Distinguished Lecture Series: Barrington Irving

Captain Barrington Irving has traveled to 50 countries, conducted more than 30 STEM expeditions, and successfully challenged middle school students to build a car faster than a Ferrari 430 and then high schoolers to build a plane he flew on its test flight. In 2007, he set two world records—at age 23—as the youngest person and first black pilot to fly solo around the world. Now 33, Barrington is an explorer that investigates real world STEM problems across the globe. Launched in 2014, the Flying Classroom is a K-8 STEM+ digital curriculum that challenges students to design innovative solutions to the problems he investigates.

The event is co-hosted by the Center for Aviation Studies and the College of Engineering. RSVP by September 30. Click here to learn more.


Our organizational model for developing talent and valuable research

Elizabeth NewtonThrough SCOPE, the Battelle Center’s Student Community Of Practice and Engagement (SCOPE) model, we are actively helping students’ pivot from a student-stance to their professional footing.

Our SCOPEs create connections between students’ interests and the broader environment in which they are pursued. In the process, we hope to foster graduates who demonstrate systems-thinking and the “6C’s” of education: Cultural awareness/Cosmopolitanism, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Character.
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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.

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Dr. Jeffrey Bielicki

Assistant Professor, joint appointment with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the College of Engineering

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Dr. Marjorie K.M. Chan

Director of the Institute for Chinese Studies at The Ohio State University's East Asian Studies Center

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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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