Wright Brothers Day

Wright Brothers Day
October 5, 2022
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Student Union Atrium

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2022 Event Overview

Wright Brothers Day highlights the Wrights’ pioneering spirit by featuring innovative research and demonstrations from Wright State faculty, students and programs, and local organizations.

Opening Address

Kendell Thompson, the superintendent of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, will deliver an opening address. The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park comprises six sites celebrating the legacies of the Wright brothers and writer Paul Laurence Dunbar.  

Participating Researchers and Innovators

  • WrinkleFrinkle, founded by recent Wright State entrepreneurship grad Christine Moser, creates handmade items and won the 2022 Wright Venture competition 
  • Patient simulator, by the Nursing Learning Resource Center  
  • Direct, real-time sequencing of mRNA by the Center for Genomics Research 
  • Wright LIFE (Lifelike Immersion for Equity), by Thomas Wischgoll, Ph.D., professor of computer science 
  • Solar-powered boat, designed and constructed by mechanical and materials engineering students 
  • Transonic dual-plane wing automation by Zifeng Yang, Ph.D., associate professor of mechanical and materials engineering 
  • Calamityville, a training, testing, and research venue for military and civilian emergency first-responders 
  • Semiconductor training capabilities such as the cleanroom training experience and microfabrication lab, by Wright State’s Intel Initiative

Networking Opportunities

  • The American Marketing Association will also host a Networking Station to help students connect with their classmates, and learn about Engage and other student organizations. 
  • The Marketing Club will also collect resumes from students and distribute them to the companies that participate in Wright Brothers Day.


  • The University Library's Special Collections and Archives, which houses one of the most complete collections of Wright Brothers material in the world, will test participants’ knowledge of the Wright Brothers with trivia questions.  
  • Students can have fun trying out a parachute simulator and a Leap Motion demonstration provided by The GRILL (Gaming Research Integration and Learning Lab) at the Air Force Research Laboratory.  
  • Students can answer trivia questions for a chance to win gift cards in a raffle.

News About the Event


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Other Resources for Wright Brothers History

About Wright Brothers Day

Wright Brothers Day celebrates the anniversary of Wilbur Wright's 39-minute flight on Huffman Prairie on October 5, 1905. The flight demonstrated that the Wright brothers had advanced their design to the point of a practical airplane. Wright Brothers Day honors the pioneering spirit of the Wright Brothers by featuring innovative research, design, and demonstrations from Wright State faculty and departments, as well as organizations in the community.

The event is organized by the American Marketing Association of Wright State University.

    About the American Marketing Association at Wright State

    Wright State University’s American Marketing Association Club (AMAWSU) does real work, implements real marketing plans, and gets real results. AMAWSU does not just promote Wright Brothers Day, but made the event something worth experiencing. The students in the club plan the event with the Department of Marketing in the Raj Soin College of Business. The club is an official chapter of the American Marketing Association.