Research Projects

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FABE capstone team places first in national competition

Team of four FABE present their capstone project

A team of The Ohio State University seniors majoring in food, agricultural and biological engineering (FABE) took home the gold in a national competition focused on the design of engineering projects advancing agriculture. The team’s capstone project focused on transpiration control as an important component in growing fresh food for future deep space travel. The team developed a prototype system to demonstrate the materials and design of their final proposal, which they displayed as a part of their oral presentation in the competition. 


Student team one of eight finalists in NASA aviation competition

Team in front of United Airlines Express jet

A team of Ohio State aerospace engineering rising third year students was selected as one of eight finalists from across the country for NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s (ARMD) 2022 Gateways to Blue Skies: Airports of Tomorrow Competition. The Blue Skies competition is a new event that seeks to inspire the incoming generation of engineers, planners, architects and other related disciplines to conceptualize changes to new airport designs or airport overhauls to ensure technology changes in the air go hand-in-hand with infrastructure changes on the ground.



Engineering undergrad earns Patti Grace Smith Fellowship

Max Starr portrait outside

Max Starr, a second-year student at Ohio State with the intent to major in mechanical engineering, has been selected for the prestigious Patti Grace Smith Fellowship. His research interests focus on unique applications of magnetic locking via eddy currents and mechanically alternating magnetic fields, which he may be able to work on with self-assembling space architecture in his internship.



Olivia Langenderfer earns aerospace-focused Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship

Olivia Langenderfer

Olivia Langenderfer, a third-year in mechanical engineering, was one of 30 students selected for the summer internship and executive mentorship program inspiring the next generation of commercial spaceflight leaders. Now in its fifth year, the highly-selective Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program awards exceptional college juniors, seniors and graduate students pursuing aerospace careers with paid internships at cutting-edge commercial space companies.



Sustainable energy program gives students first research opportunities

Tali Look portrait

Tali Look, a materials science and engineering student, found the support to learn the new skill in the Research In Sustainable Energy (RISE) summer program, part of Ohio State’s EmPOWERment National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program. The 10-week, intensive RISE experience provides talented Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to work on an independent research project related to sustainable energy in a supportive environment designed to develop and enhance their research skills.