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Russ College honors faculty and staff at annual awards celebration

 | Apr 15, 2013
2013 Faculty and Staff Spring Awards
Faculty and staff at annual awards celebration

Russ College honors faculty and staff at annual awards celebration

Apr 15, 2013
Faculty and staff at annual awards celebration
Faculty and staff at annual awards celebration

Ohio University's Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology awarded its annual teaching, research and service awards Friday to its faculty and staff.

“These honorees are at the heart of what we do — create for good,” said Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin. “They make us all proud to be part of the Russ College.”

The Russ College’s Outstanding Administrative, Technical, and Classified Employee Awards honor employees with superior results-based performance and award the recipients with a $750 cash prize and personalized plaque.

“I’d like to point out that these individuals were nominated by their peers,” Irwin said at the event Friday before announcing the recipients.

2012 recipients were: Valerie Pettit, assistant to the dean (classified award); Paul Deering, assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Management (technical award, recognizing his summer technical role); and Rebecca Gill, business manager for the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology (administrative).

Established by Marvin, BSCE '47, and Ann White, the White Awards honor outstanding faculty members for recognition in teaching and research. The White Research Award recognizes continued and sustained achievements in research, scholarship, and the creation of new knowledge by a Russ College faculty member in each department. The gift carries a $500 reward and personalized plaque for each honoree.

Recipients for 2012 are: Bryan Branham, chair of the Department of Aviation; Gerardine Botte, Russ Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Shad Sargand, Russ Professor of Civil Engineering; Razvan Bunescu, assistant professor of computer science; Paul Deering, assistant professor of engineering technology and management; Dusan Sormaz, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering; and Jason Trembly, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

The White Teaching Award also honors a faculty member in each department of the Russ College in recognition of dedicated teaching and student advising. Recipients of 2012 were: Ron Faliszek, chief flight instructor and assistant professor of aviation; Darin Ridgway, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; Deborah McAvoy, assistant professor of civil engineering; Maarten Uijt de Haag, Edmund J. Cheng Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Todd Myers, associate professor of engineering technology and management; Dale Masel, associate professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering; and Dave Bayless, Loehr Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Alumnus Fritz J. Russ, BSEE ‘42, HON ‘75, and his wife, Dolores, established the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Awards in 1981. They carry a cash award of $1,500 along with a personalized plaque.

Frank Kraft, associate professor of mechanical engineering, was awarded the Russ Research Award for his paper, “Mechanical behavior of internally pressurized copper tube.”

“I was very much surprised,” Kraft said.

The announcement that Assistant Professor of Industrial Technology Zaki Kuruppalil received the Russ Teaching Award elicited a spirited round of applause from the audience, particularly his dining companions.

“I am humbled by the trust and recognition that the students and administration of Russ College have bestowed upon me,” Kuruppalil said. “This award will be a true motivation to continue my efforts to provide the best learning experience for students of Russ College.”