the best known corrosion handbooks such as Uhlig's Corrosion Handbook and Shriers's Corrosion, covering acid gas corrosion and erosion corrosion, more than 100 peer-reviewed journal papers, 200 conference papers, and 50 scientific reports in the field of corrosion.

His publications have received over 5000 citations. Nesic, a NACE fellow, serves as associate editor of NACE’s CORROSION journal and Elsevier’s Corrosion Science Journal. He has received numerous awards and honors such as CORROSION journal’s best paper for 2010 and 2015, NACE’s H.H. Uhlig Award for 2007, and British Corrosion Journal’s Bengough award for 1998. His graduate students have won the A.B. Campbell award twice, in 2009 and 2015, for CORROSION journal’s most outstanding manuscript by young authors.

Dr. Nesic also has extensively consulted on corrosion issues for the oil and gas industry, from design to operations to expert witness testimony including the Deepwater Horizon Spill in 2010.

Research Interests: Transport Phenomena and Electrochemistry, Corrosion, Erosion, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Multiphase Flow

All Degrees Earned: PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, August 1992 -- MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, August 1988 -- BE, Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, October 1992

Shad Sargand

Russ Professor, Vice Director for Business Development of the Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment
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Shad Sargand was named Russ Professor in 1990. He has authored over 200 journal articles, conference papers and technical reports. Since its inception in 1995, he has been the lead researcher of the Ohio Strategic Highway Research Program National Test Road on US Route 23 in Delaware County, Ohio, which has contributed enormous amounts of valuable data for the Long Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) database. He also led another test road effort on US Route 30 in Wooster, Ohio. He is the Associate Director of the Ohio Research Institute at Ohio University, which operates the Asphalt Laboratory and Accelerated Pavement Load Facility in Lancaster, Ohio. Sargand has at least five nationally recognized awards and honors for his research, including most recently the William W. “Bill” Baker Award from Flexible Pavements of Ohio in March 2011 for his “commitment to quality and overall impact on the Ohio asphalt paving industry.”

Research Interests: rigid and flexible pavements, finite element methods, soil-structure interaction, pipes and conduits

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1981; M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska, 1978; B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska, 1976


  • Masada, T., Sargand, S. M., Thermoplastic Pipe Deep Burial Study in Ohio: Further Analysis of Field Performance Data, Journal of Pipeline Systems – Engineering and Practice, ASCE, Reston, VA, Vol. 2, No. 4, Nov. 2011, p. 132-138.
  • Liao, J.M., and S.M. Sargand, Viscoelastic FE Modeling and Verification of a U.S. 30 Perpetual Pavement Test Section, International Journal on Road Materials and Pavement Design, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2010.
  • Shad Sargand, Teruhisa Masada, and David Keatley, Pennsylvania Thermoplastic Pipe Deep Burial Project: The 20th-Year Investigations, Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, Reston, VA, Volume 23, No. 4, July/Aug. 2009, pp. 262-268.
  • Sargand, S. M., and Masada, T., Deeply Buried Thermoplastic Pipe Field Performance over Five Years, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, Reston, VA, Vol. 134, No. 8, August 2008, pp. 118-119.
  • S.M. Sargand, S. Wu and J.L. Figueroa, “A Rational Approach for Base Type Selection”, Journal of Transportation Engineering, ASCE, Reston VA, Volume 132, No 10, pp 753 – 763 (October 2006).


  • Gayle F. Mitchell and Shad M. Sargand, Pipeline Security Grid; Filing Date 12/2010
  • Gayle F. Mitchell and Shad M. Sargand, Exfiltration Apparatus, Application Number 60/869,308; Filing Date 12/08/2006


  • Russ Professor of Civil Engineering since 1990
  • D.R. Harting Award of the Society of Experimental Mechanics in 1992 & 1999
  • Certificate of Achievement for the SHRP Test Road from Ohio Governor George Voinovich in 1995
  • Certificate of Appreciation for the SHRP Test Road from the Federal Highway Administration in 1998
  • William W. “Bill” Baker Award from Flexible Pavements of Ohio in March 2011

Something you may not know about me: Originally from Afghanistan

Jason Trembly

Russ Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment
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Principal investigator for more than $18 million in competitively sponsored research, primarily for the U.S. Department of Energy , Dr. Jason Trembly is Russ Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and a graduate faculty member in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He is also Director of Ohio University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment..

Prior to joining OHIO in 2011 as an assistant professor, Trembly was a leading young researcher at internationally recognized energy research centers. From 2007 to 2011, he was a research chemical engineer and team leader for syngas and CO2 conversion at RTI International’s Energy Technology Division. There, he was responsible for ideation and development of processes and catalysts for conversion of syngas and CO2 into chemicals and fuels. He is also a former ORISE Fellow at the U.S. DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, where he completed his graduate research focused on solid oxide fuel cell development.

Trembly’s research group utilizes process simulation with materials R&D to develop intensified process designs to address energy and environmental issues. His main research interests include solid oxide fuel cells and electrolyzers, electrochemical capture of nutrients from waste streams, produced water remediation, and sustainable composite materials.

Recent News:
Engineering researcher and team receive $2 million to create coal composites – Sept. 20, 2019
Engineering professor, alumnus named Russ Professor – March 25, 2019
Engineering faculty member receives $1 million in grants to remediate carbon dioxide and ethane – Jan. 22, 2019

Research Interests: thermocatalytic processes, supercritical fluid processes, solid oxide fuel cells, nutrient recovery

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Ohio University (2007), M.S. Chemical Engineering, Ohio University (2004), B.S. Chemical Engineering, Ohio University (2003)