Stronger - and Smarter - Together

The University of Dayton has a long history of collaborating with industry. Emerson and GE Aviation have facilities on campus, and the School of Engineering Innovation Center has completed over 1,200 projects with more than 250 industry partners.


Now, with new support from the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), the University of Dayton School of Engineering will continue to strengthen its ties with industry partners and graduate engineers with entrepreneurial mindsets by:

  • Hiring industry and community liaisons.
  • Engaging at least 20 industry and community partners and 30 engineering faculty.
  • Impacting 50 courses.
  • Arranging more opportunities for students to visit companies to see examples of engineering in action.
  • Facilitating three faculty workshops on bringing industry and community experiences to the classroom.
  • Developing a digital toolkit for KEEN partners.

“By providing students a broader understanding of the corporate and community enterprises, they can learn how their knowledge can impact beyond just engineering,” said Eddy Rojas, dean of the School of Engineering.

In addition to this 44-month, $2 million award to enhance industry and community partnerships, the School of Engineering received a $1.2 million grant in 2014 to initiate the largest faculty and curriculum development program in the School's history. In 2012, the University was part of a three-year, $2.4 million award with Baylor University, the University of Detroit Mercy and Villanova University to develop a curriculum that helps future engineers contribute to the entrepreneurial cultures of their companies.

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As dean of the School of Engineering, I am privileged to watch our students growing into engineers dedicated to a better world for us all. At the University of Dayton, we're committed to supporting student success by providing opportunities that connect learning, research and scholarship with leadership and service — the Catholic, Marianist tradition.

With our shared knowledge, we can continue to transform engineering education to prepare our students for even greater success.

Eddy Rojas
Dean of the School of Engineering


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