The COSI STEM Star initiative honors ordinary people doing extraordinary STEM work, highlighting the scientists that live among us and provide us with a deep connection to the community-wide spirit of the festival. STEM champions showcase exemplary work to leverage the power of science to improve the quality of life for us all, in Central Ohio and beyond.
Thank you for all your submissions. See the past winners below.
STEM Stars 2022
Dr. Erandi De Silva
Co-Founder & SVP of Product Development at Forge Biologics
Dr.De Silva is both Co-Founder & SVP of Product Development at Forge Biologics, a company focused on enabling access to life-changing gene therapies and helping bring them from an idea into reality. Her work is on the front lines of progress in the medical field, and with her specialties in everything from molecular bio
Associate Professor of Medicine, Stem Cell Therapy Lab, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Sumithira Vasu has dedicated her career to taking care of patients at some of the most vulnerable times in their lives. Vasu uses her expertise in STEM to support patients with life-threatening diseases and help build a path for them to resume living full, healthy lives. Her wo
Representative Dr. Beth Liston
Doctor, State Representative for Ohio House, District 21
Representative Dr. Beth Lison has served as a doctor in Columbus for over a decade! As a doctor, mother, professor, and State Representative for Ohio House, District 21– Dr. Beth Liston has a varied & lengthy resume! Through it all, her passion for using science to improve the quality of life for us all, in Central Ohio a
Ididrod’s 2022 Teacher on the Trail // Teacher at Hilliard City Schools
Jim Deprez spends his days not just advocating for STEM education–but jumping right in as an educator himself! Along with supporting the growth of our community’s young minds, Jim Deprez also served as the Ididirod’s Teacher on the Trail for 2022. He flew from checkpoint to checkpoint, following the
Senior Prototype Specialist for Priority Designs // Maker of The Musket V Twin Motorcycle
Aniket Vardhan first visited COSI for the architecture, not the science– but things have certainly changed since then! As a self-taught motorcycle expert, Vardhan followed his passion for mechanical design & motorcycles to create his own optimized engine design! After years of work, chal