Research Centers & Facilities

Research is one of the most important components of the master's degree with thesis and the doctoral program.

Our Research Centers & Facilities

Up to 70 percent of UDRI research is materials related. Program teaching happens at UDRI. Many of our graduate students work on topics that are part of UDRI general research, receive technical guidance from UDRI personnel and use UDRI's state-of-the-art facilities. Some students receive financial support from UDRI contracts that covers some of their tuition and living expenses.

WPAFB's Air Force Research Lab is a 15-minute drive from the University and is one of the top facilities for materials engineering in the world. Students who work at AFRL receive technical guidance from AFRL personnel and, in many cases, they also receive financial support. This research opportunity is limited to U.S. citizens and green-card holders, and special arrangements must be made through the program director's office.

Students employed at industries with quality research labs, such as GEAE, are permitted to do their research work at their place of work. In the past, we have had successful doctoral research projects that were performed in some of the regional industrial laboratories.

Research Advisers

A faculty member will be your Technical Adviser (and also your Faculty Adviser and Committee Chairperson) when the research topic is within his or her areas of expertise. When the funded research topic is outside the expertise areas of our faculty, an outside Technical Adviser will be appointed, and a faculty member will act as a Faculty Adviser and as Committee Chairperson.  Chairperson of a Doctoral Committee can only be a professor who is on the list of Graduate Faculty.

Research Topics

The doctoral research topics are wide range and cover the areas of interest of our faculty and the ongoing funded research at UDRI and AFRL, such as structural metals, composites, polymers, ceramics, coatings, corrosion, non-destructive evaluation (NDE), nano materials, electronic materials, thin films, solid lubricants, optical materials.

Technical Distinction

  • Composite materials processing and process control are two of the most significant contributions to technology improvements at WPAFB by the University of Dayton in conjunction with UDRI and the chemical and materials engineering department.
  • Titanium technology, under the leadership of Danny Eylon, gave the University a status as one of the world leaders in airframe light structural alloys. The technology attracted many international students, brought in a big portion of our outside funding and integrated our activity with AFRL.
  • Non-destructive materials characterization (NDC), developed through a close association with UDRI and made possible through grants by the AFOSR and the Ohio Board of Regents, established the CMD/MURI Center on campus and supports up to nine graduate students.


Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

Kettering Laboratories 524 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0256