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Engineering Hosts Graduate Open House October 5

By Tayte Miller, marketing communications intern

The process of choosing a graduate program can be long and stressful, but the University of Dayton, with over 50 graduate programs, is committed to providing a perfect fit for those looking to advance their careers.

To raise awareness of available programs and their value, the School of Engineering is hosting its first Grad Student Open House for potential graduate students. Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn more about the programs offered, paid assistantships, the application process and more.

The event will take place on October 5 from 1-3 p.m. and is open to all who are considering graduate school at UD’s School of Engineering. The Grad Student Open House will begin with check-in at 1 p.m. in Kettering Labs, accompanied by refreshments and optional tours of campus.

Following this will be a presentation by Dean Eddy Rojas in Sears Recital Hall, and the event culminates with program-specific conversations, lab tours and opportunities to talk with faculty and current students. Open house attendees will receive a transparent look into graduate student life – all while discovering the benefits of a degree from the School of Engineering at the University of Dayton.

“I decided to pursue my graduate degree at the University of Dayton because of the support I have received from my adviser, professors and colleagues to follow my passion for combustion and sustainability research,” says graduate student Katherine Opacich. “UD has provided me with opportunities to present my research at conferences and collaborate with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which helped me form lasting relationships with other researchers in my field.”

With 14 graduate programs and five doctoral programs within the School of Engineering, the opportunities for hands-on learning and research are endless. The University of Dayton ranks as the number one Catholic university for sponsored research and development. In the School of Engineering, research includes – but is not limited to – fields such as materials, clean and renewable energy, fluid mechanics, artificial intelligence, combustion, and bioengineering.

“When it comes to creating a community, we hope to create one of academic integrity, high expectations and a community that is willing to go out into the world and make a difference,” says Judy Grant, graduate program coordinator. “It’s not just building buildings – it’s creating safe environments. It’s a more holistic view and asking what we can do to improve the world and humanity.”

Intimate class sizes, flexible scheduling and dedicated faculty are just a few of the reasons that the School of Engineering is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Top 50 Best Engineering School. We look forward to welcoming potential graduate students with open arms.

For more information and directions, please refer to and be sure to RSVP on Facebook!

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