Research & Innovation

Turning discovery into meaningful impact

Revolutionary thinking—it’s part of our DNA at UD. Our first students in 1743 helped found this nation.

Today, we’re marshaling that daring spirit and our expertise in science, engineering, the social sciences, arts and humanities to address new challenges.

We’re innovating clean cars and clean fuels, giving mobility to youngsters with disabilities, conserving the precious artifacts of our collective global heritage, and creating life-changing inventions right at your fingertips—did you know our touchpad technology made your smartphone possible? Explore the exciting research we’re leading and the entrepreneurial ecosystem we’re building.

Modeling new materials
  • Duck power

    Article by Adam Thomas | August 14, 2018

    UD graduate student investigates energy expenditure of ducks

  • Helping Pea Patch Island stand up to waves

    Article by Tracey Bryant  | August 09, 2018

    Rachel Schaefer explores how vegetation can reduce erosion of Delaware River island

  • Mapping an underwater battlefield

    Article adapted by Karen B. Roberts, with permission from Theo Stein, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | August 15, 2018

    Stern of WWII U.S. destroyer discovered off remote Alaskan island