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Department of Engineering Management, Systems and Technology


Our faculty are comprehensive engineers and researchers who strengthen our community by combining invention and innovation to find innovative solutions to global challenges.


Department Research Labs

Director: Sharon Bommer

The Human Performance and Cognition Lab, situated within the Department of Engineering Management, Systems and Technology at the University of Dayton, is a pioneering research facility dedicated to the investigation of mental workload analysis. Leveraging eye-tracking technology, our lab seeks to push the boundaries of human cognition and productivity in order to elevate human performance. Our overarching mission is to expand the possibilities of human performance and well-being, whether through optimizing work systems or enhancing educational experiences for both our faculty and students. Through a combination of educational initiatives, workshops and outreach programs, we are committed to disseminating our knowledge and fostering a deeper comprehension of mental workload analysis. Our goal is to contribute to the advancement of work design and ultimately improve the quality of life for the human-in-the-loop in the military and civilian sectors.

  • Simulation and computational modeling of cognitive workload
  • Development of system models for measuring and predicting human performance
  • U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory's Multi-Attribute Task Battery (USAARL MATB) software
  • Tobii Glasses Eyetracking
  • Tobii T120 Monitor Eyetracking System

Director: Khalid Zouhri

The Nano-Energy Composites Synthesis and Applications Lab has been established through an equipment donation through the United States Air Force Educational Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate and the University of Dayton.  The equipment has been provided to establish a Nano-Energy Composites Synthesis and Applications teaching laboratory. The laboratory will serve as a cornerstone capability for educational materials research within the Department of Engineering Management, Systems and Technology, specifically in support of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.  Using the proposed synthesis equipment, students and faculty can explore the production of energetic composites and carbon-based materials. Using the proposed analysis equipment, students and faculty can explore the testing and measuring of various material properties related to energy storage and conversion, and photo and electro catalytic response. Combined with existing materials characterization equipment and device assembly tools, students and faculty can explore the application of their composites, making the proposed equipment a vital component of teaching in the area of
materials processes.

Director: Alex Watson

We are at the cusp of a new soft electronics revolution as we see the development of flexible and conformal electronic devices, like batteries, displays, printed circuit boards, and solar cells. This shift from rigid toward soft electronics makes the integration of these systems into everyday life more natural and seamless, particularly in wearable electronics.  Next generation wearables have the potential to impact a vast array of industries, including sensors and communication systems for healthcare, athletics, first responders and military biometric data monitoring, as well as haptic feedback for virtual and augmented reality applications. Smart clothing that incorporates electronics directly into the textile requires a soft, electrically conductive material that can withstand both flexing and stretching. The Wearable and Tunable Systems Lab is studying a state-of-the-art conductive ink based on a liquid metal alloy of gallium and indium that was developed at the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL). This room-temperature and non-toxic liquid metal ink shows exceptional tolerance to stretching and flexing, allowing traces for data and power to be incorporated directly into the textiles.

Areas of Research

  • Robotics
  • Automation
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Design
  • Nano Materials
  • Thermo Fluid Analysis
  • Wearable Electronics/Micro Electronics
  • Electrical Instrumentation and Controls
  • Optimization
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Materials and Processes
  • Systems Modeling Optimization 
  • Human Machine Integration
  • Human Performance and Cognition in Military and Industry 
  • Metaheuristics
  • Supply Chain

Faculty Research and Expertise

Dr. Watson's research focuses on microfabrication of reconfigurable devices that integrate liquids and electronics. His prior work involved electrowetting tunable liquid optics and liquid-metal microfluidics for reconfigurable RF systems. He currently studies flexible, stretchable and wearable electronics. 

Learn more about Dr. Watson's research

Engineering Management, Systems and Technology, Susan Scachitti, Department Chair

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