Remembering Dr. Roy Eckart

Dr. Roy Eckart

Sadly CEAS received news this week of Dr. Roy Eckart's passing on Monday, November 26.

Dr. Eckart began his career at the University of Cincinnati in 1966 teaching math.

Roy became Professor of Nuclear Engineering with research in criticality safety, radiological environmental assessment and human health risk assessment.  The Engineering Tribunal twice awarded him the "Teacher of the Year" award. He received the "Neil Wandmacher Excellence in Teaching Award" and the national "AT & T Foundation Award for Excellence in Instruction of Engineering Students."

Dr. Eckart co-authored two technical books: "Modern Power Plant Engineering" and "Nuclear Fuel Design and Analysis". He published or presented 46 peer-reviewed journal articles or conference proceedings. During the period of 1985 - 1995, Dr. Eckart and his research group were awarded 17 research contracts worth $2,795,000 for health risk assessment due to radioactive materials in the workplace and the environment. This research work aided in the clean-up of contaminated weapons sites in Ohio at Fernald, Mound, and Portsmouth. Dr. Eckart also did extensive research work related to the cleanup of plutonium bearing soils at the Nevada Weapons Test Site.

Dr. Eckart was the department head in Mechanical, Industrial and Nuclear Engineering for five years from 1990-1995. He served the college for ten years as Senior Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Academic and Administrative Affairs. Roy was appointed Interim Dean for 2 years.

As Associate Dean, Dr. Eckart led the college through two very successful accreditation reviews. He also worked to develop the ACCelerated ENgineering Degree (ACCEND) program concept. He continued to be active in research during his time in administration with a focus on educational research. The General Electric Fund awarded him a $450,000 grant to determine how instructional technologies could be utilized to improve engineering education.

One of Roy’s interests was helping students develop professional skills.  So after retiring Roy developed a course on leadership that was a popular elective in the college and he authored “Becoming a Leader: Fundamentals of Leadership” that was designed for college students and new graduates. 

Roy was a devoted family man who coached soccer for his kids and refereed for many years.  He was a long-time supporter of Roger Bacon High School, the College and the University.  Roy and his wife Michelle lived in Wyoming and attended St James of the Valley Catholic Church where Roy also contributed as a lay reader. Roy has three children Louise, Richard and Tom and 7 grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Gwen Mooney Funeral Home (513-853-1035). A mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. James of the Valley Catholic Church. Interment Spring Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Cincinnati.