Defense funding to enhance Engineering research capabilities

Probe-corrected Titan3™ 80-300 S/TEM

Materials Science and Engineering Professor David McComb and Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Paul Berger earned federal grants for laboratory equipment useful in advancing national defense research.

 

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently announced awards to 175 university researchers at 91 institutions in 36 states, totaling $53 million through the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). The program augments capabilities at universities conducting cutting edge research for DoD, through the procurement of state-of-the-art equipment.

 

Institute for Materials Research (IMR) associate director David McComb’s $1.425 million DURIP award will enable the upgrade of a probe-corrected Titan scanning transmission electron microscope.

 

McComb, director of the Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis, said the instrument will be utilized in existing and new projects with colleagues in several DoD facilities, and the technology facilitates collaboration, training and education because it can be controlled remotely.

 

Berger, also an IMR member, earned a $125,000 DURIP award to secure equipment, including a 110 GHz spectrum analyzer, which can perform high frequency and switching measurements of gallium nitride structures.

 

“DURIP instrumentation awards provide the unique means through which DoD supports universities in the acquisition of essential laboratory equipment, usually out of reach for most research grants,” said Dale Ormond, principal director for research.

 

Read more about the awards at the College of Engineering site.

 

 

Top 10 posters showcasing research at Ohio State awarded during 2018 OSU Materials Week

Click a thumbnail to view the attending Top 10 Student Poster awardees with Ohio State Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron.


More than a hundred student and postdoctoral researchers at The Ohio State University came together to share their work in materials-allied fields with researchers from across the country at a two-day series of poster sessions during 2018 OSU Materials Week, held May 8 to 11.

 

The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) hosted the poster sessions to allow undergraduate and graduate students at Ohio State an opportunity to share their work and receive feedback from professors and students of varying disciplines.

 

Students, postdoctoral researchers and professors swarmed through the Blackwell Inn ballroom as judges and visitors made their ways from poster to poster. Researchers were allowed five minutes to present their research. Presentations were followed by five-minute question-and-answer sessions between small groups of judges and each presenter.

 

“My audience is usually my labmates, so they know what we are doing, why we are doing it,” said Melika Shahhosseini, a Mechanical Engineering graduate student. “But when I’m presenting to an audience out of my field, it helps me understand what people expect from my work, what they want to know about why I’m doing it. So, it makes me get better at presenting my work to people out of my field, which I think is really important.”

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Ohio State researchers compete in Three Minute Thesis at 2018 OSU Materials Week

Left to right: Xianjie (Tony) Ren, Aamena Parulkar and Brelon May

 

How much time would you need to explain your dissertation, from the painstakingly crafted proposal to collected data, findings, and conclusion? According to the University of Queensland, an 80,000-word thesis requires about nine hours to present.

 

Master’s and doctoral students from The Ohio State University who took the stage May 8 during the opening of 2018 OSU Materials Week, however, were not given a second past the three-minute mark.

 

The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) kicked off its 10th-annual Materials Week conference with a Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, founded and registered by UQ in Australia.

 

No props. No elaborate electronic media assistance. No dumbing it down. Presenters were allowed just one static slide to accompany their orations.

 

The 3MT competition challenges students to effectively communicate a distilled, compelling thesis and its significance to an audience outside their specific scholarly focus.

 

Five Ohio State students were chosen to compete May 8 in front of hundreds of professors and researchers from across the country and within the university after being selected from a preliminary round of presentations, held a week prior.

 

3MT finalists’ backgrounds ranged from Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering to Physics.

 

Brelon May won top prize for his clear and compelling 3MT thesis, “Flexible Ultraviolet LEDs on Metal.“ May studies in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) with advisor Professor Roberto Myers.

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ECE and IMR Communications Specialist awarded for outstanding service

 

Communications specialist Ryan Horns was recognized by the College of Engineering for his effort to help shine a spotlight on students and faculty research achievements, while spreading engineering education and knowledge to the public at large.

 

The Engineering Staff Advisory Committee awarded Horns the Outstanding Service “Above and Beyond Award” during its annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon on April 26.

 

Horns is in charge of the flow of research news, award coverage, and faculty and student spotlights within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). He helps his department and the college explain innovative work to the greater Ohio State community, and beyond, with each story, photo, video and visual design he produces. Additionally, Horns holds a dual role as the communications specialist for the Institute for Materials Research at The Ohio State University.

 

“I have worked in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for over 20 years and have seen my share of staff come and go,” one colleague wrote of Horns in an award recommendation letter. “With Ryan’s contributions, he is elevating the College of Engineering as a whole by making the department more accessible and interesting than ever before to students, the community, and alums and colleagues near and far.”

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Graduate students challenged to present three-minute theses at OSU Materials Week

Matt Souva (right) won top prize for his 3MT presentation at 2017 OSU Materials Week.

 

How much time would you need to explain your dissertation, from the painstakingly crafted proposal to collected data, findings, and conclusion? According to the University of Queensland, an 80,000-word thesis requires about nine hours to present.

 

Master’s and doctoral students taking the stage at 2018 OSU Materials Week, however, won’t have a second past the three-minute mark.

 

On May 8, the Institute for Materials Research (IMR) kicks off its 10th annual OSU Materials Week conference with a Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, founded and registered by UQ in Australia.

 

No props. No elaborate electronic media assistance. No dumbing it down. Presenters are allowed just one static slide to accompany their three-minute orations.

 

The 3MT competition is a challenge to effectively communicate a distilled, compelling thesis and its significance to an audience outside their specific scholarly focus. Hundreds of materials-allied researchers from industry and universities across the country and within The Ohio State University are attending this year’s Materials Week event.

 

Are you up for the challenge?

 

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