Coffee with the Dean

Join Farshad Fotouhi, Dean of the College of Engineering for coffee and global conversation.  

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RECORDED NOV. 18, 2020 | Dean Farshad Fotouhi and his guests discuss how the Wayne State University College of Engineering's international programs and global initiatives prepare students and alumni to achieve success across cultures and countries.

Speakers for this virtual event include: Ahmad Ezzeddine, associate vice president for educational outreach and international programs Dr. Nancy Philippart, alumna and founder of the Philippart/McGrail Center for Global Engineering Anurag Kumar, alumnus and president of iTexico Sandeep Johri, alumnus and CEO of Tricentis


RECORDED APRIL 23, 2021: Dean Farshad Fotouhi and his guests discussed how the College of Engineering is exploring issues of cybersecurity, including its effects on economic growth, infrastructure and sustainable communities.

Joe Sawasky, president and CEO of Merit Network, Inc. Dug Song, chief strategy officer, Security Business Group, Cisco Narasimha Nookala, alumnus and senior vice president, Keyssa Doug Witten, lecturer of computer science Rhongho Jang, assistant professor of computer science Helen Durand, assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science


RECORDED NOV. 18, 2020 | Dean Farshad Fotouhi and his guests discuss how the Wayne State University College of Engineering's international programs and global initiatives prepare students and alumni to achieve success across cultures and countries.

Speakers for this virtual event include: Ahmad Ezzeddine, associate vice president for educational outreach and international programs Dr. Nancy Philippart, alumna and founder of the Philippart/McGrail Center for Global Engineering Anurag Kumar, alumnus and president of iTexico Sandeep Johri, alumnus and CEO of Tricentis


RECORDED FEB. 11, 2021: Maintaining the health and well-being of all people is essential to sustaining the planet and our society. From electronic records, to diagnostic devices, to rehabilitative and regenerative treatments, to personalized medicine, the impact engineers and computer scientists have on global health care is more evident every day. Dean Farshad Fotouhi and his guests discussed how the Wayne State University College of Engineering is responding to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring healthy lives for people of all ages.

Speakers include: Cynthia Bir, chair and professor of biomedical engineering, Head Health Challenge Panel NFL/Duke University and Member, NATO, NLKE, ToE Commitee Ulrike Klueh, associate professor of biomedical engineering Mohammad Mehrmohammadi, associate professor of biomedical/electrical and computer engineering


An estimated 4.2 billion people lack safe sanitation options. Water scarcity has the potential to displace 700 million people by 2030. For communities from Flint, Michigan to Cape Town, South Africa, a lack of properly managed water resources creates a myriad of challenges to the long-term health of the planet and its people. Dean Farshad Fotouhi and his guests discuss how the Wayne State University College of Engineering is responding to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal of clean water and sanitation, both globally and here at home.

Speakers include: Bill Shuster, chair and professor of civil and environmental engineering Carol Miller, professor of civil and environmental engineering, U.S. chair, Great Lakes Science Advisory Board, International Joint Commission Yongli Zhang, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, director of Sustainable Water-Environment-Energy Technologies Lab Randy Rogers, alumnus and president of CDM Smith Technical Services Unit


RECORDED OCT. 21, 2020 | Dean Farshad Fotouhi and faculty members from the Wayne State University College of Engineering discuss how students, faculty and alumni are contributing to the future of mobility.

Speakers at this virtual event include: Weisong Shi, associate dean for research and graduate studies Steve Remias, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering Yanchao Liu, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering