Graduates complete their Master's degrees

Ms. Robyn Bradford, from Dayton, and Mr. D'Anthony Ward, from Cleveland, Ohio are among the first group of students to pursue graduate study at the University of Dayton (UD) under the aegis of the Center of Excellence in STEM and STEM Education STEM-X-ED Center at Central State University.

Both students graduated in December 2012 with a Master's degree in Materials Engineering from UD mentored by Dr. Charles Browning.  Their research is useful to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) as they develop newer materials and advanced processes for building next generation aircraft systems.

Ms.Bradford will continue her studies and research in materials engineering to ultimately obtain her PhD at UD.  Her research involves electro spinning carbon nanofiber doped polymer nanofibers for use as tissue engineering scaffolds while working for Dr. Lafdi at the University of Dayton’s Carbon Research Lab. She also participates in competitions through Flyer Innovations (a student organization designed to translate ideas into actual products and/or services).  Robyn is completing her second year as President of Ideation for the group.  She is currently competing in UD’s 2012-2013 Business Plan Competition and placed 3rd in the Elevator Pitch Round.  Out of 114 entries, her team was selected as one of 15 semi-finalists to advance to the second round.


Mr. Ward's technical mentor for his graduate work was Dr. Andy Rosenberger, Senior Research Engineer from the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at AFRL. Mr. Ward has accepted a job with the Sikorsky Aircraft Manufacturing Company in Connecticut, which is one of the top helicopter companies in the world. He will work in the area of aircraft systems and components failure analysis, which is what he wrote his undergraduate Senior Design Project Thesis on (i. e. aircraft jet engine turbine blades notch-induced fatigue failure analysis), Dr. Abayomi Ajayi-Majebi, PE, CMfgE, his CSU Faculty Senior Design Project Advisor and with other seasoned aircraft components Materials Engineers and Failure  Analysis Experts at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

The Center of Excellence in STEM and STEM Education (STEM-X-ED) at Central State University funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) is dedicated towards preparing graduates for the workforce required for futuristic National defense. Anticipated outcomes of the Center related to the DoD Mission include students trained in STEM disciplines that are important to the DOD Mission and CSU in this effort, partners with the University of Dayton (UD) in the area of advanced material research. Under the efforts of the Center, qualified CSU graduates in attend the graduate programs in engineering at UD with support from the Center funded by DoD. Dr. Charles Browning, the Torley Chair in Composite Materials and the Chair, of Chemical and Materials Engineering Department at UD is the mentor for CSU graduates pursuing graduate studies at UD. Dr. Browning also is the advisor for the STEM X-ED Center for the advanced composite manufacturing technology initiatives and works closely with the Manufacturing Engineering Department.