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Family of Prof. Emeritus Phillip Quo Establishes Endowment Fund

Family of Prof. Emeritus Phillip Quo Establishes Endowment Fund


The family of Professor Emeritus Phillip Quo has recently established an endowment fund to honor their father and to show their appreciation to the Mechanical, Industrial and Nuclear Engineering Department. The fund will benefit the Engineering Design Clinic and Robotics Team.

Professor Quo joined the University of Cincinnati in 1968 as an Adjunct Professor in Civil Engineering. In 1985, he joined the Mechanical Engineering Department as a Professor. He came from A. M. Kinney, Inc., where he was a Vice President for 13 years, and upon his retirement in 2001, was elected to Professor Emeritus.

Professor Quo’s area of expertise was in CAD/CAM/CAE. He was invited to make a presentation at the International Conference on CAD/CAM and Factories of the Future from the Academy of Sciences of Russia in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1993. Later in the year, Prof. Quo was re-elected to the National ASME Distinguished Lecturer on Manufacturing Technology and was the keynote speaker during engineer’s week at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and the University of Nevada in Reno. He helped to create the CAD/CAM/CAE curriculum at Singapore Polytechnic University, and was invited to lecture in 7 countries and over 25 states within the U.S.

Active in ASME, Prof. Quo held many national offices including Chairman of National Nominating Committee, National General Awards Committee, Editor of Metric News, and Chairman of Metrication. He was elected to a National Fellow in 1980, and was bestowed with the Bicentennial Silver Metal. Prof. Quo’s honors and awards are too numerous to mention all of them; however his contributions in his field, and to the University of Cincinnati are outstanding.

He was a part of the UC family for 33 years, and was honored by the mechanical engineering department and the Evening College upon his retirement in 2001. He was bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Evening College, having been the 2nd recipient in the history of the Evening College. Prof. Quo donated 192 books to the engineering library. With this act of kindness, he made certain that he could better enhance the understanding and knowledge of future students that have and will attend the engineering program at the University of Cincinnati. His generosity continues to benefit the University of Cincinnati, and especially the Mechanical, Industrial and Nuclear Engineering Department with his family’s most recent endowment of the ME Engineering Design Clinic, which will serve as a perpetual gift to the department. During his tenure at UC, Prof. Quo was instrumental in setting up the Design Clinic, and served as its first Director. To ensure that the students will continue to benefit from the work experience, he helped recruit local industries to sponsor the design projects.

Born and educated in China, he received his law degree from the National Amoy University, China, and practiced law as an Assistant Judge in the District Court. He applied and was accepted to further his studies in the United States, and decided to switch to engineering. He attended the University of Kansas, where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering. There he met his wife, Consuelo, who studied dietetics at the same University. They married and settled in Kansas City, Missouri, where Phil accepted a position with Black & Veatch Consulting Engineers. In 1966, he was recruited by A.M. Kinney, Inc., in Cincinnati, where he later became Vice President. In 1968, Dr. Louis Laushey invited Phil as an adjunct faculty to teach in Civil Engineering. Phil continued carrying the title as Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering until his retirement. They have four lovely children, Marcia, Geoffrey, Stacey & Brian, their in-laws Carl, Maury and Suzanne, and 5 grandchildren. Two of his children received degrees in engineering.

Prof. Quo now lives in Palo Alto, California, with his wife and family. He maintains his residence in Cincinnati as well to keep in touch with his many friends and colleagues.