Office for Research
RESEARCH. The word makes you think of laboratories, microscopes and test tubes. Indeed, this is true for the University of Dayton. However, at this Catholic University founded by the Marianists in 1850, research means much more than the images described above. It means service, scholarship, community, and understanding the world around us. It embraces the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Research activities at UD have grown dramatically in the first decade of the new millennium, reaching nearly $100 million in 2010. That growth flows from an interactive environment at the University which yields new and exciting discoveries for our world. Producing value for our society is dependent upon broad, collaborative and interdisciplinary initiatives in our laboratories, classrooms and studios. In engineering and the sciences, these collaborations are enabling significant advances in new and growing fields such as high-performance materials, nanotechnology, sensors and photonics, fuels and energy and bioengineering. These areas, when combined with important work in the humanities, arts and social sciences, provide a wonderful palette from which we are able to integrate learning and research and gain unique perspectives on the intersections of science, engineering, business, ethics, religion and social justice.
At UD, a dedicated Research Institute comprised of more than 420 full-time researchers and staff complements the research activities of the faculty. This allows UD to enjoy a research enterprise that far surpasses most universities of our size. It also provides an energized environment in which students, faculty and researchers discover our future through collaboration, creativity and innovation.
We invite you to explore our world of research and scholarship and join us as we shape the research, scholarship and artistic creation of tomorrow.
- Dr. Michael McCabe, Vice President of Research and Executive Director of the Research Institute
GE EPISCenter Now Open
GE Aviation celebrated the grand opening on December 13th 2013, of its $53 million Electrical Power Integrated Systems Center — an investment that will stimulate economic growth in the region and collaborative research on the campus of the University of Dayton.
The center, believed to be the only one of its kind because of its capability to simulate and test complete electrical power systems in airplanes, is located on about eight acres on the University of Dayton's campus on River Park Drive along the Great Miami River.
"The EPISCenter is a cornerstone in the continued revitalization of Dayton. It is a shining example of the potential of the Ohio's Aerospace Hub," said Curran, president of the University of Dayton. "In the higher education landscape nationally, we believe this innovative partnership can be a model for the future."
The new 138,000-square-foot facility is the intellectual heart and soul of GE's electrical power business with the employment of potentially 150–200 researchers in the next five years, depending on future programs.
GE announced plans in 2010 to locate the EPISCenter on the University of Dayton campus. The EPISCenter will complement GE Aviation's Electrical Power Integration Center (EPIC) located in Cheltenham, UK, which opened in 2011. Together, these two research centers will augment GE Aviation's existing research and development capabilities, further enabling collaborative research and innovation.
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