Bringing the Light

The gift of light is transformative. It brings hope and opportunity to communities without a reliable source of electricity.

That’s why the University of Dayton’s ETHOS Center has partnered with SonLight Power, a Cincinnati-based non-profit, to train and send engineering graduate students to install life-changing solar arrays on community venues. 

This spring, seven graduate students in the mechanical engineering and renewable and clean energy programs will travel to Haiti to install solar energy systems on two medical clinics, a school and a hotel that specializes in hosting international mission teams. Once the systems are installed, residents and local partners will be trained to maintain and care for them.

This opportunity, offered through the Graduate Service Program, is an extension of the ETHOS Center’s work over the past 17 years. The program, started by engineering students, promotes the service-learning aspect of engineering through technical immersions, student activities, research and hands-on projects. Since its founding in 2001, ETHOS has sent 330 students to 20 countries, and programming has expanded to include domestic immersions, graduate immersions, a semester of service and short-term service opportunities.

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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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