ODEE highlights Ohio Manufacturing Institute podcast

The Office of Distance Education and eLearning highlighted the Ohio Manufacturing Institute’s Manufacturing Now podcast series for International Podcast Day.


The podcast series regularly pushes the ongoing and integral conversation about the future of manufacturing and new technologies to center stage.


Podcast host Kathryn Kelley, executive director of the Ohio Manufacturing Institute, recently sat down with Bronson Jones, president and CEO of Banner Metals Group, a Columbus-based group that provides manufacturing and engineering services to industries ranging from aerospace and automotive to medical, building and industrial.

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IMR Distinguished Lecture Series to present Princeton University professor Robert J. Cava

The Institute for Materials Research is thrilled to announce Robert J. Cava, Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University, will present at the upcoming installment of its Distinguished Lecture Series.


Cava’s lecture, “Superconductivity: Where we are and where we are going,” will be held Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, at 1 p.m. at 1080 Physics Research Building (Smith Seminar Room).


All students and faculty are welcome to attend. Attendees are invited to join us for refreshments and appetizers following the talk.


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IMR welcomes new faculty members at Innovation Lab event


The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) welcomed some of the newest faculty members to join The Ohio State University community through the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) focus area of the Discovery Themes Initiative.


New faculty members briefly presented their research goals on Sept. 20 at this year’s annual M&MS Faculty Fall Social, held at IMR’s Innovation Lab at Nanotech West Laboratory on Kinnear Road. The event also gave faculty a chance to socialize and share research interests in a less formal setting.


“Every time we meet and greet the new faculty, I hear about all the great research people are trying to do. I see all these amazing connections that can be made,” said Professor Steven Ringel, who serves as Associate Vice President for Research and IMR Executive Director. “It is extremely important that we have these kind of activities, in which faculty can be faculty, in a relaxed setting, where they can have the conversations that build our collaborative culture.”


Six new hires join 17 faculty members and researchers already working within the M&MS cohort at Ohio State. The M&MS Discovery Theme is a university-wide program operated by IMR that advances and accelerates innovation and materials research in technologies, science and manufacturing, as they apply to future energy systems and sustainability.


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IMR’s Steven Ringel awarded title of Distinguished University Professor


The Ohio State University awarded Steven Ringel, a faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), the permanent title of Distinguished University Professor in appreciation of his teaching, research and service at the university.


Ohio State Board of Trustees conferred the appointment during its Aug. 31 meeting, bestowing Ringel the university’s highest honor given to faculty members.


“It is really such an honor to receive this recognition,” Ringel said. “I am, indeed, humbled.”


Ringel serves as professor and Neal A. Smith Chair in Electrical Engineering in the College of Engineering, Associate Vice President for Research, and Executive Director of the Institute for Materials Research (IMR).


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Research tours roll on as Morley Stone visits Nanotech West Lab


Morley Stone, the new senior vice president for research at The Ohio State University, continued his weekly rounds of introductions to the land-grant university’s varied academic spaces Aug. 16 with a tour of the Nanotech West Laboratory.


Stone joined the Office of Research leadership team this month after serving as chief technology officer at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) in Dayton, Ohio.


Stone now serves an integral role in the advancement of the university’s research enterprise, overseeing strategic planning and infrastructure support for Ohio State’s $864 million annual basic and applied research program.


“Throughout his career, Dr. Stone has built strong, strategic collaborations with academia, industry and government organizations, including Ohio State,” President Michael V. Drake said with the announcement Stone was selected for the position. “We look forward to our continued work together to uplift lives in our communities through outstanding research.”


Stone toured Nanotech West on Kinnear Road as part of his office’s ongoing #ResearchFriday tours.


“I consider these visits near the top of my priority list,” Stone said. “I have to know our PIs and their work on a personal level, so that I can best represent the ground-breaking work that they perform.”


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