Research & Impact
At Old Dominion University, our philosophy is simple: Knowledge should be productive. We are committed to providing research-driven solutions. Our world-class researchers are partnering with business, industry, government and investment leaders to create answers for society's most pressing challenges.
ODU research teams generate $88 million in annual funding
Old Dominion University has already made great strides in the areas of modeling and simulation, bioelectrics, maritime health and systems, nanotechnologies and alternative energies. With over 400 projects in progress at our 26 research centers, the cutting-edge is Old Dominion University. Experience our real-world results by exploring our centers, listed on the right.
The modern society faces an array of tough challenges and ODU provides the infrastructure, the facilities, the experience and the resources to face them head-on with our research-driven solutions. We're combining public and private investment to bring viable ideas to the marketplace and testing the viability and scalability of an array of new products and technologies.
The ODU Business Gateway provides companies and organizations of all sizes with a single entry point to engage then intellectual capital, innovative technologies and world-class infrastructure of Old Dominion University to solve business problems, create new offerings and unlock operational efficiencies that save both time and money. As part of ODU's Innovation Research Park, the Business Gateway is perfectly positioned to synergize the best of all worlds.
ODU contributes nearly $1 billion annually to the regional economy
Old Dominion University is committed to attracting top talent, nurturing investment and business start-ups, generating high-paying jobs and improving the quality of life for Hampton Roads and all of Virginia. We are seeding businesses and our own position of becoming the region's engine of economic development. Our local, regional and national impact will only continue to grow.
Climate Change & Sea Level Rise
Climate change and sea level rise (CC/SLR) is a challenge for this region and the university does have a distinct and important role in meeting that challenge, especially as it applies to an urban coastal environment.
An ODU research team recently created the very smart "virtual pathology stethoscope," which can simulate the sounds of the circulatory and respiratory systems to help medical students recognize the telltale sounds of illness. This advanced technology was licensed to a Texas medical equipment manufacturer.
One of our researchers, in conjunction with Microsoft's External Research Group, is developing software for mobile phones that uses pictures to help autistic children communicate.
Out of the Storm
One of ODU's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center's (VMASC) many projects is to design a smoother hurricane evacuation.