Institute to Host Meeting with Ohio County Engineers and Other Transportation Executives | New

ATHENS – The Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University is working with county engineers from across the state to discuss how the college can support infrastructure research and deployment through Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment (ORITE).

According to a press release from the university, Dr Shad Sargand, Professor Russ and Vice Director of Business Development of ORITE, and Dr Issam Khoury, Associate Professor and Director of ORITE, are planning an event to bring together engineers from the county with other transportation leaders including the Ohio Department of Transportation, DriveOhio, as well as consultants and private sector representatives to discuss a statewide strategy that will inform future research ORITE.

The planning and introductory session to kick off the meeting took place on Tuesday, October 12. The meeting brought together 15 Ohio University engineering alumni and their colleagues who currently work and live in Southeast Ohio. Industry leaders and personnel from the Ohio Department of Transportation and DriveOhio also joined the meeting.

“The partnership between Ohio County Engineers and Ohio University to solve industry problems through research partnership opportunities has been of great value to County Engineers,” said Brett Boothe (BSCE ’07), a Gallia County engineer and OHIO alumnus. “Previous Ohio University research projects have changed practices in the field.”

Dick Dickerson, CEO of Utility Technologies International, Chairman of the Visitors Council of Russ College and alumnus of the OHIO Civil Engineering Program (BSCE ’80), delivered the meeting’s opening address and said he looked forward to the future of this collaboration. .

“The conference hosted by Ohio University was great for improving relationships,” Dickerson said. “This meeting was a great example of Ohio working for Ohio.”

Fairfield County Engineer Jeremiah Upp (BSCE ’97) added, “We need partners, like Ohio University, who have facilities to provide research and real-world options that can be used for value engineering.

Dean Mei Wei of Russ College of Engineering and Technology greeted the group over lunch and called attention to the value of Russ College alumni. She said alumni not only know what Russ graduates need to be successful in the field, but they are also critical to building successful partnerships with key leaders in the public and private sectors.

“I can’t wait to see what happens as a result of this meeting with our county regional engineers who are also Russ College alumni,” Wei said. “ORITE is one of the best research centers at Russ College. We pride ourselves on our experience in assisting ODOT and our regional partners with high quality research and education and look forward to new challenges as they arise.

This first meeting welcomed speakers from all over the region who are invested in the success of ORITE and its research. As a result, several county engineers and OHIO alumni will join the planning committee for the statewide meeting to be held in the coming months.

“As an engineer from Washington County, forming a partnership with Ohio University to provide research on infrastructure issues is very beneficial to our department,” said Roger Wright (BSCE ’99) engineer. from Washington County. “With research determining the most appropriate way to repair failing infrastructure, our limited county budget can be focused on solutions. I appreciate that Ohio University is coordinating and providing an environment in which local infrastructure issues can be discussed and future research projects developed.

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