Departments and programs
With its unique balance of research activities and education degree programs, Wayne State University's College of Engineering strives to provide its students with the technical and leadership skills to immediately serve them in a diversified, high-tech global marketplace.
Wayne State's engineering curriculum leads the nation in game-changing fields like electric-drive vehicle technology and alternative energy. Here, you’ll learn from faculty experts who engineer the physical world at all levels – from nanoscale biomedical innovations to colossal manufacturing plants.
Alternative Energy Technology Program
To combat global warming and lessen dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels, the U.S. government has set a high priority on the development of new energy resources. Today, it dominates Michigan’s industrial and technology landscape, and engineers are being asked to design renewable energy systems to power everything from vehicles to home heating and cooling systems. In 2004, Wayne State University established the country’s first master’s degree program in alternative energy technology and has remained ahead of the curve with comprehensive curricula that prepare students to lead the evolution to a hydrogen-based economy.
Biomedical engineering (BME) is one of the fastestgrowing engineering disciplines — with very promising job prospects. Focused on medical sciences and interventions, biomedical engineers create new, game-changing technologies that save lives and improve quality of life. As a biomedical engineer, you could be working to create an advanced military helmet prototype, predict kidney problems early enough to save lives, or develop synthetic substitutes for bone grafts.
Biomedical engineering began at Wayne State University in 1939. Since then, Wayne State has produced injury research that has made us one of the world’s leading institutions for the characterization of human response and injury tolerance and the assessment of automotive safety. The laboratories of WSU have tested virtually every safety system introduced into motor vehicles since the 1960’s. Wayne State research has led to the development and improvement of standards for automotive safety and sports helmet design. In recent years, additional research efforts have been initiated in the area of ballistic, forensic bioengineering, orthopaedic biomechanics, biomaterials and tissue engineering, neurophysiology of pain, smart sensors and integrated microsystems.
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Imagine saving the lives of pediatric patients through tissue engineering of large vessels and heart valves, or inventing clean-burning alternative fuel from vegetable oil. Earn a degree in chemical engineering, and you could enjoy a career working on projects like these. Chemical engineers have had a hand in creating nearly every product you can imagine, from the medicines that keep us healthy to the plastics that keep us safe in cars to sustainable energy and materials for our future.
Active research areas at Wayne State include nanotechnology and nanomaterials, biotechnology, energy, product and process systems engineering, sustainable engineering, polymer processing, simulations/modeling, and biofuels.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Everywhere you look, you’ll see the work of civil and environmental engineers. They are responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of our infrastructure, from the roads we travel to the drinking water we get from our taps, from tunnels and airports to stadiums and skyscrapers. With employment growth projected at nearly 20 percent before 2020, it’s no wonder both CNN Money and U.S. News & World Report rank the civil and environmental engineering profession among the country’s best career options.
Artificial intelligence, wireless sensors, bioinformatics, video game design — these are just a few of the exciting fields computer science graduates can enter. The Department of Computer Science in Wayne State’s College of Engineering offers an innovative education focused on the fundamentals of computer science while emphasizing new technologies, so our graduates are ready to step right into careers. The department is closely aligned with other academic areas, including business and medicine, to give students interdisciplinary options.
In 2017 the College of Engineering established a graduate certificate program in cyber-physical systems (CPS), the first of its kind in Michigan, focusing on mechanisms known as CPS, which are designed as a seamless network of physical components (also known as the Internet of Things) and computational algorithms instead of as standalone devices. Faculty research and input from industry partners provide a framework for the program that provides project-based training using CPS principles and techniques to solve real-world challenges. The program weaves core scientific and engineering concepts with diversification options to give students a foundation in CPS for a wide range of domains such as transportation, water and energy, industrial automation, advanced manufacturing, health care and public safety.
Data Science and Business Analytics
The Master of Science in Data Science and Business Analytics is a novel interdisciplinary degree program that leverages the strengths of Wayne State in statistics, operations research, computing, and business by combining the world-class expertise of the College of Engineering and the Mike Ilitch School of Business. This program can be completed in one-year by students committed nearly full-time to the program and two-years for part-time students. By blending the strengths of these nationally ranked programs, graduates will learn to integrate skills in a unique and interdisciplinary way that yields deep insights into data science and business analytics problems.
