Innovations in Materials Research Newsletter – Winter 2017 Issue

The Winter 2017 issue of Innovations in Materials Research, the biannual newsletter of the OSU Institute for Materials Research, is now available online!

Winter 2017 newsletter cover

The latest issue of our biannual newsletter is now available online and in print. Features include stories about two student design challenges IMR has coordinated, two new Global Partnership Grants supporting OSU-India partnerships, advances in energy research that began at our SEAL facility, and four new faces at IMR who are helping us grow and expand our programs and impact in materials research.

 

Features

  • Global Partnership Grants Fund Ohio State/IIT Bombay Research Collaborations
  • Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) Discovery Theme Updates: Materials Innovation Lab Design Challenge, ENGR 2367 Experiential Learning Model Includes Industry Partnerships
  • Research Highlight: Innovative Energy Research Advances Have Origins at SEAL
  • New Faces at IMR Helping Build Its Future
  • Ohio State’s Newest Materials Lab: CCIC-NMR Facility
  • 2016 OSU Materials Week Recap

 

With regular updates from:

  • Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), Ohio State’s NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
  • Core campus materials facilities
  • IMR Member News

 

Download the Winter 2017 Innovations in Materials Research

 


About Innovations in Materials Research

Innovations in Materials Research is IMR’s biannual newsletter (formerly IMR Quarterly) featuring technical articles highlighting OSU research, updates on research funded by IMR grants, facility updates, recently awarded grants, and other materials research news.

To receive the newsletter by mail or to make suggestions for future articles please contact Layla Manganaro at manganaro.4@osu.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

Engineering Technical Communications Class Design Challenge Is No Bull!

An undergraduate Engineering Technical Communications class recently had the unique opportunity to work with local industry leaders and create innovative designs to address a real need.  Students in a section of this Fall’s ENGR 2367 class piloted a collaborative educational model with representatives of Worthington Industries, a leader in the diversified metal manufacturing industry headquartered in central Ohio, and one of Worthington’s customers, Select Sires, a Plain City, Ohio-based industry leader in reproductive management solutions for dairy and beef producers.

An ENGR 2367 class design team shows their prototype for the design challenge.

An ENGR 2367 class design team shows their prototype for the design challenge.

The two companies presented their real-world problem to the class: they needed a vessel custom designed to effectively and safely transport hundreds of bull semen samples to farmers around the U.S.  Select Sires specializes in providing highly fertile, superior genetic products to enhance the productivity and profitability of their customers, dairy and beef producers.  The transportation of such a sensitive biological product faces many challenges, from temperature control to complex logistics management.  This challenge was not a typical assignment for the undergraduate students, who needed to quickly become knowledgeable about a broad range of topics including livestock breeding, shipping regulations, and the cost, use and limitations of raw materials such as stainless steel and expanded polystyrene.

A student design team presents their prototype to the audience.

A student design team presents their prototype to the audience.

The course was led by instructor Mary Faure, Director of the Engineering Technical Communications unit in the Department of Engineering Education, while the collaboration with Worthington Industries was facilitated by the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability staff at Ohio State’s Institute for Materials Research (IMR), Dr. Jay Sayre, Assistant Vice President, and Kari Roth, Senior Technology Integrator.  This multidisciplinary pilot project attempted to fill gaps within the engineering curriculum by offering instruction and practice in communication through a high-quality, industry-led learning experience for students.  Industry partners engaged in conversations with students about their teams’ design responses to the problem, allowing the students to gain one-on-one attention from practicing engineers and to hone their interpersonal and communication skills while completing their projects.

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A student design team shares their proposal with the class and judges.

“Today’s engineering students need engaging, contextually-positioned technical communications, project management, entrepreneurial thinking, and teamwork instruction and practice in order to perform well in advanced discipline-specific engineering classes, internships, capstone, and in their entry level engineering positions,” said Faure.  “This project was designed to provide important skill-building through an authentic, hands-on experience, which today’s students crave, while fulfilling an essential component of the General Education curriculum.  It gives students a unique experience without adding credit hours to their curriculum or cost to their college expenses.”

