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Save the date: Whitacre to deliver state of research address Jan. 25

Mon, 31st October, 2016

Annual State of Research Address

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017
8:30 a.m.
U.S. Bank Conference Theater
Ohio Union

Dr. Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research, will deliver the annual state of research address and present the 2016 Innovator of the Year awards. Learn more about the breadth, scope and excellence of Ohio State’s research programs. Be one of the first to find out who will be this year’s Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year and Student Innovator of the Year.

Join us for a reception honoring the 2016 Innovators in Woody’s Tavern immediately following the announcement.

RSVP.

Contact Beth Haas at haas.23@osu.edu or 614-688-4725 with questions.

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Call for Nominations: 2016 Innovator of the Year

Mon, 3rd October, 2016

As Ohio State continues to expand its role in the commercialization of research, it is important that we create an environment that facilitates and rewards research creativity and entrepreneurship. To support and stimulate entrepreneurial activity, Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research, and Matt McNair, vice president of economic and corporate engagement, will be presenting three university-wide awards to Ohio State’s most successful entrepreneurs in January 2017.  Nominations are sought in the following categories: Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year and Student Innovator of the Year. One award will be given in each category.

The Innovator of the Year and Early Career Innovator of the Year awards are intended to recognize an Ohio State researcher who is working actively to promote commercialization of university intellectual property through invention disclosures filed, patents applied for and/or received, technologies licensed or spinoff 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 award 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 is intended to recognize innovation and entrepreneurship that has contributed to the development or commercialization of a new technology. This award, which is open to undergraduate or graduate students, may recognize a student start-up company whose success is a result of entrepreneurial talent, creativity and energy.

We are requesting a maximum of TWO nominations from each college for each category (a total of six nominations per college). A nomination should consist of a letter from the college dean and a summary of the relevant commercialization activities from the nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume. These activities include invention disclosures, patents (applied for and/or awarded), licenses generated and companies formed.

The nominees for the Innovator or Early Career Innovator need not be faculty members, allowing for the recognition of commercialization activities by staff members as well as faculty. For the Early Career Innovator category, a candidate must be either an assistant or early associate professor (if a faculty member), or have been at Ohio State no more than 10 years (if a staff member). For the Student Innovator category, nominees must be undergraduate or graduate students who are currently registered or recent Ohio State graduates (within the last year).

Nominations, and questions prior to nomination, should be submitted to:

Caroline Whitacre
Senior Vice President for Research
Office of Research
208 Bricker Hall
190 North Oval Mall
whitacre.3@osu.edu

Nominations must be received by November 21, 2016. They will be reviewed by a committee composed of individuals both internal and external to the university.

The awards for Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year, and Student Innovator of the Year will be presented as part of the State of Research address on January 25, 2017, at the U.S. Bank Conference Theater in the Ohio Union.

2016 Innovator Call for Nominations

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Watch the 2015 State of Research address and Innovator of the Year awards presentation

Thu, 29th October, 2015

Job # 150384 State of Research and Innovators of the Year Awards, Carol Whitacre OCT-22-15 Photo: Kevin Fitzsimons

Photo: Kevin Fitzsimons

Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research, delivered the annual state of research address on October 22, 2015. This year’s address was titled From Inputs to Impact: Changing the Conversation. 

Too often, the conversation about higher education and research focuses on numbers. But the full measure of our work is not seen from counting inputs like the amount of funding, or outputs such as the number of data repositories, or outcomes such as the number of publications. While these are important, it is the impact of our research that really makes a difference.

Learn what we can do to help change the national dialogue to one that celebrates the value of research. Hear some amazing ways Ohio State research is making an impact on our communities, the state, the nation and the world.

At the end of the address, view the 2015 Innovator of the Year awards presentation.

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View: From Inputs to Impact: Changing the Conversation

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State of Research – 2015 FINAL

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State of Research photos

Innovator of the Year photos

Contact Beth Haas with questions about the address or the PowerPoint presentation.

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Whitacre to deliver annual state of research address

Wed, 26th August, 2015

Annual State of Research Address

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22
8:30 a.m.
U.S. Bank Conference Theater
Ohio Union

Dr. Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research, will deliver the annual state of research address. This year’s address is titled “From Inputs to Impact: Changing the Conversation.” Too often, the conversation about higher education and research focuses on numbers. The quality of research and teaching is often measured by inputs, like people or grant awards, or outcomes, such as the number of publications or invention disclosures. While these are important, it is the impact of our research that really makes a difference.

It’s time for us to change the national dialogue to one that celebrates the value of research and the impact that it creates on our communities, the state, the nation and the world.

At the conclusion of the address, Dr. Whitacre will present the 2015 Innovator of the Year awards. Be one of the first to find out who will be this year’s Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year and Student Innovator of the Year.

Join us for a reception honoring the 2015 Innovators in Woody’s Tavern immediately following the announcement.

The event is open to the entire research community. RSVP today.

For more information contact Beth Haas at haas.23@osu.edu.

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Whitacre to deliver annual state of research address

Tue, 9th September, 2014

New Approaches to Discovery

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31
8:30 a.m.
U.S. Bank Conference Theater
Ohio Union

The world is changing rapidly and the environment within which Ohio State research will operate in the future will be very different from the current system. How can the university continue to advance discovery and innovation? Our future will depend on new approaches to discovery – new funding models, new collaborations, new ways of communicating the value of research to the public, new approaches to globalization and more.

Dr. Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research, will explore Ohio State’s new approaches to discovery and take a look at what’s on the horizon during the annual state of research address. Learn more about the breadth, scope and excellence of Ohio State’s research programs.

At the conclusion of the address, Dr. Whitacre will present the 2014 Innovator of the Year awards. Be one of the first to find out who will be this year’s Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year and Student Innovator of the Year.

Join us for a reception honoring the winners in Woody’s Tavern immediately following the announcement.

The event is open to the entire research community. RSVP today.

For more information contact Beth Haas at haas.23@osu.edu.

Unable to attend? Watch the State of Research Address live.

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Ohio State student team wins EcoCAR 2 competition

Fri, 20th June, 2014

The Ohio State student team from the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) finished first overall in EcoCAR 2: Plugging into the Future, a three-year competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors and 30 other government and industry leaders. The Ohio State team also earned an award in every individual event category. EcoCAR 2 gave students real-world automotive engineering experience as they worked to improve the environmental impact and energy efficiency of an already highly-efficient vehicle (2013 Chevrolet Malibu).

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Buckeye Current places third in Isle of Man race

Fri, 20th June, 2014

The Buckeye Current motorcycle team, out of Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research, placed third in the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) Zero race for the second year in a row. The only U.S. collegiate team to compete this year among a field of professional competitors, Buckeye Current set a new collegiate record with an average speed of 93.531 mph.

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Eighteen Ohio State faculty named AAAS Fellows

Thu, 29th November, 2012

Eighteen Ohio State University faculty have been elected among the newest class of Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Ohio State ranks second this year in the number of scholars chosen for the award, which is based on evaluations by peer scientists. The university has ranked first or second among new Fellows each year for more than a decade.

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Liang-Shih Fan, Jessica Winter, and Qussai Marashdeh named 2012 Innovators of the Year

Thu, 11th October, 2012

Dr. Caroline Whitacre and Brian Cummings congratulate the 2012 Innovators of the Year – Qussai Marashdeh, Jessica Winter, and Lian-Shih (L.S.) Fan. Photo courtesy of Kevin Fitzsimons

As Ohio State continues to expand its role in the commercialization of research, it is important that we create an environment that facilitates and rewards research creativity and entrepreneurship. To support and stimulate entrepreneurial activity among our researchers, three university-wide awards were presented on October 11, 2012, to our most successful faculty, staff, and student entrepreneurs.

Innovator of the Year: Liang-Shih (L.S.) Fan

Dr. Liang-Shih (L.S.) Fan

The 2012 Innovator of the Year is Dr. Liang-Shih (L.S.) Fan, Distinguished University Professor and C. John Easton Professor of Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Dr. Fan’s creativity, inventiveness, and original contributions to energy conversion, environmental engineering, and particle technology have made and will continue to make significant impacts on energy utilization and global climate change within the U.S. and throughout the world. He is a leading international authority in particle technology and its application for fossil energy conversion.

Fan holds 34 patents, has significant IP licensing activity, and has received nearly $20 million in funding from governmental agencies and the private sector to demonstrate and commercialize his technologies. He has developed alternative energy conversion technologies from the concept stage to successful demonstration in pilot scale units and commercialization.

