Officially launched in October, 2012, The Ohio State University Discovery Themes owe their existence to a 2008 planning retreat where faculty, staff, students, and other university leaders considered the globe’s most pressing challenges and Ohio State’s role in addressing them. Subsequent institution-wide strategic planning efforts confirmed the university’s excellence in a number of the challenge areas, especially three of them: ensuring a sustainable future, nourishing the world’s growing population, and promoting the health of people everywhere. With expertise in these areas located throughout Ohio State’s six campuses, 15 colleges, 105 departments, and more than 220 centers and institutes, the Discovery Themes of Energy and Environment, Food Production and Security, and Health and Wellness were identified as long-term targets of university-wide teaching, research and engagement.
Engineering is central to each of these areas. The college's strategic plan will leverage the university’s investments in the three Discovery Themes, while supporting the economic interests of the State of Ohio.