STEAM Factory, is a promising notch in Ohio State’s belt, a prime example of its young faculty creating something new and exciting and earning administrators’ buy-in. And a spinoff presents an opportunity to monetize some of its ideas. But in 2012, the program was as close to bootstrapping as academia gets.
“We had nothing,” says co-founder Roman Holowinsky, an associate professor of math.
STEAM—an acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts and math—is a grassroots, multidisciplinary Ohio State research group. Its members, whose expertise spans the university, conduct interdisciplinary seminars, workshops and research, introducing their work to hundreds of people who don’t normally encounter academic rigor. The group also awards small seed funding for projects.
Click here to read the complete article. Story excerpt provided by Columbus CEO. Written by Tom Knox. Originally published May 14, 2018.