Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Spotlight: Mechanical Engineering

Rizzoni, Bovee and Hyde Featured in "But for Ohio State" Campaign

In a recent "But for Ohio State" video interview, mechanical engineering PhD candidate Katherine Bovee and Master's student Amanda Hyde  share their EcoCAR team experiences and discuss how they selected their mechanical engineering path. EcoCar is one of several student teams that spend long hours at Ohio State's Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in preparation for their next collegiate competition. 

CAR Director and Mechanical Engineering Professor Giorgio Rizzoni commented, "The simple truth is that "But for Ohio State" I would not have been able to be a part of the growth of something that in 20 years has gone from nothing to what could possibly be the most distinguished, best automotive research center in the country."

Watch the YouTube video featuring Bovee and Hyde and Professor Giorgio Rizzoni.

Ralph Rockow, Class of 1958

Ohio State Alumnus Ralph Rockow, ME '58, has now added his story to the university's "But for Ohio State" campaign. Rockow, a generous supporter of Ohio State and The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, says he learned many things at Ohio State that have served him well in life. He uses the concept of finite elements as a metaphor for how to solve some of life's bigger problems. Rockow is President and Chairman of the Board of Exodyne, Inc., located in Phoenix, Arizona. Watch the YouTube video interview of Rockow's "What Ohio State Means To Me," message.  Learn more about how students, staff, faculty and other Ohio State alum can be part of Ohio State's roadmap from excellence to eminence.

Show Your Support

Have you ever thought of becoming a partner with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering or wondered how to get involved in the dynamic and diverse Ohio State experience? Becoming a partner gives you the opportunity to address business needs, drive positive change, and give back to the community. As a partner, you will gain valuable visibility on campus as an important benefactor.   

Please consider supporting the educational mission of our department. Scholarships, endowed chairs, equipment donations, and capital improvement funds are just a few of the ways to give and partner. Contact Deborah Schoeder, Director of Development, to discuss the many options available to you. Sincere thanks to the alumni and friends who are making regular contributions to department gift funds.

Did You Know?

  • Cash is often the most convenient form of giving.  Cash gifts are fully deductible for federal income tax purposes, provided deductions are itemized.
  • Pledges enable a donor to plan a personal giving program that is both convenient and tax-wise. A pledge may enable a donor to consider a more significant gift than would have otherwise been possible.
  • Securities may be made as outright gifts or as a payment on a pledge. Stock certificates may be reassigned or transferred.
  • Planned giving allows you to leave a legacy by making a charitable gift now or from your estate.
  • Endowed funds are a dependable and perpetual source of support, since the principal is invested and only a portion of the earnings is spent annually.
  • Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. To see if your company has a matching gift policy, visit the Matching Gift web area.
  • Honoring a family member, friend, colleague, classmate, or faculty member with a gift is a touching way to pay tribute to that loved one.
  • Alternatives to monetary gifts such as equipment or books are always appreciated