Research Overview

Research opens the door to creation, exploration, discovery and the testing of ideas. From medicine and materials to mobility and manufacturing, our faculty and student researchers are working to solve some of society's most pressing challenges in these four focus areas.

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Research in Ohio State's College of Engineering starts with opportunities for undergraduates, expands through our graduate programs, and excels as we form strong collaborations with other colleges across the university as well as leading companies in engineering fields in Ohio and across the nation.

The College of Engineering is creating new discoveries across a broad range of applications and scientific disciplines. In fiscal year 2020, this research was supported by nearly $138.5 million in externally sponsored research expenditures. Industry R&D expenditures for the College of Engineering in fiscal year 2020 totaled nearly $44 million.

Taking advantage of the college's current and historical strengths, we are positioned not only to provide unique experiences for our students but also to find solutions for major challenges facing today's society.

College and University Research Resources

Andre Palmer, Associate Dean for Research, 614-292-6033; palmer.351 [at] osu.edu
Bobby Srivastava, Assistant Dean for Research Administration, 614-292-8312; srivastava.85 [at] osu.edu

For Industry

For Students

  • Undergraduate Research Office: Helps students pursue research opportunities independently, as part of a team, in collaboration with faculty, here at the university or elsewhere. The URO staff also serves as a resource for advisors, technical staff, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and others who are part of the rich research environment at Ohio State.
  • Undergraduate Research in the College of Engineering: Students have the opportunity to follow their own investigational instincts through undergraduate research. Learn about the research programs, scholarship opportunities and events.
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  • Denman Undergraduate Research Forum: An opportunity to showcase outstanding student research and encourage all undergraduates to participate in research as a value-added element of their education.
  • University Research Festivals: Held in autumn and spring semesters, these university events showcase outstanding student research, scholarship and creative activity, and encourages undergraduates to participate in these activities to enrich their undergraduate education. 
  • Hayes Graduate Research Forum: Co-sponsored by the Council of Graduate Students, the Graduate School, and the Office of Research to recognize, encourage and facilitate graduate student research at the university.

For Faculty

  • Research Online: Web-based tools, software and downloadable forms needed to support your research