Alumni Donate Slide Rules

Alumnus Art Wilson and Development Director Jo Dangel

Alumnus Stanley Lero (BSME '49) shows granddaughter Courtney Gonser, UA's Director of the Alumni Association, how a slide rule works.

When the College of Engineering asked alumni to donate their obsolete engineering tools, they sent in their outdated slide rules in droves. One alumnus, Stanley Lero (’49 BSME), gave a brief lesson in using a slide rule to his granddaughter Courtney Gonser, director of UA's Alumni Association, before parting with his well-used slide rule.

The slide rules are now in the hands of artist Mark Soppeland, distinguished professor in the Myers School of Art. Soppeland will turn the collection into a work of art in honor of the College’s 100th anniversary in 2014.

Alumni who donated slide rules will be recognized on a plaque that will be located near the artwork, which will be displayed permanently in the College of Engineering.

As of December 1, we've received engineering tools from the following list of alumni. Thanks for your support!

Larry Allen '70
Mark Andorka '74
Dave Babich ‘72
William Bandy Jr. '65
Bob Bennet '58
Richard L. Bock '52
LeeRoy Bronner '63
Robert J. Bunting Jr. '73
Kathy Clark

John L. Clement ‘64
Ralph Coletta '71

Donn Cramblette ‘67
George Cressman, Jr. '78
John Cressman '85
Mark Cressman  '88
Peter Cressman '82
Richard Crimi ' 83

Charles Dachtler '64
Narsaiah Dasa '73

Arthur Dellapa ‘50
Werner Dominik ’60, '66
Jim Dorsey ‘64
Jim Dowey ‘72
Walter Eckert ‘48
Don Eckert ‘52
Bob Elefritz ’73, ‘76
Jeffrey Enright '75
Jim Field
Richard W. Gilbert '62

Ernest Grotefend ‘51
Frank Hajduk ‘74
Edward Hayman ‘71
James Ioaken ‘55
Henry Jaroszewski '67
Andrew Lehnert '66
Stanley Lero '49
Gerald Lindstrom '68
Donald Lambing '55
Jim Leonard '61
Andy Mayton '74
Robert McIlroy '69
Dave McIntyre ‘69
James R. Michalec '71
Ray L. Miletti '84

Kenneth J. Myers '63
Robert Parrish ‘62
Bob Putt ‘68
Gerald Putt '71
Alvin Richards ‘48
Dennis D. Robinson '72
Dallas Rodgers '72
Thomas Schidel '50
Paul Sellers, Jr. '41
Benjamin R. Shuman '53
Walter Simshauser '64
Gerald F. Smith '47
Carl W. Snow '73

Fred Snyder ‘66
Thomas M. Sopko '70
John Stathopoulas '72

Chuck Studenic ‘63
Ray Thomas '74

James Titmas ‘60
Charles Varvaro ‘60
Terry Walker ‘60
Art Wilson ‘49
David W. Wood '65 

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Alumnus Kuppu Seshadhri

"Anyone who ever had the good fortune of meeting Prof. Helen Qammer, could not possibly forget her," says UA alumnus Kuppuswamy Seshadhri. "I know that I never will."

In a tribute to Dr. Qammar, Seshadhri goes onto write: "Prof. Qammar was a brilliant teacher and an extraordinary person. As an instructor, she was both passionate about her subject matter and effective in delivering concepts to every student, every day. During the nearly two years I spent as a graduate student at The University of Akron, she taught to me the art, the science, the engineering, and the statistics behind chemical engineering – and I credit her with all I know today." Read entire tribute.

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Andrew RichlenAlumnus Andrew Richlen, B.S. civil engineering ’09, has been nationally recognized among the New Faces in Engineering 2013, a recognition program for Engineers Week 2013. The annual award highlights the work of 13 young engineers, age 30 years or younger, who have shown outstanding abilities in engineering.

“The world we live in today was built on great engineering feats and this is a fact that will remain,” says Richlen, project coordinator at GPD Group.

Richlen has played a strategic role in the construction of several McDonald’s restaurants throughout Ohio. “There are few things in engineering more gratifying than watching a project develop from inception to reality,” says Richlen.

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