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Stephen Sebo receives 2013 Ko Meritorious Service Award

Professor Emeritus Steve SeboStephen Sebo, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, received the 2013 H.C. Ko Meritorious Service Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to The Ohio State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Despite retiring in 2003 after 35 years with the ECE department, Sebo has remained active in teaching, research and outreach. He taught courses in power engineering well after his retirement through winter 2012 and continues to educate the public through his outreach efforts with the High Voltage Laboratory. Sebo has given High Voltage Lab demonstrations to thousands of people since the lab opened in 1994. Able to entertain and educate diverse audiences from elementary school children to senior citizens, he has a special knack for engaging people of all ages and technical levels with his infectious passion for high voltage and power engineering.

Rob Lee, chair of electrical and computer engineering, commended Sebo’s many contributions to the department during the award ceremony held May 4 at a faculty and staff appreciation event, including his fundraising efforts. 

“Professor Sebo was also instrumental in raising the needed funds to open a faculty position for his replacement,” said Lee. “Thanks to his work and the generosity of American Electric Power, FirstEnergy and Duke Energy, we were able to hire Associate Professor Jin Wang.”

In his characteristically humble manner, Sebo was unwilling to take sole credit for any  accomplishments.

“I am honored and touched to receive this award,” Sebo said. “However, it really belongs to everyone in the department, because an award is a recognition of not only one person, but also all the associates (faculty, staff and students) who cooperate and work together as a team to benefit the department.”

The H.C. Ko Meritorious Service Award was created in 2008 by Professor Emeritus H. C. Ko.