OSU and Partners Break Ground on Driverless Vehicle Testing Grounds

The Ohio State University, ODOT and Gov. John Kasich joined together with other organizations to break ground on the Transportation Research Center’s new SMART Center in East Liberty, bringing the unique testing ground for driverless vehicles closer to fruition.

The 540-acre testing grounds, when complete, will be the largest of its kind in North America. The site will offer year-round testing in all different kinds of weather conditions. Part of the proving ground is slotted to open later this year.

Last year the University announced a $45 million investment to build the new SMART Center. The College of Engineering has committed to spending $24 million over five years to help the SMART Center hire staff and faculty to support research into driverless vehicle technology.

Many at the University believe the SMART Center will be a great advantage to students preparing for careers in computer science and engineering. The previously built portions of the SMART Center have already seen a lot of use by students and faculty.

Buckeye Creates Mobile Invention Studio to Support Would-Be Inventors

On the campus of OSU, in the main lobby of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, there is a workspace intended to help bring innovative ideas to life. In fact, it is called the Innovation Studio. It’s mission—to use collaboration to solve health care issues. Chief innovation officer, Tim Raderstorf, conceived the idea for the studio.

The portable setup includes 3D printers, laser cutters and a multitude of hand tools. There is also assistance available in product design and pitch development. The studio will remain in the James until the end of July, but will also visit the College of Nursing and Thompson Library.

Innovation Studio also provides two more critical elements—funding and validation. Teams working in the studio can enter competitions in which top collaborations get funding to continue to develop their ideas.

Coach to Cure MD Weekend

College football coaches nationwide will join together in support of the Coach to Cure MD (muscular dystrophy) program. It will be held during the games on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

The American Football Coaches Association members will wear a logo patch denote their support. Fans will be asked to donate to research projects. You can also donate by going to CoachtoCureMD.org or texting CURE to 90999 to make a $5 donation added to your next phone bill.

Ohio State plays Cincinnati at home this weekend. This will be the 16th time the two teams meet. The Bucks have only lost to them twice – in the 1800s! They haven’t played against each other since 2006.

Read more game notes here.

Go Bucks!
Jody Victor

Five seniors named captains for 2014

Jody Victor: Here is some great Buckeye football news from OSU.edu and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five seniors were announced as team captains today by coach Urban Meyer. The five, chosen by vote of their teammates, included injured and out-for-the-year quarterback Braxton Miller, cornerback Doran Grant, linebacker Curtis Grant, defensive tackle Michael Bennett and tight end Jeff Heuerman.
Miller, who will have surgery tomorrow to repair his injured right shoulder, will not be able to accompany the team to its game in Baltimore against Navy this weekend, and coach Urban Meyer said Miller would have to count on the 70-man travel roster when he is able to travel with the team.

Heuerman, called one of the best tight ends in the country by Meyer during his press conference today, is also not 100 percent but Meyer anticipated he will be able to play Saturday. Heuerman is a veteran of 36 games with 22 starts and he has 35 career receptions for 585 yards and five touchdowns.

Joining Miller and Heuerman as captains are three defensive standouts, all in their fourth seasons with the Scarlet and Gray:
•Doran Grant has played in all 39 games over the past three seasons and has started 15 times. The only returning starter in the secondary, he has recorded 83 tackles, 11 pass break-ups and four interceptions.
•Curtis Grant is a 13-game starter who is coming off his best season as a Buckeye when he played in 12 games last season, started 10 times and had 52 tackles, four TFLs and two pass break-ups. He is a veteran of 30 games.
•Bennett started 13 games at defensive tackles last season and was among the team leaders in TFLs (11.5 for minus-62 yards) and quarterback sacks (seven). He also contributed 42 tackles and he enters his senior campaign with 34 games played, 17.5 TFLs, 11 quarterback sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

The team will have one final practice – Tuesday – before the fall semester starts on Wednesday.

GO BUCKS! GO BUCKS! GO BUCKS!

Jody Victor

Ohio State fall camp update

Jody Victor: Here is some great Buckeye football news from OSU.edu and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes worked through practice No. 15 of the 2014 fall camp season Saturday morning – part of it an intrasquad scrimmage – in lovely conditions at the Ackerman Road fields. Afterward, head coach Urban Meyer met with the media at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Meyer first addressed the status of quarterback Braxton Miller, who participated in the scrimmage on a limited basis. He said he should be ready to go in two weeks, that his shoulder was structurally fine, but that soreness was holding him back.

Chase for No. 2 QB: Meyer said redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett has moved slightly ahead of third-year sophomore Cardale Jones in the competition for the No. 2 quarterback position behind Miller. Meyer’s reasons for Barrett’s rise: “Functionality, completing passes, growing up a bit, understanding things.

RBs Smith & Dunn praised: Fifth-year senior Rod Smith and third-year sophomore Bri’onte Dunn each drew compliments from Meyer on Saturday and both are in the mix at running back.
Three offensive line positions now filled: Meyer said that Baldwin has earned the starting position at right tackle, joining left tackle Taylor Decker and right guard Pat Elflein as starters along an offensive line that must replace four graduated seniors who are all in NFL training camps right now.

GO BUCKS! GO BUKCS! GO BUCKS!

Jody Victor