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Engineering Impact Report

Photo: Robert Lowe, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has taken advantage of opportunities like the STEM Catalyst Grant to launch his research lab in the area of mechanics and materials.

Grants are Catalysts for Research

Although it is the largest private university in the state of Ohio, the University of Dayton has a spirit of collaboration among its academic units. That spirit has only increased over the last five years.

In 2017, the University of Dayton's School of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences and Hanley Sustainability Institute, joined forces to provide support for faculty and staff research in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) over two summers.

The STEM Catalyst Grant Program is intended to advance new and existing research programs across the sciences, mathematics and engineering that have potential to rise to national prominence.

The program has now awarded more than $800,000 to support faculty and student research over three funding years.

“These grants reinforce our efforts to foster interdisciplinary research partnerships outside the School of Engineering,” Rojas said. “That’s how major breakthroughs happen.”

The program is competitive, with around a third of submitted proposals receiving funding. Projects that receive funding reflect diverse efforts in the interdisciplinary research focus areas of sustainability, autonomous systems, and health and biosciences as outlined in the University Vision.

The recipients all have a specific and compelling vision for advancing research within their disciplines, meeting humanity’s needs as part of the University’s commitment to the common good and transitioning their program to external sponsorship.

In the second cycle, a special category of award was introduced for collaborative efforts that seek to create sustainable improvements or outgrowths in the research landscape or infrastructure across multiple areas of the University. This award receives a higher level of funding due to its promise.

“This award is specifically focused on faculty and programs that have the potential and desire to achieve a national level of recognition,” said Doug Daniels, executive director of the Integrative Science and Engineering Center, who coordinates the fund’s review committee. “We are encouraging research programs that can clearly articulate their societal impact to underscore the alignment of scientific research on campus with the University’s Catholic, Marianist mission.”

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Jason Pierce said the program addresses a key goal of the College to create and incentivize opportunities for faculty research and to secure the internal resources and support structures needed to promote faculty success. “I appreciate the opportunity to partner with the School of Engineering and the Hanley Sustainability Institute in rolling out this new program that will help faculty with bold visions achieve a national level of research prominence,” Pierce said.

Information about the work of STEM Catalyst Grant recipients can be accessed at udayton.edu/ stem-catalyst/.

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