ISE and Chemical Engineering Professors Host 2021 Summer Academy in Sustainable Manufacturing

Summer Academy IconWayne State Industrial and Systems Engineering professor Jeremy Rickli and Chemical Engineering and Material’s Science professor Yinlun Huang will host the 4th REU Site: Summer Academy in Sustainable Manufacturing from June 1 to August 10, 2021. The unique 10-week program provides students with the opportunity to perform cutting-edge sustainable manufacturing research in safe and eco-friendly battery materials and manufacturing, data-driven modelling and analysis of energy efficiency, remanufacturing with additive manufacturing processes and reliable power supply systems for electric and autonomous vehicles.

Earlier this year, Drs. Rickli and Huang received an NSF renewal grant of $398,210, making this year’s program possible. For the next three years, NSF funding will directly support 30 undergraduate students annually to participate in the 10-week program. Wayne State’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) also agreed to support one Wayne State undergraduate student each year.

"Dr. Huang and I are excited that NSF has given us the opportunity to host our REU Site for a further three years,” said Rickli, “The site provides a one-of-a-kind experience to undergraduate students from across the United States to learn about sustainability research in manufacturing and experience the revitalization of Detroit. The Wayne State Undergraduate Research Opportunities program’s commitment to supporting one student means the program will be guaranteed to include one Wayne State undergraduate student."

Students accepted into the program will receive a $5,000 stipend, room and board in university housing and $500 to cover the cost of travelling to and from Wayne State University. Applications are open through February 16, and accepted applications will be announced on March 16.

To apply for or receive more information about the Summer Academy in Sustainable Manufacturing, visit

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