Electric-drive Vehicle Engineering Program
To reduce the nation’s dependence on imported fossil energy as well as the environmental impact of petroleum-based fuel systems, there is an urgent need to electrify a significant proportion of our vehicles. In 2010, Wayne State became the first university to launch a comprehensive electric-drive vehicle engineering curriculum. Thanks in part to a $5 million investment by the U.S. Department of Energy, and surrounded by automotive manufacturers and suppliers, Wayne State students gain the tools and knowledge to become the next generation of automotive masterminds.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Earn a degree in electrical engineering, and you’ll have the tools you need to create a faster smartphone, a thinner laptop, even a more powerful automotive navigation system. Electrical and computer engineering design and build the gadgets we use everyday, as well as the computer hardware within larger systems like airplanes and robotic assembly lines. A creative, hands-on discipline with a strong math component, electrical and computer engineering students learn to work with controls, computer systems, telecommunications, fiber optics, remote sensors, circuits and more.
Engineering Technology Division
If you enjoy tinkering with gadgets and bringing ideas to life, engineering technology may be for you. Engineering Technologists (ET) literally create the objects we depend on, from smartphones to suspension bridges and everything in between. While traditional engineers work mainly in the conceptual stage of product development, ET graduates are hands-on, building and implementing new technologies in testing labs and in the field. They can apply their abilities in using technical equipment, selling technical products, serving as manufacturers’ technical representatives, supervising construction projects and manufacturing processes, and more. A degree in engineering technology will give you marketable skills in this practical, applied science.
- Undergraduate Certificate in Advanced Energy Storage Systems
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology
- Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
- Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology
- Bachelor of Science in Electromechanical Engineering Technology
- Bachelor of Science in Electric Transportation Technology
- Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology
- Master of Science in Engineering Technology
Entrepreneurship and the Anderson Institute
Engineers today must be trained to not only solve problems but to participate in bringing new ideas and products to market. The EDGE Engineering Entrepreneur Certificate program exposes and trains engineering students in the entrepreneurial skills required to commercialize new ideas, technologies and products. The EDGE program allows students to take courses in entrepreneurial marketing, finance, law and management in combination with the traditional engineering courses in their major. Students also have the opportunity to put their learning into action by way of an entrepreneurial Capstone project in their field of study.
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Industrial and systems engineers, like other engineers, are problem solvers. They design, streamline and improve complex processes and systems for maximum efficiency, whether the goal is to save time, save money, improve quality - or all three. Industrial and systems engineers are in high demand in nearly every sector of the economy, from manufacturing and service industries to energy.
- Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
- Professional Engineering Management Master's Program (EMMP)
- Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering
- Master of Science in Engineering Management
- Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
- Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering
- Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering
- Doctor of Philosophy - Global Executive Track (GET)
Harness the wind to power your automobile, make a lighter aircraft by exploiting the strength of nano fibers thinner than a hair, or determine the optimal route of a cargo ship through wind and current-laden seas. Mechanical engineering is a broad, versatile and creative discipline concerned with conversion of energy to useful work; the design and production of machines; and the interaction of solids, liquids and gases. A mechanical engineering degree provides a solid technical foundation for careers in fields as diverse as automotive, alternative energy, defense, medicine, patent law, manufacturing and aerospace.
Wayne State research areas include energy conversion, combustion engines, emissions controls, vehicle dynamics and design, machine tool design, biomechanics, manufacturing, structural analysis, automatic controls, continuum mechanics, fluid dynamics, acoustics and noise control, laser diagnostics, composite materials, and alternative energy, micro- and nano-science.
According to the National Nano Initiative, the demand for technicians and research scientists in nanotechnology-based industries is anticipated to grow significantly as nanotechnology-enabled products and processes mature. Wayne State University received a Nanoengineering Undergraduate Education (NUE) grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the Nanoengineering Undergraduate Certificate Program. The program will provide students with specialized training in nanotechnology and nanomedicine.
Undergraduate (BS) programs in the following fields are accredited by
Engineering Accreditation Commission
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Technology Accreditation Commission
- Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology
- Mechanical Engineering Technology