Awards and Honors

At Ohio State we have all the tools – the creative minds, the expertise, the experience and the world-class facilities – needed to discover innovative solutions to complex problems.
Our faculty and students are earning acclaim for their creativity, vision and research.



Clarivate Analytics 2017 Highly-Cited Researchers

Recognized by their peers for work vital
to the advancement of science. These researchers are some of the
world’s leading scientists.


Elected Fellows
of the American Association for
the Advancement of Science

Elected faculty members specialize in
disciplines from earth sciences to
veterinary biosciences.


Awarded 2017 Battelle Endowment Grants

The Battelle Engineering, Technology
and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment
annual grant competition supports projects
that examine the complex relationship between science and technology on society and cultural issues.

Distinguished Scholars

The award recognizes six faculty members for their exceptional scholarly accomplishments and substantial compilation of research.













Faculty Recognition Program

More than 140 Ohio State faculty who received national and international awards during the period 2016-2017 were honored at the annual Faculty Recognition Program. Faculty whose achievements reached outside or across academic disciplines were also recognized. Among the honorees were winners of the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, Fulbright Scholars, Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

Distinguished University Professors

The title of Distinguished University Professor was conferred on Clark Spencer Larsen (social and behavioral sciences) and David Weinberg (astronomy) for their exceptional records of accomplishment in teaching, research and service. Larsen is an internationally known authority on bioarchaeology, with a research focus on the history of the human condition, viewed from the perspective of health, quality of life, adaptation and lifestyle during the last 10,000 years of human evolution. Weinberg, an observationally oriented theoretical astrophysicist, studies the formation of galaxies and large-scale structure and observational probes of the matter and energy content of the universe.

National Academy of Inventors

Prabir Dutta (chemistry and biochemistry) was named a 2017 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have patents and have promoted an environment of entrepreneurial activity. His research focuses on chemical approaches to problems associated with energy and environment- including solar energy conversion, carbon dioxide sequestration, environmental- and health-related sensor development and toxicity of engineered particles.


To support and stimulate entrepreneurial activity among Ohio State researchers, three university-wide awards are presented annually to Ohio State’s most successful entrepreneurs.

The Innovator of the Year and Early Career Innovator of the Year awards recognize Ohio State researchers who are working actively to promote commercialization of university intellectual property, through invention disclosures filed, patents applied for and/or received, technologies licensed or spin-off companies formed. These activities support economic development in the Central Ohio region, and serve to attract companies that create a base of operations within the state. The creation of separate categories for more established researchers and for early career researchers allows cultivation of an entrepreneurial spirit among all of our investigators.

The Student Innovator of the Year award recognizes innovation and entrepreneurship among our students that has contributed to the development or commercialization of a new technology.

2016 Innovator of the Year

Yuan Zheng (electrical and computer engineering) has been a leader in robotics research for more than 35 years, creating innovative structures and mechanisms for robotics in industrial, defense and service applications.

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2016 Early Career Innovator of the Year

Lise Worthen-Chaudhari (physical medicine and rehabilitation)

Worthen-Chaudhari applies new creative paradigms and emerging technologies-from arts, gaming or other disciplines in the creative sector-to improve human recovery and health by making it more engaging and more data-driven.

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2016 Student Innovator of the Year

Jacob Mendlovic (mechanical engineering)

Mendlovic is passionate about using innovative engineering solutions to solve real-world problems. He is the primary inventor of a patent-pending technology that does electrochemical imaging of below ground biomasses and fuel.

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Early Faculty Career

National Science Foundation

Seven Ohio State researchers receives NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards in 2017, the most prestigious award offered by the National Science Foundation in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars.

Yuejie Chi (electrical and computer engineering and biomedical informatics) focuses on efficiently extracting information embedded in a large amount of data, such as the mathematics of data representation that take advantage of structures and geometry, to minimize complexity and improve performance.

Nicholas Brunelli (chemical and biomolecular engineering) utilizes a bio-inspired catalyst design approach to reduce the cost of bio-renewable processing and increase economic competitiveness with fossil fuel sources of bio-derived chemicals and fuels.

Yuan-Ming Lu (physics) is developing new ways to detect and design topological orders. He studies properties of solid-state materials using quantum mechanics and statistical physics to increase understanding of how electrons organize themselves in complicated materials.

