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Top 14 Buckeye Engineering stories of 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, take a look back at The Ohio State University College of Engineering's 14 most popular Buckeye Engineering stories from the past year, as determined by webpage views. 

1. Ohio State co-founds high-tech manufacturing institute
Ohio State and the University of Michigan are teaming up. The result of this research powerhouse combo? Up to 10,000 new Midwestern jobs--and new products ranging from better Navy ship hulls to lighter, safer, greener cars.

OncoFilter team members, from left: Aaron Maharry, Preethi Chidambaram, Brett Geiger and Kinshuk Mitra.2. Team of Buckeye engineers named finalist for Lemelson-MIT National Prize
The Ohio State University student team—and now start-up company—OncoFilter was one of only 19 finalists in one of the nation’s most prestigious collegiate innovation competitions.

3. College offers new master’s degree for career-minded engineers
Only nine percent of respondents to a recent American Society of Quality survey said engineers would be best suited at the top of the corporate ladder. A recently approved online master’s degree offered by The Ohio State University College of Engineering—the Master of Global Engineering Leadership—meets that challenge head on. 

4. Ohio State students earn first place in national EcoCAR 2 competition
The Ohio State University team took first place in EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future, a three-year competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and 30 other government and industry leaders. The award included $32,000 in cash prizes.

5. Grant to accelerate development of multiple sclerosis therapy video game
A National Multiple Sclerosis Society grant will help Ohio State researchers develop and test an interactive video game as an MS therapy. Originally developed as a rehabilitation therapy for stroke patients, the “Recovery Rapids” video game targets upper extremity motor impairment, a common complication of stroke and MS. Rehabilitation plays a critical role in managing the symptoms of progressive MS, estimated to affect more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

6. Providing solutions: Real-world projects cap off senior year
Snowville Creamery, a sustainable dairy in Pomeroy, Ohio, had a problem. Due to rapidly expanding operations, the plant’s wastewater system was quickly approaching the maximum limit of their EPA-permit for spray irrigation to nearby cattle-grazing pastures. Today, thanks to the help of four Buckeye engineering students, the creamery is in the midst of implementing a conservation plan that will save up to 23,500 gallons of water per week.

7. Ohio State among select schools to launch curriculum with IBM Watson
IBM is partnering with The Ohio State University and six other top technology universities to launch cognitive computing courses that give students unprecedented access to one of the company’s most prized innovations: Watson.

Michael Neal (standing) leads the electronics portion of Introduction to Design in Mechanical Engineering, where students spend four weeks working to program an Arduino microcontroller.8. Learning with their hands
A new mechanical engineering course is receiving rave reviews for its hands-on approach to teaching students the machining and electronics skills they need to be successful engineering designers. 

9. Ohio State spinout receives investments to commercialize biosensor technology
ProteoSense LLC, an Ohio State spinout, is the most recent recipient of an investment from the $1 million Technology Concept Fund LLC and a $100,000 Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-up Fund grant. The Columbus-based company is developing a unique sensor technology invented by Ohio State College of Engineering and College of Medicine researchers to detect proteins that are fundamental markers of pathogens. 

10. Leading the way on big data
Big data is big news these days. It promises to revolutionize all areas of human endeavor—ranging from the financial industry to the health-care industry, from the social sciences to engineering, and from scientific discovery to cybersecurity. The Ohio State University's new interdisciplinary undergraduate major in data analytics—the first of its kind in the country offered by a major research institution—addresses a growing need for data analytics professionals.

11. Undergrad engineering program ranked 15th among public universities
The Ohio State College of Engineering is one of the nation's top engineering programs, according to the U.S. News & World Report's 2015 edition of Best Colleges released this week. The annual issue ranked Ohio State's engineering undergraduate academic program 15th among public universities whose highest degree is a doctorate. Among all private and public universities, the program is ranked 26th.

12. Buckeye engineers named 2014 Innovators of the Year
The Ohio State University Office of Research recognized two Buckeye engineers—Assistant Professor Kubilay Sertel and doctoral student David Maung—as 2014 Innovators of the Year. Buckeye engineers have received nine of the 14 Innovator Awards since they were established in 2010.

13. New program combines engineering and business to meet industry needs

Students in the Knowledge-Based Systems course work in teams to develop software apps with guidance from Prof. Eric Fosler-Lussier (green sweater) and IBM experts like Stephen Boxwell (left).The Ohio State University’s engineering and business colleges have partnered to address a common industry request with an uncommon university solution. The result is the new Integrated Business & Engineering (IBE) Honors program, the first of its kind at Ohio State.

14. IBM’s Watson schools Buckeyes on cognitive computing
Students in Eric Fosler-Lussier’s revamped capstone experience course are learning about knowledge-based systems in a completely new way. For the first time, the course challenges students to build software applications fueled by one of IBM’s most prized innovations: Watson.