 

“This wasn’t just a hypothetical situation… It was a very real problem and we talked to real engineers, real businessmen from real companies, to solve a real need.” – Ben Beecroft, second-year student, computer science and engineering

 

Student design groups were able to present their final designs at an evening event in the new Materials Innovation space on Kinnear Road.  Each group was given up to 15 minutes to present their vessel design to the judges, Dr. Bill Benson and Michael Luh from Worthington Industries, and Mel DeJarnette with Select Sires. The lively presentations included videos, prototypes, and many unique suggestions to best transport Select Sires’ bull semen samples across the country safely to its customers.  All teams received constructive feedback from the judges, who had the difficult task of selecting a winning design.  Worthington Industries generously provided gift cards to all members of the winning team – Alex Machtay, Matt Rowland, Robert Jankovsky, and Adam DeNise.

The winning student design team (Alex Machtay, Matt Rowland, Robert Jankovsky, and Adam DeNise) joined by judges Mel DeJarnette with Select Sires and Dr. Bill Benson and Michael Luh from Worthington Industries

The winning student design team (Alex Machtay, Matt Rowland, Robert Jankovsky, and Adam DeNise) joined by judges Mel DeJarnette with Select Sires and Dr. Bill Benson and Michael Luh from Worthington Industries

The industry partners who participated in the pilot said they enjoyed working with the students, were surprised and pleased at the quality of their projects, and would welcome continuing the collaboration in the future with another cohort. One student from this class is now being considered for a summer internship with Worthington Industries.

The hope is that the success of this authentic, interdisciplinary learning experience paves the way for an “integrated curriculum” that crosses college boundaries, offering students of all majors engaging, high-quality learning experiences that more accurately prepare students to be effective in the workplace or in graduate schools regardless of their disciplinary interests.

Participants in the student design presentations event included ENGR 2367 students, instructor Mary Faure, and representatives from Worthington Industries, Select Sires, and the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability program.

Participants in the student design presentations event included ENGR 2367 students, instructor Mary Faure, and representatives from Worthington Industries, Select Sires, and the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability program.

IMR Spring 2016 Newsletter Now Available

The Spring 2016 issue of Innovations in Materials Research, the biannual newsletter of the OSU Institute for Materials Research, is now available online!

spring-2016-imr-newsletter-coverFeatures

  • Faculty Spotlight: Farhang Pourboghrat, Integrated Systems Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Research Highlight: Seed Funding Leads to Ongoing Collaborative Research –  Lisa Hall and Vishnu Baba Sundaresan Use Simulation and 3D Printing to Explore Polymers
  • Nanotech West Achieves Green Buckeye Certification Through Sustainable Practices
  • Ohio State’s Newest Materials Lab: CCIC-NMR Facility
  • Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) Discovery Theme Updates: M&MS Hires Jay Sayre as Assistant VP of Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability, India Trip Report, and more

 

With regular updates from:

  • Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), Ohio State’s NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
  • Core campus materials facilities
  • New IMR Members and IMR Member News

 

Download the Spring 2016 Innovations in Materials Research newsletter


About Innovations in Materials Research

Innovations in Materials Research is IMR’s biannual newsletter (formerly IMR Quarterly) featuring technical articles highlighting OSU research, updates on research funded by IMR grants, facility updates, recently awarded grants, and other materials research news.

To receive the newsletter by mail or to make suggestions for future articles please contact Layla Manganaro at manganaro.4@osu.edu.

Nanotech West Achieves Green Buckeye Certification

Nanotech West Laboratory recently became the first user facility to achieve Green Buckeye Certification through a process initiated by Aimee Price, Senior Research Associate. Price is a member of the University Energy Committee, a group with representation from throughout campus that reviews and provides recommendations for best practices of campus facility management related to energy. It is through this committee that she first learned of the Green Buckeye Certification efforts on campus, modeled after similar national programs. The intent of the Green Buckeye Certification (GBC) program is to inform and encourage implementation of best practices to improve the sustainability performance of campus offices and laboratories.

