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The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program has awarded a $50,000 grant to C.K. Shum, professor and distinguished university scholar, and Tang-Yi Yang, in the School of Earth Sciences, to develop a prototype to monitor floods, droughts and freshwater resources at basin scales globally. They will use geodetic a satellite-based gravity observational system and the associated cloud based computing tools to conduct their research.

Ohio State’s I-Corps team is composed of Shum, Yang and Ratnesh Bhattacharya, director of the university’s India Gateway in Mumbai. The NSF I-Corps program is an immersive learning experience which will prepare the I-Corps team to go beyond the bounds of traditional instruction to engage with industry, customers and competitors and translate Ohio State faculty research innovations into products and processes that benefit society.

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Waste Management Conference in MumbaiMore than 400 professionals from the private and public sectors attended the Waste Management Innovation Conference in Mumbai on April 17-18, 2017 to identify innovative solutions to reduce waste in India in order to help the economy achieve sustainable growth.

The U.S. Consulate in Mumbai, sponsor of the conference, established a seed capital fund to invest in promising new initiatives, such as innovative waste reduction or avoidance technologies and practices. Proposals for funding will be solicited based on the results of the conference, and Ohio State will award and monitor the grants over the next year.

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The Ohio State University, Indian Institute Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) and Techstain Technologies will host a one day symposium, “Science and Engineering of Sustainable Development.” The symposium will be an annual event and the inaugural symposium will be held on July 26, 2017 at IIT Bombay and focus on the “Sustainability of Earth and Water Resources from an Ecological Perspective.” Priya Kurle, assistant director of the Ohio State India Gateway, is helping coordinate the event.

The day-long symposium will identify the cross-linkages between the concepts and practice of sustainable engineering. It will bring together thought leaders and practitioners across multiple sectors to deliberate upon the critical challenges facing India’s sustainable development and brainstorm the direction needed for exploring potential solutions.

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