Translational Data Analytics Fall Forum – Speaker Session @ 1120 Thompson Library (Campus Reading Room)
Oct 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

TDA@OhioState Fall Forum

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Translational Data Analytics @ Ohio State Fall Forum will showcase data analytics research and teaching across the university with a series of talks by invited speakers and faculty, a poster session with postdocs and students, and a networking reception. You’re invited to this inaugural event. Come learn about the latest data analytics topics and research and explore what TDA@OhioState can do for you.


Poster SessionOpen to the public; no registration required
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
213 Pomerene Hall

View current work of students and faculty, meet new colleagues, connect with potential collaborators, and see renovation designs and plans for Pomerene Hall, the future home of TDA@OhioState.


Speaker SessionRegistration required
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
1120 Thompson Library (Campus Reading Room)

Featuring guest speakers Tony Jebara, Columbia UniversitySurya Kalindi, Georgia TechKurt Kendall, Under Armour; and Robert Kosara, Tableau; and research presentations by Randi Foraker, College of Public Health Division of Epidemiology, and TDA Affiliate Laura Kubatko, College of Arts and Sciences Departments of Statistics and Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. A reception for registered Speaker Session attendees will follow from 5:00 to 6:30, with beverages and light hors d’oeuvres provided. The deadline for registration is September 24. Space is limited, and registration will close when capacity is reached. Register now

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Baumer Lecture Series: Kiel Moe @ Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
Oct 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Knowlton School of Architecture’s Energies: Fall 2015 Baumer Lecture Series

Kiel Moe

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
October 21, 2015 – 5:30pm

Kiel Moe will present a lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. The talk is free and open to the public.

Kiel Moe is a registered practicing architect and Associate Professor of Architecture & Energy in the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His research and teaching focus on an agenda for design and energy that is at once more ecologically and architecturally ambitious, emphasizing both buildings as manifestations of large-scale energy systems as well as overlooked and discrete thermal parameters in buildings.

Moe was the 2009-10 Gorham P. Stevens Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture as well as the 2012 Barbara and Andrew Senchak MacDowell Colony Fellow. He received the 2013 Boston Design Biennial award, the 2011 Architecture League of New York Prize, the 2011 AIA National Young Architect award and numerous design awards for individual projects from institutions such as the AIA and the Boston Society of Architects. In 2015, he will be a member of the Arctic Circle expedition residency in Svalbard.

Moe recently published a fifth book entitled Insulating Modernism: Isolated and Non-Isolated Thermodynamics in Architecture (2014). He is completing a sixth book, a technical manual on The Hierarchy of Energy in Architecture: Emergy Analysis with Ravi S. Srinivasan and a seventh, PLOT: The Matter of Urbanization | Central Park and the Empire State Building with Jane Hutton (2015). He is also the author of Convergence: An Architectural Agenda for Energy (2013), Thermally Active Surfaces in Architecture (2010) and Integrated Design in Contemporary Architecture (2008).

Moe received his B.Arch. from the University of Cincinnati, his M.Arch. from University of Virginia, and his M.Des. in Design and Environmental Studies from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Advanced Studies Program.


Chemical Synthesis & Materials Research Focus Group – Glenn C. Micalizio @ Scott Laboratory East 125
Feb 23 @ 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Feb 23th, 2016 Glenn C. Micalizio Dartmouth College “Metallacycle-Mediated Cross-Coupling: Reaction Development and Application”


Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) Spring Update @ E100 Scott Laboratory
Feb 24 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm



Wednesday, February 24

1:30 – 2:30 PM

E100 Scott Laboratory, 201 West 19th Avenue


Join us on Wednesday, February 24th for an update on the progress of the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) focus area of the Energy and Environment Discovery Theme. This event will give the OSU materials community the opportunity to hear about the exciting advances being made and to introduce the newest leaders of the program.


  • Partnerships with materials researchers in India, updates on the hiring of 30 new faculty, development of a new energy storage hub, creation of a Materials Innovation Greenhouse and more
  • Meet Dr. Jay Sayre, the new Assistant Vice President for Materials and Manufacturing Sustainability and Director of Innovation, Institute for Materials Research
  • Meet John Bair, Director of the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME) and learn how CDME and M&MS are working together to achieve joint goals of manufacturing innovation and successful commercialization


We hope to see you all at this important update and chat with you during the reception afterwards.


