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Engineering to host ‘out-of-this-world’ version of Nursing’s Innovation Studio


From January 8 to February 21, the College of Nursing’s Innovation Studio will be in residence at the College of Engineering in the Dreese Laboratories lobby. A special challenge will be sponsored by The Center for Advancement of Science In Space (CASIS), which manages the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory.

International Space Station

The Innovation Studio is a moveable maker space that travels around the Ohio State campus, designed to foster interprofessional collaboration and healthcare innovation. It houses an array of tools and provides project mentors, daily technical support and workshops on product development.

As part of the CASIS challenge, all Ohio State students, faculty, and staff are invited to engage with the Innovation Studio and develop a product, service or solution with social impact that utilizes the International Space Station (ISS). 

“The Innovation Studio reviews submissions from across the innovation spectrum. From back-of-napkin concepts to working prototypes, we engage with interprofessional teams to help them turn their ideas into actions,” said Tim Raderstorf, MSN, RN, chief innovation officer of the College of Nursing, which created the studio.

Submissions to the challenge must be submitted by February 14 to pitch on February 21. Top teams may be eligible to send their innovations to the ISS for testing. Teams of two or more Ohio State students, faculty or staff from different disciplines may also be eligible for seed funding to further develop their idea.

“Hosting the Innovation Studio in Dreese gives our students, faculty and staff the opportunity to innovate at the intersection of space research and health care,” said Scott Osborne, assistant dean for research at the College of Engineering. “The potential for the winning project to fly on the ISS will be an exciting incentive to those considering forming a team to compete.”

CASIS plans to present a webinar to discuss how research on the ISS can be used to search for new answers and solutions to problems facing our planet. Space research provides unique conditions not found on Earth including a microgravity environment, extreme conditions and a unique vantage point.

Astronaut Greg Johnson, president and executive director of CASIS, will officially propose the challenge during a reception on January 8 at noon in Dreese Laboratories. To RSVP for the reception, click here.

For more information about the Innovation Studio and the CASIS challenge, visit the studio’s webpage at, or contact

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