The Ohio State University College of Engineering: For the changemakers of tomorrow
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The Ohio State University College of Engineering: Shaping minds that will change the world

The Ohio State University College of Engineering champions human potential. “If you can dream big and be bold, then Ohio State is the place for you,” says Balasubramaniam Shanker, professor and chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The school gives students unrivalled experiences, empowering its community to tackle real problems and find real-world solutions. It’s a journey that befits its rankings — U.S. News & World Report ranks Ohio State at #8 in Biological and Agricultural Engineering; #24 in Computer Science and Engineering; and #14 in Materials Science and Engineering. The university was awarded 4.4 stars and named one of America’s Best Colleges by Money magazine. Fuelling the institution’s impressive accolades is the aim to foster a learning culture that prepares students to be key contributors to society through their technological, professional, and personal skills.

The Ohio State University College of Engineering’s four research focus areas (or the four M’s) are medicine, mobility, manufacturing and materials. There have been great breakthroughs in each of these domains and interdisciplinary research efforts give Buckeye students the chance to explore a wider range of research no matter what degree specification they have chosen.

“Through an interdisciplinary approach, Integrated Systems Engineering (ISE) students and faculty have developed guidelines for hospital patient-room design and operational systems that impact the efficiency and safety of all stakeholders, including hospital staff and patients,” says ISE Professor and Chair Farhang Pourboghrat, who also is a professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Four ISE faculty have been named among the top 2% of scientists worldwide.

The Ohio State University College of Engineering: For the changemakers of tomorrow

Ohio State’s graduate and undergraduate engineering programmes are both ranked No. 1 among all Ohio universities. Source: Ohio State University

ISE is not the only program that benefits from interdisciplinary research. “Biomedical Engineering (BME) is an interdisciplinary field and having access to a wealth of resources on campus is a big advantage to our graduate students,” says Jun Liu, professor of BME and Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences. “Ohio State is one of the few institutes that have a college of engineering, college of medicine, and college of veterinary medicine all on one campus, within walkable distance. Graduate students have opportunities to collaborate with other engineers and scientists, as well as clinicians. Most research projects have an emphasis on clinical applications of cutting-edge engineering techniques.”

Ohio State’s College of Engineering excels at research. In 2022, the college had more than US$162 million in research funding and since 2016, the engineering faculty has launched 26 companies. The school has more National Science Foundation Industry University Collaborative Research Centers than any other school in the U.S. and boasts a long-standing research and scholarship partnership with Honda.

This stellar work ensures that Buckeyes are highly attractive to employers. For instance, the university has a partnership with Intel, which recently invested more than $20 billion in the construction of two new leading-edge chip factories in the state. To support the development of the new site, Intel pledged an additional $100 million toward partnerships with educational institutions to develop talent and bolster research programs in the region. As Ohio State is situated in Columbus, the school has professional opportunities and resources in close reach. This comes in the form of high-tech corporations, such as Amazon and Intel, and major business corporations like J. P. Morgan Chase and Nationwide, all of which offer students opportunities for career growth.

The Ohio State University College of Engineering: For the changemakers of tomorrow

Ohio State University believes hands-on engineering experience is crucial for success, so they offer it in abundance. Source: Ohio State University

The research at Ohio State College of Engineering is just as prolific at making an impact in today’s world and society. The William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, for example, applied its resources and expertise to the pandemic. “We have researchers that have developed methods for rapid detection of COVID-19 and other viruses, techniques for making artificial blood, as well as researchers that are helping to design materials and processes to achieve sustainability, including collaborative work that helps produce ammonia electrocatalytically, dehydrogenate alkanes selectively, produce high-performance batteries, and create catalysts that are selective for upgrading biomass,” says Umit Ozkan, professor and chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Ohio State also provides cutting-edge programs that help fill in-demand needs. In the Materials Science and Engineering department, welding has been a pivotal addition. “Welding Engineering is unique in the U.S. as the only programme granting BS, MS, and PhDs,” says Michael Mills, professor and chair of Materials Science and Engineering. “Welding Engineering graduates are highly sought-after in industry and research laboratories due to the central role of welding and joining of materials in a wide range of manufacturing processes.”

What truly makes Ohio State’s College of Engineering great, aside from its prowess in research, exemplary facilities, and industry partnerships, is its people. That strong sense of camaraderie and community is supported by world-class and internationally recognized faculty. “We are focused on educating the next generation of engineers,” says Rachel Kajfez, associate professor of Engineering Education. “We do that through our programs and research. With that, we are investing in students who will solve the world’s challenges of today and tomorrow. It’s a great honor to be able to prepare the next generation in engineering and through our research we understand the experiences of all those involved in that process from students to faculty to practicing engineers.”

Learn more about the 13 graduate programs at the Ohio State College of Engineering here.

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