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Computer science student receives scholarship created by historic Russ company

By Joe Barbaree

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 23, 2012) – A computer science major at Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology has been awarded the Systems Research Laboratories scholarship by the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers.

Zanesville, Ohio, native John Linser, a senior, received the $1,000 scholarship for the current academic year.

“I am so thankful I was awarded this scholarship, and just as thankful for the wonderful opportunities I’ve been able to take part in,” he said. 

Linser’s first such opportunity was at AK Steel in Mansfield, Ohio where he worked as an intern. Since then, he completed internships at Lockheed Martin in Akron, Ohio, as well as at the Lufkin, Texas, and Camden, Arkansas, facilities.

While interning at Lockheed Martin -- one of the world’s largest defense contractors -- in both Texas and Arkansas, Linser took part in manufacturing numerous missile defense systems for the company.

“In both places I assisted in the manufacturing of the Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) missile, Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS), Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile and the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) missile launching vehicle,” said Linser.

His time at the Ohio division involved work in the research and development of new weapon systems for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) F-22 Raptor and F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. 

Linser will intern with the company again this summer and hopes to continue as a systems engineer after his graduation.

Systems Research Laboratories (SRL) was founded in the 1950s by the late Russ College alumnus Fritz Russ and his wife, Dolores. Specializing in electronic systems and automatic control processes in areas such as aerospace and medical technologies, SRL became one of the largest and most successful independent engineering and technology research firms in the world.

The Ohio Society of Professional Engineers is a non-profit organization for engineers in the state of Ohio. Their mission is one of continued support for engineering education through the establishment of the Engineers Foundation of Ohio, which partners with companies such as American Electric Power, Inc. to provide scholarships for students and educational programs for engineering professionals.

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