Smart Cities Panel Discussion @ OSU

Smart Cities Talk shows the future role of a connected campus


Students who want to learn more about The Ohio State University’s role as a smart campus in the heart of a smart city recently filled a classroom to hear from the leaders of the effort.

Smart Campus, a student organization partnering with the university’s Center for Automotive Research, hosted leaders from the city of Columbus, Smart Columbus, CAR, the university’s Technology Commercialization Office and the Transportation Research Center this month in Scott Laboratory.

“We have a campus that rivals in size some of the smaller cities in the nation. With that, we have the unique opportunity to operate in a microcosm where we can test and find solutions that can then be extended to cities around the nation,” said Cameron Luther, co-founder of Smart Campus.

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Smart Campus Appears in BTN

How Ohio State is helping to make Columbus a ‘Smart City’: BTN LiveBIG

Recently the city [of Columbus] was awarded $50 million in grants as winner of the Smart City Challenge, a nationwide competition sponsored by the US Department of Transportation to find a civic incubator for the next generation of connected transportation technology.

And, who, you ask, is Columbus’ lead research partner on an initiative of this magnitude? Ohio State, of course. Faculty, students and staff are engaging in smart cities research with the goal of transforming the way people move around and interface with the campus and city.

The initiative has even spurred the creation of a student group, the Smart Campus Organization, which pulls together undergrad and graduate students from an array of backgrounds to focus on how the university’s efforts can best benefit Columbus and vice versa.

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New student organization brings Smart Columbus initiative to campus

Members of the Smart Campus Organization hope to make students feel connected to the campus and each other.

As researchers, local businesses and citizens of Columbus prepare to improve transportation and sustainability through the Smart Columbus program, Danny Freudiger, a mechanical engineering graduate student, hopes to bring similar changes to the university.

Freudiger is leading a new student organization called the Smart Campus Organization, which will partner with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) and Ohio State to “engage in internal campus projects, use campus as a test bed for industry-sponsored projects, and collaborate with the Smart Columbus initiative through the blending of students from diverse academic backgrounds.”

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