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Research at the Russ College

The Russ College is home to world-class research in avionics engineering, and we strategically target the transportation infrastructure, energy and the environment, and bioengineering fields. We know that valuable learning doesn’t just take place in the classroom. At the Russ College, we provide a breadth of research opportunities for students at every level.

World-Class Research

The Russ College is home to world-class research in avionics engineering, and we strategically target the transportation infrastructure, energy and the environment, and bioengineering fields. In fiscal year 2012, the college reported approximately $14.6 million in research and sponsored programs, under which our researchers develop technologies ranging from electrochemical engineering processes that enable the production of hydrogen for fuel cells from wastewater, to aviation navigation systems that the FAA depends on to make our National Airspace safe, to targeted drug delivery, to onsite remediation of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing (fracking). These projects, and many more than we can list, give our students the opportunity to start creating for good.

Three researchers, one female and two males, look over plans in an airport hangar

Valuable Learning Opportunities

While educating the next generation of engineers and technologists is a crucial part of our core mission, we know that valuable learning doesn’t just take place in the classroom. At the Russ College, we provide a breadth of research opportunities for students at every level. Plus, we encourage them to think outside the lab and come up with their own research ideas. Some have even developed successful companies during their academic careers, thanks to OHIO’s Innovation Center.

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  • Engineering Technology and Management student wins Warner Award for undergraduate research

    Reed Mechley, BSETM ’21, recently graduated from Ohio University, but he did not graduate without making his mark on undergraduate research. After working in Dr. Yuqiu You’s lab, Mechley was able to collaborate on a research project which culminated in his win of the Epsilon Pi Tau Warner Award for Undergraduate Student Research in 2021. Read the full article at OHIO News. 
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  • OHIO professor Sumit Sharma receives National Science Foundation CAREER award to study metallic nanoparticles

    Sumit Sharma, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology, was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) five-year, $511,902 grant to study the adsorption behavior of surfactant, or soap-like, molecules on metallic nanoparticles. Read the full article at OHIO News. 
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  • Pagán, team receive U.S. Economic Development Administration grant

    A team of Ohio University professors will create a virtual factory for an apprenticeship training model, thanks to a new grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
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