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OSU: New faculty will make it leader in biomedical and engineering research

OSU officials say a new crop of faculty members promises to make the university a leader in biomedical and engineering research.

OSU has seen a recent influx in new faculty members - particularly in science and engineering. Eric Westervelt, a professor of mechanical engineering who joined the faculty last year, says he was stunned by the number of new hires.

He says his department, which had 45 professors, hired five new faculty members last year.

School adminstrators say they are hiring world-class faculty and emphasizing research, particularly biomedical research.

Research funding has increased 80% in the last five years.