University of Dayton School of Engineering

A rising STAR

It all started in 2012.

As part of the University’s Engineers in Technical Humanitarian Opportunities of Service-Learning (ETHOS) program, a group of students traveled to Patna, India, to search for a way to refrigerate medications and prevent vaccine spoilage — even when there is limited electricity.

Today, a rotating team of students continues to work on the STAR (solar thermal adsorptive refrigeration) project, which has won numerous awards and both federal and University grant funding.

With assistance from the University’s STEM Catalyst grant, the team is now building a second-generation prototype and will explore a less expensive solvent that provides refrigeration through heat extraction.

The group's prototype showed that by replacing one conventional refrigerator with this technology up to 22 tons of lifetime carbon dioxide emission reduction can be achieved — equal to emissions from three typical U.S. households in a year. Even a small percentage of adoption of the proposed technology could significantly reduce impact on the earth's carbon footprint.

At the University of Dayton, we’re committed to developing solutions that make the world a better place — for everyone.

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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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Kettering Laboratories 101 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0212