IMR Distinguished Lecture – Sanjay Krishna, University of New Mexico @ E100 Scott Laboratory
Apr 12 @ 9:45 am – 11:00 am

Antimonide Materials for Mid-Infrared Photonic Detectors and Focal Plane Arrays

Sanjay Krishna

Director, Center for High Technology Materials, Professor and Regents’ Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Mexico


Infrared imaging (3-25mm) has been an important technological tool for the past sixty years since the first report of infrared detectors in 1950s. There has been a dramatic progress in the development of infrared antimonide based detectors and low power electronic devices in the past decade with new materials like InAsSb, InAs/GaSb superlattices and InAs/InAsSb superlattices demonstrating very good performance. One of the unique aspects of the 6.1A family of semiconductors (InAs, GaSb and AlSb) is the ability to engineer the bandstructure to obtain designer band-offsets. Our group ( has been involved with the vision of the 4th generation of infrared detectors and is one of two university laboratories in the country that can undertake “Design to Camera” research and realize focal plane arrays.

My talk will revolve around three research themes.

The first theme involves the fundamental investigation into the material science and device physics of the antimonide systems. I will describe some of the challenges in these systems including the identification of defects that limit the performance of the detector. The use of “unipolar barrier engineering” to realize high performance infrared detectors and focal plane arrays will be discussed.

The second theme will involve the vision of the 4th Gen infrared imaging systems. Using the concept of a bio-inspired infrared retina, I will make a case for an enhanced functionality in the pixel. The key idea is to engineer the pixel such that it not only has the ability to sense multimodal data such as color, polarization, dynamic range and phase but also the intelligence to transmit a reduced data set to the central processing unit. The design and demonstration of meta-infrared detectors will be discussed.

In the final theme, I will describe the role of infrared imaging in bio-medical diagnostics. In particular, I will highlight some work on using infrared imaging in the early detection of skin cancer and for detection of flow in cerebral shunts. Using dynamic thermal imaging on over 100 human subjects, a sensitivity >95% and specificity >83% has been demonstrated. Commercialization of this technology will also be discussed.

Speaker Biography:

Sanjay Krishna is the Director of the Center for High Technology Materials and Professor and Regents Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico. Sanjay received his M.S. from IIT, Madras, MS in Electrical Engineering in 1999 and PhD in Applied Physics in 2001 from the University of Michigan. He joined UNM as a tenure track faculty member in 2001. He currently heads a group of 15 researchers involved with the development of next generation infrared imagers. Sanjay received the Gold Medal from IIT, Madras, Ralph Powe Junior Faculty Award, IEEE Outstanding Engineering Award, ECE Department Outstanding Researcher Award, School of Engineering Jr Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, NCMR-DIA Chief Scientist Award for Excellence, the NAMBE Young Investigator Award, IEEE-NTC, SPIE Early Career Achievement Award and the ISCS Young Scientist Award. He was also awarded the UNM Teacher of the Year and the UNM Regents Lecturer award. Sanjay has more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles (h-index=42), two book chapters and seven issued patents. He is the co-founder and CTO of Skinfrared, a UNM start-up involved with the use of IR imaging for dual use applications including early detection of skin cancer. He is a Fellow of IEEE, OSA and SPIE.


2016 OSU Materials Week @ Blackwell Hotel and Conference Center
May 10 @ 3:00 pm – May 13 @ 1:00 pm

2016 MW banner

OSU Materials Week is the annual showcase of materials-allied research at The Ohio State University and beyond. For full schedule:

2016 OSU Materials Week will be held May 10-13, 2016 at the Blackwell Inn and Conference Center on Ohio State’s Columbus campus.


