Research and faculty

Industrial and systems engineering faculty and students at Wayne State are positioned to provide leadership in such emerging growth areas as:

  • Big data and business analytics
  • Health care systems engineering
  • Product development and quality control
  • Smart manufacturing
  • Supply chain logistics
  • Sustainability and advanced manufacturing

Faculty members have strong research backgrounds and specialized, practical experience in the areas they teach and research. ISE faculty members routinely receive research grants from such federal agencies as the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Armed Forces. The department's average research funding per professor ranks among the highest in the college, and provides a testament to the value its professors and students bring in tackling real-world challenges for organizations such as Arvin Meritor, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, DTE Energy, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Chrysler, General Dynamics, the US Department of Veteran Affairs and Henry Ford Health Systems.

The department fosters valuable collaborations such as the annual AI, Big Data and Analytics Summit and, through a partnership with Cisco Systems, the Smart Manufacturing Demonstration Center. The NSF Center for e-Design conducts research in fundamental science, mathematics and engineering principles in the creation of new products and systems that will lead to higher quality and more quickly developed products at lower costs.