Coronavirus information

A letter from the dean:

The outbreak of COVID-19 over the last year-and-a-half has affected each of us in different ways, both personally and professionally. As a college, it has changed the way we prepare our students to be leaders and innovators. As human beings, it has changed the way we interact as we continue to live in a primarily virtual environment. Through all the uncertainty, our faculty, students and staff pulled together to ensure that the College of Engineering continued to fulfill its mission.

Engineers are problem solvers, and this health crisis has been one of the biggest problems any of us will ever face. The College of Engineering's response is one of which we should all be proud. Whether it was making PPE for front-line medical personnel, expanding virtual learning opportunities for our students, or adding to our knowledge base about this virus — all efforts large and small should be celebrated.

The lessons from this pandemic extend far beyond the classroom and lab, however. We have learned more than ever about the value of good communication, the importance of both thoughtful planning and flexibility to adjust, and the need for strength and compassion to preserve the human spirit.

Now it is time for us to return to campus and restore the vibrancy that makes Wayne State University special. I am grateful to all of you for your support and proud to lead this college into the Fall 2021 semester and beyond.

Looking forward to seeing you (in person) soon!

Sincerely,

Farshad Fotouhi
Dean
Wayne State University College of Engineering