A panel of experts assembled by the U.S. Department of Energy considers his technologies to be “transformational.” His chemical looping process is the only one being developed that is able to directly perform both combustion and gasification. Shell, Air Products and Chemicals, Babcock and Wilcox, and CONSOL Energy have teamed up with his research group to commercialize his chemical looping technologies for synthetic liquid fuels, H2, and electricity production.

L.S. Fan (left) aims to achieve clean energy production by converting coal and/or biomass into electricity and/or hydrogen while efficiently capturing the CO2.

His Electric Capacitance Volume-Technology (ECVT) launched Tech4Imaging LLC in 2010, a start-up company whose sales have already surpassed $1 million. ECVT, which is is being used by DOE, NASA, and universities and industries throughout the world, allows researchers to record three-dimensional scans of the gases and solids that mix inside boilers and other industrial processing reactors.

Fan is currently researching the chemical looping process for natural gas conversion to syngas or liquid fuels with Bio2Electric and the potential of solar chemical looping – a renewable process – with DOE’s National Renewable Laboratory and the University of Colorado. His ultimate goal is to license and develop American-born technologies to spur economic growth, energy independence, and clean energy.

Early Career Innovator of the Year: Jessica Winter

Dr. Jessica Winter

The 2012 Early Career Innovator of the Year is Dr. Jessica Winter, associate professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on the applications of nanotechnology in medicine, an area of research that has led to substantial innovations with potential for commercialization. She is working to develop and commercialize next generation illumination and detection nanoparticles to supplant inferior products currently on the market.

Since joining Ohio State in 2006, Winter has authored seven invention disclosures, three provisional patents, one full U.S. patent, and over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, proceedings, and book chapters.

She is the founder of Core Quantum Technologies (CQT). Under her leadership, the company has amassed over $320,000 in external funding since January 2012. CQT won first place in the 2012 Ohio State University Business Plan Competition in the Fisher College of Business.

REU intern guided by Professor Jessica Winter.

Jessica participated in the National Science Foundation’s highly competitive Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program to translate CQT technology from the bench to commercialization. The I-Corps program broadens the impact of NSF-funded basic research projects and provides classroom instruction on the formation of start-up companies and guidance from established entrepreneurs. She also received funding from the Ohio Third Frontier’s Technology Innovation Start-up Program.

The technology upon which CQT is based groups nanoparticles together in self-assembled structures known as micelles. The initial focus of her research was applied to semiconductor nanoparticle quantum dots to yield a platform technology known as the MultiDot. MultiDot provides increased brightness and stability compared to the quantum dots currently available. The technology could enable multiple breakthrough technologies in personal health test kits, solar cells, LED bulbs, and medical diagnostics. The technology is in production at the lab scale. Many companies have already expressed interest in licensing the technology, and early adopters are in line to make first purchases.

Student Innovator of the Year: Qussai Marashdeh

Qussai Marashdeh

The 2012 Student Innovator of the Year is Qussai Marashdeh, a senior research associate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Qussai received an MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State. In 2012, he received his Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Qussai has revolutionized the field of capacitance tomography – an innovative imaging technique that has the potential to revolutionize the energy, aerospace, chemical, and healthcare industries. He was involved in every stage of the development and commercialization of Electrical Capacitance Volume Tomography (ECVT). Applications for ECVT include power-plant operations, combustion imaging, and multi-phase flow systems.

He is co-founder, president, and CEO of Tech4Imaging LLC, an Ohio State spin-off company. He holds two patents, both of which have been licensed to Tech4Imaging. With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, Tech4Imaging developed and installed an ECVT system at the National Energy Technology Laboratory. The company’s first sale was to an Australian university.

Dr. Qussai Marashdeh (left ) and Dr. L.S. Fan (right) explain the ECVT model to DOE’s Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy Chuck McConnell (center) at Ohio State’s Clean Coal Research Facility.

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.

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Ohio staking claim as a national technology hub

Thu, 3rd May, 2012

With state-of-the art resources, leveraged through successful academic, industrial, and economic collaboration, Ohio is leading the Midwest’s transformation from “Rust Belt” to “Innovation Belt.”  Ohio State, the State of Ohio, and others in the Midwest are creating powerful technology engines that are changing how universities, industry, and government collaborate and fuel economic development.

According to Dr. Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research at Ohio State, “Ohio is driving this robust technology economy because of the state’s success in four vital areas: supercomputers, industrial outreach, workforce development, and networks.”

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