Ohio State selects Morley Stone to lead Office of Research

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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.”


Stone is an AFRL and International Optical Engineering Society fellow, with more than 90 technical publications and five technical book chapters authored, according to the U.S. Air Force. He led partnerships with the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, among others.


“Further advancing our research enterprise is a key element of Ohio State’s Time and Change strategic plan — and vital to our DNA as a land-grant university dedicated to uplifting lives in our communities and around the world,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron. “Dr. Stone will help enhance our position among the top national and international public research universities.”


In his role as AFRL science and technology adviser, Stone helps manage an annual $2.1 billion science and technology program, as well as an externally funded $2.3 billion in research and development, according to the U.S. Air Force. Prior to serving in this position, he was chief scientist in 711th Human Performance Wing at WPAFB, until August 2014. Before that, Stone was a senior scientist for Molecular Systems Biotechnology in the Human Effectiveness Directorate at WPAFB.


He earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Carnegie Mellon University in 1997, complementing his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Wright State University.


“I am excited to help implement the strategic vision for the Office of Research at The Ohio State University that will build upon the office’s current success while significantly expanding the university’s research footprint into new spaces,” Stone said.


Stone’s appointment within the Office of Research is effective August 1, pending approval of the Ohio State Board of Trustees, which meets this week.


Interim senior vice president for research Randy Moses, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will continue providing guidance through the transition.


In a letter of announcement, Drake and McPheron recognized Moses’ outstanding service in the position, in which he leveraged his experience and record of accomplishment to broaden Ohio State’s research initiatives, strengthen university partnerships, and assist in the strategic coordination of the Discovery Themes Initiative.


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

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