Research at UA

The University of Akron seeks to increase relevant knowledge for its stakeholders, including students, industries, governments and educational institutions. The University sees its research as a driver for finding meaningful solutions to advance the region.

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Working with UA and its Research Foundation

The University of Akron's research services offer support for:

  • Industry:
    • Providing access to research expertise
    • Facilitating testing and research services
    • Licensing UA technology
    • Providing graduate student interns
  • Entrepreneurs and startups:
    • Conducting customer discovery and market research
    • Mentorship by experienced UARF Senior Fellows
    • Providing paths to funding
    • Adding student interns to supplement your team
  • Faculty:
    • Supporting grant applications
    • Helping with technology commercialization
    • Partnering to reach out to customers and learn about markets
    • Patenting and licensing new technologies
  • Students:
    • Providing internships and unique opportunities
    • Forming teams to learn what its like to launch a product through I-Corps Sites
    • Making investment recommendations on real companies through NEOSVF
    • Supporting area businesses through internship partnerships

Research News

Professor trains Iraqi heritage workers in cutting-edge archaeological technology

Dr. Tim Matney led geophysical survey technology training on an international team of archaeologists from the British Museum in Iraq.
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Why some people won’t evacuate: FEMA research

In her research done after Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Stacy Willett has identified six major reasons why people ignore mandatory evacuation notices.


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UA professor awarded federal grant to study breast cancer

Dr. Hossein Tavana’s focus on stromal cells that contribute to tumor growth and persistence could lead to more effective drug treatments.
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Polymer faculty continue to earn significant federal research funds

The nearly $4 million received is for topics ranging from designing new materials inspired by a bird’s nest to 3D printing and nanocomposites.
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