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Two receive 2015 Mathis Memorial Scholarship

Robert Mathis presents students Ramadan Issack and Innas Al Razi with 2015 Harold Mathis Memorial Scholarships.Two ECE undergraduate students recently won the Harold F. Mathis Memorial Scholarship for their achievements in electrical engineering.

Third-year students Innas Al Razi and Ramadan Issack accepted the awards at the Nov. 16 Center for High Performance Power Electronics (CHPPE) consortium lunch held at the Blackwell.

Dr. Harold F. Mathis was a professor of Electrical Engineering at Ohio State between 1960 and 1984, until his retirement. He passed away in 1985. Mathis taught primarily electric machine-related courses. He had two Ph.D. degrees, one in Electrical Engineering (Northwestern U., 1953), and the other in Education (Case Western, 1961). He had industrial experience and authored over 50 publications. Known for his very good sense of humor, Mathis was well regarded among students, faculty and staff alike.

Surviving family members, wife Lois and son Robert, established the scholarship in 1986 to honor his legacy, are both Ohio State alumni. Lois earned her PhD in Education in 1965. Robert graduated with a PhD in Mathematics back in 1969, and his daughter, Dr. Betty Mathis Sproule earned her PhD in Computer and Information Science in 1972.

At the CHPPE consortium lunch, Robert Mathis presented certificates to the scholarship winners, on behalf of his father.

“If it didn’t make sparks, then it wasn’t electrical engineering,” he joked about the earlier days of EE, before handing Razi and Issack their awards.

The Mathis scholarship provides merit funding to promising electrical engineering students, preferably power systems majors, who have completed their sophomore year. The award offers $500 to each recipient annually.

Robert and Judy MathisFor those interested in contributing to the Harold J. Mathis Scholarship Fund, visit




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