Research Highlights

Kent State Awarded the Highest Recognition for Research Universities, the Prestigious R1 Carnegie Classification

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has awarded Kent State University the esteemed R1 status for research, which is the highest recognition that doctoral universities can receive. The prestigious designation affirms Kent State’s place as an elite research institution and puts the university in the company of universities such as Yale, Harvard and the University of California-Berkeley. 

CAE research leverages the distinct combination of aeronautics and engineering, enabling innovative engineered systems for a smarter, more secure and sustainable future that improves lives and makes the universe more accessible to all.

2022 Research Highlights 

Shared from the perspective of Dr. Joycelyn Harrison


January 2022 Research Achievements, Awards and Highlights


  • Professor Hossein Mirinejad is the recipient of an Engineering Research Initiation Grant (ERI) from the National Science Foundation.  The ERI program is highly competitive and supports new investigators as they initiate research programs and advance in their careers as researchers, educators, and innovators.  Hossein’s two-year, $200K award is focused on creating a data-driven, integrated modeling and control framework for precision dosing in critical care patients.  He has plans to include both graduate and undergraduate students in the research.
  • Drs. Jason Lorenzon and Syed Shihab have received a research award from the Ohio Department of Transportation (as a sub awardee of Cal Analytics LLC).  The project, Open Framework Standards for Combined Aircraft Sensor Network for the State of Ohio to Detect and Track Lower Altitude Aircraft, is focused on creating a centralized clearinghouse for all low altitude airborne sensor data.  The CAE team will conduct research to provide a legal framework and cost payback analysis for safe low altitude UAS operations.  They will initiate studies to establish the legal policy position and roadmap for UAS integration into the national airspace.  The cost payback analysis will identify, quantify, and evaluate benefits and costs for statewide air traffic monitoring of UAS operations. The 8-month study will engage undergrad and graduate students in the research effort. 
  • Dr. Stephanie Fussell has received a research award, Human Factors Awareness Training for FAA Aviation Safety Specialists within Aircraft Certification and FAA Flight Standards, from the FAA Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance (as a sub awardee of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ. (ERAU)).  Dr. Fussell will work collaboratively with ERAU to evaluate new FAA learner-centered training modules.  The team will assess module learning outcomes and complete iterative testing, evaluation, and revision of the modules.