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Ohio Gov. John Kasich Reappoints Vice President for Research John Leland to State Committee

Ohio Gov. John Kasich reappointed John Leland, University of Dayton vice president for research, to the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee for a one-year term.

It's the third term for Leland, whom Gov. Kasich first appointed to inaugural committee in 2014 for a two-year term. Kasich reappointed Leland for another two-year term in 2017.

The committee will help legislators and members of the aerospace and aviation community, including military personnel, academic experts and industry leaders, explore ways to boost Ohio's aerospace enterprises.

Strategies include: 

* Promoting the aviation, aerospace and technology industries throughout the state, including through the commercialization of aviation, aerospace and technology products and ideas; 

* Encouraging communication and resource-sharing among individuals and organizations involved in the aviation, aerospace and technology industries, including business, the military and academia; 

* Promoting research and development in the aviation, aerospace and technology industries, including research and development of unmanned aerial vehicles; 

* Providing assistance related to military base realignment and closure. 

Created with the passage of House Bill 292, sponsored by State Rep. Rick Perales, the committee includes three Ohio senators, three Ohio representatives, 14 individuals appointed by the committee's legislative members and one gubernatorial appointee. 

Leland became the University's vice president for research in 2015 and oversaw a record research volume — $135.9 million — for the University in fiscal year 2017. The figure places the University eighth in total research expenditures among private four-year U.S. universities that do not perform medical research.

According to the most recent National Science Foundation research statistics (FY 2016), the University ranks No. 1 among all colleges in the nation in federally funded materials research and development and second for all materials research and development. The University also ranks among the top 25 nationally in research and development sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, federally sponsored engineering research and development, federally sponsored aerospace research and development, all sponsored aerospace research and development, all sponsored engineering research and development, and all sponsored research and development in industrial and manufacturing engineering.


News and Communications Staff