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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Defense-funded research will advance electronic materials, additive manufacturing

Engineering faculty representing several disciplines soon will receive Department of Defense (DoD) funding to accelerate important research and training of graduate students. The Ohio State College of Engineering research teams have received two of the 24 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) awards recently announced.


Neal A. Smith Endowed Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Steven A. Ringel, Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professors Siddharth Rajan and Hongping Zhao, and Materials Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Jinwoo Hwang are co-investigators of a MURI project led by James Speck at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the “Gallium Oxide Materials Science and Engineering – GAME” project will study the promising wide bandgap semiconductor material’s structure-property relationships and advance the material to new-generation electronic and photonic device applications. The Ohio State investigators will share approximately $3.7 million of the total awarded amount ($7.5 million) over the next five years.


Project-related atomic resolution microscopy will occur at Ohio State’s Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS), with primary materials growth and device development occurring at Ohio State’s Semiconductor Epitaxy and Analysis Lab (SEAL) and the Nanotech West Laboratory.


Ringel also is the Executive Director of Ohio State’s Institute for Materials Research (IMR), and holds courtesy professor appointments in the Departments of Physics and Materials Science and Engineering. Rajan holds a co-appointment in Materials Science and Engineering. Investigators from Cornell University and Georgia Tech round out the team. Collectively, project members have published nearly 50 journal papers on gallium oxide to date.


Materials Science and Engineering Professor Joerg Jinschek is collaborating on a separate advanced manufacturing MURI project led by the University of Tennessee’s Suresh Babu. This multidisciplinary team—which also includes Virginia Tech, Iowa State University, the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Colorado School of Mines—will focus on properties, defects and instabilities in additive manufactured alloys, an area of great importance to the Office of Naval Research. They will analyze a number of physical processes that can affect the final product, including rapid heating and cooling, and examine how physical properties at the submicron level might differ from those at a far greater scale.


Also utilizing CEMAS capabilities, Jinschek will lead in-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) efforts to track dynamics of phase transformations and defect evolution on the nanometer length scale. Ohio State’s share of the funding over five years could total up to $1.25 million. The co-investigator from Iowa State, associate professor Peter Collins, is an Ohio State alumnus.


The highly competitive MURI program complements other DoD basic research initiatives that support traditional, three-year, single-investigator university research grants. By supporting multidisciplinary teams with larger, longer awards in carefully chosen and relevant research topics, DoD and the Services enhance the potential for significant and sustained advancement of research in critical areas of importance to National Security and the DoD’s mission.


The Army Research Office, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Office of Naval Research solicited proposals in 24 topic areas important to the DoD and the Services.  In response to the initial solicitation the department received 436 white papers.


This article was originally published on the College of Engineering site, found here.