Centers and collaborations
Department research laboratories
The Artificially Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (AIMS) Lab is where industry professionals and academia come together to study and develop manufacturing systems that work with, and are controlled by, different types of artificial intelligence.
Formed in 2019, the AIMS Lab provides an industry-relevant venue to develop and optimize novel, hybridized manufacturing processes, design and test custom sensors and controls, study and advance human-robot interaction, benchmark cognitive computing frameworks, and define security and ethics based protocols. The lab fits into CDME's core mission of working with industry partners in applied research and supporting undergraduate student development during that research.
In the AIMS Lab, researchers are leveraging the robustness of proprietary automation systems with the flexibility of open-source technologies to support the next generation of manufacturing.
Director: Steve Levesque
November 13, 2023 | Announcement by Ohio State News
The Ohio State University was joined by Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, congressional leaders, Honda, Schaeffler Americas and JobsOhio officials Monday to announce the creation of a new battery cell research and development center.
Slated to open in April 2025, the lab will accelerate the domestic development of battery cell materials and manufacturing technologies while providing an experiential learning setting for advanced battery technology workforce development.
With $22 million in commitments to date, this project will include the renovation of a 25,000-square-foot facility in Ohio State’s innovation district into a dedicated battery cell research, production and education support space. The center will be managed and operated at Ohio State by the Institute for Materials and Manufacturing Research (IMR).
The Center for Advanced Semiconductor Fabrication Research and Education (CAFE) is a multi-institutional research and education center supported by the Intel Corporation via its Semiconductor Education and Research Program for Ohio. The focus of CAFE is on advancing the state of semiconductor fabrication for next-generation device technologies, leveraging world-leading research expertise and capabilities available within our team.
Lead Principal Investigator: Steven Ringel
The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) provides world-class education for the next generation of automotive industry leaders, through on-campus learning and continuous professional development. This center serves as a catalyst for innovation in automotive technology through collaborative, interdisciplinary research; and support economic development, regionally and nationally. CAR faculty, students and research staff have been engaged in research and education related to vehicle automation and connectivity and vehicle electrification for over 20 years. They have strong partnerships with faculty who are engaged in cybersecurity, machine learning, artificial intelligence, traffic and transportation systems, and travel behavior and are dynamically creating new partnerships with industry and government agencies. Director: Giorgio Rizzoni
The Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME) was established to provide university and industrial partners with the necessary resources to rapidly transition technology to higher levels of readiness using four strategic activities:
- Conducting applied research and development for university, industry and government partners
- Leveraging advanced equipment to conduct standardized testing and machining services
- Managing full-scale manufacturing user facilities
- Providing undergraduate students with hands-on manufacturing & engineering experience while they complete their degree
CDME is staffed by two dozen industry-hardened engineers, technicians, program managers and roughly 40 undergraduate student employees. The center averages 50 concurrent projects with an average duration of four to six months. Director: Nate Ames
The Center for Emergent Materials (CEM) at The Ohio State University is a National Science Foundation (NSF) supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). CEM performs integrated research on emergent materials and phenomena in magnetoelectronics, creating new paradigms in computing and information storage. The research activities conducted at the CEM focus on a new understanding of electron-spin injection and transport, and the synthesis and exploitation of multifunctional properties of innovative double perovskite heterostructures. Education is an important component of our research activities. Our programs take an interactive, constructionist approach to address the nature and cognitive cause of the misconception of materials science concepts. Director: P. Chris Hammel
The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) represents more than 150 faculty members and research groups engaged in materials research from five colleges and more than a dozen departments at Ohio State. With a network of state-of-the-art facilities throughout these departments and colleges, IMR provides coordination for a dynamic, world-class and multi-disciplinary materials research community that incorporates science and engineering from the sub-nano to macro scales, from soft to hard materials, from basic phenomena to devices, and from biology and medicine to agriculture, energy, communications, transportation and computation. Director: Steven A. Ringel, PhD.
The Medical Modeling, Materials and Manufacturing Lab (M4 Lab) is where medicine, advanced manufacturing, and other materials-related research areas converge to pursue innovative approaches to advance health and well-being in our society.
The M4 Lab brings together an interdisciplinary team of experts under one roof at the Nanotech West Lab user facility on The Ohio University’s West Campus. The group includes representatives from the College of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology, the College of Engineering’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME), and the Institute for Materials and Manufacturing Research (IMR).
At the M4 Lab, biomedical engineering and clinical experts utilize 3D printing to find innovative engineering solutions for real-world needs in clinical medicine. Their current efforts aim to benefit patients undergoing new, uncommon, or complex surgeries at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center by providing access to 3D anatomic models. These devices help medical professionals with surgical planning, patient education, and medical training.
Micro- and nanotechnology and the ability to transform both research and industry applications are the focus of this innovative facility on west campus. From e-beam Lithography (EBL) to nanolithography, device fabrication, MOCVD epitaxy, device processing, clean room processing and more, Nanotech West Lab has the technology and the know-how to support your project. Current research programs at Ohio State span the fields of electronics, optics, advanced materials and characterization, energy, biology and medicine. If you have research to conduct, a market to conquer, or a product you'd like to evolve, Nanotech West Lab is the place to make it happen. Director: John A. Carlin, PhD
The Simulation Innovation and Modeling Center (SIMCenter) is an interdisciplinary research center for the virtual simulation and modeling of product performance and manufacturing processes in the College of Engineering. SIMCenter’s mission is to advance computer-aided engineering techniques in research, design, and manufacturing. Located in Smith Laboratory, SIMCenter combines expertise from several College of Engineering departments—mechanical and aerospace, electrical, welding, chemical and biomolecular, materials science, and integrated systems—and a partnership with the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC). Interim Director: Nate Ames