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NDSU professor appointed Duin Endowed Fellow

Om Yadav, professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering, has been appointed to a newly-established fellowship in the NDSU College of Engineering. Yadav was named the inaugural holder of the Spencer G. and Carol A. Duin Endowed Fellowship during a ceremony at the NDSU McGovern Alumni Center.

Yadav joined NDSU in 2004 and serves as director of the Center of Quality, Reliability and Maintainability Engineering, an organization he established in 2014 to support the growing manufacturing and other industry sectors in North Dakota and to promote quality and reliability engineering education.

“I would like to sincerely thank Spencer and Carol for their contribution to start this award,” Yadav said. “The Duins have been great friends to me and my family, and being named the first Duin Endowed Fellow is an amazing honor.”

Yadav’s other research interests include lean manufacturing, production and operations management, and optimization techniques. He earned his doctorate in industrial engineering in 2002 from Wayne State University and worked as a reliability engineer at Ford Motor Co. for two years before coming to NDSU.

“This award will help support my graduate students and further our research work,” said Yadav. “It’s also important in the sense it recognizes the contribution of faculty in the college and department.”

Spencer Duin graduated from NDSU in 1966 with a degree in industrial engineering.  The Graceville, Minnesota, native enjoyed a distinguished 40-year career at Westinghouse and Eaton Corp. 

"My engineering degree from NDSU opened doors to many opportunities and a successful and very satisfying career,” Duin said. “Carol and I have established the endowed fellowship to increase support for College of Engineering faculty and to acknowledge the value of my NDSU education.”

NDSU benefactors who establish faculty fellowships provide a minimum of $30,000 in annual funding for at least five years. The money is used by faculty to advance research, provide students transformational learning experiences and enhance academic programs.

“Gifts like these are so important to our college mission of preparing innovative problem solvers and creating new knowledge to improve lives in North Dakota and beyond,” said Michael Kessler, dean of the College of Engineering. “That’s why we’ve made securing endowed chairs, professorships and faculty fellowships a fundraising priority.”

The Duin fellowship was established through the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association. The NDSU Foundation builds enduring relationships that maximize advocacy and philanthropy to support NDSU. 

“Investing in faculty is one of the most transformative ways that philanthropy can elevate the excellence of learning and discovery at NDSU,” said John Glover, the foundation’s president and CEO.

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