Jack Myslenski prepares to cut the ribbon. From L to R: President Roderick J. McDavis, Parker President (hydraulics group) Jeff Cullman, Myslenski, Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin

Photographer: Mark Dawson


Parker Group Manager (technical training) Bogdan Kozul (right), who custom-assembled the lab, shows equipment to Jack Myslenski (center) and others

Photographer: Mark Dawson

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University dedicates fluid power lab in honor of engineering technology alumnus

Ohio University dedicated a new fluid power lab this week at the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, in honor of 1973 alumnus Jack Myslenski.

Located off Stocker Center's main lobby, the lab was created with a gift of more than $180,000 from Parker Hannifin, where Myslenski, a graduate of the engineering technology and management program, worked for 35 years.

Pending Board of Trustees approval at the upcoming November meeting, the lab will be named the Parker Hannifin Motion and Control Laboratory.

"Today's dedication salutes Jack's many contributions to Ohio University and also recognizes the important partnership Ohio University has with Parker," said Ohio University President Roderick McDavis.

Designed to serve as student training lab in fluid power – or the use of pneumatics and hydraulics like those used construction equipment and aircraft landing gear – the space contains state-of-the-art Parker products such as training equipment, components and control systems.

Parker dispatched an engineer to custom-assemble the lab for the Russ College.

"We know that funding in state universities is a challenge, and Parker is proud that – in some small way – we are able to help support the education of engineering students," said Jeff Cullman, president of Parker's hydraulics group. "Our hope is that, like Jack, they will remain within Ohio companies and help them to achieve success."

Myslenski, who serves on the Russ College board of visitors and the ETM advisory board, started at the company in 1973 and retired three years ago as one of five executive vice presidents, having worked in roles across the globe and contributed to a banner $12 billion year for the company.

Myslenski noted that his coursework at the Russ College prepared him for challenges such as supervising 20 employees in his first job at Parker.

"I was very lucky when Parker hired me," Myslenski said. "I can't thank those individuals enough for their bet on making a long-haired kid, fresh out of college, a first line supervisor in Wickliffe, Ohio." 

McDavis called Parker an innovator and a leader for creating the lab. 

"This lab illustrates how our students' future employers are taking an active role in their education before they enter the world of work," he said.