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2018 Priorities  

Proposal #1: Creating a Collaborative Space

Problem Statement

Kettering Labs, or KL, is the engineering building at UD. Many students feel like it does not have a convenient place to study or do group work. The only public place for student use is a first floor lounge with furniture that is not suited for academic work.


The basement of KL is virtually unused and contains many rooms that are large enough to be a group study space. I created a prototype floor plan using a central room and pictures of furniture found online, including team tables with presenting monitors, group standing desks, and modular couches. 


The feedback I received for students was very positive. Most had no suggestions for changes besides minor tweaks to the furniture and requests for many outlets to be installed. Moving forward, I will be presenting to faculty and facilities managment to hear their feedback and to find out what the next steps would be to move this proposal forward.

Proposal #2: Crossing CAP Courses

Problem Statement

At the University of Dayton, all students are required to take 10 CAP courses, which stands for the Common Academic Program. This requires students to take courses in humanties such as philosophy, english, history, etc. One issue that is brought up is that students opt for the easiest classes and ones that best fit their schedule instead of ones they are interested in. 


Instead of having the 10 CAP courses, have the CAP courses be more focused on engineering themes, so they engineers will be more interested and represented in humanties. This would also allow for a better understanding of engineering in both theory and in the workplace, thus further preparing them upon graduation.

After surveying engineering students, many students still wanted the CAP courses to not focus on engineering topics, but they still wanted more from their courses. Many of them suggested ideas such as allowing for those classes to be replaced by getting minors in other fields such as Computer Science, Business, etc. 

Proposal #3: Developing a Resouce for Locating Vacant Rooms' '

Problem Statements and RoadBlocks

  1. Students want study spaces avaible in KL for collaborative working in the evening/weekends
  2. Size and Layout of KL is rather static. Administration is already working hard to optimize space. 
  3. There is little space to rearrage the layout of the building
  4.  TAs tend to reserve larger rooms for office hours, which is not always necessary
  5.  Student have no way to reserve study space unless it is for club events
  6. Students cannot see which rooms are unoccupied 
  7. Adding/Renovating collaborative spaces in KL may not be possible because there is already overcrowding. Labs and Offices are at capasity

Potential Solution

  1. Create a universal systems for students to check which rooms are available to use outside of the class hours.
  2.  Optimize use of reserved space by using smaller rooms for office hours or combining multiple TAs into one room for various office hours

Plan of Action

  1. Adapt the layout of the Library's System to KL to view which rooms are available.
  2. Create an applciation to show a map and highlight the free rooms in KL, posting when they are help for classes/meetings.
  3. Speak with the Dean to optimize spaces for TA's. Propose alternative spaces that are smaller or larger spaces that are condensed

Other Information

  1. Roesh Library has a room reservation tool on their website with a listing of available study rooms and team rooms and the abiliry to reserve them for up to a 3 hour window

Proposal #4: Establishing a Living Learning Community

The University of Dayton offers a variety of Integrated Learning Living Communities(ILLC) where first year students are able to live together based upon shared interests and passions. The proposal is to establish an ILLC for Engineering and Innovation that would allow first year Engineering students the abiltiy to live together and begin practicing essential networking and problem solving skills that will help them develop into future successful engingeers and problem solvers

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University Innovation Fellows

Spring 2018:

Baylor Franck

Anna Hecht

Brian Sikora

Jennifer Welch

Spring 2017:

David Fink

Khalilah Manson

Madalyn Beban

Spring 2016:

Cameron Crasto

Suzy Dorsey

Reid Fuente

Daniela Lopez

Devin Spatz