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Join in National Engineers Week, Feb. 19-25, with Russ College events that honor the accomplishments of some of engineering’s most innovative minds and demonstrate how engineering improves the human condition:
On Tues., Feb. 21, the National Academy of Engineering’s 2017 Russ Prize will be awarded at a gala in Washington, D.C., to James G. Fujimoto, Adolf F. Fercher, Christoph K. Hitzenberger, David Huang and Eric A. Swanson – inventors of optical coherence tomography (OCT), which enables precise imaging of the eye. The $500,000 biennial prize, which recognizes a bioengineering achievement that significantly improves the human condition, was created at Ohio University by Russ College alumnus Fritz, BSEE '42, HON '75, and Dolores Russ.
The Society of Women Engineers and Theta Tau will host an open house in celebration of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, on Wed., Feb. 22, from 6-8 p.m. in the Academic & Research Center Living Room Atrium. Families are welcome to enjoy hands-on, STEM-focused activities and learn how we create for good.
2015 Russ Prize Recipient Blake Wilson, a professor of electrical engineering at Duke University and co-director of the Duke Hearing Center, will present a Stocker Lecture on Thurs., Feb. 23, from 3:30-5 p.m. in Baker Center Theatre, followed by a reception from 5-5:30 p.m. Wilson is the co-inventor of the cochlear implant, which restores hearing and enables high levels of speech recognition with no visual cues for those with profound hearing loss.
Russ College alumnus and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Jeff Stanley, BSEE ’86, will give a special lecture on Fri., Feb. 24, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Academic & Research Center 312.
Stanley will talk about engineering career paths in the U.S. Air Force and other branches of the military. Three additional Air Force personnel – Andrea Helbach, BSIS ‘07 (AFRL/RXMS), Ryan Helbach, BSME ‘07 (AF Research Laboratory), and Michael “Mitch” Miller, Life Cycle Materials Command – will participate in a Q&A afterward.
Ohio University will host more than 300 engineering students from around the region for the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers 2017 Great Lakes Regional Conference, Fri.-Sat., Feb. 24-25. With the theme of “Finding the IE in Relief” – how industrial and systems engineers can aid in humanitarian and natural disaster relief – the event will include a variety of guest speakers, a formal networking and awards banquet, a technical paper competition, and an industrial engineering-specific career fair.