About James Anderson and the Institute

The James and Patricia Anderson Engineering Ventures Institute was established to advance Wayne State University's important role in contributing to the growth and revitalization of Detroit and the university's overall vision to become the pre-eminent public research university in the nation.


To be in the top league of universities with regard to entrepreneurship and innovation.


The mission of the institute is to translate research and development (R&D) into innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E).

Embedded within the college, the institute fosters a culture of entrepreneurship among the faculty — envisioning commercial applications for new technology, securing patents and establishing start-up companies — while providing opportunities for students to learn best practices in applied research, technology commercialization and business creation.