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Engineering Impact Report

Bringing Research (and Researchers) of the Highest Caliber to Campus

Since 2016, the School of Engineering has been bringing top doctoral candidates to campus to share their research, learn more about the University of Dayton and advance their future careers in academia.

The fourth Academic Research Colloquium took place September 10–12, 2019, and brought top performing, graduate-level researchers to campus to present their work.

This research colloquium is unique in that it aligns with UD’s greater vision to become “The University for the Common Good.” While on campus, participants presented their research “for the common good,” and heard directly from Dean Eddy Rojas. Organizers looked for doctoral candidates whose research falls into one of ten areas — including disease prevention, reducing the environmental impact of human activity and enhancing the built environment.

Dean Rojas has high hopes for ARC’s fourth iteration. “Our hope is that we’ve only just begun, that our discussions will continue and will ignite transformations of national and international benefit,” said Rojas.

Not only does this symposium give doctoral students a chance to present their scholarly findings, it also provides the School of Engineering with an exceptional pool of high potential, well-qualified applicants. These candidates are interested in future faculty positions with top universities, and it is hoped they keep UD high on their list.

The School of Engineering conducts a competitive process to choose 20 of the highest potential and most diverse applicants. These candidates spend three days on Dayton’s campus for an all-expense paid opportunity to show their work and discover what UD has to offer.

The participants can tailor their time at UD and meet with individual departments, connect with specific faculty members, tour labs and have one-on-one time to ask questions. Past participants have benefited from practice presenting their research while receiving valuable feedback on their talk and expanding their network with their Ph.D. peers.

“Participants are able to connect and collaborate with like-minded researchers on their findings and build their own network,” said Ken Bloemer, Ph.D., director of the Visioneering Center.

Bloemer noted that the selection committee is impressed by candidates with strong letters of recommendation and interesting approaches to — or findings within — their research.

“Ultimately, we’re looking for participants who align well with the UD community and our Marianist culture,” Bloemer said.

To date, the School of Engineering has hired one ARC participant, who has become an outstanding faculty member in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Organizers are confident the experience on UD’s campus will not only lead to future hires but enhance the reputation of the University.

Based on feedback, a majority of ARC participants said they would strongly consider applying for a faculty position at UD. Past participants noted how much they enjoyed meeting with other presenters and UD faculty. They found value in shared goals along with the personal touch and attention to detail this program offers.


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