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ONU alums play key roles in Space X spacecraft launch

Derick Endicott '12, Alex Strimbu '17, Justin Littell '04

Three Ohio Northern University College of Engineering alumni played important roles in the successful NASA launch of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft.

Derick Endicott, a 2012 graduate, is a senior test development engineer for SpaceX who ensures that their components can withstand the rigors of spaceflight. 

Alex Strimbu, who graduated in 2017, is a SpaceX test development engineer who works on the Merlin engine —the propulsion system for the Falcon 9 booster.

Also, NASA's Justin Littell, a 2004 graduate, conducted research in the areas of structural dynamics to ensure astronaut safety during splashdown of the Dragon capsule. In all, more than 30 Polar Bears currently work in the aerospace industry.


ONU College of Law faculty member, student 

combine for presentation on online learning transition


Ohio Northern University faculty member Melissa Kidder, assistant professor of law and directory of legal clinics and externships, and her research assistant, third-year law student Amanda Olson, teamed up analyze ONU's transition to online learning. The project, “5 Small Ways Students Stayed Engaged in Online Learning,” was accepted as a session proposal by CALIcon2020: Law School In the Time of Pandemic, and it was made available on June 5 as an audio presentation.


ONU College of Pharmacy faculty member Natalie Di Pietro 

co-authors award-winning poster


Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy faculty member Natalie Di Pietro, professor of pharmacy practice, co-authored an award-winning poster at the 2020 APhA-APPM virtual annual conference. “Retrospective Evaluation of Preconception Care Intervention Opportunities in a Chain Community Pharmacy Setting” was recognized as a 2020 APhA-APPM Presentation Merit Award Winner. The research involved a retrospective analysis of potentially teratogenic medication use by reproductive-age women. The poster is available to view online and will be published in the July/August issue of JAPhA, the journal of the American Pharmacists Association.


ONU College of Law faculty member Dallan F. Flake 

has article published in Illinois Law Review


Dallan F. Flake, associate professor of law at Ohio Northern University, wrote the recently published article "Using Religion to Protect Transgender Employees from Discrimination" for the Illinois Law Review. The article examines whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to transgender employees by analogizing transgenderism to religious conversion.