Professor Honored

The fellow designation in academia is the highest grade of membership for most professional or learned societies. It is a measure of unusual professional distinction and is conferred only by an organization’s board of directors upon a member held in high esteem.

The T.J. Smull College of Engineering at Ohio Northern University is proud to announce that Dr. John K. Estell, professor of computer engineering and computer science, has been named a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for outstanding contributions to the Society and for his stalwart support of engineering education.

Founded in 1893, ASEE is a nonprofit organization committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology. Its mission is to promote excellence in instruction, research, public service and practice; exercise worldwide leadership; foster the technological education of society; and provide quality products and services to members.

Estell has been an active member of ASEE, receiving six best-paper awards from the Computers in Education, Design in Engineering Education and First-Year Programs divisions. He also has contributed to the advance of the engineering field as an executive committee member for the Computing Accreditation Commission of the ABET Inc. and by serving as a program evaluator for ABET’s Engineering Accreditation Commission. He is a founding member and current vice president of The Pledge of the Computing Professional, an organization established in 2011 that is dedicated to the promotion of ethics in the computing professions through a standardized rite-of-passage ceremony.

Estell has been a professor in ONU’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science since 2001, and he served as department chair from 2001-10. He previously held faculty positions at Bluffton University and the University of Toledo. He earned both his Ph.D., with a research emphasis in computer hardware circuit design, and his M.S. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His Bachelor of Science in computer science and engineering is from the University of Toledo.

Estell joined 10 other 2016 ASEE Fellows at an induction ceremony in New Orleans on June 27, 2016. The ceremony was a highlight of the 123rd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition.