Wayne State University

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Five Pillars

Five pillars to a Wayne State engineering and computer science education:

Experiential learning through co-ops and internships


Our students gain practical, on-the-job experience through a wide variety of co-ops and internships with some of the most well known corporations and institutions in the world.

For instance, students Rachel Malburg, Luke Popiel and Amani Alkayyali (pictured top right) all spent this summer in Washington, D.C., pursuing summer internships. Malburg was a civil and environmental engineer/intern at the General Motors Baltimore Operations Plant. Popiel was an electrical and computer engineer at the Department of Defense. Alkayyali was a biomedical engineer/intern at Johns Hopkins University.

While working at his Marathon Petroleum co-op in Louisiana, electrical and computer engineering senior Farooq Sheikh (center at right) represented Wayne State by stamping its name on the tallest tower of the third largest refinery in the United States.

Our students are making their mark and gaining practical, on-the-job experience as early as their first year thanks to the support and ongoing generosity of our alumni and friends, the expertise of our faculty, and direction and encouragement of our staff.

Hands-on experience


Our students gain valuable hands-on experience as part of the Wayne State team in national engineering competitions, building everything from Formula-style racecars to robots to concrete canoes.

Wayne State was one of 15 universities in North America – and the only institution in Michigan – chosen to participate in EcoCAR 2: Plugging in to the Future, a one-of-a-kind initiative established by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors. The Hybrid Warriors team has successfully earned a spot in the second year of the competition and is now implementing its design.

Civil engineering students compete annually in a steel bridge competition, which challenges them to build a 1/10th-scale model steel bridge that is evaluated on assembly economy, construction speed, stiffness, lightness, display and efficiency.

Other opportunities are available through the College of Engineering’s many student organizations.

Engineers thrive on building new things. And students are no different. Opportunities for hands-on experience continue to grow thanks to the support of alumni and friends – friends  like Ford Motor Company, which recently unveiled the naming of the Ford Motor Company Student Activity Center at the College.  

Global perspective


Wayne State has one if the most diverse university communities around. Our university’s students come from more than 80 countries. Our faculty members come to Detroit from various institutions and are internationally known experts. And College of Engineering alumni live and work in 48 countries around the world.

The college partners with other international universities to better prepare our students for a global economy and changes in technologies. For instance, the college recently welcomed a delegation of eight faculty members and administrators from Riga Technical University in Riga, Latvia, to continue discussions on joint academic and exchange programs. And, a delegation of five professors from Zhejiang University of Technology’s College of Mechanical Engineering and Fuzhou University recently visited the college to explore the possibility of a joint degree program as well.

Our students have numerous opportunities to study abroad, and they play active roles in welcoming international groups to campus. They are exposed to a diverse array of cultures, and prepared to enter a global workforce upon graduation.



Scholarships help a large portion of our students attend the College of Engineering. In 2011, the college awarded approximately $200,000 through nearly 100 scholarships.

“There is no doubt in my mind I was born to be an engineer, but because of financial constraints I was unsure how I would reach my goal. Wayne State lifted that weight off my shoulders with the College of Engineering Scholarship. Now I am watching my dreams unfold before my eyes.”
– Devin Partrich (right) is the first in her family to attend a four-year university.

“Scholarships have given me an extra boost of motivation to do the best I can in my classes and to be active in extracurricular activities. That success shows on my résumé and makes me stand out on job applications.”
– Murtatha Zalzala, ’11, is now is pursuing his master’s degree from the College of Engineering.

Our students are able to focus on what is most important thanks to the support and ongoing generosity of our alumni and friends.

Undergraduate research


Research at Wayne State isn’t reserved for the experts. Students have the opportunity to work alongside our internationally recognized faculty on top research projects, many of which result in publication or conference presentations.

Undergraduate student Jinqiao Wang (pictured at left of top right photo) is working with Assistant Professor Marcis Jansons on developing an infrared optical technique to measure rapidly varying surface temperatures inside engine cylinders. His goal is to more faithfully model combustion processes in computer simulations.

As a member of the Transportation Research Group, Stephanie Boileau (pictured center with her father, WSU College of Engineering alumnus James Boileau) is working directly with expert faculty members on child safety seats, seatbelt use among truck drivers, and downsizing urban thoroughfares.

Kevin Charette (pictured third from left in bottom photo) is working with Assistant Professor Da Deng to investigate green energy storage materials for next-generation devices.

Many more undergraduate students are working in our labs, too. Pioneering their future. Innovating at Wayne State.


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