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Professor Jose Cruz retires after 18 years of service

President Gordon Gee, Interim Engineering Dean Gregory Washington and the ECE Department recently recognized Prof. Jose B. Cruz, Jr., for his 18 years of service to The Ohio State University.

Prof. Cruz, a noted control theorist, joined Ohio State in 1992 and is a former dean of the college of engineering. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an IEEE Fellow. Prof. Cruz has received numerous awards and recognition, including the 2009 IEEE Education Society Achievement Award, the 2009 James H. Mulligan Jr. Education Medal from the IEEE and the Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award in 1994.

Prof. Cruz has also been recognized for his work as a champion of diversity within the department and the field of engineering. He was appointed the first faculty advisor for under-represented minority and female students in ECE in 2000 after suggesting the need for the position and served in that capacity until his retirement. Prof. Cruz received a Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award from Ohio State in 2008 and a College of Engineering Faculty Diversity Excellence Award in 2007. He also served on the National Academy of Engineering committee to study diversity in the engineering work force, and was the coauthor of the NAE report on the subject.

Prof. Cruz was recently selected as one of 100 Outstanding Alumni of the College of Engineering at the University of the Philippines (Quezon City, Philippines) for the past 100 years. He was also designated as primus inter pares among the 100. He received the Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of the Philippines Alumni Association.

Following his retirement on April 1, 2010 Prof. Cruz was designated as professor emeritus.

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