UD rises in research rankings, dollars won

The University of Dayton moved into the top spot among U.S. Catholic colleges and universities for research in physical sciences, technology, engineering and math, the university said Monday.

UD finds itself in the preeminent spot in the latest National Science Foundation rankings, released Nov. 14, for research performed in fiscal year 2018.

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UD also retained its top spot for materials research among all U.S. colleges and universities. It also remained No. 1 in federally sponsored research in engineering among Ohio institutions of higher education, and in sponsored R&D in engineering among U.S. Catholic schools.

In a new category, UD said it ranks No. 1 among Ohio institutions for sponsored research and development in industrial and manufacturing engineering.

“While we are proud of these rankings, our true pride is in our staff and faculty researchers, whose dedication to innovation and to their customers makes us successful,” John Leland, UD vice president for research, said in UD’s announcement on the rankings. “Their hard work not only paves the way for growth in their own careers, but allows us to create new jobs and explore new fields of research.”

UD is ranked third among American Catholic institutions for sponsored research and development in all categories (science and non-science), behind Georgetown and Notre Dame at 1 and 2, respectively.

The university also jumped a spot to seventh place for federally sponsored R&D work in engineering among U.S. schools.

The university performed $159.8 million in sponsored research in fiscal year 2018, moving past the previous record of $135.9 million set in fiscal 2017.

UD also said it set a record in fiscal 2019, at $170.5 million.

UD’s Research Institute employs nearly 700 full-time and part-time employees. Nearly 70 faculty and 240 students also engage in sponsored research.

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