CERF 2018 event bridges the industry-student gap

Student researchers from the ElectroScience Laboratory (ESL) at The Ohio State University shared their work on cutting-edge electromagnetics and radio frequency research with representatives from some of the top industries in the country at the 9th-annual CERF Technical Meeting and Affiliates Dinner.

 

CERF, or the Consortium on Electromagnetics and Radio Frequencies, is an alliance allowing ESL faculty, researchers and students to share their expertise with top U.S.-based industries.

 

The event gives industry access to the potential workforce talent at ESL, one of the top research centers worldwide in the realms of electromagnetics and radio frequency research.

 

This year, ESL welcomed representatives from BAE Systems, the BerrieHill Research Division of Applied Research Associates, Bridgestone Americas, Lockheed Martin, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon to the Blackwell Inn and Pfahl Conference Center at Ohio State on August 7.

 

“CERF has many benefits for our industrial affiliates as well as our students and researchers at ESL. The affiliates gain access to our students and their research, our lab facilities, and can even support research projects at ESL,” said interim director Bob Burkholder. “The annual meeting is an excellent opportunity for the students to showcase their work and gain experience making presentations. They also get the chance to interact with potential sponsors and future employers.”

 

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Girl Scouts join Ohio State engineers for sustainable energy event

 

Some members of the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland recently explored the science behind sustainable energy with engineering staff and students at The Ohio State University.

 

Girl Scouts attending “Scoping Out Solar Energy” at Ohio State’s Institute for Materials Research (IMR) Nanotech West Lab and Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS) took part in discussions and hands-on science and technology activities with College of Engineering volunteers.

 

Throughout the day, the nearly 20 Girl Scouts learned about energy use, conversion and storage, as well as energy consumption of electric vehicles. The topics complemented concepts learned in school and introduced them to new ideas regarding renewable energy and electron microscopy.

 

Through each activity, the elementary school-aged girls also had an opportunity to consider their potential roles as science and engineering leaders in the future.

 

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Air Force Research Laboratory looks to Ohio State for materials innovation

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and The Ohio State University’s Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS) have established a long-term research collaboration platform for advanced materials characterization.

 

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/RX) develops materials, processes, and advanced manufacturing technologies for aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets, and ground-based systems and their structural, electronic and optical components. Precision is critical in these endeavors, and CEMAS equipment and expertise will be leveraged to achieve optimal results.

 

A five-year $4.25 million grant will fund a cohort of post-doctoral research fellows (PDRFs) focused on precision measurement tools for advanced functional and structural materials characterization. Material classes of interest include metals, semiconductors, ceramics, polymers, composites, functionally graded materials, nanomaterials, electronics, sensors and biological materials.

 

The PDRFs will be embedded in the research groups at AFRL/RX offices at Wright-Patterson AFB and will have a faculty advisor at CEMAS to ensure access to the latest developments and capabilities.

 

“These outstanding young researchers will be the conduit between our two research enterprises,” said CEMAS Director David McComb. “There they will learn the materials and advanced manufacturing challenges that impede AFRL’s progress. Here they will have access to state-of-the-art microscopy equipment and the nation’s leading experts in materials characterization to help solve those challenges and innovate to improve our national defense.”

 

Read more about the CEMAS-AFRL collaboration at the College of Engineering site.

 

Ohio State selects Morley Stone to lead Office of Research

The Ohio State University announced Thursday it named Morley O. Stone as the new senior vice president for research.

 

Stone will join Ohio State’s Office of Research leadership team after serving as chief technology officer at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) in Dayton, Ohio.

 

Stone will serve 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,” said President Michael V. Drake. “We look forward to our continued work together to uplift lives in our communities through outstanding research.”

 

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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.