T. Richard Robe, Ph.D., P.E.

Title: Dean Emeritus, Cruse W. Moss Professor Emeritus
Company: Ohio University
Location:  Seneca, South Carolina, United States

Richard Robe, Ph.D., P.E., Dean Emeritus and Cruse W. Moss Professor Emeritus for Ohio University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.

Considered an expert in engineering education, Dr. Robe achieved success in his career by embracing challenges and having a caring personality that allowed him to enjoy helping students with a variety of interests and personalities. Now retired, he concluded his career with Ohio University where he served as the Director of the Robe Leadership Institute, Dean Emeritus and Moss Professor of Engineering Education Emeritus of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. Upon his retirement, Dr. Robe wanted to continue contributing to higher education and, in partnership with the Ohio University Board of Trustees, he helped establish the T. Richard and Eleanora K. Robe Leadership Institute. The institute selects students to participate in special seminars and programs to teach and demonstrate how they can guide the future of engineering and technology.

In preparation for his career, Dr. Robe earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Ohio University in 1955. His early roles following his undergraduate education included working as an engineer for the General Electric Company and serving on active duty as an officer and supersonic jet fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force from March 1956 to October 1959. Upon completion of his military service, he began working on a Master of Science in mechanical engineering, which he earned in 1962, and began his time with Ohio University as a full-time acting instructor in 1960. Dr. Robe pursued PhD in applied mechanics from Stamford University between 1963 and 1965 and after earning this degree, he became an assistant professor for the University of Kentucky in 1966.

Dr. Robe remained with the University of Kentucky for 15 years, achieving such positions as professor, associate dean, and special assistant to the president. In 1985, Dr. Robe completed his 30 years of service in the USAF Reserves in 1985 as a Major. Additionally, he served as a NASA-ASEE Fellow at Langley Research Center, as a consultant to Liberty Mutual Insurance, Orbison Ruby & O’Connor Attorneys, IBM, the Ohio Valley Sub-section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, among others.

To remain at the top of his field, Dr. Robe contributed numerous articles to professional journals and was involved in his professional community through his memberships with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Education, and Sigma Xi. He has contributed numerous articles to professional journals. As a testament to his success, Dr. Robe was honored as the Ohio University Alumnus of the Year in 1996 and a member of the Academy of Distinguished Graduates of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University in 2001. Furthermore, he has been presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World.

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