Many science and engineering endeavors involve crucial public policy questions. Be in the know or play a role!


Even the most science- or engineering-heavy industry requires talent in policy, humanities, economics, psychology, law, and business!

And, if you are a scientist or engineer, it is essential that you understand the broad contexts of your endeavors, so that you can grow and contribute throughout your career.

We welcome any student, in any study, at any level. Our only requirement is your curiosity.

Since so much of the world’s activity is organized into industries, we are, too! In our industry-specific Student Communities Of Practice and Engagement (SCOPEs), you gain:

  • Explorations of the many dimensions and disciplines of an industry
  • Professional skills training and practice
  • A start on your professional network
  • Experiential learning opportunities
  • Hands-on activities or research
  • Coaching/mentoring
  • Provocative book and film salon discussions

Not to mention a cool place to hang out.

We want to help you transform from being a “student with a major” to a “professional in an industry.” We promote systems-thinking — understanding and developing the connections and dependencies between disciplines and domains. And we offer practice in some skills you might not pick up in a classroom.

Attend one of our weekly interdisciplinary explorations to get started in our communities, or contact us to inquire about our training (battellecenter@osu.edu). The Spring 2018 schedule is:

  • Aerospace SCOPE - Wednesdays, 4-5pm, Page Hall LEC (Room 130)
  • Geospatial Insights SCOPE - Fridays, 3-4pm, 240 Page Hall
  • Aviation SCOPE - Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30pm in Bolz Hall Room 330
  • Energy SCOPE - Coming Fall 2018 - email battellecenter@osu.edu to receive the announcement.
  • Smart Mobility SCOPE - Coming Fall 2018 - email battellecenter@osu.edu to receive the announcement.
  • Information Security SCOPE - Coming Fall 2018 - email battellecenter@osu.edu to receive the announcement.

Coming Soon: Infectious Disease SCOPE this fall

Our Research

We take a systems approach to the interesting, complex problems in our SCOPE industries. We also provide the much needed integrative infrastructure for interdisciplinary collaborations: program management, customer/stakeholder relations, strategic communication, and advocacy. Contact us to learn more (battellecenter@osu.edu).

About the Battelle Center

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. Click here to read more about some of our activities.

Leadership

Dr. Elizabeth Newton

Executive Director of the Battelle Center for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy

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Partners

Adam Beckman

Lecturer, Center for Aviation Studies

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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. Noah Dormady

Assistant Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs

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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. Shannon Morrison

Curriculum & Assessment Manager, Center for Aviation Studies

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Dr. Kadri Parris

Senior Lecturer, Dept of Engineering Education

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Brian Strzempkowski

Acting Associate Director, Center for Aviation Studies

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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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Staff

Jenny Shields

Project Manager