Adam Leroy (astronomy) studies how stars are born in galaxies using a set of new radio telescopes that allow him to take pictures of interstellar clouds of gas and dust that are about to give birth to new stars in the nearest galaxies, and analyze the data to determine how these 'stellar nurseries,' form.

David Nagib (chemistry and biochemistry) hopes to develop new areas of synthetic chemistry ranging from pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals to biofuels and new functional materials.

Yulong Xing (mathematics) is developing a comprehensive framework to understand structure-preserving methods for hyperbolic conservation laws.

David Penneys (mathematics) focuses on the representation and classification of new enriched quantum symmetries.

Department of Energy

Hannah Shafaat (chemistry and biochemistry) and Kelly Wrighton (microbiology) received 2017 Early Career Awards from the Department of Energy to advance high-impact energy research. Shafaat aims to “bring inorganic carbon to life” through development and characterization of model nickel enzymes that can efficiently convert carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide into liquid fuels. Wrighton plans to “target knowledge gaps” in microbial methane processes in soil to improve carbon-cycling transport models across terrestrial-aquatic environments.

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Shayne Piasta (teaching and learning) was among 102 researchers in the U.S. selected to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on early career science and engineering professionals. Her work involves experimental evaluation of professional development, educational programs and specific literacy practices aimed at increasing children’s language and literacy outcomes.


Air Force Office of Scientific Research


Maryam Ghazisaeidi (materials science and engineering) received a Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research She will study the electronic structure basis for solubility and phase stability in metal alloys, work which has applications for a wide range of alloy systems.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency


Liang Guo (electrical and computer engineering) received a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award to pursue implantable, programmable integrated cellular circuits to replace traditional implantable medical electronics.


President's Prize

Two graduating seniors received Ohio State’s 2018 President’s Prize, the highest university recognition bestowed on exceptional students committed to social change.

Alina Sharafutdinova (health and rehabilitation sciences) will work to combat the opioid epidemic through drug education, overdose prevention and addiction treatment in high-risk Columbus neighborhoods.

Anna Voelker (science communication and accessibility studies) wants to make science more accessible for people with disabilities through astronomy and other scientific outreach initiatives

Goldwater Scholars

Three juniors were named 2017 Goldwater Scholars, the most prestigious national award for undergraduate researchers in science, math and engineering.

Scott Garner (chemistry) is investigating the spectroscopy of reactive chemical intermediates.

Maya Gosztyla (molecular genetics) is conducting research characterizing a collection of Drosophila natural population lines for defects in embryonic axon guidance.

Griffin Spychalski (biomedical engineering )is studying the effect of fluid forces on angiogenesis, the sprouting of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones.

Tillman Military Scholars

Two students have been named 2017 Tillman Military Scholars. The program was established to invest in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships to build a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.

Gretchen Klingler (anthropology and Arabic) is Ohio State’s first undergraduate student to receive the award. She served six years and two deployments in the Air Force as a tactical systems operator and is fluent in the Iraqi dialect of Arabic.

Michael Nelson (educational studies) served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was deployed once to Iraq.


Udall Scholar

Tal Shutkin (environmental policy and decision-making) was named a 2017 Udall Scholar. Shutkin's research focuses on the evaluation of indigenous natural resource reserves as a conservation strategy in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest.

Student Teams

Buckeye Space Launch Initiative

The Buckeye Space Launch Initiative soared to first place at the Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico. The team of 21 Ohio State students earned top honors in the 30,000-foot Student Researched and Designed (SRAD) solid fuel rocket category. Their nine-foot long rocket, named Brutus II, soared to an altitude of 23,232 feet with a full 3U payload – the largest of any other rocket competing in the 30K field.

The annual competition challenges teams of college students to design, build and launch solid-, liquid- or hybrid-fuel rockets to a targeted altitude. The five-day event attracted more than 100 teams from across the world.


EcoCAR 3

Ohio State's EcoCAR 3 team won its third consecutive EcoCAR 3 Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition. EcoCAR 3 is a four-year collegiate automotive engineering competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors that challenges 16 universities across North America to redesign a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, improving its efficiency and emissions while retaining the iconic Camaro performance value. The team won an impressive 15 awards overall.