Space at The Ohio State University

Space Research and Education: The Next Frontier

Throughout our history, The Ohio State University has reached new frontiers in aviation and space-related research and education.  From Professor John Kraus, who developed the Big Ear radio telescope, which studied some of the most distant known objects at the edge of the universe and produced extensive surveys of the radio sky to Maj. Robert Lawrence Jr. who received his PhD from Ohio State and became the first African-American astronaut by any national space program to Professor Paul Fitts and his revolutionary work on human factors engineering and the development of Fitts’ Law, Ohio State has been at the forefront of advances in aeronautics, space science, and exploration.

Today, through our world-renowned researchers, we continue to lead new discoveries and knowledge creation building. We are also educating the next generation of leaders in aviation and space related research including future engineers, astronomers, physicists, space explorers and policy makers.

Distinguishing Strengths

  • Satellite-Based Position, Navigation, and Timing
  • Geodesy and Mapping the Earth's Gravitational Field
  • Dark Energy and Dark Matter
  • Galaxy Formation
  • High Energy Astrophysics
  • Supernovae
  • Instrumentation for Spaceflight
  • Space-Based Remote Sensing
  • Space Microbiome
  • Agriculture and Spaceflight
  • Space-Power Generation, Distribution, and Storage
  • Materials and Manufacturing for Spaceflight
  • Advanced Space Propulsion
  • Space Nuclear Applications
  • Orbital Debris and Space Traffic Management
  • Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy in Spaceflight
  • Human Factors / Human Machine Interfaces
  • Passive Microwave Sensing from Space
  • Space Communications and Antenna Design
  • Space Policy

To learn more or connect with aviation and space researchers, please contact the Enterprise for Research, Innovation and Knowledge.

Facts and Figures

300+ Faculty members focusing on space related research

$40M Awarded annually in space related research

100 Research grants awarded by NASA in 2020

Interdisciplinary Centers and Institutes

Faculty Spotlight

Karen Dannemiller

Prof. Karen Dannemiller is an associate professor in the College of Public Health and College of Engineering. 


Her interdisciplinary research integrates engineering with microbiology and addresses emerging health challenges and environmental concerns using –omics approaches. Within the indoor environment, we are simultaneously exposed to thousands of chemicals and microorganisms which compose our indoor exposome, and these exposures are different from those of our ancestors. 


Contact Karen Dannemiller