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Ohio State Battelle Center for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy

We develop the talent, technologies and multidisciplinary teams that support innovation, strategic decision making, and research for the public interest.

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Ohio State students, enter to Win a $50 Gift Card by Providing Feedback on Student Programming at the Battelle Center

The Battelle Center for Science, Engineering and Public Policy seeks your feedback on student programming and communications. We want to hear from ALL students, regardless of degree program, type, or prior experience with the Battelle Center. The survey is open through the end of the semester; drawing for prizes will occur on December 8th.

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The Future Workforce

Ohio State Battelle Center is training the next generation of leaders to innovate beyond technology to make a difference in the public interest. We train students through a combination of coursework and student community events to understand the impact of wicked-problems on the world. Students leave our program better prepared to enter the workforce with skills that complement what they learn in their degree programs. 

Complex Challenges

We tackle wicked challenges requiring technical expertise and an understanding of the public policy landscape. As public interest technologists, we lead interdisciplinary teams from across the university to develop solutions for humanitarian and national security challenges.

SCOPE: Student Community of Practice and Engagement

Our SCOPE programming provides students with a variety of ways to gain new skills and a better understanding of the broader context of STEM focused industries. From Community Conversations with subject matter experts to professional training opportunities, SCOPE offers something for every student on campus.
Community Conversations

We bring in subject matter experts in the Air & Space, Sustainable Energy, and Biosecurity fields for student led conversations to discuss the various paths of being a professional and the technology, policy, economics, and societal impacts of these tech-heavy industries.

Professional Training

Our Professional Trainings supplement the skills students learn in their courses. Trainings on how to network, pitch new ideas, and even care for yourself help students put together a foundation that will bring success during their academic career and after graduation. 

The Salon

The Salon is a space to anticipate the ways technology and innovation affect society and generate unintended consequences. Through shared reading and film experiences, special guests, and discussions, students get practice looking toward the future and how decisions today can change the world we live in tomorrow.

The Observatory

This blog series brings in current students, alums, and industry professionals to write about the latest in science and policy topics. Students are encouraged to pitch ideas they would like to write about or professionals they would love to hear from in an effort to see the bigger picture. 

"I had some small goals when I came in to OSU but you definitely expanded that view. The skills I learned at [OSU] Battelle Center were put to good use almost IMMEDIATELY."

Innovative Classes for Innovative Thinkers

Our courses emphasize learn-by-doing as we prepare students for a future in innovation. Students are met with experienced, multidisciplinary teaching teams that provide students with the knowledge they need and encourage students to practice their skills while providing a positive learning atmosphere.

PUBAFRS 2620: This survey course is a great introduction to the Science and Engineering in the Public Interest Minor. A 3 credit hour course that will teach you the ins and outs of the policy world and how science and policy connect and affect one another. 

PUBAFRS 3620: Space is more than astronauts, rockets, and science experiments. The political nature of space has a large impact in shaping what space means to the world. Whether it is the military use of space, commercial space flight regulations, or funding the science and engineering required to reach the stars, the policy aspect of space continues to matter. 

PUBAFRS 5620: This course will land you on a team of students with different majors to tackle a wicked-problem that will require you and your teammates to come together to find a solution. Challenges are provided from government and non-profit sponsors for you and your team to learn how to attack wicked-problems by doing it. 

This freshly reconstructed minor provides students from all backgrounds the opportunity to understand the policy of crucial STEM fields such as space, agriculture, and public health. Students who take this minor are better prepared to advocate for important fields, navigate the political landscape, and communicate the science of the day to political figures. This is a minor with major implications.

Research, Analysis, and Systems Integration

Ohio State Battelle Center for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy creates actionable intelligence for decision-makers to address ‘wicked’ national challenges by advancing research in policy modeling and simulation; data integration and visualization; human-machine teaming; decision-science; and risk communication. Our research and training programs are united by the shared principles of translating evidence, anticipating change, and innovating in the public interest.
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Ohio State Battelle Center News

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Oct 30, 2023

Go Sustainable Energy Leads a Conversation and Connects with Students

Go Sustainable Energy, a local energy consulting business, joined our community for a pair of events this semester.
Community Conversations
Meet and Greet
Sustainable Energy
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Oct 20, 2023

Ethan Rivera Leads Panel on Public Affairs Collaborations in STEM Education

Ethan Rivera, of Battelle Center, convened a panel at the NASPAA Annual Conference on the ways public affairs and STEM education can connect to create a richer educational experience joined by Shannon Portillo of Arizona State University and Jackie Speedy of Carnegie Melon University.
Public Interest
Jack Kramer on the left with a presentation on a TV to his right that says "Invenergy Overview"
Oct 12, 2023

Corporate Member, Invenergy, Flies in to Speak with Students About Energy Policy, Jobs, and Opportunities

One of our first corporate members at Ohio State Battelle Center joined our students to talk about the political climate for energy in Ohio and discussed Invenergy’s efforts to create meaningful connection with communities.
Job Fair
Sustainable Energy