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Two engineering technology and management faculty named Kraft Family Scholars

Bennett Leckrone | May 17, 2019
Kraft Scholars

Two engineering technology and management faculty named Kraft Family Scholars

Bennett Leckrone | May 17, 2019

Two Russ College of Engineering and Technology faculty members have been appointed to junior professorships.

Engineering Technology and Management (ETM) Assistant Professor Neil Littell and Associate Professor Yuqiu You have been named Kraft Family Scholars for their outstanding work as junior faculty members.

Kraft Family Scholars are seen as role models for fellow faculty. The appointment lasts for two years – or until the faculty member reaches full professorship – and is meant to bring attention to recipients’ accomplishments.

You joined the ranks of the Russ College faculty in 2015 after 10 years at Morehead State University, where she taught courses in robotics interfacing engineering, robotics application engineering, computer-integrated manufacturing, manufacturing information systems and industrial project management.

She worked at a Chinese automation company for five years as an engineer before starting her teaching career -- and knew she wanted to be an engineer from a very young age.

“I decided to become an engineer in first grade, when I disassembled the very expensive mechanical clock in my house and tried to put everything back together,” You shared in a Q&A after arriving at Ohio University.

She hopes the junior professorship will enable her to continue her work with new a hydraulics class and continue to grow as a professor.

“I’ll continue collaborating with industry, searching for funding opportunities, and working with my colleagues to build a track in manufacturing automation in ETM program, which I believe will better prepare our students to succeed in the future environment of industry,” You said.
Littell joined the Russ College in 2014, having previously worked at Mississippi State University’s Center for Advanced Vehicle Systems (CAVS). He also worked at the Viking Range Corporation, an appliance company.

“I work hard to add as much value as possible to my students at Ohio University,” Littell said. “To me, this honor is validation that I have been successful in helping them achieve their goals.”

Littell said he hopes to continue working with companies to bring new ideas to the classroom, and to develop and deploy a new graduate program in project management.

“This program will help people within the state of Ohio and beyond to further themselves,” Littell said.

Former Kraft Family Scholar Zaki Kuruppalil, associate professor of ETM, has been promoted to full professor as of August 15.