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STEM Catalyst Initiative

2019-20 Awards

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019-20 University of Dayton STEM Catalyst grants.

The seven projects funded this year reflect diverse efforts in the interdisciplinary research focus areas of sustainability, autonomous systems, and health and biosciences outlined by University President Eric F. Spina.

The 2019-20 STEM Catalyst grant recipients:

  • Imad Agha, Andy Chong: Ultrafast real-time spectrometer for characterizing dynamic materials and processes
  • Mary Fuhs, Tam Nguyen: Developing Number E-Books Using Adaptive Technology
  • Robert Lowe, Paul Kladitis: Soft Piezoelectric Composite Materials with Extreme Stretchability: A New Paradigm for Self-Powering Small Electronics through Vibration Energy Harvesting
  • Mark Nielsen: How do difficult features evolve? A test of human spermtail tubulin in the fly D. melanogaster
  • Pothitos Pitychoutis: Capturing the Brain’s Proteome Remodeling during Limb Regrowth in the Axolotl: Solving an Old “Regeneration Puzzle”
  • Xiangrong Wang, Hui Wang, Ju Shen: Translating Big Data to Knowledge: A Machine Learning and Mixture Reality Enhanced Geotechnical Subsurface Investigation, Interpretation and Visualization Platform

A second category of award was introduced in 2018 for collaborative efforts that seek to create sustainable improvements or outgrowths in the research landscape or infrastructure across multiple areas of the University. Following an external review process, the recipients of this award are:

Please join us in congratulating this year’s grant recipients. We are excited about this opportunity to advance STEM research at the University and look forward to applications for the fourth funding cycle during the coming academic year.


STEM Catalyst Initiative

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2019 Awards

Number e-books, limb regrowth, extreme stretchable materials, and more.


2018 Awards

Crazy ants, prosthetic hands, food safety, and more.


2017 Awards

The SmartWalker, neurobiology of ADHD, virtual reality for behavior intervention, and more.