College of Engineering Awards

Meritorious Service Citation

This special citation was established by the faculty of the College of Engineering in 1975 to recognize people "whose sustained and extraordinary personal service has had significant and lasting effect on the advancement of the College of Engineering." Members of the faculty and the Dean of Engineering may nominate people to be recognized.

Not currently accepting nominations.

2017 Meritorious Service Citation Recipient

Doug Ball

Over the span of an impressive 37-year career, Doug Ball made a significant impact on the advancement of The Boeing Company and became a globally recognized leader in engineering management.

He served Boeing in various roles, including chief engineer for aerodynamics within Boeing Commercial Airplanes and later as director of enterprise-wide technology strategy development. He was fortunate to have worked on every in-production Boeing commercial airplane as well as the Dark Star reconnaissance vehicle. Although he retired from Boeing in 2014, Ball remains active as a consultant to NASA, the National Research Council and the U.S. Air Force.

Ball has made an equally significant impact on his alma mater. An advocate for academic success, his generous support to Ohio State includes the Doug Ball Aerospace Endowed Scholarship Fund and the Dr. Gerald Gregorek Aerospace Endowed Scholarship Fund. He helps inspire the next generation of Buckeye engineers as the chair of the Aerospace Engineering External Advisory Board within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE). He also sits on the steering committee for Hyperion’s high performance computing user forums.

He is a lifetime member of the Ohio State Alumni Association as well as the Sigma Gamma Tau and Tau Beta Pi engineering honorary societies.

Ball earned a bachelor’s (’74) and master’s (’75) in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Ohio State. In 2006, he received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Engineering, and in 2013 he was the inaugural recipient of MAE’s Garvin L. Von Eschen Award in recognition of his technical and administrative excellence in leading successful aerospace projects and organizations.

Past Recipients

Year Awardees
2017 Doug Ball, AAE 74, 75
2016 Daniel Kimmet, ME 71, 72
2015 George J. Kontogiannis
2014 H.R. Ransom, ARCH 61
2013 James F. Dietz, CHE 69, 70 
2011 Robert J. Shaw, AERO 70, 79
2010 Elliot B. Ross, WE 69
2008 Mark Eisenman, CE 73
2007 Ballard Power Systems Inc.
2006 Peter Miller
2005 Bruce Lavash, ME 77, 78
2004 Michael Colburn, IE 64, 86
2003 Dwight Blaser, ME 66, 67, 71
2002 William Lowrie, CHE 66
2000 James Marshall, FCOB 66
1999 Ronald Harris, CHE 61
1998 Charles Morin, METE 72
1997 J. Richard Schorr, CER 63, 64, 69
1996 Donald Glower
1995 Marian Smith, ME 48
Ralph Rockow, ME 58
1994 Richard Baker, ME 69
1993 Abba Lichtenstein, CE 48
Richard Frasher, ME 58
1992 John Shepherd, CER 58
James Rucker, IE 67
1991 Bruce Higham, IE 43
David Davis, MINE 33, METE 34
Richard Campbell, WE 55
1990 Richard Trott, ARCH 61
Thomas Chase, METE 49
1989 Sam Whalen, METE 51
William Grimes, CHE 50
1988 Rudolph Edse
Arthur Avril, MINE 25
1987 Forrest Poling, ME 48
Clarence Jackson
1986 Max Holzer, ME 54
Leland Brubaker, ARCH 49
1985 Paul Santilli, CHE 51
Jason Lemon, ME 62
1984 Edward Ungar, ME 59, 86
Frank Geyer, IE 38, 47
1983 Richard R. Stander, CE 40
John Saalfield, CE 36
1982 Elmer Timby, CE 28
John Brothers
1981 James Foley, ARCH 50
Ralph Boyer, ME 24, 30
1980 John White, ME 52
Robert McMaster
1979 James Pierce, IE 55
1978 Frederick Meyers, ME 49
1977 Albert Schafer, IE 58
1976 Edward Slowter, CHE 34