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Emily Fehrman Cory

Faculty of Practice in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Email: Emily Cory
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Kettering Laboratories Room 363A


Emily Fehrman Cory received her Ph.D. in Electro-Optics from the University of Dayton in 2014.

Since then, she has held diverse positions in innovation and entrepreneurship, starting as the Chief Technology Officer of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Institute and then founding the Air Force Research Laboratory's first makerspace: the AFRL Maker Hub.

Dr. Cory is also an active force in the Dayton region, as co-founder of the Dayton Maker Faire and associated action group, Make It Dayton. She also sits on the Mayor of Dayton’s Manufacturing Task Force and is the founder of the Southwest OhioMakerspace Alliance.

Dr. Cory is now Faculty of Practice in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Dayton School of Engineering where she will be active in the KEEN entrepreneurship grant as well as the University's newly established makerspace.


  • University of Dayton, Ph.D., electro-optics, 2014
  • University of Dayton, M.S., electro-optics, 2008
  • Thomas More College, B.S., physics, 2005

Professional Activities

  • Founder & Co-Lead of Make It Dayton, 2015 – Present.  We are a grassroots group of Makers in Dayton, Ohio. Our mission is to support and connect maker groups in the Dayton region, and to organize and promote maker events.
  • Southwest Ohio Makerspace Alliance, Founder & Lead from 2016 – Present. Founded the makerspace alliance to facilitate better communication and coordination among the makerspaces in the Dayton region, and to identify ways to foster the adoption of the maker mindset in our community that could be addressed as a group.
  • Dayton Mini Maker Faire Co-Founder & Co-Lead from 2015 – Present and Volunteer. The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, now in Dayton! We are a festival of the DIY spirit, celebrating making of all kinds at the beautiful 65-acre campus of Carillon Historical Park. 
  • White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Interagency Working Group on Making, AFRL Representative from 2016 – 2017
  • City of Dayton Manufacturing Task Force from 2016 – Present.  Representing maker interests in manufacturing and promoting the Maker to Manufacturer movement.

Research Interests

  • Makerspaces and the Maker Movement
  • Organizational Culture
  • Entrepreneurship/Intrapreneurship