With a $1 million donation, Lincoln Electric and David Lincoln co-funded the first endowed professorship in welding engineering at The Ohio State University.
Lincoln Electric also donated or consigned nearly $420,000 worth of welding equipment and technology for use by Ohio State students and faculty.
Founded in 1895 by John C. Lincoln, an Ohio State electrical engineering alumnus (1888), Lincoln Electric is a global provider of arc welding, cutting and joining solutions. David Lincoln founded the Lincoln Laser Company and a real-estate business in Phoenix, Arizona.
Residing in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the endowed welding engineering professorship will facilitate recruitment of a new faculty member during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Welding equipment provided by Lincoln Electric will benefit more than just the welding engineering program. Students and faculty in mechanical and aerospace engineering, integrated systems engineering and agricultural engineering also will use the latest arc welders, training simulators, fume extraction units, plasma cutters, software and safety equipment. Additionally, manufacturing research collaborations and partnerships will utilize the new technology.
Ohio State’s welding engineering program is the only ABET-accredited undergraduate program in North America. It also offers master’s and doctoral degrees.