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Reception for retiring Dean of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology to be held March 18

Colleen Carow | Mar 7, 2019
Dennis Irwin

Reception for retiring Dean of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology to be held March 18

Colleen Carow | Mar 7, 2019

A retirement reception for Dennis Irwin, Ohio University’s dean of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, will be held Mon., March 18 from 4-6 p.m. at Baker University Center ballroom.

Dean of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology since 2002, Irwin previously served as chair of the Russ College’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. As dean, Irwin facilitated the largest charitable gift ever made to a public engineering college: a $124 million bequest from the estate of Fritz Russ, BSEE ’42, HON ’75, and his wife, Dolores. His accolades also include crafting the initial vision for OHIO’s Academic and Research Center; developing several new programs; and helping to bring the world’s premiere space education program, International Space University, to Ohio University and serving as chief host for its Summer Space Studies Program in 2015.

“Dean Irwin’s emphasis on research and innovation have positioned Russ College students to excel in a rapidly-changing engineering environment,” Executive Vice President and Provost Chaden Djalali said. “Ohio University will reap the benefits of his vision and expertise for many years to come.”

Under Irwin’s leadership, the Russ College has secured more than $225 million in sponsored research, has roughly doubled its enrollment, and is poised to nearly triple its learning and research space. The college is currently planning a $31 million renovation of the West Union Street Office Center, which will be part of the new West Union Green.

An electrical engineer by trade, prior to joining OHIO, Irwin was a program manager for Logicon Control Dynamics Company in Huntsville, Alabama, where he facilitated projects sponsored by NASA, the United States Air Force and the United States Army. He is a Fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and has served in leadership positions on several professional organizations. He joined Ohio University in 1987.

Irwin, who will return to the classroom, said he anticipates staying engaged with the Russ College but also a change in schedule.

“I look forward to having the time to visit my children, now scattered outside of Ohio. Among the three, they have six degrees from Ohio University,” he said. “I’m also looking forward to having time to tinker on household and boating projects – every engineer should have tinkering time.”