IMR members win two Harrison Faculty Awards for Excellence

For the first time, two faculty in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University received the Harrison Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education.


The winners, Associate Professor Siddharth Rajan and Professor Roberto Myers, are both faculty in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) and material science engineering (MSE) within the Institute for Materials Research at Ohio State.


Established in 1982, this is the first time the annual Harrison Award was presented to two recipients. Winners are faculty members in engineering or architecture, making a positive impact on society, and showing excellence in aspects of teaching, fundamental or applied research.


Research by Myers and Rajan is becoming increasingly acknowledged for their focus on finding next-generation energy sources at the nanoscale.

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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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New IMR program increases facility grant amounts to kickstart materials-allied research projects

The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) is strengthening its commitment to make shared campus-research facilities more accessible to faculty and research staff at The Ohio State University with the unveiling of its Kickstart Facility Grant Program.


The program allows IMR to boost facility grant amounts awarded to faculty and research staff conducting innovative materials-allied research to $2,500, a 25-percent increase from previous years. This program supplants the IMR Facility Grants.


Kickstart Facility Grant assistance helps offset costs of user fees, access fees, and required costs that might be associated with research facilities.


IMR offers grant eligibility to its members hired within their first five years at Ohio State, and non-tenured regular and research faculty. IMR continues to encourage members who are senior research staff with principal investigator status at Ohio State to submit requests for proposal as well.


Kickstart Facility Grants are an excellent training opportunity for post-candidacy graduate students, fellows, and postdoctoral fellows to co-author proposals, and faculty are encouraged to engage their students and staff in their proposal development.


Research proposal templates are available at IMR’s website. Proposals for Spring 2018 must be submitted by 5 p.m., Monday, April 23, 2018.


IMR has supported 202 research projects with $404,000 in facility-grant assistance since 2007.


Potential applicants can contact IMR’s administrator and grants developer, Joanna Gardner, at, with any administrative or procedural questions or IMR membership inquiries. Potential applicants with technical questions related to possible research activities can contact IMR executive director Steve Ringel at


Please visit IMR’s Kickstart Facility Grant Program page for more details and proposal forms.


The Institute for Materials Research is an interdisciplinary institute that works across colleges and departments at The Ohio State University to facilitate, promote and coordinate research and infrastructure related to the science and engineering of materials.


Story by Mike Huson, IMR Public Relations Coordinator


IMR welcomes new administrator and grants developer

The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) welcomes Joanna Gardner as our new administrator and grants developer.


Gardner brings to the institute her six years of professional experience at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining IMR, she worked since June 2016 as a program coordinator in the Department of Physics. Before that, Gardner served as fiscal associate for four years at the OSU Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS).

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PR coordinator joins IMR team

Hello to everybody out there living in a materials world.


My name is Mike Huson and I am the new PR Coordinator at the Institute for Materials Research (IMR).


It is my job to show that all of us, actually, are living in a materials world. And I look forward to illustrating the important roles materials play in our lives, showing off the research of materials constantly evolving and advancing those roles, while connecting those advancements of collaborative innovation with our Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability initiative and articulated foci within the Discovery Themes at The Ohio State University.


If you are not yet familiar with us, IMR is an interdisciplinary institute working across colleges and departments at Ohio State to facilitate, promote and coordinate research and infrastructure related to the science and engineering of materials.


I will make sure IMR is offering those within and outside the Ohio State community the latest materials research news, faculty and student profiles, plus event previews and summaries. Soon, we will circulate newsletters and kick out a steady stream of stories, photos and videos on our site,, and through our social media channels.


Connect with us and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.


I spent more than a year and a half at the Columbus Dispatch, covering a diverse range of breaking news and events in central Ohio, as a reporting intern on the metro desk. I also served two editor positions at our university’s student newspaper, The Lantern. I studied journalism and geography at Ohio State, and earned an associate degree in communication studies from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.


Flag me down and say, “Hey,” if you see me walking around Scott Laboratory or the Nanotech West Lab. I’m eager to meet new people from across the many disciplines making materials research possible, here, at Ohio State.


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