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.



Elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

A society including some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists and artists.


Elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Considered one of the most prestigious honors awarded to the elected faculty members selected by their academic peers.


Awarded 2019 Battelle Endowment Grants

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

Distinguished Scholars

Every year, Ohio State leaders interrupt classes, labs and meetings to announce the good news that a member of the faculty has been selected to receive one of the university’s most distinguished faculty awards. The Distinguished Scholars award recognizes six faculty members for their exceptional scholarly accomplishments and substantial compilation of research.

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Faculty Recognition Program

More than 150 Ohio State faculty who received national and international awards during the period 2018-2019 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 Barbara Andersen (psychology and obstetrics and gynecology) and Steven Ringel (electrical and computer engineering) for their exceptional records of accomplishment in teaching, research and service. Dr. Barbara Andersen conducts research related to health psychology and behavioral medicine. Her innovative work has made her among the first scientists to study the psychological aspects of cancer. Dr. Steven Ringel is known as "a visible, national and international leader in electronic materials and devices, and every year continues to contribute to the field, even in his growing leadership position at Ohio State."

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Carmen Winant (photography) was awarded the 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, Winant was chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation’s ninety-fifth competition. Winant utilizes installation and collage strategies to examine feminist modes of survival and revolt. Her recent projects have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Sculpture Center, The Columbus Museum of Art, and The Wexner Center of the Arts. She is the Roy Lichtenstein Endowed Chair of Studio Art at Ohio State, and currently working on an experimental book about the nature of practice.


National Academy of Engineering

Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, (civil, environmental and geodetic engineering) is Ohio State’s first woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering. The Academy cited Grejner-Brzezinska’s contributions to “geodetic science and satellite navigation, including integration with artificial intelligence.” Election to the academy is one of the highest professional distinctions an engineer can receive, and honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice or education,” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”


Eisner Award

Frederick Aldama (English) Ohio State’s LASER Program Director and Distinguished Scholar, has been awarded a 2018 Eisner Award in the category of Best Academic/Scholarly Work for his book, Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics.” The Eisner Awards, named for comics creator and graphic novelist Will Eisner, are handed out each year in over two dozen categories and Comic-Con International: San Diego and are sometimes referred to as the comics industry’s Oscars.


Japan Prize

Rattan Lal (soil science) is the first Ohio State scientist and the first soil scientist to be awarded the 2019 Japan Prize, considered one of the most prestigious honors in science and technology. The award recognizes scientists and engineers from around the world for original and outstanding achievements that “not only contribute to the advancement of science and technology, but also promote peace and prosperity for all mankind.” Lal was honored for his research and its role in improving global food security and mitigating climate change.

National Academy of Inventors

Hesham El Gamal (electrical and computer engineering) was named a 2018 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. He is a world-renowned information theorist and inventor, with key contributions to wireless communications, game theory and machine learning. Dr. El Gamal’s most recent work has focused on improving and optimizing smartphones and other mobile technologies to more easily stream content.


To support and stimulate entrepreneurial activity among Ohio State researchers, several university-wide awards were presented on April 24, 2019, at the Research and Innovation Showcase hosted by the Office of Research and Corporate Engagement Office.

The Innovator of the Year and Early Career Innovator of the Year awards recognize Ohio State researchers who are actively working to promote commercialization of university intellectual property, through invention disclosures filed, patents applied for and/or received, technologies licensed or spin-off companies formed. 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 Next Generation Innovator of the Year award is open to postdocs along with undergraduate and graduate students. The award recognizes innovation and entrepreneurship that has contributed to the development or commercialization of a new technology. It may also recognize a trainee-initiated start-up company whose success is a result of entrepreneurial talent, creativity and energy.

2018 Innovator of the Year

Katrina Cornish, PhD (horticulture and crop science) is an internationally recognized expert and innovator in bioproducts, specifically in alternative natural rubber/latex crops and their processing and formulation technologies, as well is in valorization of wastes.

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2018 Early Career Innovator of the Year

Tim Raderstorf, MSN, RN (nursing) is the first nurse to hold this academic title in the United States and works to educate the nation on the role of the nurse as an innovator and entrepreneur. In 2017, he founded The Innovation Studio, a makerspace/incubator that provides interprofessional healthcare teams with the tools and mentorship needed to turn ideas into actions.

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2018 Next Generation Innovators of the Year

Forrest Schoessow, Graduate Student (geography) focuses on advancing scientific understanding of glaciers as water resources and hazards in a rapidly changing world through the development of custom sensors and unmanned aerial systems.

Wesley Thio, Graduate Student (electrical engineering and computer science) as an undergraduate studied batteries and self-powered wearable technologies.

