Investing in Cutting-Edge Research and Development

In recent years, Cleveland State University has nearly quadrupled its research and development spending. With $55 million in annual R&D expenditures, CSU ranks among the top 20 percent of universities in the United States for R&D, according to the National Science Foundation.

Among Ohio universities, the NSF ranks CSU at No. 6 in federally financed R&D expenditures, well ahead of many other institutions, including Wright State University, Ohio University, Kent State University, Miami University, the University of Akron and Bowling Green State University.

CSU is making great strides in biomechanics through an exciting partnership with a Cleveland-based Fortune 500 company. With a $1.5 million endowment from Parker Hannifin, CSU’s Fenn College of Engineering has built a new laboratory for the study of human motion and control, complete with an advanced treadmill, motion sensors and three-dimensional imaging equipment. Dr. Antonie van den Bogert, an international authority on biomechanics, is leading CSU’s research at the forefront of technology designed to replicate the movements of healthy limbs for people with paraplegia and other mobility challenges.

A distinctive wind spire that recently completed a test phase atop Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, could represent the shape of things to come for wind power. Designed by Dr. Majid Rashidi of CSU’s Fenn College of Engineering, the spire more than quadrupled the energy output of conventional wind turbines. It generated inspiration, too. Dr. Rashidi, who dreams of making Northeast Ohio "the Silicon Valley of wind energy," has made presentations about his invention to 10,000 local students. The U.S. Department of Energy awarded a $1.1 million grant to CSU to develop wind-amplifying structures based on Dr. Rashidi’s system.

Researchers are improving our understanding of biological processes in CSU’s Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease, led by Dr. Sailen Barik, whose areas of National Institutes of Health-funded research include protozoan parasites, RNA viruses and host-pathogen interaction. Using a laser-powered confocal microscope – one of the few in the region – Dr. Barik and his team are gaining potentially life-saving new insights into cellular structures and how the malfunction of molecular mechanisms results in heart disease, neurological disease and cancer.