As Sara Hart Kimball Dean, Mitzi Montoya oversees a growing College of Business that has 3,900 students seeking business majors, 850 students with business and entrepreneurship minors, and more than 800 design students. She previously served as vice president and university dean of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Arizona State University.
David L. Blunck
"I am using my research to improve our understanding of energy conversion devices (e.g., engines). These devices are critical to our quality of life. I love the scientific process and making new discoveries. I get paid to learn by playing with fire. I also find joy in seeing students develop. They are the greatest product of my work and OSU."
"People spend much of their adult lives at work, yet polls find that less than a third of Americans feel actively engaged while they are there. What I love about my field, organizational behavior, is that we focus on two meaningful goals at once: increasing employee performance (with benefit to the organization) and increasing human flourishing."
"My work concerns management of our water resources and water infrastructure. When I see my students learn new things and then spring into new directions with their research, which even I did not think of, it brings me great joy. I love to see them flourish, and I love to see them never give up when challenges appear."
"I am working to create a chemical and energy economy that integrates renewables effectively. Much like what has happened with information through the internet and mobile devices, I see a future where essential chemicals such as fuels and fertilizers are produced locally using simple and sustainable processes."
"The major focus of our research is to learn how to construct roadway infrastructure that is more cost effective, socially beneficial, and does less damage to the environment. By using more sustainable pavement materials, we could save billions of dollars annually. Reducing fuel consumption by constructing smoother and durable pavements will help in the fight against global warming."
"We are facing a crisis in how our infrastructure is aging. Many people are surprised to learn that concrete bridges, roads, curbs, runways, and ports can be damaged by temperature, moisture, and deicing salts. Our lab is trying to better understand what influences this damage. OSU is really a great place to be as we work in this new direction."
"In 2013 NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. had developed a system of ubiquitous mass surveillance. Such a system represents a major threat to a free society, as it could be used to repress dissent. Technology can help to protect privacy online, but an obstacle to their use is the lack of computer literacy. I am focused on communications security education."
"At OSU my proudest moment so far has been our successful funding from the National Science Foundation to pursue an ambitious five-year project in the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering – a project aimed at better facilitating students’ understanding of the practice of a working engineer, in a learning environment that is more equitable and inclusive."
"I have always been deeply fascinated by the ability to look into the body without having to open it up. I love diagnostic imaging because I’m working with cutting edge technologies and daily learning new things. I get totally energized when I can figure out a new technique and can apply it on clinical cases."
"Many consumers lack the financial literacy necessary to make important financial decisions in their own best interests. I would love to see our 4-H Financial Wellness program reach youth and families in every county – helping them make good decisions, prepare and pay for education after high school, and even learn how to start and run a business."
"I love applying engineering problem-solving skills to real-life problems that are made more complex by their social and cultural context, such as how to improve access to energy in Northern Pakistan. I have been incredibly energized working with a true global community of educators and innovators – people who value both social justice and diverse perspectives."
"What I love about my field is that it gives me the opportunity to see beautiful, wild places and to understand at least some of the complexity of these ecosystems. I love seeing pieces of research fit together to create a bigger picture."
Paul Ha-Yeon Cheong
"The Christensen Professorship will enable me to create opportunities for my students with the research laboratories that I collaborate with around the world. Opportunities like that made a profound difference to me as an undergraduate. I want to 'pay it forward' and give future generations of scientists those type of life-changing experiences."
"Our bipedal robot ATRIAS was the first machine to reproduce human-like walking dynamics. This is the proudest moment of my work so far. Robotics is the core of a new industrial revolution right now, which will reshape economies, improve quality of life for everyone, enable space exploration, and so much more."