Research and Innovation Showcase Recognizes Groundbreaking Achievements

At the 2022 Research and Innovation Showcase on April 13, The Ohio State University recognized faculty, staff, and students for their groundbreaking work.

President Kristina M. Johnson said in the year since the Company for research, innovation and knowledge (ERIK) was formed, achievements included a $$55 million National Science Foundation award to support three AI centersOhio State being selected by NASA to help develop a Research pipeline on space station in low earth orbit and the university’s annual research and development spending surpassing a record $1.2 billion.

“With exciting projects on the horizon such as the inauguration of the Innovation District in 2023 and the opportunities with the new Intel Semiconductor Campus, I look forward to seeing how you will develop our capacities for research, creative expression and innovation,” Johnson told attendees of the virtual presentation. “I am grateful to you for asking the right questions, promoting new ideas, and creating solutions to society’s most pressing problems.”

During the showcase, Melissa Bailey, a professor in the College of Optometry, was named Innovator of the Year. Bailey and her team have developed contact lenses that can function as bifocals and a software application to estimate patient prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses.

The app “is really important for children and patients who can’t have all the tests that we normally do with many patients during a typical eye exam,” Bailey said. “Also, internationally, there are patients who cannot see well because there is no one to get their eyeglass prescriptions.” She said it would allow patients to get the glasses they need, even in places where there is no training and expertise available to local eye care professionals.

Katelyn Swindle-Reilly, an assistant professor at the College of Engineering, was named Early Career Innovator of the Year. Swindle-Reilly and her team have developed an extended-release capsule to help reduce the number of injections needed for patients with macular degeneration and other eye conditions.

“Ultimately, I hope this technology will improve patients’ quality of life, helping them see the doctor less often and preserve their vision,” Bailey said.

Madison Tuttle, a graduate student from the College of Arts and Sciences, was named Next Generation Innovator of the Year. His research focuses on finding environmentally sustainable alternatives to metal-based electrode materials.

“When I started learning about our reliance on fossil fuels for energy, I was really inspired to work toward sustainable energy storage technologies for clean energy storage,” Tuttle said. .

Also during the Research and Innovation Showcase, researchers shared other breakthroughs and ERIK’s leadership team highlighted recent achievements and plans that will continue to improve the position of the Institute. university among international research institutions.

“What I’m most excited about this coming year is working with the amazing team (that we have),” said Grace Wang, Ohio State’s executive vice president for research, innovation and knowledge. “As we celebrate our first year as a company for research, innovation and knowledge, the time has come to refresh the old strategic plan and develop a new five-year strategic plan.”

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