Technical and cross cutting sessions will focus on the latest advances in the full spectrum of materials innovation that continues a special focus on sustainability from last year’s highly successful conference. Session topics will include:


  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Materials
  • Nanotechnology in Medicine
  • Topological Materials
  • Sustainable Materials
  • Advanced Structures and Light weighting
  • Energy Harvesting and Storage
  • Simulation and Data Analytics
  • Materials Education for the 21st Century
Prince Albert II of Monaco – Sustainability Lecture @ Mershon Auditorium
Aug 31 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco to Visit Ohio State and Deliver Remarks on Sustainability

Mershon Auditorium

Wednesday, August 31

Doors open at 2:30 pm, lecture begins at 3:30 pm

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, a long-time supporter of global environmental and sustainability issues, will visit The Ohio State University on Wed., Aug. 31, presenting a lecture focusing on climate change, biodiversity and access to clean water at 3:30 p.m. at Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High Street, on the Columbus campus.

Prince Albert II is coming to the university to learn more about our research and educational programming on sustainability matters. Electric vehicle manufacturer Venturi Automobiles, the sponsor of our Buckeye Bullet Electric Race Car, is located in Monaco and is largely responsible for cultivating Prince Albert’s interest in visiting Ohio State.The Prince is especially interested in sustainability efforts at Ohio Stadium because of Monaco’s plans to build a new sports stadium, which he hopes will be a global model of sustainability.

In 2006, Prince Albert II established the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, supporting sustainable and ethical projects that focus on climate change and developing renewable energies; combating the loss of biodiversity; improving universal access to clean water and fighting desertification.

Over the last 10 years, the Foundation has initiated or supported 370 international projects in locations as diverse as the Mediterranean Basin, the Least Developed Countries (as defined by the United Nations official list) and the Polar Regions. He is also a strong supporter of the Solar Impulse initiative, an entirely solar-powered airplane that completed its round-the-world flight in July, by hosting the Mission Control Center on Monegasque territory for the entire world tour.

According to the New York Times (12/18/15), Prince Albert’s interest in the environment, and particularly in polar research, has deep family roots. His great-great grandfather Albert I led four scientific expeditions to the Arctic between 1898 and 1907. Prince Albert II is following in his ancestor’s footsteps. In 2006, the Prince visited the North Pole by dog sled from Russia, and in 2009, he traveled to scientific stations in the Antarctic and to the South Pole with explorer Mike Horn. From this journey they made a film, “Antarctique 2009, Terre en Alerte” (Antarctic 2009, Earth on Alert).

On his own research forays and his travel to remote regions of the globe, the Prince is convinced that climate change is the most pressing crisis facing the planet today.


Energy and Environment Discovery Themes Seminar: Ardeshir Contractor, Kiran Energy @ Mason Hall, 2nd Floor Rotunda
Feb 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Energy and Environment Discovery Themes Seminar



Contractor photoArdeshir Contractor, Founder and CEO, Kiran Energy

Factors Influencing Product Innovation in Solar Energy Markets

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

2:00 – 3:30 PM

Mason Hall, 2nd Floor Rotunda, 250 West Woodruff Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Reception immediately following program

Registration: Discovery Themes Survey RSVP 




Co-sponsored by the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability Discovery Theme focus area, Institute for Materials Research and Fisher College of Business




In 2010, Ardeshir Contractor raised $80M from three US private equity investors and a joint venture with First Solar to build Kiran Energy – a solar energy utility at the forefront of India’s solar energy market.  In its journey, the company examined and deployed multiple innovative products seeking higher performance with leap-frog cost economics and also set early benchmarks in non-recourse project financing.

This talk will focus on both product innovation in solar energy and innovation in sustainability financing.  The size of the solar energy market is significant – nearing an annual investment in solar energy new power plants of $250B.  Solar modules, inverters, monitoring systems, and storage comprise most of this number.  The addressable market for the introduction of new solar technology or product innovation is very large and allows for immense scalability.  The solar market is truly global both in terms of markets and suppliers.


Product innovation in solar energy

The seminar will include a review of effective product introductions, many of which exhibit similar characteristics of product astuteness and a drive to forward-looking performance and commercial targets.  Not all successes have been smooth, some of the leaders have had setbacks including unforeseen technical issues.  The large amounts of investment required for manufacturing and selling implied a constant requirement to maintain the path and story of strong financial returns.  Blending aggressive technology and commercial innovation appears to have worked. It is useful to examine how such dual innovation is embedded in a product offering.


