Research fellows

New research fellowship announced

Two ONU engineering students will spend the summer working alongside their ONU professors on cutting-edge research projects, thanks to the newly established Evans Student Research Fellowship program.

“For the first time in our history, we have a sustained summer undergraduate research program in the College of Engineering,” says the college’s dean, Dr. Eric Baumgartner. “The opportunity to pair faculty with students through this program is important to the vitality and the continued improvement of the college.”

The Evans Student Research Fellowship program will provide funding for two students to work with faculty over 10 weeks during the summer. The fellows are selected through a competitive application process.

The 2014 Evans Fellows are Gregory Paul Gearhart, a senior civil engineering major from Waynesville, Ohio, and Eric Holodnak, a senior mechanical engineering major from Jefferson, Ohio. Gearhart will work with Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Mohti and Dr. Hui Shen to investigate the fresh and hardened properties of self-consolidating concrete that contains recycled asphalt pavement. Holodnak will work alongside Dr. Ziad Youssfi and Dr. Jed Marquart on research that aims to find novel cooling architecture techniques to reduce hotspots and increase microprocessor performance.

“I would really like to get my master’s degree, and I know that undergraduate research will create more graduate opportunities for me,” says Gearhart. “I also intend to focus on structural engineering, and one of the main construction materials is concrete. By learning more about concrete, I will be better prepared for my future career.”

A generous donation from Tom Evans, BSCE ’45, ACIT ’97, ACIT ’05, established the Evans Student Research Fellowship program. “Our country needs leaders who are honest and sincere, and ONU turns out these individuals,” he says. “ONU is a great school, and I was privileged to attend there. I wanted to give back to help today’s students.”