Steven A. Ringel, PhD, Executive Director of the Institute for Materials Research (IMR) and Neal A. Smith Chair of Electrical Engineering, has been promoted to Associate Vice President for Research and Executive Director of the IMR. Since its inception in 2006, Dr. Ringel has provided the leadership and long-term vision for the IMR, helping to break down barriers and create an interdisciplinary materials-allied research program this is acclaimed both nationally and internationally.
Under Dr. Ringel’s leadership, the IMR has grown to include more than 230 faculty members across 22 academic departments and six colleges, and has established several world-class research facilities at the West Campus Research Park. The IMR is leading the efforts of the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) Discovery Themes initiative, which is transforming our research ecosystem in advanced materials to include innovation and industry impact that will enable Ohio State’s pre-eminence in developing and deploying advanced technologies, materials and manufacturing for sustainability.
Ohio State is consistently ranked within the top few universities nationally in materials research funding. Under the IMR’s umbrella, the university has been awarded many competitive, prestigious research centers, including a National Science Foundation (NSF) Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), an NSF Nanoscience and Engineering Center (NSEC) and a Department of Energy (DoE) Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). The university’s industry partnership portfolio in materials has expanded significantly to include university-industry translational programs ranging from manufacturing to clean energy to future electronics. Ohio State is now leading major partnerships with multiple global research and manufacturing entities, and is a key player in five separate National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) centers. As a result, the university has become a primary site for some of the most prestigious international conferences in the field.
Dr. Ringel has helped develop strategic relationships with industrial, academic and government sectors that has yielded materials innovations and technology advancement in energy, manufacturing, electronics, mobility, health and more. He has played a leading role in several economic development initiatives that have attracted international R&D and manufacturing operations to Columbus. And he catalyzed the creation of the Materials Innovation Laboratory (MIL), which is built on an operational model that fosters interaction and collaboration with industry to maximize innovation and commercialization.