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CHARLES “CHUCK” OVERBY | Apr 22, 2019

emeritus professor of industrial systems engineering at OHIO, passed away at the age of 91 in September 2017. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, leading him to spend his later years working toward resolving international conflict through nonviolent means.

BRUCE BILYEU | Apr 22, 2019

BSCS ‘06, MS ‘10, is an IT technical specialist at Huntington National Bank.

RICHARD THOMAS “DICK” BRENNAN | Apr 22, 2019

BSCE ‘58, passed away at the age of 82 in February 2017. He was a highway engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation for 20 years.

SHELDON KEPHART BURTNER, JR. | Apr 22, 2019

BSEE ‘52, a U.S. Army veteran, passed away at the age of 88 in July 2017. He was retired from a 30-year career at North American Rockwell.

BILLY CLARK | Apr 22, 2019

MS ‘70, passed away at the age of 85 in January 2018. Superintendent of the instrumentation laboratory at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion plant, he also served the U.S. Air Force veteran during the Korean War.

DAVID J. ERICKSON | Apr 22, 2019

BSEE ‘65, MS ‘72, passed away at the age of 75 in December 2017. He was a retired sonar design engineer at Lockheed Martin.

ROBERT GANNON | Apr 22, 2019

BSME ‘55, passed away at the age of 85 in December 2017. 

VICTOR DEFAY HARDMAN | Apr 22, 2019

BSEE ‘60, passed away at the age of 85 in November 2017. Hardman, a U.S. Air Force veteran, was retired from the Bell Telephone System Company after 30 years of service.

JAMES W. HECK | Apr 22, 2019

BSEE ‘49, passed away at the age of 94 in September 2017. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and later had a 44-year career in field sales and marketing.

THOMAS JONES | Apr 22, 2019

BSCE ‘58, passed away at the age of 82 in September 2017.

ARNO WILLIAM MCGRAW JR. | Apr 22, 2019

BSIE ‘48, passed away at the age of 93 in November 2017. A U.S. Navy combat pilot during WWII, he founded Bucyrus Blades Inc. in 1951.

FLOYD RANDALL MORRISON | Apr 22, 2019

BSISE ‘72, passed away at the age of 67 in September 2017. He worked at Holophane Lighting for 43 years in engineering, production, design, customer support and marketing support roles.

JAMES KEITH PALMER | Apr 22, 2019

BSIT ‘76, MA ‘09, passed away at the age of 62 in August 2017. He held various management positions with Southern Ohio Coal Co-AEP and also taught physical science and biology at Vinton County High School for 13 years.

JAMES HAROLD SMITH | Apr 22, 2019

BSEE ‘56, passed away at the age of 83 in May 2017. He worked at General Electric for 39 years designing and servicing electrical systems for large mining equipment worldwide. 

JOHN SNYDER | Apr 22, 2019

BSCE ‘76, passed away at the age of 70 in January 2018.

RUSSELL SCOTT STRATTON | Apr 22, 2019

BSEE ‘59, who retired from a 25-year career as assistant district manager with Bethlehem Steel Corp., passed away at the age of 79 in July 2017. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

ROBERT THOMAS, JR. | Apr 22, 2019

BSEE ‘87, MS ‘93, passed away at the age of 52 in October 2017. He was a program engineer for the Avionics Engineering Center at OHIO.

DONALD BLIZZARD | Apr 22, 2019

BSEE ‘59, passed away at the age of 80 in August 2017. He had retired from a 33-year career with Cooper Bessemer Corp., where he held a number of positions including director of engineering.

Alumni Class Notes

BRUCE BILYEU | Apr 23, 2019

BSCS ‘06, MS ‘10, is an IT technical specialist at Huntington National Bank.

CHARLES C. CREWS | Apr 23, 2019

BSISE ‘93, was recently named vice president of Consumers Energy Company.

CHINH L. HOANG | Apr 23, 2019

BSEE ‘78, an award-winning author, published a Vietnam travelogue, “Rain Falling on Tamarind Trees” in November 2017 with Willow Stream Publishing.

