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Ohio University announces new mechanical engineering department chair

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 7, 2006) -- The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University announces Associate Professor Gregory G. Kremer as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

"In individual consultation with the entire mechanical engineering faculty, I have decided that Greg Kremer is the ideal person to lead the department," said Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin. "He has the respect of all the faculty in the department and the college."

A faculty member in the department since 1998, Kremer was one of just 21 scholars selected nationwide by the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for 2005-06. His Carnegie project, which uses industry-modeled performance reviews to help students value and develop professional skills along with their technical skills, was implemented in the mechanical engineering senior capstone design course last year.

Kremer said the position is an honor. "I accepted the position because of my great love for the students, faculty, staff and alumni of our department," he said. "My goal is to work with them in a spirit of continuous improvement to make our nationally prominent teaching, research and service activities even better and even more responsive to the needs of our world."

Twice awarded the Marvin E. and Ann D. White Teaching Award for outstanding teaching in the department, Kremer has provided leadership to many student organizations, including the Society of Automotive Engineers, Engineers Without Borders, Electric Bobcat Racing Team and Aeromobile - or flying car - student team. Several of the teams have competed and placed in national competitions.

Kremer's research interests include energy and the environment, alternative fuels, design of mechanical systems, and scholarship of teaching and learning. He holds a patent in photosynthetic carbon dioxide mitigation, as well as several invention disclosures and patents in progress.

Formerly a mechanical design engineer with General Electric Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati, Kremer received doctoral and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

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Media Contact:  Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Girton, (740) 593-1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu, or Director of Media Relations Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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