INNOVATE-O-thon offers students experience, exposure to career possibilities

 

When one of Josiah Campbell’s professors at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) told him about an opportunity to take part in the most recent INNOVATE-O-thon at The Ohio State University, he didn’t hesitate to jump at the chance.

 

“I couldn’t just let it pass me by,” he said.

 

Campbell recently reflected on his experience as one of the winners of the three-day INNOVATE-O-thon externship, organized by the Institute for Materials Research (IMR).

 

Each semester, IMR challenges undergraduates studying a variety of disciplines to work with each other, as well as faculty, industry and government representatives to a solve real-world problem.

 

In November, students were asked to help shape DriveOhio’s technology strategy by imagining a future with autonomous shuttles on the Columbus campus of Ohio State, then build value propositions for projects of that scope.

 

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Students at INNOVATE-O-thon explore potential value of self-driving shuttles on Ohio State’s campus

 

Columbus residents and visitors now have the chance to ride Ohio’s first self-driving shuttles.

 

The Smart Circuit shuttles began humming their way along the Scioto Mile in Downtown Columbus on Dec. 10. The low-speed, electric vehicles make stops at COSI, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Bicentennial Park and Smart Columbus Experience Center. The service offers free rides to the public from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

 

The initiative bringing self-driving shuttles to the Buckeye state is driven by Smart Columbus and Ohio Department of Transportation’s DriveOhio, in partnership with The Ohio State University. The Smart Circuit demonstration will help engineers, researchers and policymakers from this partnership inform future deployments of self-driving vehicle technology throughout the state.

 

Columbus won the Smart City Challenge in 2016, earning $40 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation, as well as a $10-million grant from Paul G. Allen Philanthropies. With that seed funding, Columbus was dubbed “America’s Smart City,” a designation bringing with it the challenge to reinvent mobility in the capital city and serve as a model for connected urban areas of the future.

 

“The Ohio State University has been integral to the design of the project and the ambition for what we are going to achieve with self-driving vehicles in this community,” said Jordan Davis, director of Smart Columbus. “Ohio State has been involved since the very, very beginning — since the grant. And we have continued to work with them as we design the research and try to identify other research opportunities with faculty for this project.”

 

And, as the community can look forward to riding the self-driving shuttles downtown, undergraduate students at Ohio State set their sights on the potential value of bringing smart mobility to a campus setting.

 

Ohio State’s Institute for Materials Research hosted a three-day INNOVATE-O-thon event in November with DriveOhio, an initiative working to advance smart mobility in Ohio. Each semester, IMR challenges undergraduates studying a variety of disciplines to work with each other, as well as faculty, industry and government representatives to a solve real-world problem.

 

At the most recent INNOVATE-O-thon, students were challenged to help shape DriveOhio’s technology strategy by imagining a future with self-driving shuttles on the Columbus campus of Ohio State. Students built value propositions for that project and pitched them to government representatives, faculty and other subject matter experts.

 

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Upcoming INNOVATE-O-thon with DriveOhio to identify how autonomous shuttles could meet transportation needs on campus

With self-driving shuttles already deployed along the downtown Scioto Mile loop, the drive toward smart mobility in Columbus is only gaining speed.

 

And the Institute for Materials Research (IMR) and DriveOhio are hosting an opportunity for undergraduate students at The Ohio State University to help pave the way for on-campus autonomous and connected vehicles at the upcoming INNOVATE-O-thon, running Nov. 9 to 11.

 

INNOVATE-O-thon is a weekend-long event that challenges undergraduates to work with each other, as well as faculty, industry and government representatives to solve real-world problems. Several times a year, a selected organization’s representatives come to the IMR Innovation Lab and challenge undergraduates from various majors to dissect a problem, and then devise and propose a suitable, executable solution to some of those representatives, faculty members and other subject matter experts.

 

This semester, IMR is asking students to help shape DriveOhio’s technology strategy by imagining a future with autonomous shuttles on the Columbus campus of Ohio State, and then build a value proposition for a project of that scope.

 

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Princeton professor Robert Cava presents ‘tour de force’ talk on superconductivity at latest Distinguished Lecture Series

 

As quickly as renowned materials chemist Robert J. Cava could be introduced, space within the main seminar room of the Physics Research Building had reduced to standing room only.

 

Cava’s presentation of “Superconductivity: Where we are and where we are going,” at The Ohio State University on Oct. 30 drew students, researchers and faculty members from a wide range of disciplines. The talk was the latest installment in the Distinguished Lecture Series hosted by the Institute for Materials Research (IMR).

 

Cava, the Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University, presented an overview of the field that covered not only the emergence of superconductivity, but some early experts’ expectations of its development and potential future.

 

Superconductivity, the transmission of electrical current with zero energy loss, recently passed its centennial. And, in that time, the lossless transmission of energy has found a variety of important uses in modern society, Cava said.

 

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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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