Center for Research & Economic Development

The Center for Research and Economic Development (CRED) is a resource that serves Waynesburg University, the community and beyond. Through scientific research, faculty and staff expertise, resources and partnerships, the center supports initiatives contributing to the long-term sustainable economic future of the area.

The CRED partners with local businesses, non-profits, regional educational institutions, local government and economic development agencies to provide services and programs committed to enhancing our region's future. The CRED strives to stimulate economic development in the southwestern Pennsylvania through:

Connecting students, faculty and staff to the local community and businesses

Offering timely, relevant programs to the community

Maintaining strategic partnerships

Institutional Review Board

The Waynesburg University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee whose primary responsibility is to protect the rights and welfare of research subjects and to function as an ethics committee focusing on what is right or wrong. Institutional Review Boards are registered with the federal government to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research activities. The IRB ensures that physical, psychological, and social risks to research subjects are minimized, and that the risks associated with the research are commensurate with the importance of the research and/or the knowledge to be gained. Consistent with the ethical principles of the Belmont Report, the IRB also ensures that research subjects receive accurate, complete, and understandable information about the nature of the research and any associated risks, as well as their rights as research subjects.

In addition, the IRB reviews human research activities to ensure that the University, affiliate institutions, and investigators are compliant with the ethical standards and regulations governing human subject research. These regulations are summarized in the Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR 46) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and from the Food and Drug Administration (21 CFR 50; 56).

Policies and Procedures

Flowcharts and FAQs


Committee Members

Meeting Schedule


Research Projects

The University continues to expand its research efforts and attract faculty with expertise consistent with the economic development of the region who are interested in both teaching and research. Both with existing companies, and start-up initiatives, Waynesburg University has initiated the use of its intellectual assets represented by faculty and students and research capabilities in support of regional projects and businesses.

Student Projects

Annual Waynesburg University Undergraduate Research Symposium
Student present at C-Cue Technology Forum
Students present at annual American Chemical Society national meeting
Students present at Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Biology Research Symposium
Water chemistry determination of tributaries within the South Fork of Ten Mile watershed

Faculty Projects

LaCount receives patent
Halow measures solids circulation patterns in fluidized beds with magnetic tracers
LaCount discovers promising transfer materials that enhances hydrogen storage capacity
Leipold advances digital forensics and ECPI course availability
Paladino monitors the Dunkard Creek water quality
Paladino creates Waynesburg University sustainability plan
RJ Lee Group partnership advances material characterization and forensics research
Separation Design Group partnership enhances chemical and material separations techniques
Sethman gauges H1N1 vaccine acceptance among college students
Sethman identifies factors that increase risk of MRSA among college students
Wang develops parallel implementation of market basket analysis
Wang and Wright build learning software on Statistical Mendelian Genetics
Williams develops non-aqueous coatings for use in capillary electrophoresis

Partnership Projects

RJ Lee Partnership
Separation Design Group

Specialized Services

The CRED fosters local business growth and economic development by serving the region through unique services. The Center provides organizations with the use of Waynesburg University's state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation that they may otherwise not have access to. The CRED also offers specialized services that are customized to fit each individual request. Contact Barb Kirby to utilize any of the services listed below or to initiate a new project partnership with the Center.

  • Customized job training programs
  • Market research for new businesses
  • Product research for commercial use
  • Connection to student expertise areas
  • Customized services to fit your individual needs

Barbara Kirby, Director
Center for Research & Economic Development
Office: 105 CRED

Facilities & Instrumentation

Waynesburg University offers state-of-the-art facilities and instruments for student, faculty, staff and community use. The CRED makes facilities and equipment available to area businesses and organizations that may not possess on their own. The forensics laboratory located in the Center for Research and Economic building is available for both academic instruction and commercial use. Other facilities and instrumentation available for business use are:

  • "Smart" classrooms
  • Conference facilities
  • Video Conferencing
  • IP conferencing
  • Streaming video

All equipment located within our laboratories can be found at the following links:
Forensic Lab Instrumentation
Major Equipment Items Available

If you or your organization is interested in utilizing either our facilities or laboratory equipment, please contact Barbara Kirby.

Barbara Kirby
Director, Center for Research & Economic Development
Office: 105 CRED