OSU-India Partnerships

IMR has helped initiate and solidify several collaborations with Indian materials scientists, which are already progressing to become rich, ongoing partnerships. Thus far, outreach coordinated through IMR has resulted in the signing of an MOU by IIT-Bombay and Ohio State and a materials science joint workshop between IIT-Bombay and Ohio State. IMR continues to work with OSU’s India Gateway office and others to stimulate research collaborations between OSU’s materials community and researchers and industry partners in India, as the umbrella organization for Ohio State materials research and the lead organization for the Materials and Manufacturing Sustainability Discovery Theme.

Below are highlights of some of the major IMR-led OSU-India partnerships, as well as links to related press about our efforts.

Global Partnership Grant Funds Ohio State-IIT Bombay Research in Sustainable Materials (September 2016) – Inaugural Global Partnership Grant supports joint research project “Development and Characterization of Gallium Oxide Transistors,” a collaboration between Siddharth Rajan, Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering departments at Ohio State, and Saurabh Lodha, an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at IIT-Bombay


OSU-India Partnerships – March 2016 Update includes information about OSU-IIT Bombay partnerships; an OSU-FICCI joint seminar; meetings with university and government officials, private industry, and alumni in Mumbai and New Delhi; and a visit by Ardeshir Contractor, Ohio State alumn and CEO and founder of Kiran Energy.


IITB-OSU Joint Workshop – June 2015

In June 2015, IMR hosted Materials for Energy and Sensor Applications, the first IITB-OSU joint workshop focusing on advanced materials and manufacturing, solar energy, semiconductor devices and bioengineering. This workshop included tours of four OSU research facilities, presentations from 19 IITB and OSU faculty, and networking opportunities.

Click here for secure access to the presentations shared at the June 2015 IIT-Bombay/OSU joint workshop (passwords needed to access files)

OSU-IITB Signing of MOU – January 2015

IIT Bombay MOU Signing  
In January 2015, an OSU delegation including OSU President Michael Drake and IMR Executive Director Steve Ringel traveled to India to formalize a partnership between The Ohio State University and the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay. Leaders of both institutions – President Drake and IIT-B Director Dr. Devang Khakhar – signed a Memorandum of Understanding formalizing a strategic partnership building on the two universities’ complementary strengths and assets, beginning with first wave focus areas of advanced materials and manufacturing, solar energy, semiconductor devices and bioengineering, and a commitment to fold in data analytics over time.

IIT B delgation photo

Initial IMR-India Discussions – February and April 2014


In February 2014, IMR Director Steve Ringel spent a week in India, in collaboration with OSU’s India Gateway, for a series of meetings with industrial executives and academic leaders across India for the purpose of establishing meaningful linkages between the OSU materials community and Indian companies and universities. Meetings were held with OSU alumni in academia and industry in Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai, including discussions with Larsen and Toubro, Kiran Energy Solar Power, several divisions of the Tata Group of companies, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay,  Indian Institute of Technology-Madras and the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.  During his visits, Dr. Ringel gave several presentations on the strengths and breadth of the OSU materials community and discussed areas of mutual research and innovation interests. Based on the success of Dr. Ringel’s visit, the IMR in turn hosted a delegation from leading Indian companies in the materials and energy sectors, who visited Ohio State’s Columbus campus April 2014. Leaders from these Indian companies toured research facilities and met leaders from the State, Columbus and the University to further discuss opportunities of mutual benefit to all parties.



The OSU-India partnerships have been featured in several OSU publications and in August 2015’s Columbus CEO and Columbus Dispatch.

Related stories about OSU’s recent partnerships with India:

Excerpt from August 2015 Columbus CEO magazine’s feature:
Ohio State’s Institute for Materials Research also operates in a space of high strategic value to Indian industry. IMR focuses on the “engineering of electronic materials, nanostructures and devices that will impact alternative energy, electronics, photonics and sensing technologies.” Steven Ringel, executive director of the Institute, is leading an OSU Discovery Theme initiative on materials and manufacturing innovations for sustainability. Ringel traveled to India two years ago to promote OSU’s research in sustainable manufacturing and materials with the help of the India Gateway office.
“Through that conduit, I was able to access a wide range of business leaders, C-level executives at a variety of companies, as well as some leading Indian universities,” says Ringel. He visited Indian multinational manufacturers including Larsen & Toubro, multiple Tata Group companies and Mahindra Motors, one of the world’s largest automotive concerns.
In 2014, Ohio State University ranked fourth in the nation for industry-sponsored research. Without industry-sponsored research and partnerships, it would be virtually impossible to deploy the research being carried out at IMR. The institute partners with a long list of Ohio engineering and manufacturing companies and organizations, including Honda, the NASA Glenn Research Center, L-3 Cincinnati Electronics and GE.
In late June, Ringel hosted an IMR workshop with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, whose leaders have been visiting OSU for the past year. Ringel hopes to support multiple projects between OSU and IITB, India’s top technology university, as a result of the workshop.
“My personal view is that those projects must be things that can ultimately connect multinational industrial bases. The connection of Ohio industry to Indian industry mediated through Ohio State is the path that we’re taking.”