The Ohio State University, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

2888 20614
Position ID:OSU-MAE-AY22MAE9 [#20614, MAE9]
Position Title: Chair, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, Ohio State University
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Columbus, Ohio 43210, United States [map]
Subject Area: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/11/23, finished 2022/09/30)
Position Description:    

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Chair, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
College of Engineering, Ohio State University

The College of Engineering at The Ohio State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The Department’s research and education emphasis is broad, ranging from sustainable energy, nanotechnology, networking and nuclear engineering, along with their applications in myriad domains, including healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation.

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is one of the largest departments in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. The Department is home to nearly 80 faculty and over 35 dedicated staff members. Approximately 1900 undergraduates are pursuing a degree in either Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering (and a minor in Nuclear Engineering) through rigorous programs that feature hands-on, project-based learning. Nearly 300 graduate students are enrolled in a degree program in either Mechanical, Aerospace, or Nuclear Engineering. Our innovative and creative faculty adhere to the philosophy that true advancement depends upon the cooperation of academia, industry, and government working together to advance the goals of science and technology. Our students and faculty regularly collaborate with colleagues in other departments in the College of Engineering and with multiple other colleges across campus. Strong research relationships exist with the Air Force Research Laboratory, NASA Glenn Research Center, several National Laboratories, GE Aviation, Honda of America, and numerous other industrial partners. Department faculty have over $26 million in sponsored research expenditures annually in areas such as advanced transportation systems (automotive and aerospace), energy and environmental sustainability, materials and manufacturing, micro- and nanotechnology, nuclear sciences and engineering, and bioengineering while providing leadership for the Center for Automotive Research, The NSF IUCRC Smart Vehicle Concepts Center, the Aerospace Research Center, the Simulation Innovation and Modeling Center, the Center for Cancer Engineering and the Nuclear Reactor Laboratory.

The College of Engineering has about 10,000 students and offers 14 undergraduate and 13 graduate degrees in 12 engineering departments, as well as three undergraduate and four graduate degrees in the Knowlton School of Architecture. The College has recently expanded its degree offerings with a BS in Engineering Technology available on the university’s regional campuses. The College is one of the largest and most impactful institutions in the field with 405 engineering and architecture faculty members. The College has 14 National Academy of Engineering members and numerous fellows of societies and award recipients. In fiscal year 2020, the College had more than $138 million in externally sponsored research expenditures. Industry R&D expenditures for the College of Engineering in fiscal year 2020 totaled over $43 million.

The College of Engineering provides fertile ground for innovation and collaboration, and it promotes the University’s land-grant mission to create, transfer, and preserve knowledge for the purpose of enhancing economic competitiveness regionally, nationally, and globally and by preparing professionals ready to sustain and advance society. The College strives to create a diverse and inclusive environment where all students, staff, and faculty can thrive ( We understand that diversity and inclusion are essential components of excellence. We are committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We seek candidates who are committed to contributing to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty.

The Ohio State University prides itself on being a model 21st-century public, land grant, research, urban, community engaged institution. Ohio State is a top-20 public university, enrolling over 60,000 students, and its Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is one of America’s leading academic health centers and recently ranked No. 4 on Forbes’ list of best U.S. employers for diversity. Ohio State recently unveiled plans for a major expansion of its Innovation District, including a $1.1 billion investment in new buildings and programs.

Columbus is the nation’s 14th largest city, home to Fortune 500 companies, world-class research institutes, top-ranked hospitals, and the state’s capital. The city was named the 2015 "Intelligent Community of the Year" by the Intelligent Community Forum, called a "Midwestern style capital" by the New York Times and one of the top ten "Best Places to Live" by Money Magazine. Columbus is home to multiple dynamic arts districts; it invites and embraces cultural and economic diversity.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Chair Overview

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Chair leads a faculty that currently includes 52 tenured track faculty, 6 research track faculty, 13 clinical track faculty, 13 research scientists, 3 lecturers and oversees 30 research centers and laboratories. The Chair, who reports to the Dean of the College of Engineering, is responsible for all administrative, budgetary, and personnel decisions within the Department, and will be responsible for leadership, management, and strategic vision for the next phase of the Department’s growth.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in engineering or a closely related field and the professional qualifications and credentials necessary to be appointed at the rank of full professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE).
  • Ability to develop, articulate and execute a strong strategic vision for the MAE department and to lead cultural changes in support of this strategic vision.
  • Experience in leading people and managing academic programs and budgets.
  • A track-record of, and demonstrated strong commitment to, cultivating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment that includes faculty and staff development, hiring and retention, and student recruitment.
  • A commitment to academic excellence and interdisciplinary education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • A commitment to collaborative research and a track record of competitive research funding from a variety of sources.
  • A track record of service to and leadership of the profession within a university or research organization.
  • A collaborative leadership style that builds and grows relationships within and between the Department, College, University, and external stakeholders (alumni, parents, business, government, and local community).
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong record of ethical behavior, integrity, and transparency.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability and/or previous experience working collaboratively with college and university administrators and leaders to achieve departmental goals and objectives.
  • A history of engaging in entrepreneurial activities, industrial partnerships, and external fundraising.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit an application in Academic Jobs Online: ( Please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, diversity statement, and names and contact information of five references commensurate with the rank sought. Confidential applications will be accepted. We note that the AJO application package includes a non-exhaustive list of examples that candidates may choose to include as evidence of their qualifications in their application.

The Ohio State University believes in diversity in people and ideas. What Ohio State does matters. And how we do it matters. When we are at our best, we make a real difference to people. We believe that the university should be a place where people can work and learn together in a safe environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, and intimidation. As such, finalists for any faculty position that carries tenure must sign an authorization and disclosure form, which will allow current or prior employer(s) to share information to the University regarding any findings of employment-related misconduct or disciplinary proceedings against a candidate and/or any pending investigations related to alleged misconduct. Such information shall include findings and pending investigations with respect to sexual harassment, violence, or harassment; research misconduct; financial fraud or misconduct; foreign influence violations, grant misuse or misconduct; and/or any other type of finding or pending investigation relating to a candidate’s employer’s policies and rules governing faculty conduct that may reasonably be expected to affect a candidate’s appointment. If the University becomes aware of any past finding of misconduct or pending investigations that were not disclosed, Ohio State will treat that as a serious omission and reserves the right to rescind an offer or terminate employment. For more information, please refer to the Office of Academic Affairs website regarding Faculty Misconduct Reference Checks.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution, a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and have an excellent partner in The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law.

Application review will begin on February 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
Further Info:
N350L Scott Lab
201 W. 19th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210