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Paul Steffen and Aimee Price with Nanotech West Lab’s Green Buckeye certificate

 

As part of the Green Buckeye Certification process, Price and Nanotech West Lab Manager Paul Steffen used the initial application checklist as a tool to evaluate the energy and sustainability of Nanotech West’s facilities and activities. They were able to quickly identify a few areas of improvement where quick changes could be implemented, such as providing recycling bins in the lab’s sink areas so empty bottles of acids that were previously thrown in the trash could be recycled.

 

After implementing some improvements and completing the detailed questionnaire, Price and Steffen met with Green Buckeye Certification representatives and toured the labs with them before being awarded the certification. The certification process helped lab staff consider their daily practices and energy impacts. “Our staff now think about minimizing the use of items and wasting fewer materials,” explained Price. The next challenge is to extend that sustainable thinking to the lab’s many users, encouraging them to make some changes to their practices in the lab, such as using less solvents, which would reduce waste and expenses.

 

Some simple yet impactful changes Nanotech West Labs made as part of the Green Buckeye Certification process:

  • Reduced number of freezers from two to one
  • Added recycling containers to labs
  • Requested electronic versions of catalogs and journals
  • Asking vendors if they accept returned empty packaging
  • Communicating with users through meetings, signs, and stickers about the importance of sustainability in the lab and using less solvents and other materials
  • Returning some packing materials to local shipping companies for re-use

 

This certification process was not Price’s first sustainability effort with Ohio State. Price’s family farm is a key player in the Zero Waste initiative at Ohio Stadium to achieve zero waste by 2025 by diverting 90% of waste away from landfills. After each home game, Price Farms Organics collects compostable materials from the stadium’s kitchens, food vendors, and suites composts it on their Delaware farm, and about two years later returns the “Stadium Scarlet” compost to campus for use in the planters around Ohio Stadium.

 

Nanotech West is the only user facility certified at this time and currently is one of only nine Green Buckeye Certified Laboratories on campus – the other being six College of Public Health labs in Cunz Hall, the Lerch Lab in the Biomedical Research Tower, and the Sadee Lab in Graves Hall. With over 3,000 laboratories at The Ohio State University, there is a great opportunity for progress to be made in increasing sustainability efforts in campus research environments.

 

“This is a beginning,” says Price. “It’s an ongoing process, and we have identified areas of opportunity and we’ll continue to work our way through that list of opportunities.” Price said Nanotech West staff continue to work with the Green Buckeye team to identify ways to adapt the current lab questionnaire, making it more universal to better evaluate a broader range of labs and their equipment and uses.

For more information on the Green Buckeye Certification process for campus offices and laboratories, visit: http://footprint.osu.edu/gbc.html

 

 

 

Innovations in Materials Research – Fall 2015 Issue Now Available

The Fall 2015 issue of Innovations in Materials Research, the biannual newsletter of the OSU Institute for Materials Research, is now available online!

Features

  • Faculty Spotlight: Rafael Bruschweiler, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Ohio State’s Newest Materials Lab: CCIC-NMR Facility
  • Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) Discovery Theme: M&MS Welcomes First Faculty Hires, Brundtland Sustainability Visit
  • OSSIP Elevates Sensor and Semiconductor R&D in Ohio
  • 2015 OSU Materials Week Celebrates Materials Innovations

 

With regular updates from:

  • Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), Ohio State’s NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
  • Core campus materials facilities
  • New IMR Members and IMR Member News

 

Download the Fall 2015 Innovations in Materials Research newsletter


About Innovations in Materials Research

Innovations in Materials Research is IMR’s biannual newsletter (formerly IMR Quarterly) featuring technical articles highlighting OSU research, updates on research funded by IMR grants, facility updates, recently awarded grants, and other materials research news.

To receive the newsletter by mail or to make suggestions for future articles please contact Layla Manganaro at manganaro.4@osu.edu.