Dr. Dipanjan “DJ” Nag has joined Ohio State as associate vice president of technology commercialization; in this role he will work with researchers across the university to translate academic discoveries into commercial products. Nag is part of the Corporate Engagement Office, the university arm that facilitates technology commercialization, corporate engagement, and economic development. Dr. Nag has been a leader in technology transfer for both universities and in the private sector. His experience includes leadership roles at Rutgers University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), as well as a board member and vice president at the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). He has worked to build innovation ecosystems and on patent licensing in Japan, Korea, Brazil, Chile, Turkey, Poland, India and many other economies and frequently invited as a speaker Before joining Ohio State, Dr. Nag was the CEO of Prediqtus, LLC, an innovation strategy and advisory company that uses next-gen predictive analytics for identification and licensing valuable patents and launched a number of medical device companies. He was a director at Ocean Tomo, vice president at ICAP Ocean Tomo and served as the director of operations at UNL. In 2005 he received the prestigious Howard Bremer Scholarship in technology transfer. He has a PhD, MBA and MS from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical engineering from Jadavpur University, India. Dr. Nag officially began at the university on August 1st.
Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa is a Distinguished University Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She has been a life-long researcher in causative agents of tick- and trematode- borne diseases that affect humans, companion animals, and food and fiber producing animals. Rikihisa has been associated with academia and science her entire life with encouragement from both her father and older brother having careers in STEM related fields. As a young girl, she was not aware that she was going against the grain by pursuing science as a female.Read more about Dr. Rikihisa.
Dr. Betty Lise Anderson is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ohio State. Dr. Anderson has been in her field of study for the past 38 years; however, she has known she wanted to be an engineer since she was very young. Her father was an engineer and he encouraged her in the sciences during her childhood. However, not everyone in her life was as encouraging and supportive as her father. “When I told my guidance counselor I wanted to be an engineer, he suggested I get a teaching license also, just in case. Women were not encouraged to go into science at that time.”Read about Dr. Anderson.
Dr. Susan Mallery is a Professor in the College of Dentistry at The Ohio State University. Mallery practiced dentistry for 18 months before changing her career path to a combination of research, teaching, and the practice of Oral Pathology. “I enjoyed taking care of patients but I wanted to do something more creative. I started doing research as a means to get into a specialty but I ended up being fascinated by it. Some people think research is more nuts and bolts, but a lot of it is identifying and solving a problem by thinking outside of the box,” Mallery said.Read more about Dr. Mallery.
High dependence on corn for a supply of both food and fuel in the United States has resulted in increasing costs of corn and protests in Congress by representatives from the dairy, poultry, and livestock industries. The Ohio State University researchers, led by Dr. Anne Co, developed a method to produce alcohol from the direct conversion of carbon dioxide. Using electrochemical processes on a metal catalyst resulted in over 50% selectivity for hydrocarbon formation. Dr. Co’s method not only simplifies the complex method of alcohol production, but it also has the potential to reverse the negative effects that accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has on the environment. Learn more about this technology.
Recently, nitrogen fertilizer has become a more costly resource due to the high price of natural gas. However, as over two million tons of ammonia emission goes into the atmosphere, 80% stemming from animal production, industry loses a significant amount of nitrogen that farmers could use for fertilizer. Capturing the ammonia emissions and generating nitrogen fertilizer would mitigate the lack of nitrogen fertilizer within the market. Dr. Lingying Zhao has developed a Spray Acid Wet Scrubber that recovers an average of 73% ammonia emissions from poultry and composting facilities while simultaneously generating nitrogen fertilizer. Learn more about this technology.
Currently, auditory prostheses transmit incoming sounds and either focus on reducing background noise, leaving the user with poor awareness of their surroundings but good intelligibility, or they do not lessen the background noise, creating an incoherent environment for the user. Dr. Apoux developed an encoding strategy to provide artificial temporal fine structure cues for cochlear implants (CI) enhancing CI users speech/noise recognition. To learn more about this technology click here. Learn more about this technology.