Innovation in sustainability financing

Solar energy components and systems are expected to function for 20-30 years and the overlay of bankability and financing are critical especially for innovative technology.  The long-term nature of the finance and returns – coupled with the very scale of the explosive investment needs – has required the development of new financial market products and market sources.  Very quickly the sustainable financing story has evolved from government and agency support to mainline financial markets.  However, analytical processes and the banking institutions are still retooling for this.  In addition, an asset that functions over such a long term would require financial evaluation and analysis methods that align with its characteristics.  The approach is to describe these efforts, the evolution of sustainable financing and what it implies to product innovation.


Speaker Biography 

Ardeshir Contractor chairs India’s solar energy task force at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and partners with the government in developing policy, standards, and technological opportunity for Indian manufacture in solar.  He is also an adjunct Research Associate with Edhec Infrastructure Institute, Singapore, investigating long term asset finance principles.  In December 2015, he addressed the United Nations at the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21), and he was deeply involved with the UN Environment Programme’s Enquiry on the design of a global sustainable financial system.  Mr. Contractor has served on the boards of Nature India, Government Committees, and Clean Energy Ministerial.  He received his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University, was the recipient of the 2015 College of Engineering’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and is currently an Executive in Residence with the Institute for Materials Research.


Ohio State’s materials research engine and the Discovery Themes program it drives are helping to position Ohio State as a model 21st-century land-grant university focused on interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. The depth and breadth of our faculty, the ingenuity of our students and the global reach of our partners is at the heart of Discovery at Ohio State.

Transatlantic Cluster Conference on Lightweighting Technologies & Materials @ 140 Pfahl Hall, Blackwell Inn and Conference Center
Feb 15 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Transatlantic Cluster Conference on Lightweighting Technologies & Materials

February 15, 2017
140 Pfahl Hall, Blackwell Inn and Conference Center
2110 Tuttle Park Pl, Columbus, OH 43210

The German American Chambers of Commerce will bring their Transatlantic Cluster Roadshow to Columbus, Ohio, focusing on advances in lightweight materials. German and American cluster organizations will discuss best practices and share insights on: technology & materials; research & innovation; and international collaboration opportunities. The half-day conference will include brief presentations and panel discussions by US and German lightweighting experts:

  • David Williams, PhD, Dean of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University
  • Ned Hill, PhD, Professor of Public Affairs and City and Regional Planning, Faculty Associate, Ohio Manufacturing Institute, The Ohio State University
  • Brian Rice, Head, Multi-Scale Composites & Polymers Division, University of Dayton Research Institute
  • Paula Watt, PhD, Director of Outreach, College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
  • Alan Luo, PhD, Professor, Materials Science Engineering and Director, Light Metals and Manufacturing Research Laboratory, The Ohio State University
  • Wolfgang Schwarz, Project Manager “TraCLight”, Leichtbau-BW
  • Dr. Tjark von Reden, Active Director of the Leading-Edge Cluster, MAI Carbon
  • Tino Wollmann, Research Associate at the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology, Technical University Dresden

Attend the event and learn where the lightweighting industry is going in Germany and the US, and how cluster organizations can support your business. Register here.

Following the conference, attendees can participate in tour of the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, the Center for Electron Microscopy and AnalysisEdison Welding Institute, and the Center for Automotive Research.

Please join us for a reception on February 14, 5-7 pm at the Blackwell Inn, Pfahl Hall 2nd Floor. RSVPs for the reception only to Jessica Verklass at “> .

For more information:

Discovery Themes- Richard Florida @ Mershon Auditorium
Apr 19 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Richard Florida

The New Urban Crisis

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Book signing to follow. Books will be available for purchase.
Mershon Auditorium
1871 N. High St. | Columbus, OH 43210

* Paid parking available at the Ohio Union South Garage

Richard Florida is author of the best-selling The Rise of the Creative Class and a former Ohio State faculty member. In his upcoming book, The New Urban Crisis, Florida argues that as the middle class continues to shrink, our cities are becoming small areas of privilege surrounded by vast swaths of disadvantage. His talk comes as Ohio State—a founding member of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities—is re-examining how it can best address the needs of Columbus.

Florida earned his Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.