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Engineering Impact Report

Research for the Common Good


At the University of Dayton, we're focused on the common good - on developing real solutions that have a real impact on society. That's why students cultivated an urban farm in East Dayton and designed a high school 8,000 miles away in Malawi. 

The vast majority of research universities are focused almost entirely on discovery-driven research, hoping to achieve impact in future years. The Dayton approach is different. Here, we encourage the full spectrum of scholarly approaches, from fundamental to highly applied, because we want to advance the state of the art and solve today's problems. 

The mix of pragmatic and inspired innovation that has long driven the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) is now embraced across campus. Born in the School of Engineering, UDRI is now a $150 million engineering research powerhouse experiencing double digit growth the past four years. 

At the School of Engineering, we have ten principles for identifying research for the common good. They are research projects with the following objectives:

  • Prevent, cure or treat disease
  • Reduce the environmental impact of human activity
  • Enhance the safety, health or welfare of workers
  • Improve production, distribution or access to food
  • Enhance the resiliency of the built environment
  • Prevent, mitigate or respond to natural or man-made disasters
  • Reduce the digital divide
  • Enhance the quality of life for people with mental or physical challenges
  • Foster communication, collaboration or education
  • Promote human rights

School of Engineering

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