New Autonomous Vehicle Test Center Connected to OSU

A research park dedicated to developing new generations of automated vehicles just opened—and OSU is part of it. The Transportation Research Center added on a 45 million dollar test facility called the Smart Mobility Advance Research Test Center (or SMARTCenter). This high tech facility is about 66% the size of Central Park in NYC.

The SMARTCenter is a collaboration between OSU, the state and JobsOhio. The connection to the test center lets the university maintain its mantel as a leader in self-driving research. Having the worlds best and newest test track in the backyard of the university will be a benefit to students and the community from an educational and job creation standpoint.

The SMARTCenter features the widest and longest data-connected test intersection in the industry. The test operation center is 10k square feet that includes research space and garages. The finished track will be an expansive test center with changeable intersections, roundabouts and road configurations.

The new test center will be fantastic opportunity for students to prepare for the jobs of the future.

Engineering Professor to Be Honored by NAE

The first female Buckeye, an engineering professor, will become a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Associate dean of research in the College of Engineering, Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, will be one of eighty-six people to receive the Nation Academy of Engineering honor this year. The Academy honored Grejner-Brzezinska’s for her contributions in geodetic science and sat nav technology—including innovations integrating it with AI.

Beyond being the first female member of the NAE, she is only the 13th faculty member of Ohio State to be honored.

Membership in the NAE is one of the highest honors an engineer can be granted and are only received by those who have made stupendous achievements in engineering research, practical application or education. Those who are honored are pioneers in the fields who make significant advancements in both theory and implementation of new engineering.

Grejner-Brzezinska’s initial work helped create a more reliable GPS navigation. This body of work eventually lead to the GPS we enjoy in our smartphones today. More Recently her teams and she have created new navigation systems that leverage AI and image-based technology and do not rely on global positioning satellites alone.

 

Buckeyes Honor Veterans with Flag Retirement and Replacement Ceremony

The Buckeyes have created a new annual activity in which they retire and replace American flags all across the Columbus campus of the Ohio State University.

The week long celebration of military students, faculty and support staff began with the inaugural Campus Flag Event at the beautiful Remembrance Park. Midshipmen, cadets and student veterans marched in military style to each flag location to retire and replace each flag.

Congressman Steve Stivers, Ohio National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Mark Bartman and President Michael V. Drake all spoke at the ceremony at Remembrance Park to begin the event. They all spoke on the same topic: the important role veterans play at the Ohio State University.

The Ohio State University counts among its students almost 2,000 vets, active duty, reserves and National Guard members and their dependents. 1,400 vets are either current faculty or staff. Additionally, there are about 400 Air Force, Army or Navy ROTC members on campus.

“Script Ohio” Gets Its Own Monument at OSU

Script Ohio. It’s a standout among the most notable conventions in school sports. Presently a monstrous, rock statue to respect that convention has been divulged at The Ohio State University.

The 20,000-pound landmark lays on the edge of Buckeye Grove, south of Ohio Stadium. Its area is neighboring the fields where the marching band trains.

The statue stands 8 feet tall and 14 feet wide and is purposely missing a spot where the ‘I’ should rest.

It’s presumable the new statue will turn into a favored area for selfies. Students said they as of now snapped a photo of himself behind Script Ohio. Financing for the model originated from the offer of stadium seat pads.

Ohio Staters were helped by the college’s Office of Facilities Operations and Development. Venture chief Karin Murillo-Kirlangitis helped direct the undertaking from plan to development and worked with Ohio Staters and Columbus Art Memorial to assemble the landmark.

Playing in the Dirt: New Research Reveals Much About Soil and Climate Change

New research from the Ohio State University developed a new understanding about microbes and viruses in Sweden’s thawing permafrost. This new information may help scientists predict that speed at which climate change will occur.

The major players are the microbes whose control over climate change is based on their consumption or production of methane. The new set of studies from Buckeye scientists increased our understanding of these microbes.

Many of these bacterial consumers, as the study calls them, and the viruses that interact with them have never-before even been identified. While it was known to scientists that thawing permafrost would release methane, they didn’t know much about specifics of the process, nor how microbial colonies contribute to the process.

Researchers stated that as the world becomes more warm, and more wet we will need to be able to predict who things will change. So, we need to know how this microbes work. They also stated, generally speaking, knowing more about what is going on in the soil can only be a good thing.

The research was published in Nature, Nature Microbiology and ISME Journal.