Mann Chair in the Sciences

The Brother Leonard A. Mann, S.M. Chair in the Sciences recognizes outstanding accomplishments in and contributions to scholarship in the sciences. The position is named in honor of Brother Leonard A. Mann, S. M., former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of physics. Bro. Mann has been described as a true servant-leader in the Marianist tradition. He tirelessly served his church, his order, his colleagues, and most of all, his students. At the time of his death in 1995, Bro. Mann had served as a Marianist brother for 61 years.

Dr. Panagiotis Tsonis of the Department of Biology was the first to serve as Mann Chair. Preceding the current chair, Dr. Peter Powers of the Department of Physics served until his death in 2014.

The current chair is Dr. Shawn Swavey, Department of Chemistry. Dr. Swavey joined the department in 2002. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Edinboro University in 1991, and after a year in industry, he attended Case Western Reserve University and received his Ph.D. in Bioinorganic Chemistry in 1998.

From 1998 until 2000 Dr. Swavey worked in the laboratory of Edwin Gould at Kent State University in the area of Electron Transfer Kinetics. He then moved to Virginia Tech. as a Research Fellow in the laboratory of Karen Brewer until 2002. Dr. Swavey has raised nearly $300,000 in external funding. He collaborates regularly with faculty from the Departments of Biology and Chemical Engineering here at the University of Dayton, as well as a number of faculty at other universities. He has published 53 articles in peer-reviewed journals, seven book chapters, and has received two patents. Since joining the Department of Chemistry, Dr. Swavey has worked with almost 50 undergraduates and nine graduate students on research projects in his laboratory.

His current areas of interest include photodynamic therapy in the treatment of cancer and bacterial infections and Energy Conversion in the form of photovoltaics and fuel cells. He received the UD chapter of Sigma Xi award for research excellence in 2013 and the College of Arts and Sciences outstanding scholarship award in 2014.