Biography

Dr. Rick Freuler is a Professor of Practice Emeritus and was the inaugural Director of the Fundamentals of Engineering for Honors (FEH) Program in Ohio State's Department of Engineering Education in the College of Engineering.  He taught the two-semester FEH engineering course sequence and was active in engineering education research.  He is also affiliated with the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and conducted scale model investigations of gas turbine installations for jet engine test cells and for marine and industrial applications of gas turbines at the Aerospace Research Center at Ohio State.  Dr. Rick, who began his academic career at Ohio State as a first-year engineering student in autumn 1968, earned his Bachelor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (1974), his B.S. in Computer and Information Science (1974), his M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering (1974), and his Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (1991) all from The Ohio State University. 

Dr. Rick has been a member of the University's Academy of Teaching since 2010 and has received a number of other awards for outstanding teaching including the College's Boyer Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Engineering Innovation, the MacQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the McCarthy Engineering Teaching Award. He served as a new faculty mentor in the Faculty FIT program of the Drake Institute of Teaching and Learning from 2017 until 2021.  He is active in the American Society for Engineering Education and was named a Fellow Member in 2018.