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From the Dean: "One of the greatest collections of engineering talent in the world"

Dean David B. WilliamsOn May 14, I was proud to be an invited guest at Honda’s Acura NSX sports car press conference in Marysville. During the event, Hidenobu Iwata, president & CEO of Honda of America and the head of Honda's manufacturing operations in North America, said, “The location of this facility is in the midst of one of the greatest collections of engineering talent in the world.”

Rarely have truer words been spoken. As many of you know and appreciate, the Ohio State University College of Engineering is a national leader in engineering education and research. For academic year 2013 in total, the College of Engineering awarded 1,935 degrees to students ready to change the world. More than 50,000 Ohio State engineering alumni ply their trade and innovate around the globe. We also carried out $120 million of external research, much of it aligned with the needs of the automotive industry.

Our decades-long partnership with Honda in automotive research and talent development has contributed greatly to central Ohio’s automotive engineering prowess. Through the Transportation Research Center at Marysville, Honda has created the largest investment of any external organization in our engineering education and research. In particular, we pride ourselves in being a leader in manufacturing education and research, working closely with dozens of Ohio's manufacturers in the automotive supply chain. And our burgeoning collaborations with the Fisher College of Business and the College of Arts & Sciences enhance our ability to apply Ohio State engineering solutions to the world’s manufacturing challenges.

But the engineering talent in Central Ohio is far more than just the College of Engineering. Consider the brilliant engineers at Battelle, the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, serving national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. We are grateful for their continued partnership and their proximity as we continue to explore new and innovative ways to grow our collaborations.

Just west of campus, EWI (the former Edison Welding Institute) is one of very few successful businesses to have grown out of an NSF industry-university cooperative research center. Partnering with our unique graduate welding engineering program, EWI provides their innovative materials joining expertise daily through applied research, manufacturing support, and strategic services to hundreds of companies worldwide. EWI is another outstanding partner with the College of Engineering as together we explore ways to support the state's and the federal government's commitment to advanced manufacturing.

During the NSX press conference, we learned that key factors in manufacturing the NSX sports car include advanced lightweight materials, such as aluminum and magnesium alloys and composites, and technologies required to join dissimilar materials. Already strong in these areas of materials research and engineering, the college is investing even more in manufacturing by hiring new world-class faculty and launching new collaborative, industry-driven, research centers.
David B. Williams
Monte Ahuja Endowed Dean's Chair
Dean of the College of Engineering
Executive Dean of the Professional Colleges


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