Industry Partnerships

Solving Real-World Problems Every Day

From creating new technologies to collaborating on social issues, University of Dayton researchers, faculty and students partner with industry to solve real-world problems every day.

On land owned by the University, two Fortune 500 companies – GE Aviation and Emerson – established major research and development centers. These partnerships have led to new ideas, new patents and even new jobs. Construction is currently underway on a new building, which bring together three community-building organizations. They expect to work together on issues such as workforce development, pre K-16 educational access and success, socioeconomic determinants of health and reducing structural inequity.

Partnerships extend off-campus, as well. The University has partnered with Premier Health to develop onMain, a 38-acre district that aims to foster imagination and innovation. Through a partnership with East End Community Services and Mission of Mary Cooperative, the University established Lincoln Hill Gardens, an urban garden and experiential learning site.

And a joint venture with The Entrepreneurs Center has led to the creation of The Arcade Innovation Hub LLC, which will fuel economic growth and spark creativity by enabling students, faculty and staff from all disciplines to work alongside local entrepreneurs. 

Outcomes From Our Partnerships

Icy Hot Research

Our collaboration resulted in Emerson's first patent application for research performed at The Helix Innovation Center.

Explore Ice Machine Simulator

Grow On

A partnership with community partners has transformed a former vacant lot into an urban farm and greenspace.

Explore Lincoln Hill Gardens

Learning Lab

As part of the initial stages of onMain, students are creating and presenting conceptual and structural designs for the space.

Explore onMain Learning Lab Project

Patent Pending

Seven UD students from the School of Engineering's Innovation Center will be listed on a Hobart nonprovisional patent filing for an innovation that assists in trapping heat in industrial dishwashers.

Small in Size, Big in Promise

A soon-to-be-patented ceramic module developed in part by a pair of UD electrical engineering researchers is the catalyst for a startup company and high-tech manufacturing jobs.

We have developed a holistic industry relationship that benefits the companies, the community, the University, and our students.

John Leland

Vice President for Research

5 Tips on Successful Industry Partnership

While industry partnerships have some inherent challenges, there are a few things universities can do to avoid common pitfalls.

  • Develop a shared vision – and an arrangement that provides value for both sides.
  • Make intellectual property agreements and publishing policies both transparent and flexible.
  • Be expedient in negotiating contractual agreements with companies – industry often moves at a faster pace than academia.
  • Stay agile and keep an open mind. Flexibility by faculty members and researchers alike is key in meeting the partner’s needs.
  • Think – and act – collaboratively. Look through the lens of what’s best for the company – not just what’s best for the university.