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Top stories of 2018

Take a look back at The Ohio State University College of Engineering's 10 most popular Buckeye Engineering stories from 2018, as determined by webpage views.

  1. Study uncovers potential key to preventing back pain in runners
    A study from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center examines what may cause chronic back pain in runners and the exercises to help prevent it. The study, published in the Journal of Biomechanics, suggests that runners with weak deep core muscles are at higher risk of developing low back pain. And, unfortunately, most people’s deep core muscles aren’t nearly as strong as they should be.
  2. Ohio State launches first-of-its-kind comprehensive esports program
    The esports industry is growing quickly and Ohio State is leading in its development by forming the most comprehensive esports program to date. The campuswide collaboration brings together academics, collegiate competition and multidisciplinary research to give students as many opportunities as possible to be a part of the booming industry. 
  3. Large Script Ohio in a soybean field.The mature and yellowing soybeans form the script while the healthy green soybeans form the background.World’s largest Script Ohio shows the power of precision agriculture
    For four straight years, Ohio State’s Precision Agriculture program has demonstrated GPS-guided smart planting using multiple corn hybrids. The team brought Buckeye spirit to the field with a Block O in 2015, Brutus Buckeye in 2016, and the university’s Primary Athletic Identity last year. This year precision agriculture brought the Ohio State Marching Band’s famous Script Ohio to the soybean field.  
  4. Engineering undergraduate program first in Ohio, several specialties top 20 in U.S.
    In U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges rankings, several departments within the Ohio State College of Engineering placed among the top programs in the nation. Overall, Ohio State’s undergraduate engineering program ranks 16th among public universities nationwide and first in Ohio.
  5. Making Disney magic from the ground up
    Alumnus Jeff Morosky ’97 makes Disney magic happen at theme parks and resorts worldwide. As Disney Imagineering’s Landscape Architecture Design Studio Executive, he specializes in telling stories through nature. Since 1997, Morosky has led the Landscape Architectural Studio responsible for Disney Theme Parks and Resorts worldwide. He directed the design and development of numerous notable and award-winning projects, including Anaheim’s Downtown Disney, Hawaii’s Aulani, Hong Kong Disneyland and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World in Florida.
  6. Ohio State pilots project to integrate drones in transportation infrastructure
    The 33 Smart Mobility Corridor is getting even smarter under recently announced plans to study the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, to monitor traffic and roadway conditions from the air along the corridor. As drone numbers soar, DriveOhio’s UAS Center is investing $5.9 million for a three-year study on how to safely fit these aircraft into an already congested airspace. Led by the College of Engineering, the research includes both air and ground vehicles and complements DriveOhio’s current initiatives in autonomous and connected vehicle testing.
  7. At first blush, you look happy—or sad, or angry
    Our faces broadcast our feelings in living color—even when we don’t move a muscle. That’s the conclusion of a groundbreaking Ohio State study into human expressions of emotion, which found that people are able to correctly identify other people’s feelings up to 75 percent of the time—based solely on subtle shifts in blood flow color around the nose, eyebrows, cheeks or chin.
  8. Engineering grad programs rank among nation’s best
    The Ohio State College of Engineering’s graduate program is ranked first in Ohio and 16th among all public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Graduate Schools issue. Several departments within the college also placed among the top programs in the nation. The Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering maintained its rank at 11th among its peers. The Department of Integrated Systems Engineering placed 13th overall in the industrial/manufacturing specialty.
  9. During a competition run in the RPAC, a student anxiously watches her robot as it moves across the competition track.Madeline Carek makes final preparations before a round-robin run begins.New engineering education PhD program connects theory with practice
    A new Ohio State engineering graduate program will bridge two of the institution’s core missions: educating future engineers and conducting world-class research. The Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Education degree builds on the Department of Engineering Education’s work in applied research, emphasizing teaching as a way of knowing. 
  10. First-year engineers strut their skills at 24th annual robot competition
    Hundreds of spectators filled the Recreation and Physical Activity Center's Davis Gymnasium on April 7 to watch robots race to be the best in the pits during The Ohio State University College of Engineering’s 24th annual robot competition. The event is the culmination of a semester-long project that challenged 252 freshmen honors engineering students to design, build and program a fully autonomous robot vehicle in just nine weeks. It also helps students determine if engineering is the right fit.