Researcher plans precision work

The Columbus Dispatch – March 2, 1987

Precision engineering has been popular in Japan for several years but not in the United States, and closing that gap is the goal of Dr. Jerrold W. Kannel, new research leader in the dynamics technology section of the mechanical engineering department at Battelle’s Columbus division.

In his new position, Kannel will lead research in precision engineering, which enhances the precision of instruments. Current applications could include computer chips and robots.

Precision engineering is an area that involves the development of mechanical systems where tolerances of millionths of an inch are required, but the end results can be positive. ”If you can improve the precision of something, you can also improve your production,” Kannel said.

In addition to his new duties, Kannel will also continue his research in the analysis of rolling contact systems, particularly rolling element bearings. He has authored more than 40 papers in the area of bearing operation, and in the past he has researched and evaluated bearings for the Saturn Launch Vehicle, Skylab and space shuttles.

Kannel was previously a senior research scientist at Battelle, where he has worked since 1960. He received a bachelor of science degree from Tri-State University in Angola, Ind., a master of science degree in applied mechanics from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University in 1986.

Downtown Printing & Graphics Inc. has appointed Laurene Carifa as marketing manager. She will be responsible for the firms new market development and client services. Carifa recently relocated from Austin, Texas, where she was sales manager for Minuteman Press Printing Co.

John M. Cochrane Jr. has been made a partner and elected to vice president of design for Nitschke Associates Inc., a Columbus-based, full service architectural and planning organization. Cochrane will direct all current and future design activities of the firm. He recently completed the design of Systems Engineering Associates national headquarters at 7349 Worthington- Galena Road and was involved in the design of Ohio State University’s Biotechnology Center.

Goal Systems International Inc. has named Gary W. Winter as division manager for the Application Development Systems Division. He will be responsible for directing the division’s sales and sales support effort. In addition, he will assume all product management and marketing responsibilities. Winter was most recently director of marketing for Martin Marietta Data Systems, Princeton, N.J. and Oxford Software, Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.

The Police and Firemen’s Disability and Pension Fund Board of Ohio has named Theodore G. Hall as investment manager. Hall has been with the fund eight years, the last four as assistant investment manager. John N. Babel has been named controller. Babel joined the fund in 1985 as internal auditor.

Herbert L. Weyl has been named vice president of Miami Valley Pension, Dayton, which recently merged with the pension and profit sharing plans service division of Weyl & Associates Inc., Columbus. He will also continue as president of Weyl & Associates and will be based in Columbus.

Frederick Wasserman and Robert H. Katz have been named vice presidents at JCPenney Casualty Insurance Co. Wasserman, vice president and controller, is responsible for accounting and financial reporting. He has been with the Penney company for 18 years. Katz, vice president, secretary and counsel, will oversee the legal department, and has added responsibility for government relations. He has been with the insurance company since June 1983.

Philip C. Donmoyer has joined JCPenney Casualty as administrative claims manager. Donmoyer was employed by Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. for 16 years and, most recently, by Metropolitan P & L for 10 years.

Kurt Schmitt, president, Lincoln Construction Inc., has been elected president of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America for 1987.

Promoted at Saperstein Associates Inc., a Columbus-based public opinion research firm, were Kim Hipple to coordinator of data processing; Mike Schleckser to coordinator of telephone surveys; Maria Lipari to coordinator of focus groups and field surveys, and Lisa Millman to coordinator of administrative services. Philip W. Coit has joined Saperstein Associates as senior marketing analyst. Also, Martin D. Saperstein, president of the firm, has been elected to the City of Columbus Volunteer Hall of Fame.

At Red Roof Inns Inc., Barry W. Badertscher was promoted to vice president, corporate tax/insurance; Robert M. Harshbarger is vice president/ controller of J.R. Trueman & Associates; and Jeffrey L. Reed is now vice president, mortgage/finance. Badertscher was appointed to director of Red Roof Inns’ tax department in 1979. Harshbarger joined the company in 1972. He became controller for J.R. Trueman & Associates and related companies in 1980. A graduate of the University of Akron, Reed, 32, began his career with Red Roof Inns in 1979.