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Early Faculty Career

National Science Foundation

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

Vanessa Chen (electrical and computer engineering) aims to convert data into meaningful information and protect it from cyberattacks in real time.

Nima Ghalichenchian (electrical and computer engineeringworks on a new generation of radio frequency devices capable of advancing space communications, smart phones and even self-driving cars.

Liang Guo (electrical and computer engineering) pursues the creation of an entirely new type of circuit design, called a multicellular biological neural pacemaker (BNP), as a proof-of-concept.

Ryan Harne (mechanical and aerospace engineering) is working to establish analytical and computational tools to yield understanding on how origami-inspired, adaptive acoustic structures may transform wave guiding practices, which are central to a wide range of applications from cancer treatment to underwater ecosystem monitoring.

Jinwoo Hwang (materials science and engineeringdeveloped a novel technique that uses a small electron probe to directly measure the temperature of materials with atomic-scale precision.

Eric Katz (mathematics) hopes to resolve long-standing problems in combinatorics and Diophantine geometry, by using tropical geometry, which transforms questions in algebraic geometry into questions in combinatorics, or the mathematics of discrete structures.

Zhiqiang Lin (computer science and engineeringseeks to design and develop new approaches, practical techniques, and efficient implementations to automatically bridge the semantic gap for Virtual Machine Monitor layer programs including virtual machine introspection.

Steffen Lindert (chemistry and biochemistryworks on extending the capabilities of mass spectrometry from simply characterizing the composition of molecules to helping predict detailed structures.

Audrey Sawyer (earth sciencesstudies how groundwater chemistry evolves in response to water table fluctuations over a range of timescales.

Jonathan Song (mechanical and aerospace engineeringworks to develop a novel model platform to precisely examine the mechanisms by which the cellular components of the tumor stroma—tissue surrounding cancer cells—promote cancer progression.

Yinqian Zhang (computer science and engineeringexplores novel ways to address vulnerabilities in Intel’s Software Guard Extension (SGX), a hardware extension available in Intel processors that enhances software security in untrusted computing environments. 

National Institutes of Health

Daniel Gallego-Perez (biomedical engineering) received the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. The award is part of NIH’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, which supports exceptionally creative early career investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects. The grant will build on earlier studies that demonstrated how tissue nanotransfection (TNT) can convert skin cells into blood vessels and nerve cells. The novel approach may be used to repair injured tissue or restore function of aging tissue, including organs, blood vessels and nerve cells.

National Aeronautics
and Space Administration

Lei Wang (geodetic engineering) received the NASA New Investigator Program (NIP) Award to further his research, in which he applies multiple sources of geodetic measurement data to more accurately quantify current and future environmental changes in the Greenland ice sheet.

Two faculty members were awarded a NASA Early Career Faculty 2018 grants. Casey Wade (chemistry and biochemistry) is one of four recipients in the category of Metal Organic Frameworks and Ionic Liquids/Membrane Technologies for Advanced CO2 Removal Applications. Ran Dai (mechanical and aerospace engineering) investigates precision planetary landing to advance the understanding and applications of control and optimization methodologies of space vehicles.

Young Innovator Awards

Yizhou Dong (pharmacy) was named a Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) 2018 Young Innovator in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering and his work will be featured in the October 2018 issue of the BMES journal. He was also named a 2018 Nano Research Young Innovator in NanoBiotech. This R45 award is given to young researchers in recognition of their distinguished accomplishments and/or potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Dr. Dong also received the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society 2018 Young Investigator Award for his work on the design and development of biotechnology platforms for the treatment of genetic disorders, infectious diseases and cancers. Among these honors, the Office of Research previously awarded Dr. Dong with the Early Career Innovator of the Year award.


Entomological Society of America


Megan Meuti (entomology) received the Entomological Society of America Early Career Professional Teaching AwardShe has continued to use research-supported techniques to improve her teaching and support student learning. Dr. Meuti is currently modifying two high-enrollment, online courses and implementing a research study to compare learning in online and in-person classes.

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship


David Nagib (chemistry and biochemistry) has been named a recipient of the 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships — a noteworthy award given annually to early-career scientists from across the U.S. and Canada whose achievements mark them as among the most promising researchers in their fields. Nagib’s fellowship was awarded in chemistry for his pioneering research on complex organic molecule synthesis.

Office of Naval Research

Caglar Yardim (electrical and computer engineering) was named Office of Naval Research 2018 Young Investigator Award for his research proposal, “Multiple Grazing Angle Electromagnetic Propagation and Scattering in Non-Standard Atmosphere Marine Meteorology and Space Program,” under the Marine Meteorology and Space Program. The goal of his research is to improve communication systems, weather prediction models and Earth science technologies through electromagnetics.