Wright State University is named after Dayton’s early aviation pioneers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, and continues their tradition of innovation. A rich and dynamic community of nearly 18,000 students on two campuses, Wright State has an ongoing commitment to transforming the lives of our students and the communities we serve. A Carnegie-classified research university, it is an accredited state university offering a broad range of studies across eight colleges and three schools. The university offers more than 90 undergraduate degrees and has 88 graduate programs including master’s, doctoral (Ph.D.,M.D.), and professional (Psy.D., Ed.D.) degree programs.
Wright State University sits at the hub of the re-emerging Dayton region, long a hotbed of innovation and creativity. The university’sresearch portfolio includes a broad spectrum of fundamental and use-inspired and applied research, and reflects a commitment to cross disciplinary and translational research. The university is known for its strong educational, research and clinical partnerships with industry, government, and neighboring institutions, according to Robert Fyffe, Ph.D., vice president for research and dean of the graduate school at Wright State.
The university recently established the Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) to further bolster its applied research capabilities, especially those relevant to the needs of the Air Force and local industry (largely representing the health care and defense sectors). Through WSRI, the Boonshoft School of Medicine and many other academic units, the university has established robust research partnerships with locally based companies, other Ohio institutions of higher education, regional private and federal hospitals, and with the Air Force Research Laboratory that is headquartered at the neighboring Wright-Patterson Air Force base.
The university community is looking forward to the opening in April 2015 of a new $37 million research building thati s focused on neuroscience-engineering collaboration. The new facility is designed to enable the university to capitalize on the synergies that come from having neuroscientists, neurologists and neurosurgeons, and engineers and computerscientists, and their students, working shoulder to shoulder in a powerfully interactive environment. Wright State is also committed to the expansion of STEM education and workforce developmentin the region and state. In January, the university opened the Aerospace Professional Development Center, supported by the state of Ohio, encompassing a Center for Workforce Development and the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center.
The university’s commitment to serving the broader community has been recognized nationally by the 2015 Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
The advocacy efforts of Wright State University complement those of Research!America. Federal funding for biomedical and health research isimportant both forshort-term economic benefits and long-term support of the institutions that underpin the economy of the Dayton region. Wright State University works closely with the Dayton Development Coalition (DDC), a major economic development engine for our region that collaborates with multiple agencies and organizations at the federal level, as well as with our congressional delegation and professional academic societiesthat lobby for funding in theirspecific areas. In this complex and ever changing political and funding climate, Wright State values the watchful eye that Research!America keeps on a broad range of developments and the ongoing communication with its members.