Engineering departments earn Ohio State Good-to-Great Grants

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The Ohio State University has selected nine proposals, including two from the College of Engineering, for Good-to-Great Grant Program support. Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA), Good-to-Great Grants provide substantial strategic investment for up to five years to tenure-initiating units that identify aspirational targets and a proposed path to ascending to new heights of excellence.

Units were encouraged to: draw upon the many assets of Ohio State; create partnerships across departments, colleges and disciplines; consider their faculty on all campuses; engage with centers and institutes; collaborate with external communities; advance Ohio State’s Shared Values; and identify national and international opportunities.

A faculty advisory committee oversaw review of the 59 proposals submitted this year. Approximately 600 reviews were conducted by more than 60 faculty members during the process.

Good-to-Great Grants support the university’s goal of continuously improving academic, administrative and operational excellence as outlined in its Academic Plan. The proposals selected demonstrated significant vision and collaboration, and will be prime targets for future investment, including through philanthropic support. In applying for funding, units reflected on current assets, outlined a vision for excellence and described how additional strategic investment would enable their transition from good to great.

“I am grateful for the units that shared their best ideas for creating partnerships across departments, colleges and disciplines at Ohio State,” said Melissa Gilliam, executive vice president and provost. “I am excited about what lies ahead during the coming years as these Good-to-Great Grants come to fruition.”

Funding will begin in the 2023-2024 academic year.

2023 Good-to-Great Grant Program recipients in the College of Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, ElectroScience Laboratory and Department of Geography
Growing Ohio State’s Meteorology Research, Education and Outreach: A High Impact Investment
Investment in a mobile weather radar unit will provide critical research and teaching infrastructure, including meteorology-related field research and as an experiential learning educational tool. The grant will also support funding for two new faculty members, strengthening partnerships between the two departments and across the university.

Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Moritz College of Law, Institute for Cybersecurity and Digital Trust and the Translational Data Analytics Institute
JusticeTech @OSU: Law + CSE Fellowship & Capstone Program
This initiative will create an impactful interdisciplinary program to bolster teaching, research and student training in the legal technology domain at Ohio State. By establishing the JusticeTech Fellowship and Capstone Program, Ohio State will ignite projects that promote ethical artificial intelligence applications in the legal system, evaluate the cybersecurity of legal technology tools and expand access to justice.

The full list of award winners is available on the Ohio State News website.

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