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Speakers: Engineering

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arnab_largeArnab Nandi, Asst. Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

 Bio and Topic

Arnab Nandi is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at The Ohio State University. Arnab’s research is in the area of database systems, focusing on exploiting user behavior to address challenges in large-scale data analytics and interactive query interfaces. This involves solving problems that span the areas of databases, interactive visualization, human-computer interaction, and information retrieval. He is 2016’s recipient of IEEE TCDE Early Career Award for his contributions towards user-focused data interaction. Arnab is also a recipient of the US NSF CAREER award, a Google Faculty Award, and a Yahoo! PhD Fellowship. Prior to joining Ohio State, Arnab received his PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2011.

Topic: Big Data;  Ohio State’s Hackathon

Rizzoni GiorgioGiorgio Rizzoni, The Ford Motor Co Chair in Electromechanical Systems, Director Center for Automotive Research

Bio and Topics

Since 1999 Dr. Rizzoni has been the director of the Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research (CAR), in the OSU College of Engineering.  His research activities are related to modeling, control and diagnosis of advanced propulsion systems, energy efficiency, alternative fuels, the interaction between vehicles and the electric power grid, vehicle safety and intelligence, and policy and economic analysis of alternative fuels and vehicle fuel economy. Has served as the director of three U.S. Department of Energy Graduate Automotive Technology Education Centers of Excellence: Hybrid Drivetrains and Control Systems (1998-2004), Advanced Propulsion Systems (2005-2011, and Energy Efficient Vehicles for Sustainable Mobility (2011-2016). Since January 2011 he has served as the OSU Site Director for the U.S. Department of Energy China-USA Clean Energy Research Center – Clean Vehicles. During his career at Ohio State, Prof. Rizzoni has directed externally sponsored research projects worth over $50M, funded by major government agencies and by the automotive industry in approximately equal proportion.

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Topics: The Future of Mobility; Future Propulsion Technologies for Personal and Commercial Vehicles; Buckeye Bullet! The story of the fastest electric vehicles on earth

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David Williams, Dean, College of Engineering

Bio and Topics

As Engineering Dean, Williams oversees the education of more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, leads a research program that expends $128M annually and oversees the administration of 950 faculty, research scientists and staff.  He is currently leading the college through a 20% growth in tenure-track faculty.  Williams is involved in many university-industry economic development partnerships.  He represents Ohio State in Washington DC on The Business Higher Education Forum and the Council on Competitiveness and he serves on the State of Ohio’s Third Frontier Advisory Board and the boards of ASM International, American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute, Columbus 2020, Metro Early College STEM School, Edison Welding Institute, Ohio Aerospace & Aviation Council, and the Transportation Research Center.

Topics: Leadership; Engineering as a Driver For Economic Development; Future of Mobility

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