We've solved over 1000 client challenges!

At the Innovation Center, more than 200 external clients have supplied real-world challenges for our engineering students and faculty — a transformative space!

Project-based learning at the Innovation Center.
  • Focus on customer needs to move real-world projects closer to the marketplace.
  • Work with the School of Law when IP issues develop.
  • Partner with the School of Business for market/business feasibility studies.
  • Become the complete professional with the best topic of conversation at any job interview! 

Since 1996, student teams have solved over 1000 industry challenges and have met or exceeded our client expectations over 85 percent of the time!

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Capstone Design Symposium

The end-of-term Symposium is held at the University of Dayton School of Engineering and provides a common venue for final presentations of projects supported by the Innovation Center.

Rapid Prototyping Center (RPC)

The RPC is an entrepreneurial center within the Innovation Center where students from the University's School of Engineering and School of Business as well as Sinclair Community College's Engineering Technology Design collaborate to expand our current prototyping capabilities. The students provide engineering design and rapid prototyping services to the campus community, regional organizations and industries.

A nationally recognized initiative.

In 1996, thanks largely to a grant from Emerson Climate Technologies, the Design and Manufacturing Clinic was formed, which evolved into today's Innovation Center, a nationally recognized initiative. 

Mission statement

Educate and develop world-class leaders who create new products while working effectively at disciplinary intersections in the Catholic, Marianist tradition that meet the needs of the business community in a culture of engineering innovation and entrepreneurship.

Project portfolio
  • Ideas submitted by students and faculty that meet the University's Catholic, Marianist tradition.
  • Collaborations with student organizations supporting community issues (e.g., Children's Hospital).
  • Collaborations with international programs (e.g., ETHOS).
  • Products for entrepreneurs and industry.
  • Designs for test fixtures and electrical and computer systems.
  • Improvements for manufacturing processes.
  • Ergonomic studies (NIOSH) of existing, modified or new processes and designs.


Innovation Center

Kettering Laboratories 140 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0238