Dr. Jay Sayre was appointed to the newly created positions of Assistant Vice President for Materials and Manufacturing Sustainability and Director of Innovation, Institute for Materials, on February 15, 2016.
Dr. Sayre came to Ohio State from Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest independent research and development organization, where he was Director of Advanced Materials and Director of Internal Research and Development (IR&D) for Energy, Health and Environment. As the Director of Advanced Materials, he was responsible for the management of Battelle’s entire materials workforce in all disciplines related to advanced materials. He also established the Office of the Director of IR&D for Energy, Health and Environment at Battelle, providing technical counsel and thought leadership on technical assessments, intellectual property strategies and strategic relationships with universities.
At Ohio State, Sayre provides vision, leadership and strategy for the overall development, coordination and advancement of the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) Discovery Theme program in collaboration with M&MS faculty leader and Institute for Materials Research (IMR) Executive Director, Prof. Steven A. Ringel, and in conjunction with Discovery Themes leadership. In this leadership role, Dr. Sayre will be actively engaged in M&MS program direction and implementation, faculty cohort development, and the development and implementation of internal and external engagement strategies for a vibrant innovation ecosystem between M&MS faculty, external partners, and across the University.
“I am truly thrilled to have Jay Sayre on board,” says Prof. Ringel. “His proven experience in creating and leading major programs translating basic research in functional and composite materials, with applications in energy and sustainability, into real products by working closely industry, will have immediate impact on advancing the innovation culture we are working to instill with the M&MS program. This includes the pivotal leadership role he will play to enhance the mission and growing success of the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, a key College of Engineering center that is now also formally affiliated with the M&MS program and IMR.”
Dr. Sayre holds a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering Science from Virginia Tech, as well as a Master of Science in Polymer Engineering from the University of Tennessee. His interdisciplinary research interests are in translating science and technology into products within the fields of applied mechanics and materials engineering. Specifically, his focus is on fuel cells, polymer composites, failure analysis, dynamic mechanical analysis, multifunctional materials, and energy absorbing materials. His work on polymer composites is focused on multifunctional composites (energy generation and survivability), electrochemical composites (fuel cells and electroactive polymer actuators), and survivability (advanced threat armor composites). His work to date has resulted in numerous invention reports, patents, and patent applications. He was recognized for his achievements by receiving the Inventor of the Year Award, which is the highest recognition of technical achievement given at Battelle.