Research and Community Leadership

Our volume of research speaks volumes about us.

For over 100 years, the University of Dayton has been at the forefront of advanced research. And with more than $80 million in sponsored engineering research, rigorous academic investigation through our centers and institutes and partnerships within the Dayton community and around the globe, we continue to pave the way to a better world.

University of Dayton China Institute

Located in one of the world’s fastest-growing innovation centers in Suzhou, China, the University of Dayton China Institute enables students to collaborate with Fortune 500 companies.

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Centers & Institutes


Located in the heart of the south student neighborhood, ArtStreet is an innovative multi-arts complex and residential area that gives students of all majors the opportunity to live and learn through the arts.

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Center for Catholic Education

The center provides Catholic schools with programs and services that enhance the church’s mission to evangelize, educate and empower the people of God. Its vision is to be a servant-leader in working with Catholic educators to foster excellence in Catholic schools.

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Innovation Center

The cornerstone of our School of Engineering, the Innovation Center is where students from all disciplines come together to solve the world’s problems. In fact, we’ve completed more than 1,000 projects for 200 companies across the globe.

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GE Aviation EPISCenter

The GE Aviation EPISCenter is a $51 million on-campus facility where students, faculty and researchers collaborate with GE engineers to reimagine the way we build planes.

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Hanley Trading Center

The Hanley Trading Center offers an immersive learning experience for finance students. You’ll learn quantitative skills, interact with experienced traders and have opportunities to work with an advanced professional trading platform, TradeStation.

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International Marian Research Institute

Home to the world’s largest collection of printed materials on Mary, the mother of Christ, the International Marian Research Institute serves students and researchers from around the world.

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Rivers Institute

An interdisciplinary cooperation between students, staff, faculty and community partner organizations, the Rivers Institute is focused on building community around our watershed while preserving and protecting its resources.

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More Centers & Institutes

Our more than 35 centers and institutes work across all academic disciplines to advance not only technology, but also social justice, business leadership practices and ethics, and service opportunities for all.

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When it comes to research, we roll up our lab coat sleeves and get to work. UD is No. 1 in the nation among Catholic universities in sponsored engineering research and development.

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Over the years we have partnered with some of the world’s largest Fortune 500 companies, helping us to become a more remarkably proactive, forward-thinking university.

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