President Luis M. Proenza

Welcome …

… to The University of Akron, an academic community sharing powerful and ambitious goals. Here, you will discover an energized metropolitan university that has been physically transformed. Since 2000, we have added 22 new buildings, 18 major additions, acquisitions and renovations, and 34 acres of new green space. See slideshow.

Our university takes a broader perspective than the traditional approach to higher education. The Akron Experience supplements students’ on-campus education by engaging them with business and community partners to create a personalized path to success for each individual. This distinctively Akron approach offers students learning experiences both in and out of classroom, and reflects our 15 years of collaborative partnership with the business and general community to create what others are calling The Akron Model.

The Akron Model recognizes education as an engine of economic development, and the university’s role as a convener, developer and anchor for clusters of innovation, based upon the principles of relevance, connectivity and productivity.  Our work in this area has produced such collaborations as the Timken Engineered Surfaces Laboratories, the National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance, STEM middle and high schools in Akron, the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, and so much more.

Our mission is to ensure student success and leverage our region’s unique assets in the creation of knowledge and applications of research that benefits humankind. Our vision is to set a new standard for public research universities in adding economic value and enriching lives.

Join us, and together we will invent the future.

With every good wish,


Dr. Luis M. Proenza

News & Announcements

Proenza honored for his work advancing Greater Akron's development
March 21, 2014
In front of an audience of nearly 1,000 people, President Proenza was presented with the prestigious H. Peter Burg Award from the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce.
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Ohio Third Frontier awards creative innovation
February 13, 2014
The University received the largest award of any public research university in the most recent set of grants issued by the Ohio Third Frontier.
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See and feel the energy at UA
January 29, 2014
Northeast Ohio's Super Bowl audience will see President Luis Proenza, along with students, faculty and the famous "energy ball" as UA debuts its new TV commercial on Feb. 2.
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UA’s patent production among best in state, world
December 17, 2013
Researchers at Akron earned 20 patents in 2012, trailing only Ohio State and Case Western Reserve University in the state.
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