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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.


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

Super speedy spider hurls itself at prey using web as slingshot

Until recently, we thought only humans stored energy outside their body in an external tool. Turns out, the survival of the tiny triangle weaver spider depends on this ability.
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UA chemist awarded grant to research how fats and oils in our diet affect brain function

Human Frontier Science Program grants are awarded to fund only cutting-edge and high-risk, high-reward projects.
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Powering through: UA students help child get mobile with toy truck

These days, Nathan Ramey is tooling around in a Power Wheels vehicle adapted just for him by UA student engineers.
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Student engineers selected by NASA to help shape future spacewalks

For a second consecutive year, our “Virtual Environments for Space Travel” team was invited to Johnson Space Center to test its helmet-based, augmented reality display system.
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