Office of Energy and Environment Faculty/Staff News

May 15, 2017

Office of Energy and Environment

Energy and Environment
News and Updates

Moses Accepts New Role in Office of Research

Randy Moses, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and associate dean for research in the College of Engineering since 2008, will provide strategic oversight in the Office of Research in his new position as senior associate vice president. His work will involve broadening major research initiatives and strengthening partnerships with college deans, college research officers and other university offices. He also will play a role in coordinating Discovery Themes strategies.

Capstone Connects Students to Smart Columbus

Undergraduate seniors in the Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) degree program were working with Smart Columbus to create projects that further the smart technology initiative. Student projects included researching a street-light pilot program on campus, analyzing the electric vehicle market, benchmarking the progress of autonomous vehicles, and raising awareness of green energy plans for small businesses in the Worthington area.

Sioshansi Addresses PUCO on Energy Distribution

Ramteen Sioshansi, integrated systems engineering, was invited to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to provide information to better understand our future electric distribution grid and technological enhancements. Sioshansi discussed distributed energy resources at the PUCO’s PowerForward event, held April 18-20. The event was the first in a series of forums being held by the PUCO to reviewthe latest in technological and regulatory innovation that could serve to enhance the consumer electricity experience and plan for future grid modernization projects, innovative regulations and forward-thinking policies. Sioshansi told the commission that distributed energy resources (DERs), usually smaller than utilities and closer to demand centers, can deliver real benefits to customers and the broader power system, but regulatory details must be considered.

Energy Impacts Symposium Set for Ohio State

The Energy Impacts Research Coordination Network is hosting the Energy Impacts Symposium July 26-27 at Ohio State. This is the first large-scale gathering in the Western Hemisphere dedicated to social science research on energy development. The goals of the symposium include building and supporting a discipline around social science energy research, and organizers welcome sociologists, psychologists, economists, political scientists and public health researchers to attend.

Innovate 2017

Are you looking for new ways to use technology to make an impact in your work? Join the Office of Distance Education and eLearning on May 16 for Innovate 2017, Ohio State’s annual learning technology conference. The conference brings together educators, administrators and tech industry professionals from Ohio State and beyond to explore recent advancements, best practices and provocative approaches to teaching and learning with technology. With Impact as the theme, the conference is sharing innovations that let educators re-imagine their instruction without sacrificing pedagogical quality and rigor.

Discovery Theme News

Seeking Nominations for Lecturers

The Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program is seeking nominations for 2017-18 academic year lecturers. The program engages students, faculty, staff and members of the community in thoughtful examination of major issues of public concern related to the Discovery Themes — Health and Wellness, Energy and Environment, Food Production and Security and Humanities and the Arts. Past lecturers have been eminent authorities from across the public and private sector. Submit nominations by June 4.

Research, Short and Sweet: Sustaining Energy and the Environment, June 13

Research, Short and Sweet is a partnership between The STEAM Factory and Discovery Themes at Ohio State. Direct questions about presentations to Charlene Brenner. A “Sustaining Energy and the Environment” program is slated for June 13 at the Materials Innovation Lab. Other sessions include “Promoting Health and Wellness” Sept. 13, and “Fostering Food Production and Security” Jan. 23. To register, contact Amy Spellacy.

SRE Assists Ohio EPA with Online Waste Marketplace

The Sustainable and Resilient Economy program is collaborating with the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Ohio EPA on a new online marketplace that allows Ohio businesses, not-for-profits and government organizations to advertise and acquire potentially useful waste material — such as bricks, pallets and spent foundry sand — that might otherwise end up in landfills. With the creation of the Ohio Materials Marketplace, Ohio is the first state to adopt a circular economy program of this scope and scale.

SRE Co-hosts National Conference on Resilience

Ohio State will host the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD) annual summer conference July 18-19. Organized in partnership with the Sustainable and Resilient Economy program, the “Expanding the Circle,” conference will focus on scaling up the “circular economy.” The council developed an award-winning, cloud-based platform, Materials Marketplace, which facilitates conversion of waste streams into valuable resources through collaborative networks. Participants will explore cutting-edge topics such as Smart and Resilient Cities, Human and Natural Systems in a Circular Economy, Cyclical and Resilient Supply Networks, and Digital Platforms for Co-Creation of Value.

Making Headlines

Ohio State’s energy experts are in the news. The following articles have been published by media recently. Read more news coverage of the university’s energy, environment and sustainability activities on our website.

Caroline C. Whitacre, Ph.D.: U.S. investment in research leads to innovations

The Columbus Dispatch (op-ed)

April 26, 2017

Featured expert: column author Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research and professor in the Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity

Sudden Impact

FF Journal

April 13, 2017

Featured experts: Glenn Daehn, professor of materials science and engineering and Anupam Vivek, research scientist

Upcoming Events

May EPN Breakfast Club, May 16

Attend the Environmental Professionals Network May Breakfast Club that will focus on informing the community about green home technology.

OSU Green Home Workshop, May 16

Ohio State will host its first Green Home Workshop on Tuesday, May 16 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. to help Ohioans adopt green home designs and technologies.

West Campus Science and Technology Festival, May 20

Bring the family and experience the many science labs and research centers housed on West Campus. This family-friendly event will feature displays and hands-on activities highlighting research at Ohio State, as well as tours of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Lab, enCORE Solar House, Center for Automotive Research, and the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center.

June EPN Breakfast Club, June 8

June's EPN Breakfast Club will feature a program and walking tour of the Clintonville neighborhood ravines recognized by developers and preservationists since at least the 1920s.