Wright State Research Institute



Enhance our distinctive learning experience to produce talented graduates with the knowledge and skills essential for critical thinking, meaningful civic engagement, international competency, an appreciation for the arts, lifelong learning and the ability to lead and adapt in a rapidly changing world.

Objective B
Diversify and enrich academic and professional programs, including non-degree.

  • The Wright State Research Institute provided undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to enrich their academic experience through both paid and unpaid internships and research projects focused on exciting, real-world problems.

Objective C
Recruit and retain a nationally/internationally recognized diverse, learning centered faculty and staff.

  • Wright State Research Institute neuroscientist Michael Weisend, Ph.D., has been featured in Newsweek, Business Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Scientific American, and the Science Channel series Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman for his non-invasive brain stimulation techniques.



Enhance student access to and successful participation in higher education through quality and innovative instruction and student life programs that increase graduation and career placement for a diverse student body.

Objective A
Improve the enrollment and retention of direct-from-high-school, graduate and nontraditional student populations.

  • The Wright State Research Institute supports full-tuition scholarships for Dayton Regional STEM School students attending Wright State.



Expand our scholarship in innovative and targeted ways to address regional, national and global needs.

Objective A
Build a national and international research reputation

  • The Wright State University and Premier Health Partners Neuroscience Institute and the Wright State Research Institute are partnering with the Air Force and a regional consortium of companies to solve human performance challenges in the areas of neuroscience and medical imaging, intelligence analyst performance, autonomous systems, and other domains.
  • The Air Force awarded $6.4 million in contracts to a regional consortium of companies led by the Wright State Research Institute for research to improve human performance in dealing with terrorist threats, combat fatigue, and other defense issues.
  • The Wright State Research Institute portfolio has grown to more than $20 million and features innovative programs in neuroimaging, remotely piloted aircrafts, and more.
  • Wright State received a $5 million contract from the Air Force for research related to unmanned aerial vehicles.
  • In 2012, the Boonshoft School of Medicine partnered with the Wright State Research Institute and Premier Health to create the Wright State University and Premier Health Clinical Trials Research Alliance to increase medical research opportunities for physicians and clinicians and boost access to clinical trials in the Dayton region.

Objective B
Enhance Research and Sponsored Programs infrastructure, leading to more external funding.

  • Wright State led an initiative with industry to grow Ohio’s aerospace and defense workforce, capturing $11.4 million in state funding. The Wright State Research Institute worked with its sister institutions to build an aerospace curriculum that links education and training, research, technology commercialization, and job creation.

Objective C
Foster discovery at all levels in the educational pipeline (K–16+)

  • The Wright State Research Institute supported the Wright Scholar Program as well as Discovery Lab that provides paid and unpaid internships for high school students conducting summer research with Air Force Research Lab mentors.



Provide leadership to promote and support social, cultural and economic development within the region through our collaborations with local, state, national and global partners.

Objective B
Enhance the university’s presence with the Dayton/West Central Ohio regions, and beyond, in ways that benefit communities.

  • The National Center for Medical Readiness Tactical Laboratory was selected as the alternate site for the state of Ohio’s state emergency operations center.
  • The Wright State Research Institute supports the state’s Unmanned Aerial Systems initiatives, and Calamityville is one of six sites in the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and Test Complex.
  • Through its new minor in Emergency Management, the Department of Kinesiology and Health partnered with National Center for Medical Readiness at Calamityville.



Develop and sustain the human, financial and physical resources required to accomplish the university’s strategic goals.

Objective D
Increase investments in facilities/technologies to achieve strategic goals.

  • The Wright State Research Institute boasts unique facilities and technologies such as the Appenzellar Visualization Lab, the Analyst Test Bed, and the Vigilant Spirit Mobile Test and Evaluation Center.