Engagement opportunities

The vision of the Wayne State University College of Engineering is to improve quality of life through education, innovation and entrepreneurship.  Bringing industry closer together with the college's academics will improve learning outcomes, maximize the value of research, strengthen commercial impact and provide top-level engineering prospects with relevant industrial skills.

Join Ph.D. dissertation committees

Ph.D. student dissertation committees consist of at least 4-5 members. Industry members who participate on dissertation committee help broaden the student's research perspective with practical application and real-world feedback.

The time commitment for external committee members varies by student and program, but in general, one should expect:

  • At least 1 in-person/phone committee (group) meeting per term – perhaps 1-2 hours in length
  • As defense approaches, may expect additional in-person/phone group meetings.
  • Feedback on proposal idea and research path through the term, perhaps 8-10 hours per term
  • Student research may be 6 months to 2 years until dissertation/completion of degree.
  • Committee member should be physically present during the defense

If you are interested in participating on the Ph.D. committee, please email Assistant Dean, Sondra Auerbach, with the following information:

Your name will then be forwarded to the department chairperson(s) who best fit your area. Since our students are in various stages of their doctoral studies, you may not receive immediate feedback. We will retain your name and information, and will reach out to you to update your information on a yearly basis.

  • Your name and email
  • Industry employer name and title,
  • Academic background (MS and/or PhD in xxxx from University of aaaa),
  • What type of research topic areas you think you could best contribute.

Teach 1-credit technical elective course

As active industry leaders, you are aware of the latest technical demands in your specific industry. We enthusiastically endorse you teaching our students something critical to your area, so they can be qualified and better prepared to work with you.

Our full academic terms are 15 weeks, fall (late August – mid December), winter (early January – late April) and spring/summer (early May – late August); courses can be setup as full-term or half-term (7 week) options. Typically, class offerings are identified at least one term ahead of time to ensure time to advertise as well as finalize teaching syllabus.

Our department chairpersons work closely with their industry board members to align curriculum with industry skills and techniques.

If you are interested, please email Assistant Dean, Sondra Auerbach, and she will connect you to the appropriate department chairperson.

Adopt a guest lecture and courses

Adopting a guest lecture or course helps to bridge the gap between the College of Engineering students and industry. Similar to teaching a 1 credit course, but in a more condensed format. Sometimes, guest lectures and courses are requested by engineering student organizations.

If you are interested in becoming a guest lecturer or have a topic which would help our students be more prepared to work with in and/or in the industry, please email Assistant Dean, Sondra Auerbach, with the following:

  • Your name, email, and employer name
  • Industry topic area you wish to teach
  • Estimated length of topic (1 hr – 4 hrs; or longer)
  • Brief description of topic
  • Student academic pre-requisites required (if any)
  • Space/resource requirements for the lecture

Use interdisciplinary student teams to solve real-world industry problems

We want our students, both undergraduate and graduate, to leave our programs with as much experiential learning opportunities as can fit into their schedule. Working on a real-world issue as part of an interdisciplinary student team with industry is a way for industry to get connected with our bright students.

Our full academic terms are 15 weeks, fall (late August – mid December), winter (early January – late April) and spring/summer (early May – late August); courses can be setup as full-term or half-term (7 week) options. Industry would identify the research topic, and students register for a 1 credit 'student team course' with the industry point-of-contact as the instructor.

The College of Engineering will provide templates of project proposals, but in general, industry should think about these areas:

If you are interested in proposing an interdisciplinary team project, please email Assistant Dean, Sondra Auerbach, with answers to the above to start the process.

  • Project title/problem description (3-4 sentences is fine for advertising project)
  • Deliverable: What type and format?
  • Resources/labs required from WSU? Or at industry location?
  • Student-Industry time commitment: The time commitment very important in managing the student's expectations.

Create distinguished lecture series

Sponsoring a distinguished lecture series partnership between the College of Engineering and industry is an opportunity to connect students with professional leaders and to enhance interaction among industry experts. The planning for a speaker series occurs in the spring/summer months for the upcoming academic (fall and winter) terms.

Commitment includes:

  • Collaborate with WSU to Identify speaker(s) – up to 1 speaker per month during the months of October, November, February, March and April
  • Help advertise the speaker series within your broader networks
  • Funding supports flight/travel expenses, speaker award, food and other miscellaneous expenses

College of Engineering will:

  • Help with travel/flight arrangements
  • Advertise the speaker series on website and throughout the engineering community
  • Secure room and food reservations for event

If you are interested in sponsoring a guest lecture series, please email Assisant Dean, Sondra Auerbach, your name, title, industry, and contact information to start the process.

Provide internship abroad opportunities

The WSU academic calendar allocates about 15 weeks in the May-August timeframe, which enables substantial time for a summer internship. If your industry has opportunity for our students to go from Detroit to your location across the global, please email Assistant Dean, Sondra Auerbach, a local (and abroad if you have one) contact person so we can organize and advertise opportunities. Students usually have their summer plans identified by late February.

If you wish to post domestic internship and job opportunities, please use our Handshake platform.

Sponsor K-12 outreach, including scholarships for summer programs and Saturday workshops

Engineering K-12 outreach focuses on the use of the college's resources in order to provide a foundation for future engineers. The college creates and teaches summer engineering and computer science camps for ages 9 through 17, enrolling about 200 students from the Detroit-local area. We want our campers to eventually enroll in WSU, and later become active members of local industry. Scholarships to help cover some of the student registration costs and/or providing tools/resources to use during the camp sessions would provide a stepping stone in achieving this goal.

Please contact our Community Outreach Director, Jasmine Roberson, to learn more.