Frontier Center’s first research seminar engages academia, industry and government across US and India

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During a recent, inaugural two-day set of webinars, the IIT Bombay-Ohio State Frontier Center brought together leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits and government from around the world who are committed to building research and technology collaborations between the U.S. and India.


Talks at the IIT Bombay-Ohio State Frontier Center’s Fall 2021 Research Seminar this fall included leading researchers and industrialists from the U.S. and India, nonprofit and government supporters of binational collaborations, and graduate students from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and The Ohio State University visiting one another’s home institutions as part of the Frontier Center Scholars Program.


“We are very encouraged by the high-levels of enthusiasm and engagement shown by US and India based firms at this year’s fall research seminar,” said Ardeshir Contractor, Frontier Center co-lead and Professor of Practice in Ohio State’s College of Engineering and Fisher College of Business. “Our international, collaborative teams are currently leading more than a dozen research projects that we believe align well with current industry initiatives in technology advancement. We are eager to see the growth and impact of these innovative projects.”


Webinars at the event focused on three areas of strength at both IIT Bombay and Ohio State: power electronics, advanced manufacturing, and renewable energy. Additionally, one session focused on building strong U.S.-India technology partnerships and included speakers from the Export-Import Bank of the United States, IUSSTF and ReNew Power.


Opening remarks were given by Steven Ringel, Institute for Materials Research (IMR) Executive Director; Suhas Joshi, IIT Bombay Dean of Alumni and Corporate Relations; and Randhir Jaiswal, Consul General of India in New York.


“I am delighted that the Frontier Center at The Ohio State University has an engaging partnership and collaboration with IIT Bombay,” Jaiswal said. “The Frontier Center is working on advanced materials, renewable energy, and several new areas of scientific efforts and discoveries.”


Through the event, the Frontier Center offered virtual presentations on a collection of collaborative research projects, as well as opportunities for one-on-one discussions with the researchers. Speaker info and presentation topics can be found here.


“I’m sure in the days to come we are going to do a lot more with The Ohio State University, and the partnership is going to grow,” Jaiswal said.


Story by Mike Huson, IMR Communications Coordinator
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