Oct. 26, 2007
By Alivia Nuzzo
The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University has announced several leadership changes.
Billy "B.J." Galloway, a former assistant professor of aviation at Ohio University, has been named interim chair of the Department of Aviation.
Galloway has more than 10 years of experience in aviation instruction, including from 1998 to 2001 at Ohio University and Southern Illinois University prior to that. A former pilot for Express Jet Airlines and Airnet Systems Inc., he served the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1990.
"I could not be more pleased to be part of what I think is the best aviation program in the nation," Galloway said. "It's a pleasure to be back at the place I consider home."
Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin said Galloway's experience is an asset. "We are very fortunate to have gained his experience in both industry and also at Ohio University previously," Irwin said.
Galloway holds a master's degree in aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a bachelor's degree from Louisiana Tech University, where he graduated cum laude. He replaces Anthony Sharp, who took a position as director of aviation science at Elizabeth State University in Elizabeth City, N.C.
David Bayless, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Ohio Coal Research Center, has been named director of the Robe Leadership Institute (RLI). The RLI provides development opportunities to undergraduate and graduate Russ College students with leadership potential.
Bayless will replace Professor of Electrical Engineering Jerrel Mitchell, who served the Russ College for more than 19 years, including as chair of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from 1986 to 1996 and as interim dean from 2000 to 2002.
Bayless, who holds nine patents with three revenue-generating licenses, has been the principal investigator for more than $7 million in externally funded research over the past seven years and has written or co-written more than 40 peer reviewed publications in the fields of pollution control and energy conservation.
Bayless said his one of his goals for the RLI is to expand its influence to help more students. "This includes introducing them to leadership possibilities in the public as well as private sectors," Bayless said.
Irwin said RLI's future is bright. "This is an important transition to a new cohort of faculty leaders who are bringing an exciting vision for our future student leaders," he said.
A member of the Russ College faculty since 1995, Bayless holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, a master's degree in engineering management from the University of Central Florida and a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri at Rolla.
Michael Braasch, Thomas Professor of Engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was named director of the Avionics Engineering Center in the Russ College. He has served as interim director since December 2006.
Involved in navigation system research since 1985, Braasch joined the Avionics Engineering Center in 1989 as a research engineer and the Russ College as a faculty member in 1994.