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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2018 OSU Materials Week Review

The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) welcomed one of its largest gatherings of professors, researchers and visitors to The Ohio State University for its 10th-annual OSU Materials Week.

 

Each spring, students and researchers from within and outside academia around the world share their work at the IMR event. The goal is to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and celebrate developments in materials-allied research.

 

IMR Executive Director Steven Ringel welcomed several hundred visitors during the May 8  reception at the Blackwell Inn and Conference Center, kicking off four days of activities.

 

“OSU Materials Week is a very special event, as it is both a technical conference in which researchers share the latest in innovative materials-allied research, and a celebration of Ohio State’s material community and all of its accomplishments,” Ringel said.

 

To help integrate new faculty into the materials-allied community, the event featured two days of “cross-cutting sessions” showcasing eight of the newest Materials and Manufacturing faculty members and their work. Each joined the Ohio State this academic year.

 

“With so much breadth and depth within our campus, building a community from our local strengths and interest, and finding a way to enable easy collaboration were the primary reasons IMR started Materials Week from the outset,” Ringel said.

 

Three days of “focus sessions” allowed other faculty at Ohio State and researchers outside the university to share their work as well. During these sessions, visitors roam between talks featuring faculty from Ohio State’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, or Chemistry and Biochemistry to Cornell University, the University of Glasgow, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center or the Honda Research Institute, to name a few.

 

Ohio State student researchers had a chance to shine during two popular competitions: the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) and Poster Sessions. 3MT challenged five Ohio State students to effectively communicate a distilled, compelling thesis and its significance to an audience outside their specific scholarly focus in three minutes or less.

 

Videos and information about this year’s 3MT presentations are available here.

 

Nearly one hundred Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students shared their work and received feedback from professors and students of varying disciplines during the Poster Sessions, held over two days.

 

“What is really clear is that we are doing a lot of things here at Ohio State that will make a difference. And we’ve got great students going through,” said IMR Associate Director Glenn Daehn, who joined 50 volunteer faculty and postdoc judges. “It’s been a privilege and a joy to judge these kids.”

 

Photos and information about Poster Sessions award winners are available here.

 

During the awards ceremony, Ohio State Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron said IMR helps set an example at Ohio State for working across boundaries in the field of materials research.

 

“Congratulations on this long trajectory — 10 years of this event but many, many years of commitment to this way of thinking about how we turn our intellectual expertise into actual solutions for society. We are not only informing the best possible journals and our colleagues; we are actually solving problems that matter to people around the world.”

 

This year’s keynote address was given by renowned professor John A. Rogers, a Northwestern University professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Neurological Surgery. Rogers addressed his research of materials for bioresorbable electronics and application examples, including wireless sensors of intracranial temperature, pressure and electrophysiology designed for use in treatment of traumatic brain injury and electrical stimulators for accelerated neuroregeneration.

 

Liang-Shih Fan, professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, took home two IMR Innovation Awards: Most Patents Filed and Most Invention Disclosures Filed. Robert J. Lee, professor of pharmaceutics in the College of Pharmacy, also won Most Invention Disclosures Filed. The IMR Distinguished Service Award was given to IMR Executive Assistant Jennifer Donovan in recognition of her sustained outstanding performance in support of the institute’s vision and university’s core values.

 

The 2018 OSU Materials Week was supported by Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP), a 50-50 joint venture between ENGIE and Axium Infrastructure; the Center for Emergent Materials, an NSF Materials Research Science and Emerging Center; and the Office of Energy and Environment.

 

OSEP is set to offer direct academic collaboration support in a myriad of specific areas, including student financial aid and internships, new faculty positions and the creation of an innovation center on campus. OSEP and IMR collaborated during a February INNOVATE-O-thon event, in which nearly 40 undergraduate students from different disciplinary backgrounds worked together to generate strategies aimed to inspire classmates to alter energy consumption habits and, in turn, improve energy efficiency at the Columbus campus.

 

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.

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Story by Mike Huson, IMR Public Relations Coordinator

Contact: huson.4@osu.edu

 

Renowned UT Dallas professor discusses high-k gate dielectrics at IMR Distinguished Lecturer Series

 

Robert M. Wallace of the University of Texas at Dallas brought decades of experience in the fields of physics and materials science to students and faculty at The Ohio State University on March 27 during IMR’s annual Distinguished Lecturer Series.

 

Wallace is a renowned professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Erik Jonsson Distinguished Chair in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas.

 

His lecture, “High-K Dielectrics: A Perspective on Applications from Silicon to 2-D Materials,” walked attendees through evolutions and challenges in gate-dielectrics research, from the establishment of Hf-based dielectrics in commercial silicon technology fabrication processes to pushing the limits of channel scaling with atomically thin 2-D materials.

 

“I wanted to try to give a larger perspective of how important materials are and how important interdisciplinary interactions are in doing this kind of work,” Wallace said.

 

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Student collaboration connects with Discovery Themes at INNOVATE-O-thon

The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) cast a wide net to land the diverse collection of students and faculty taking aim during the most recent INNOVATE-O-thon at improving energy efficiency at the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University.

 

Faculty members hired through different focus areas of the Ohio State’s Discovery Themes Initiative joined nearly 50 students from across colleges to try their hands in helping shape the future of energy consumption at the land-grant university.

 

The students’ challenge: Develop a strategy to inspire nearly 60,000 students at the 485-building campus to alter their day-to-day, energy-use habits and, ultimately, push the Columbus campus toward its lofty goal to improve energy efficiency by at least 25 percent over 10 years.

 

“INNOVATE-O-thon, I’ve done it twice in the past, and it’s always kind of fun to interact with people from different backgrounds,” said Muhammad Shao, a major in mechanical engineering. “It’s good to hear different perspectives. I’ve realized, from the past, that design majors are just as important as engineering majors.”

 

The students’ strategies were pitched to a panel of representatives from ENGIE, which makes up half of a joint venture with Axium Infrastructure called Ohio State Energy Partners, responsible for the operation and maintenance of the central utility systems that heat, cool and power the Columbus campus.

 

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Sustainability and student engagement intersect at INNOVATE-O-thon

 

The Ohio State University’s energy partner ENGIE challenged students to help achieve one goal: improve energy efficiency through positive behavioral changes on campus.

 

The students accepted.

 

During the latest INNOVATE-O-thon event, nearly 50 undergraduate students from varying disciplines came together, from Feb. 9 to 11 at the Institute for Materials Research (IMR) Innovation Lab on Kinnear Road, to work with representatives from ENGIE and IMR.

 

There, students formed strategies aimed to inspire fellow classmates to alter their energy consumption habits and, in turn, improve energy efficiency at the Columbus campus.

 

IMR hosted the three-day externship program in collaboration with Ohio State’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

 

Throughout the course of the event, students developed a myriad of concepts that were ultimately pitched to ENGIE, including mobile app and technology-based engagement efforts, education and training programs, awareness campaigns and cross-campus partnerships.

 

“I am really glad that ENGIE reached out to students to help with this,” said winning-group member Lauren Trapani, a second-year student in environment, economy, development and sustainability. “We know what is feasible to change in our behavior, and what is infeasible.”

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