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June 10, 2018 : Gary R. Lockwood Named Alumni Leadership Award Recipient

by Sarah Shy


lockwoodOhio University Lancaster alumnus and highly esteemed engineer Gary R. Lockwood, has been selected as its 2018 Alumni Leadership Award Recipient.


Gary R. Lockwood is a native of Lancaster, Ohio and a 1974 graduate of Ohio University. He started his academic journey in Brasee Hall not long after the building opened. He recalls construction was nearly finished when he was at Lancaster High School, and he was excited about the great addition to the Lancaster community. Lockwood earned a degree in Civil Engineering from Russ College of Engineering and was voted outstanding student by professors. Lockwood went on to earn his master’s and complete PhD coursework in Civil Engineering from Ohio State University.


Before beginning work at Ohio University Lancaster in 1980, he founded a company that concentrated on various areas of engineering consultation, subdivision design, and land surveying. Through his professional integrity and dedication, he made the company into one of the most respected firms in Central Ohio. Eventually, he sold the firm, but his influence can still be seen there today. Lockwood still provides the company with consultation and remains a steadfast part of the firm’s client networking. Besides developing his business, he has worked as a Plant Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Hydraulic Engineer, and Lancaster City Engineer.


In 1980, Lockwood became a faculty member here at Ohio University Lancaster and has since taught statistics, dynamics, strength of materials, AutoCAD and many other courses. Upon his “retirement” in 2008, he was granted Emeritus Professorship.


“It is my understanding Gary came to OUL because the campus needed an instructor for engineering.  He continued because of his deep affection for the students. He is a consummate engineer and no doubt could have fared far better financially, had he continued with his engineering career.  His choice to teach and lead the campus has been both inspirational and comforting.” said Sandy Doty, PhD, Associate Professor of Physics at Ohio University Lancaster.


Lockwood has served as President of the Board for the Hunter’s Run Conservancy District and is certified as a Disaster Response Engineer with the Engineering Ministries International (EMI). For over several years, and along with his engineer consulting business, he has personally contributed to both local and global communities in his time at EMI.  He has completed design projects for communities following disasters in Uganda, Haiti, West Bengal India, and spent twenty-three days rebuilding communities in the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda hit in 2014.


Lockwood is a cherished professor and advisor at Ohio University Lancaster. A former faculty representative and administrator, serving as interim associate dean 2003-2005. He has been a student, then became a Civil Engineer, and an Emeritus professor. He is an environmentalist, humanitarian and philanthropist. A husband, father, and a friend.


In 2010, Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington started a new tradition during the annual awards recognition program. As part of the ceremony, the Campus recognizes an outstanding alumna or alumnus who has made an impact on the campus and the community. Lockwood is the 8th such alum to have been selected for the honor. This year, Lockwood was surprised when his family joined the awards ceremony, making the moment even more special for him.