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Welcome to the College of Engineering!

Advanced Energy Vehicle CompetitionSo, you've decided you want to be an engineer or an architect! Your career exploration has landed you at Ohio State, where you'll find out as soon as you step through our doors that engineering is more than just building widgets. More than fixing mechanical problems. More than improving infrastructure. Way more.

Engineers are creative problem-solvers who invent and improve almost anything related to our health, happiness and safety. In short, engineers help shape the future.

Ohio State's College of Engineering will help you make a world of difference by providing excellent opportunities for you to take part in research experiences; interact with outstanding faculty; participate in project teams and organizations related to your respective engineering disciplines; and, in fact, practice your profession before you even graduate.

We create an unsurpassed learning environment for students by

  • delivering outstanding education programs, emphasizing experiential learning;
  • recruiting and retaining a diverse student body, including the use of strategic pipelines and programs that address individual needs; and 
  • graduating practitioners with the skills to negotiate real-world situations, the conceptual breadth to offer alternatives to conventional solutions, and the ethical foundation to be role models to all groups.

Approximately 70 percent of the college’s undergraduate students participate in our 20-year-old cooperative education or internship programs, led by Engineering Career Services. The college’s reputation for producing engineering talent, as well as for providing superior services to employers, has attracted more than 800 national and international employers including Fortune 500 companies, small and medium-sized manufacturers, engineering and technical services firms, and state and federal agencies.

Highlights: Being a Buckeye Engineer

Engineering real-world solutions

A steering device that assists children in powered wheelchairs, an app that enhances ESL teaching and learning, and a system for sustainable crop production in space are just a few of the 200+ projects and inventions that were on display at the College of Engineering’s 10th annual Engineering Capstone Design Showcase in 2017. Sponsored by ArcelorMittal, the event has more than tripled in size since it debuted in 2008.

Much more than a display of senior engineering projects, the showcase is a culmination of the undergraduate engineering academic experience at Ohio State. As part of college’s focus on experiential learning, all undergraduate engineering students spend one to two semesters tackling a real-world problem before graduation.

“It was really nice to do a full-blown project where we had a set budget and a client we’re designing for,” said student Matthew Clements. “It’s a great real-world experience while we’re still in college.” Read more...

Inventing a novel cancer screening test

Kinshuk Mitra, a fourth-year biomedical engineering major, was named the 2013 Student Innovator of the Year for his efforts to develop and commercialize a novel cancer diagnostic test. Recognizing a clear-cut need for a cancer screening technique that is both sensitive and cost-effective, Mitra developed a new biotechnology called OncoFilter that can isolate circulating tumor cells from human blood samples. It detects one of the earliest physiological signs of cancer, the cells that shed into the blood stream from primary tumors. The filter is cost effective, easy to use, and provides quicker results than other available screening tools.

Mitra teamed up with entrepreneurial students from the Fisher College of Business to win the 2013 Ohio State Business Plan Competition. The team went on to earn a State 2 E-Team Program Grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. Read more... 

Solving food shortages in Honduras

Buckeye engineering students make a difference in Ohio and beyond by implementing transformative solutions to global challenges. 

In a small, rural neighborhood in Choluteca, Honduras, alternating wet and dry seasons commonly lead to limited harvests and often result in a shortage of fresh produce. A group of Ohio State seniors set out to fix that problem using their custom aquaponics system—a sustainable technique for food production that combines aquaculture with hydroponics to grow fish and vegetables without soil.

As a part of their Engineering Multidisciplinary Capstone Project, students spent the 2012-2013 school year building a prototype aquaponics system and planning its implementation in Honduras. Read more…

Engineering a new middle-school experience

Translating Engineering Research to K-8 (TEK8), a new course that debuted this autumn in The Ohio State University College of Engineering, prepares college students to teach public school pre-teens a little bit about engineering. In the meantime, they learn a lot about giving back.

The course introduces underserved and underrepresented students in K-8 to engineering through hands-on exposure to the design process. The hope is that by making engineering accessible and fun, more kids will consider the field as a possible career choice. It also helps Ohio State engineering students strengthen their communication skills and solidify their own understanding by teaching K-8 students the societal impacts of engineering.

“I wanted to participate in TEK8 because I’m from the Columbus area and I know what it’s like to be an underserved student,” said Shayla Breedlove, an electrical and computer engineering major. “I wanted to connect with those students and share my experience, so they know they can do it and succeed too.” Read more...

3-D printing adds new dimension to first-year engineering

The addition of 3-D printing capabilities promises to add a whole new dimension to The Ohio State University College of Engineering’s nationally recognized First-Year Engineering Program. Using MakerBot Replicator 2 desktop 3-D printers, each freshman Buckeye engineer learns how to manufacture their own creations and see firsthand how to refine their work. The printed objects can then be incorporated into the students’ design-and-build team projects or used to enhance lab learning.

“The idea is to take the traditional field of engineering graphics and extend it into the 21st century,” Merrill said. “Not only using 3-D technology as far as computer animation is concerned, but also turning that into actual objects that the students can program and print.” Read more...