College of Engineering reports record enrollment for fall 2014

The Wayne State University College of Engineering is pleased to report record enrollment numbers, reflecting a continued growing interest in studying engineering in Detroit.

Undergraduate student enrollment is at its highest level in 24 years, with numbers surpassing 1,900. Graduate student enrollment is at its highest number (more than 1,200) in a decade. Additionally, overall enrollment is at its highest level in 19 years, with more than 3,100 students enrolled in the college. The College of Engineering now has the second highest level of total enrollment by college in the university.

Included in the enrollment figures are more than 600 women, which represents a 20 percent increase from the year before and the largest group of women to be enrolled in the college in at least a decade. The college continues to have great international appeal, as students have come from as far away as Venezuela, South Korea, Brazil and Egypt to study this fall. Farshad Fotouhi, dean of the College of Engineering, states, “These numbers are a clear indication of Wayne State’s position as a leader in engineering education in Michigan and across the globe. Our location in Detroit provides our students with many opportunities for experiential learning like internship and co-ops, which are very attractive to employers.”

Since 2011, the college has hired 20 new faculty members, including six outstanding hires for this academic year. They are Mohammad R.N. Avanaki, biomedical engineering; Pai-Yen Chen, electrical and computer engineering; Mohammad Mehrmohammadi, biomedical engineering; Korosh Torabi, chemical engineering and materials science; Chung-Tse Wu, electrical and computer engineering; and Yongli Zhang, civil and environmental engineering. The college has initiated a search and plans to add eight new faculty members for fall 2015. “Adding talented new faculty ensures that our growing student population has access to quality research and education in the classroom and the laboratory,” states Fotouhi.


Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution of higher education offering 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 28,000 students. For more information about engineering at Wayne State University, visit

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