The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs

Competition Dates: Friday, March 6, 2020 and Saturday, March 7, 2020

Competition Location: Page Hall – John Glenn College of Public Affairs (1810 College Road, Columbus OH 43210)

Site Leaders:

Elaine McLoughlin-Overholt, Event Manager for Glenn College Advancement

Sam Malloy, R&D Lead at the Battelle Center for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy


Technical Leader:

Sam Everett, Systems Manager for Glenn College Administration and Operations


Site Judges:

Shawn Midlam-Mohler, PhD
Director, Simulation Innovaiton and Modeling Center
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Ohio State University

Harvey Miller, PhD
Director, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis
Professor of Geography and Reusche Chair in Geographic Information Science

Matt Stephens-Rich
Program Manager, Electrification Coalition + Smart Columbus

Sandra Nessing
Managing Director of Corporate Sustainability, American Electric Power



IMPORTANT: please remember to bring your own laptop computers to the competition. You must have GOOGLE CHROME installed. This is the only browser compatible with the simulation. Tablets are NOT compatible with the simulation. 


Informal Welcome Meet & Greet:

Join fellow participants for an informal meet-and-greet on the evening of Friday, March 6. We will begin for a short tour of the Smart Columbus Experience Center, located at 170 S. Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215 at 5:30PM. We will walk to The Goat at LC Riversouth, located in Downtown Columbus at 6PM for a networking reception.


Recommended Accommodations:

Courtyard Columbus Downtown – 35 West Spring Street

Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown Capital Square – 175 E. Town Street

DoubleTree Hotel Downton Columbus – 50 S. Front Street

The University Hospitality District recommended campus-area hotels.


Ground Transportation:

If you are arriving to the John Glenn International airport, transportation to campus or downtown can be easily found using Lyft, Uber, or taxi. These are also great ways to get around during your visit, but please also consider the COTA bus.

It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure they have made all necessary travel plans.


Initial Competition Day Details:

Participants must arrive to Page Hall (follow signs and other posting on campus) no later than 8:00 AM for check-in on Saturday, March 7, 2020. A continental breakfast and coffee will be available beginning at 7:45 AM. Welcoming remarks, instructions, and the start of the competition will begin promptly at 8:30 AM. Lunch will be provided during the competition and snacks will be available throughout the day.  The post-competition reception will take place in Page Hall.



On behalf of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, welcome to the 2020 NASPAA Batten Simulation! As the public sector challenges we face become increasingly wicked, we must advance tools and methods that help us navigate complexity and make decisions in the face of uncertainty. This competition is an opportunity to practice the tools of modeling and simulation to solve problems related to sustainable development and mobility.

These themes are at the forefront of Ohio State’s current initiatives: Columbus, in partnership with the university, recently emerged as the champion of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge, which has brought R&D investments in autonomous vehicles, big data infrastructure, and electrification to the central Ohio region. Ohio State is also home to the industry-sponsored Center for Automotive Research (CAR), a global leader in the development of clean transportation solutions, as well as the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA), which utilizes data science and spatial analysis to address challenges like the opioid crisis and food insecurity.

During your time at Ohio State, you will experience the full breadth of this living laboratory, both through the simulation competition and through additional events we are organizing including facility tours, lightning talks with industry and government leaders, and a social event with your peer cohort. The Glenn College is located in the physical center of Ohio State’s flagship Columbus campus, and our home will be your home as you participate in this extraordinary experience. We look forward to meeting you, and to sharing ideas related to mobility and the future of transportation.

The entire Glenn College looks forward to you joining us in Columbus.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate reaching out to the site leaders.