Certificate programs

Alternative energy technology (GC)

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 sources. 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, WSU 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.

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Electric-drive vehicle engineering (GC)

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.

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Injury biomechanics (Bridge GC)

Injury biomechanics is a well-known field in automotive safety and constitutes the scientific basis for automotive safety design. All safety improvements made over the last half century use research data generated by workers in injury biomechanics. Wayne State University has an 80+ year history in injury biomechanics research – including development of the safety windshield, the collapsible steering column and the restraint system – and has an international reputation for advances in this field.

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Mobility (GC)

This certificate program is the first of its kind in Michigan, focusing on mechanisms known as mobility, which is the ability to meet the needs of society to move freely, gain access, communicate, commute, and establish connectivity with the advanced mobility technologies today or in the future. Research from College of Engineering faculty and input from industry partners provide a framework for the program that provides project-based training using mobility principles and techniques to solve real-world challenges for a wide range of domains.

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Sustainable engineering (GC)

The graduate certificate program in sustainable engineering provides specialized formal education for graduate students and working engineers and scientists.

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Systems engineering (GC)

Engineering, manufacturing, and service corporations need technical leadership to survive in the global market. As labor markets become increasingly lean, job seekers and the currently employed must focus on improving their value-added skills to an organization.

The Wayne State University College of Engineering offers a 12-credit systems engineering graduate certificate program, which is designed for technical professionals with work experience and an engineering degree. The certificate can be completed on campus or online and can serve as a bridge to the M.S. degree in engineering management or industrial engineering.

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