Wayne State University

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College of Engineering Facts and Figures

  • Established in 1933                
  • A key educational institution in Michigan, with more than 110 full-time faculty and 2,650 undergraduate and graduate students
  • A leader in the practical integration of education and research
  • A key player in Michigan’s transition from a manufacturing economy to a strong, effective and diversified high tech global marketplace
  • One of only 24 U.S. PACE institutions
  • 61 patent applications and four start-up companies in the past five years
  • First in the nation to launch an Alternative Energy Technology master’s degree and certificate (2006)
  • Home to the nation’s first Electric-drive Vehicle Engineering Program
  • A founding member – and the only represented university in Michigan – of the Department of Defense Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) http://www.sercuarc.org/collaborators
  • Ranked in the top 30 percent of engineering schools and colleges nationwide in research expenditures (NSF)
  • A pioneering institution in biomedical engineering – ranked in the top 20 percent in research expenditures of those engineering schools and colleges with this area of study (Source NSF)
  • One of only 15 universities in North America – and the only institution in Michigan – competing in EcoCAR2
  • Home to more than 20 student organizations
  • A promoter of entrepreneurship among students, faculty and alumni, offering resources and connections to a vast number of business incubators http://engineering.wayne.edu/edge.php
  • Alma mater to more than 25,000 living alumni, changing the world through innovation in 48 countries and all 50 states
  • Home to the Wayne State ROTC

Our faculty members and research assistants are committed to improving quality of life through their research. Some of their many projects involve:

  • Improving or minimizing the effects of diseases and disorders through nanotechnology-based drug treatments.
  • Making airplanes safer by creating a new method of finding cracks in aircrafts.
  • Working on military funded projects to protect our soldiers in the field and to improve navy vessels and army vehicles.
  • Developing a model of liver metabolism that can be used to analyze and more effectively predict responses to possible treatments for fatty liver.
  • Minimizing injuries through experimental and analytical analyses of the impact responses, injury tolerances and injury mechanisms of the human body from head to foot.
  • Incorporating the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacturing or use.
  • Helping soldiers understand the injury potential of less-lethal weapons so that U.S. peacekeeping and military troops can select the appropriate munitions for different circumstances.
  • Building an experimental wireless networking infrastructure for research, education and application exploration.
  • Working to improve Michigan’s new and old bridges using new plastic materials that strengthen structures and remote sensors that detect stress fractures.
  • Helping managers make better decisions through risk analysis.
  • Helping reduce fatal and serious injury accidents at Detroit’s worst intersections through studies of a new highway merging system.
  • Investigating synthetic stem cells to help the human immune system fight bone cancer.
  • Contributing to the development of major safety equipment in automobiles and aircraft, including the seat belt, air bags and highway guardrails and safety barriers.
  • Improving the performance of online storage systems.