Ames recognized with Honda-Ohio State Partnership Award

Posted: April 23, 2020

Nate Ames, the executive director of Ohio State’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, was recently named the recipient of the 2020 Honda-Ohio State Partnership Award. The annual award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions toward promoting and strengthening collaboration between Honda Motor Company and The Ohio State University.

Ames was selected for setting an example of collaborative innovation and advancing the historic partnership with his leadership.

“It’s an honor to receive this award,” Ames said. “The unique partnership between Honda and Ohio State, specifically in the areas of education, research, and student development, has an impact. I'm grateful to Honda for its continued collaboration with the College of Engineering and CDME.”

The Honda-Ohio State Partnership Award is traditionally announced at the annual College of Engineering Faculty Awards Banquet. This year’s event was postponed until regular campus activity resumes.

Each year, recipients are nominated by Ohio State faculty and staff and Honda associates. Nominations are then considered by a committee of Honda-Ohio State Partnership Co-Directors, in consultation with a leadership review team.

Michael Wiseman, the senior director of research at Honda R&D Americas, received the award in 2019.

As the Executive Director of CDME, Ames oversees the center’s growth and daily operations. In his role, Ames works closely with executive leadership across the university and key industry partners.

“At CDME, we validate that with hard work and dedication, we can grow university-industry partnerships to enhance our students’ educational journey and provide an opportunity for industry to engage with Ohio State faculty and academic resources in a significant way,” Ames said. “Our work with Honda is an example of that mission in action.”