I am passionate about science and technology. Always have been.

I have evolved from a child obsessed with “Why??” — why things work or events transpire or people behave — into a professional energized by discovery, the “Why!!”

With time, I added an enthusiastic, “Why not?!” to my repertoire. So many possibilities to try. So many ways to push toward “even better.” Creativity and innovation thrill me.

With age I have also developed a much deeper appreciation for the ways that discovery and innovation push humans’ advancement through history. Hopefully (but clearly not always) they can bend the ‘arc of the moral universe’ toward peace, compassion, and justice [thank you, Theodore Parker, for the aspiration].

As a result, my passion draws me to science and technology organizations and to the levels where they impact public policy and policy impacts them. “Why not?!” is generally bound by politics, policy, business, and psychology. All those ‘bleeding edges’ of risk, reward, cost, and history. I am fascinated by the interplay among these factors, so over the course of my career, I have found interesting ways to integrate these dimensions in order to create impactful and sustainable organizations and initiatives.

I am excited to lead Ohio State’s Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy into its next phase, as a place that will develop leaders and inspire constructive policy action in science and technology domains. I want to entice more science and engineering students to experience the non-technical aspects of discovery and innovation, since it is these non-technical factors that ultimately determine their impact. I also forsee adding creative partnerships to the existing portfolio of OSU-Battelle collaborations, in areas such as aerospace, manufacturing, and mobility/autonomy policy.

I envision the Battelle Center will be a convener and connector, bringing people together across cultures and disciplines so that collaborative relationships will convert strategy into action that is appropriate for our interconnected and complex global societies.

Discovery, the outcome of curiosity and science, can answer “Why.” Innovation and technology, the outcomes of engineering, can enable “Why not.” Politics, policy, business, psychology inform “How.” Taken all together, we have the ingredients to tackle what matters most.

I am grateful to outgoing director Professor Caroline Wagner for preparing the ground so well for cultivation.

I look forward to engaging with you in the adventure!

The Battelle Center was established at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs in 2006 through the generosity of Battelle, the world’s largest non-profit research and development organization and long-time neighbor to The Ohio State University. Originally the Battelle Center focused on improving education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. In 2011, it pivoted toward the challenges of encouraging innovation and economic development. In 2016, the partnership between Battelle and the Glenn College was strengthened with the inclusion of Ohio State’s College of Engineering in the center. Today, these organizations and Ohio State’s Government Affairs Office provide advice and support to the center's director.

Dr. John Horack

Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy
Joint appointment with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the College of Engineering

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Dr. Caroline Wagner

Ambassador Milton A. and Roslyn Z. Wolf Chair at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs

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