Research and innovation at the College of Engineering
Engage in cutting-edge, innovative research at the College of Engineering. Our engineering research programs are founded in academic excellence, multidisciplinary collaboration, industry partnerships, and meaningful mentorships between students and faculty.
Research at a glance
- $227.7 million research expenditures
- 77% of new faculty have had their research funded
- 364 patents issued
Research areas and themes
Impactful engineering research makes a difference in the lives of individuals, communities and global networks. At Wayne State, we pursue mobility solutions, from moving between rooms to traveling between continents. We examine how to build smart, connected communities with robust health and informatics systems.
Our research explores the potential of energy, batteries and materials in smart manufacturing. We apply burgeoning ideas in data science and artificial intelligence to large-scale problems with the purpose of bettering our collective futures.
Entrepreneurship and innovation
Through the student innovation hub, encounter opportunities to collaborate with industrial, corporate and nonprofit partners and explore your own entrepreneurial pursuits. Our engineering research programs foster innovative technological advances, generative business partnerships and accelerated paths to commercialization.
Participate in undergraduate research
Distinguish yourself early in your professional career with cutting-edge research experiences at Wayne State. Enjoy opportunities to work alongside industry-leading faculty and earn funding for your ideas. In your final year, you will conduct a design capstone project in partnership with an industry stakeholder. This hands-on research experience prepares you to launch your career or further your credentials in engineering graduate programs.
Collaborate with industry partners whose efforts have a direct impact in our community, including the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership and Healthy Urban Waters. Our engineering researchers work alongside industry leaders, government bodies and nonprofit organizations to address pressing issues and innovate next-generation solutions.
Meaningful research projects can earn funding from diverse sources to ignite, support and expand their impact. Through Wayne State’s internal funding, you can apply for scholarships and grants related to specific types of research. You’ll also develop connections through our robust network of partner organizations, along with the Pivot database of external funding through government and private sources.
The College of Engineering is a partner in Wayne State’s Integrative Biosciences Initiative (IBio), a center for multidisciplinary research, discovery, education and training related to biomedical challenges. We particularly focus on health factors in evolving urban environments on local and global scales.
Zhang receives NSF CAREER award to advance Brillouin microscopy for cancer research
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BME grad turns family inspiration and scientific passion into academic excellence and award-winning research
Wayne State-led collaborative center for autonomous vehicle research receives $4.5 million from NSF and industry partners
Our lab uses a multidisciplinary approach to understand biological interfaces and to engineer therapeutic solutions to problems, including diabetes, cancers, and general medical issues.
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