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Division of Research & Economic Development

About the Division of Research and Economic Development

The Division of Research and Economic Development works closely with university researchers, business leaders, and other sponsors to promote faculty expertise aimed at solving real-world problems in society and industry. The university has positioned itself as a leader in agriculture and precision agriculture, remote sensing and life sciences. The research enterprise also capitalizes on expertise in digital technology related to agriculture and resource management.

The precision agriculture initiative brings together experts from computer science, statistics, engineering, remote sensing and agriculture, as well as industry partners to increase the profitability and the sustainability of agriculture.

  • Research expenditures increased by more than $4 million from $63.5 million in fiscal year 2018 to $67.6 million in fiscal year 2019. This 6.5% increase moves the university closer to its Imagine 2023 goal of increasing research productivity by 40%.
  • SDSU ranked 182nd for total research and development expenditures in 2019 according to the National Science Foundation. 

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Asst. ME prof. Anamika Prasad in front of CEH

Prasad first ME faculty member to receive NSF Career Award

Assistant professor Anamika Prasad is the first mechanical engineering faculty member to receive the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award.

AFRL fellowship fuels composite materials research

Assistant mechanical engineering professor Anamika Prasad is working with the materials research group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to develop multifunctional composite materials for aerospace applications.

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Community Practice Innovation Center to connect patients with resources

The Community Practice Innovation Center will use a community-based, holistic approach to connect patients dealing with chronic conditions to services that will improve their quality of life.