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ONU Engineering in unique. That's what drew me to Northern in the first place - the uniqueness of a topnotch engineering program that encourages personal growth outside of the engineering core, set in a smallschool environment. This model needs to be guarded and nurtured for the next generation of students. It's a model that fostered my growth, having the soft skills of cartooning and art combining with the hard science of engineering - leading to a career in computer graphics. I will always be grateful to ONU.

BOB PETERSON, Honorary Campaign Chair

Bob Peterson, BSME ’83, is an Academy Award-winning animator, screenwriter and voice actor at Pixar Animation Studios in California. A mechanical engineer by training, he joined Pixar in 1994 as animator and layout artist on the groundbreaking film Toy Story. He also was the screenwriter and co-director of Up, which received an Academy Award for Animated Feature Film and was nominated for Writing (Original Screenplay). He also has served as a story artist on A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2, story supervisor on Monsters, Inc., and screenwriter for Finding Nemo. In addition, Peterson has voiced several of Pixar’s memorable animated characters, including the tuneful teacher Mr. Ray in Finding Nemo and Dug the dog in Up. Peterson became the first alumnus to be awarded the ONU College of Engineering’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.

Over the years, ONU has never stopped evolving - but the foundation of our education has never changed: our focus on people and the communities they impact. This campaign will help us continue to evolve and grow while preserving everything our students and alumni cherish about the education we provide.

DR. BRUCE BURTON, Honorary Campaign Chair

Dr. Bruce Burton, former dean of the College of Engineering, devoted his career to ONU, spending 40 years in the College of Engineering holding positions as a faculty member and chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering as well as dean for nine years. He always has possessed a passion for bringing international students to campus. In retirement, he has worked part-time in international admissions at ONU, recruiting hundreds of international students from many countries and helping them adjust to life on campus. He also brought the Sakae Institute of Study Abroad to ONU’s campus, which each summer prepares around 25 Japanese and Chinese students for studies in the U.S.

The educational experience that Ohio Northern provides for its students has a significant impact on their paths to successful lives. ONU has reached a critical juncture in its ability to sustain this outstanding program. It is rare to find an opportunity to make a real difference in something this important. For all of us, that opportunity is now, and it’s why I am committed to the successful completion of the Campaign for Engineering: Building Impact at ONU.

DAN WALKER, Campaign Chair

Dan Walker, BSCE ’71, is president of Kokosing Industrial in Westerville, Ohio. Kokosing Industrial is a self-performing contractor that focuses on projects in oil and gas, power, industrial, marine, water and wastewater, commercial, and heavy civil. Walker has worked at Kokosing for 40 years. He received his MBA from Xavier University. He has been a strong supporter of ONU for many years, providing insight and assistance on matters related to facility planning and construction. He currently serves as the vice chair of the ONU Board of Trustees.

University Advancement

Connie Thompson

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