Research & Economic Development

Global Solutions to Regional Problems

The Division of Research and Economic Development supports the scientific, scholarly, and creative research activities of the faculty, staff, and students of Bowling Green State University. World class research is being performed by BGSU faculty at several centers and institutes.

Other areas of note include the Centers of Excellence in the Arts; Sustainability and the Environment; Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan; 21st Century Educator Preparation; and Developing Effective Businesses and Organizations. 

Contact Tom Kornacki, Director of Sponsored Programs and Research, with any questions about the University’s research activities. 

The Division also oversees the economic development activities of the university. To better realize robust local and regional growth, the Division builds on BGSU’s history as an engaged university in creating partnerships with private sector businesses to:

  • Improve existing products and services
  • Define best practices
  • Integrate BGSU faculty and staff into the region's business community

By sharing the knowledge, ideas and resources of our Economic Development office and Center for Regional Development, BGSU is working to secure the region’s economic competitiveness and prosperity in a global economy.

Dr. Michael Ogawa is Vice President for Research and Economic Engagement at Bowling Green State University. His goals in building this division are to advance the scholarly and creative activities of the BGSU faculty, and to create new programs through which the University can be a more active partner in promoting the region’s economy. A member of the BGSU faculty for 20 years, Dr. Ogawa holds the rank of Professor of Chemistry and served as Department Chair from 2003-2010. He has published over 50 peer reviewed scientific articles and book chapters in the field of bio-inorganic chemistry, and has received over $4 million in external grant support for his work. Among his academic honors are the 2002 BGSU Olscamp Research Award and a 2008 Fulbright Scholarship. He received his B.A. degree from Oberlin College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University.