Innovation in Action


Day of Innovation Graphic, Join us November 16, 2009
Virtual Brainstorming Sessions
Monday, November 16, 2009
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We'll pose questions, tackle problems, and toss around ideas and possible solutions for issues affecting our region. Get involved from your own desktop! Or join us on campus at one of the brainstorming kiosks available in the Student Union Atrium. LEARN MORE...

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Frans Johansson
Author of the bestseller The Medici Effect

April 9, 2010
9:15 a.m., Apollo Room, Student Union
Free and open to the public

John Corvino, Ph.D.
Philosophy professor and "gay moralist"

April 20, 2010
7 p.m., Apollo Room, Student Union
Free and open to the public

Ted Rall
Nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist

May 3, 2010
7 p.m., Apollo Room, Student Union
Free and open to the public

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Innovation at Wright State

Wright State University's culture of innovation has resulted in improved processes that are leading to new and exciting things for the region. A new way to teach mathematics...a dog park for service technology for search and rescue...a robot that helps to teach tomorrow's nurses...airplane cockpits redesigned. Wright State innovation is having an impact on campus, throughout the region, and across the state. In the following examples, you can read about a few of the innovations at Wright State University.

We are being innovative in our colleges, schools, and departments.

Raj Soin College of Business

Supply Chain Management: linking Wright State to economic growth

Ellic Institute ThumbnailShrinking product life cycles, proliferating product lines, shifting distribution chains, and changing technology have made mastery of supply chain management crucial to competitive success. Savvy business people now need to expand their understanding of the pressure on the links in the supply chain. Wright State University's unique one-year Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Program offers a balance of theory development with field expertise that allows participants to develop a skill set that is unmatched. LEARN MORE →

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College of Education and Human Services

STEM: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine . . . the future of our region

Ellic Institute ThumbnailOne of only eight STEM schools in Ohio, the new Dayton Regional STEM School is the result of 30 education, business, industry, community, and government partners working together to create the first STEM school in the Dayton region. The integrated curriculum will combine language arts, history, math, science, engineering, fine arts, and Chinese. LEARN MORE →


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College of Engineering and Computer Science

Micro Air Vehicles: big ideas netting remarkably small results

Ellic Institute ThumbnailUsing nature for inspiration, a team of Wright State researchers has created a micro air vehicle (MAV) modeled after the dragonfly. The MAV has a seven-and-a-half-inch wingspan and weighs 10 grams—the weight of two nickels. It has advantages for both civilian and military applications, including rescue missions and spying on enemies in urban areas. LEARN MORE →

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Lake Campus

SkillsTrac: Changing skills to meet the changing economy

Ellic Institute ThumbnailWorkers in advanced manufacturing can gain a competitive edge thanks to the SkillsTrac Training Consortium, a partnership that links Wright State's Lake Campus, Edison and Sinclair Community Colleges, and Upper Valley Joint Vocational School with industry partners to help workers acquire new skills. Funded by a grant from the Department of Labor, SkillsTrac trains workers in such areas as electrical safety, automation, and robotics. Twenty-nine companies have more than 200 workers enrolled in the program. LEARN MORE →

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College of Liberal Arts

Combining disciplines to understand our complex world

Ellic Institute ThumbnailSTEAM3, a course for art and music education majors at Wright State, incorporates the creative arts to teach science and mathematics. The class combines the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine with art and music. LEARN MORE →

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College of Nursing and Health

Meeting tomorrow's health care needs

Ellic Institute ThumbnailA high-tech home that will serve as an educational facility for nurses and other health care providers as well as students opened this month at Bethany Village in Centerville, as part of a new collaboration between Graceworks Lutheran Services and the Nursing Institute of West Central Ohio. This will be the first time a family of simulated models, monitored remotely by faculty through robots, will occupy a "Living Laboratory" for nursing instruction at a senior living community. LEARN MORE →

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College of Science and Mathematics

Reforming math education for engineering students

Ellic Institute ThumbnailWright State University has developed new ways to teach mathematics in engineering courses to help students overcome math hurdles and improve graduation rates. Soon 15 colleges around the country will learn how to eliminate that bottleneck in their engineering programs using Wright State’s successful engineering mathematics education reform model. LEARN MORE →

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Boonshoft School of Medicine

Training the nation's first responders

Ellic Institute ThumbnailThe National Center for Medical Readiness is a Wright State Center of Excellence developed by the WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine to provide training and education, research, and a product development test-bed and commercialization opportunities that integrate medicine with disaster response. Calamityville will be the site of the NCMR's new tactical laboratory. LEARN MORE →

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School of Professional Psychology

Transformative Impact

Ellic Institute ThumbnailWright State University's School of Professional Psychology is celebrating its 30th anniversary with innovative ideas for transforming the community it serves. Utilizing the expertise of students and faculty in SOPP, Wright State University is envisioning a rebirth for the Wright-Dunbar neighborhood, the location of the school's Duke E. Ellis Institute. With its mission to serve the underserved, the Community Memory Clinic was developed to provide assessment and support for area patients and their families affected by dementia. Future SOPP plans include the nation's first Nathaniel Place, which will incorporate art, music, and writing in treatment of mental illness. LEARN MORE →

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