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Alan Luo becomes new endowed faculty member for his engineering research on transportation

Professor Alan Luo
Alan Luo
Donald D. Glower Chair

Professor Alan Luo has been named the Donald D. Glower Chair in Engineering. The Glower Chair was established on December 3, 1999, by the Transportation Research Center, Inc., in honor of Dean and Faculty Emeritus Donald Glower. Donald D. Glower served The Ohio State University as professor, chair, dean, and vice president before his retirement in 1992. This chaired position recognizes a distinguished senior faculty position for teaching and research that focus on transportation.

It is a tremendous honor to be named the Donald D. Glower Chair in Engineering. I appreciate the support provided by the TRC to our research and educational activities in lightweight materials and manufacturing for sustainable transportation. My vision for the Chair is to enhance Ohio State’s international leadership in green transportation and sustainable manufacturing that will leverage our diverse talents and enormous resources across the College of Engineering and Ohio State campuses.

Alan Luo

Luo has a dual appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering. He leads the Lightweight Materials and Manufacturing Research Laboratory and is Director of the Advanced Casting Research Center at Ohio State. He also serves as a technical leader at The REMADE (Reducing EMbodied-Energy And Decreasing Emissions) Institute.

Donald Glower _ Alan Luo Glower Chair at Ohio State University

Donald D. Glower

Honored with the Distinguished Service Award for his impact on society and academics at the autumn 2004 commencement, Glower was known for initiatives that elevated the college's role in research, "He assumed control of the Transportation Research Center of Ohio, turning a losing state investment into the largest and most comprehensive transportation research facility in the world, attracting the Honda Corporation to build in Ohio. Honda has since established an endowment fund in the College of Engineering that supports continued improvement in the quality of academic programs."1 

Transportation Research Center

Honda purchased the Transportation Research Center in the 1980’s from the State of Ohio and asked The Ohio State University to continue managing and operating TRC Inc. as an independent proving ground on Honda’s behalf – where surplus funds from the operation would be reinvested in transportation research and facilities upgrades and to fund other endowments at the College of Engineering. To date, more than $54 million has been generated by TRC Inc. for Ohio State.


1 Ohio State honors four at autumn commencement - 12/10/04. Ohio State News. December 9, 2004. Accessed September 27, 2023.