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A Note from President Hopkins

The 2009–10 academic year at Wright State University has been “The Year of Innovation”—a time for creating a culture of innovation as we continue on our quest to become one of the most innovative universities in not only Ohio, but the nation.

One of our most significant accomplishments during “The Year of Innovation” was the development of seven Centers of Excellence at Wright State. I am excited to introduce you to each of these centers in this report.

  • Ohio Center of Excellence in Human-Centered Innovation—This center will support humans by creating systems, technologies, processes, and organizational change to enhance our everyday lives.
  • National Center for Medical Readiness—With medicine as its core component, this one-of-a-kind facility will offer research and training for medical, public health, public safety, and civilian and military disaster-response decision makers from around the world.
  • Wright State University & Premier Health Partners Neuroscience Institute— This center will speed the transfer of research discoveries from bench to bedside, improving the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders, such as strokes and the complications of injuries or diabetes.
  • Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-Enabled Computing (Kno.e.sis)—Using the latest technology in semantic computing and Web 3.0, this center will translate massive amounts of data into meaningful information that reflects the quality of human experience and effectiveness, such as creativity and innovation.
  • Center of Excellence in Product Reliability and Optimization—Utilizing computer-based research to model physics, this center can simulate a product before it’s made, saving companies millions of dollars.
  • Center of Excellence in Micro Air Vehicle Research—Modeled after the dragonfly, Wright State’s new micro air vehicle could one day be used for rescue missions or information gathering in times of war.
  • Collaborative Education, Leadership, and Innovation in the Arts—This center will enhance ongoing collaborations as well as nurture new partnerships in the visual and performing arts, enriching the already-remarkable artistic climate in the Dayton region.

I am pleased to report that, to date, four of our Centers of Excellence have been named by Governor Ted Strickland as Ohio Centers of Excellence. These include the Center of Excellence in Human-Centered Innovation, the National Center for Medical Readiness, the Wright State University & Premier Health Partners Neuroscience Institute, and the Center of Excellence in Knowledge-Enabled Computing (Kno.e.sis).

Our Centers of Excellence, coupled with the ongoing success of the Wright State Research Institute, will transform our region. Current and future collaborations with business, industry, and government will stimulate our economy by creating high-paying jobs. Faculty and staff at each center will mentor talented graduates, ready for the workforce.

Just as our namesakes—the Wright brothers—took the first flight and changed the world, Wright State is helping the Dayton region forge a glorious future as one of the world’s centers of innovation.

David R. Hopkins


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