Alumnus’ continued generosity helps recruit and retain talented Department of Engineering Technology and Management faculty

With a recent generous gift, alumni Bob Kraft, BSME ’61, and his wife Marie expanded the existing Kraft Family Scholar Award at Ohio University College of Engineering and Technology by providing additional support to create a study for the Kraft family’s associate professors.

Crafts founded the Kraft Family Scholar Awards more than 20 years ago to provide associate professors of the Department of Engineering Technology and Management (ETM) with resources to enhance their academic growth. Over the past 20 years, $ 208,115 has been awarded.

For Bob and Marie Kraft, Ohio University represents a family tradition spanning four generations and including six craft families.

After graduating from Ohio, 3.5 years in the U.S. Navy and seven years as a sales engineer, in 1972 Bob and Marie founded Kraft-liquid systems. Over the past 50 years, their company has developed into a leading distributor of mobile hydraulic equipment, hydraulic and electric drives, and electronic controls. The company requires International Liquid Energy Society (IFPS) certifications for all of its technical staff, and retired Bob Kraft served as IFPS president in 2007.

“Throughout my career, I have believed that education, training and experience lead to learning and competence,” said Bob Kraft. Crafts recognized the owners of their employees, becoming in 2000 a 100 percent ESOP employee.

ETM Chair Dr. Todd Myers, himself a former scientist at the Kraft family, explains that faculty recipients will be awarded scholarships to support their research and participate in research activities such as trips to scientific conferences. Extended support for Crafts will increase the scholarship for each new associate professor of the Craft family.

“Family scientist Kraft has been awarded a high-potential, mid-level, full-time faculty member to drive their growth at Ohio University,” Myers said. “Accessing these scholarships and showing this type of recognition helps provide these people and maintain their interactions with students, stay aware of their discipline and add value to the college and department.”

Associate professors Dr. Neil Little and Dr. Yutsu are current scholars of the Kraft family. You, who started teaching in Ohio in 2015, see the award as a token of appreciation for her hard work.

“It is a great honor for me to receive this award,” she said. “It means that both colleagues and your department and everyone have recognized your hard work here. I think it’s really great for young teachers like me. “

Thanks in part to Kraft’s continued generosity, Rus College will continue to attract highly qualified faculty members who receive the title of associate professor of the Craft family.

“I really appreciate that this award was established, and especially that it is awarded to junior teachers who came to OU and worked for several years,” you said. “This award definitely motivates us.”

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