FY15 research funding highlights

The OSU College of Engineering is among the nation's largest and most productive engineering programs. Since 1999, the college has more than tripled its research expenditures by emphasizing highly collaborative research and innovation that solve global problems. It’s a leader in signature research areas, including precision health, clean energy, resilient infrastructure, and advanced manufacturing; and targeted strategic areas, including robotics, materials research, and clean water.

In fiscal year 2014-2015, the College of Engineering received $38.8 million in sponsored research awards. Most of the funding came from federal funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Examples of notable College of Engineering grants received during this past fiscal year include:

  • With a five-year, $2 million National Science Foundation grant, one of only six of its type in the nation, the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering plans to substantially change its curriculum to make courses more realistic, consequential, and relevant to the lives of students and embracing of different cultures. Researchers will explore education that better incorporates both curricular and real-world experiences. Problem-based learning, cultural inclusion, and consequential work will hopefully improve the student experience and aid retention, recruitment, and graduate numbers.
  • In another NSF-sponsored initiative, the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering will be one of just five engineering programs in the nation to participate in a new program to increase diversity and foster an inclusive culture for underrepresented minorities and women in mechanical engineering. The project aims to advance understanding and the experiences of mechanical engineering faculty, staff, and students who have been underrepresented in the past. It will study the impact of stereotypes and the process of change-planning and goal-setting in an academic environment.