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The Battelle Center’s mission is to prepare curious, passionate Ohio State students, representing a wide range of disciplines, to make an impact on crucial industries.

The Battelle Center offers students the opportunity to go beyond the classroom to develop skills not molded in traditional learning settings. Through immersive programming and hands-on experiences for collaboration, students have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience and context for nationally critical industries.

Our programming includes:

  • Professional skills training
  • Problem solving/design challenges
  • Interdisciplinary context discussions
  • Hands-on activities and practice
  • Student- and faculty-led research
  • Embedded company/agency time
  • Book and film salons
  • Network building
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Global travel

Student Communities of Practice and Engagements

Our Student Communities of Practice and Engagement (SCOPEs) are a great opportunity for any student, no matter the focus of their studies, to get involved in industries with global impact that require an interdisciplinary approach. Go to for more information on upcoming events, how to get involved and what our programming can do for you!

Infectious Diseases SCOPE - Thursdays, 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. EST
Air and Space SCOPE - Mondays, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. EST
Sustainable Energy SCOPE - Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. EST

If you have questions about how to get involved come by and see us or email

Agency Partners and Employers

We know that college graduates are often unprepared for the complex nature of tech-heavy industries. Fresh graduates walk away with a degree, but without an appreciation for the far-reaching effects and contexts that drive the industry forward. The burden of this training has traditionally been on employers, requiring resources and time that are valuable and could be better used in other areas.

The Battelle Center is preparing students to be the “workforce of the future” by helping students understand not only the technical context, but also the political and business aspects of their endeavors. We give students opportunities to grow the collaboration, communication, and networking skills that they do not get to practice in the classroom. Upon graduation, our students are ready to provide value on Day One.

An investment in our center gives you the opportunity to interact and work with a pool of highly motivated prospective employees, both in one-on-one and team settings, helping shape their development. You also get the opportunity to submit complex problems to interdisciplinary teams of students with a fresh perspective.

For more information on the types of programming and projects we can help provide, contact us at

Rapid Innovation for Public Impact

The problems offered in this course are announced the month before the semester begins and give graduate students and high-level undergrads an opportunity to learn skills through experiential learning. Students will get to work with government sponsors and faculty mentors to create a viable solution.

Sponsors will get the opportunity to put real problems in front of eager, motivated student teams. Examples of past problems in our course include:

  • How can government organizations improve retention of the public sector workforce?
  • How can we plan faster land routes through unfamiliar and/or hazardous terrain?
  • Develop an advocacy strategy for counter-UAS operations on domestic soil
  • Defining a risk measure and standard for supply chain operations with foreign manufactured products.

The Humanitarian Observatory

Geospatial technology is changing the way we understand our planet and ourselves, offering unprecedented data to address some of our most critical global challenges. The Battelle Center hosts the John Glenn Humanitarian Observatory, giving Ohio State students and industry partners the opportunity to create new knowledge and solve societal and policy problems through this unique window to the world.

Explore our latest work with the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.