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Distinguished Graduate: James Edwards



James D. Edwards, BSCH ‘70

Jim Edwards worked in government as well as private industries for 41 years after graduating from Ohio University. In his 38 years at Burgess and Niple, he managed the industrial, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering and architectural groups – also becoming an owner for 22 years and serving as a managing partner for two terms.

During his tenure at Burgess and Niple, he led the design team for Ohio University’s Academic & Research Center.

A guest speaker at Ohio University, Purdue University, Bucknell University, and the Columbus and Cleveland Bar Associations, Edwards also held public service committee appointments awarded by former Ohio Governor Voinovich and Columbus Mayors Lashutka and Coleman.

Edwards, who has served the Russ College as a member of the Chemical Engineering Advisory Board, was co-chair of the committee to establish the Nick Dinos Professorship in Chemical Engineering. He is a current member of the Russ College Board of Visitors.

He has been a registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, Michigan, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas.


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