NEW EMINENT SCHOLAR TO EXPAND UNIVERSITY NANOTECH EFFORT
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the funding of a new Eminent Scholar position from the Ohio Board of Regents, Ohio State University can now fully enact its plan to expand nanotechnology research.
The new position -- the Ohio Eminent Scholar in Computational Nanotechnology -- will receive an endowment of $750,000 from the Regents and matching endowment funds from the university. The scholar will hold a joint appointment with tenure in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and work closely with Ohio State’s Center for Materials Research. The partnering department will be determined through the search process.
Cheena Srinivasan, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, said the scholar would be an expert in the theoretical and computational aspects of nanotechnology -- the science of manipulating materials and processes at the molecular level.
This latest award completes the foundation of Ohio State’s two-pronged research initiative in nanotechnology. In 2001, the Regents awarded the university an Eminent Scholar in Nanotechnology: Molecular Self-Assembly. That position, to be tenured through the Department of Chemical Engineering, will focus on the experimental side of nanotech, when it is filled.
“Having an experimental scholar and a theoretical scholar brings great strength to this initiative,” said Srinivasan. “Together, they will be able to leverage the broad spectrum of nanotech research already happening on campus, and forge strategic collaborations outside of campus as well.”
Of the 47 Eminent Scholar positions awarded by the Regents since 1984, nearly half -- 22 in total -- have been awarded to Ohio State. Three other Ohio universities -- Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University, and Miami University -- also received new scholar positions from the Regents on September 19.
Contact: Cheena Srinivasan, (614) 292-0503; Srinivasan.email@example.com
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