CORY CHARLES SEILER | Apr 23, 2019

BSETM ‘07, married fellow Bobcat Laura Speer, BSN ‘13, MS ‘16, Sept. 1, 2017, at Jorgensen Farms in Westerville, Ohio. She is a family nurse practitioner at Healthy Alliance, LLC., and he is a quality engineer manager at TS Tech.

CYNTHIA C. CALHOUN | Apr 23, 2019

BSEE ‘88, aerospace engineer supervisor, was awarded the NASA Honor Award Medal and Equal Employment Opportunity Medal for her notable efforts to inspire students underrepresented in STEM to become future engineers and scientists.

DAVID MATTHEW HYDE | Apr 23, 2019

BSCHE ‘92, was recently hired as account manager for D.B. Becker, a world-class distributor of specialty resins, additives, pigments and packaging. Previously, he served in various product development, technical service, and technical management roles for more than 19 years in the coatings and thermoset plastics industries.

JOHN MICHAEL FERRIS | Apr 23, 2019

BSEE ‘89, vice president and general manager of vision care at Bausch + Lomb, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Prevent Blindness, a volunteer eye health and safety organization. 

JOHN MIRTH | Apr 23, 2019

BSME ‘84, MS ‘88, Ph.D. ‘90, joined the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering as a professor of instruction in mechanical and industrial engineering.

JOHN ROSS | Apr 23, 2019

BSETM ‘90, and his wife Natalie, who are co-owners of Ross Rental Station, celebrated their 25th anniversary of business.

JUSTIN PIERCE | Apr 23, 2019

BSETM ‘06, director of engineering and manufacturing for MPW Industrial Services, was named by Water & Wastes Digest in June 2017 as one of the water industry’s top young professionals.

KIMBERLEY CHIN NOBLES | Apr 23, 2019

BSEE ‘84, MS ‘85, recently joined Gordon & Rees, a national litigation and business transactions firm, as partner in the firm’s Orange County office, where she’s a member of the intellectual property, international law, and privacy and data security practice groups. Previously, she was a research and design engineer with Rockwell International and NASA.

KRIS SHEPHERD | Apr 23, 2019

BSME ‘93, is celebrating twenty-four years at GE Aviation as director of the Boeing CFM LEAP-1B jet engine program, the engine that powers the Boeing 737 MAX airplane. He also marked his 19th anniversary of marriage to Stephanie Smith Shepherd, BSCHE ‘92.

KYLE LEWIS | Apr 23, 2019

BSA ‘07, a member of the OHIO Department of Aviation Flight Training Alumni Board, was named manager of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Great Lakes Region in September 2017.  

LOUIS TOMASELLO, JR. | Apr 23, 2019

BSCE ‘92, was named Construction Engineer of the Year by Union Paving & Construction, where he is chief engineer. He also serves on the board of the New Jersey Professional Engineers in Construction nonprofit organization.

 

MADELYN GRIFFITH LISTON | Apr 23, 2019

BSETM ‘15, was recently selected by GE to study lean manufacturing methods in Japan as part of its early career development program.

PAUL STOCKLIN | Apr 23, 2019

BSEE ‘14, was named Air Force Life Cycle Management company grade officer of the quarter at the age of 25. He is currently lead engineer for a system of the Wide Area Surveillance program at the Hanscom Air Force base in Massachusetts, where he briefs generals and program executive officers on national defense.

ROGER GUNDLACH | Apr 23, 2019

BSME ‘72, was inducted into the Carrier Corporation Dealer Hall of Fame. He is president of Gundlach Sheet Metal Works Inc., serves as chairman of the Erie County Community Foundation, and is a trustee on the Firelands Regional Medical Center Board.

STEVEN D. FENING | Apr 23, 2019

BSME ‘01, MS ‘03, PHD ‘05 , is the director of the Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership at Case Western Reserve University, which aims to commercialize university research. He is also a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Apto Orthopaedics Corporation.

THAD EWALD | Apr 23, 2019

BSME ‘90, was recently appointed vice president of corporate strategy and business development for Cummins Inc. He previously held engineering, marketing, sales, strategy, and management positions with Emerson Electric Company, Goodrich, Inc., and Zexel.