An Ohio State delegation traveled to India this past January to formalize a partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-Bombay).
Included in the delegation were President Michael V. Drake, M.D. and executive director of the Institute for Materials Research, Steven Ringel. The signing of this memorandum of understanding paves the way for Ringel to move forward with the motivations of the strategic partnership.
The collaboration between Ohio State and IIT-Bombay will focus on three research areas that can be expanded over time: 1) materials and photovoltaics, 2) bio-engineering, and 3) data analytics. This initiative also connects to and fosters the development of Ohio State’s Discovery Theme that focuses on “Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability.”
“We hope to create a long-term formal academic collaboration,” Ringel said. “Initial plans are to host technical workshops both in India and Columbus, leading to specific cooperative projects, sharing of advising of students and attraction of third-party funding but seeded by funds from both institutions.
The partnership supports Ohio State’s strategic goal of internationalization through collaborative partnerships with esteemed Indian universities for mutual benefit, allowing Ohio State to become a truly global institution. The next joint activity between Ohio State and IIT-Bombay will be a workshop at Ohio State in June, which will include lab tours and presentations from faculty that will help to identify future collaborations.