Wayne State is a nationally recognized urban center of excellence in research and one of only 10 U.S. public universities in major cities holding the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s designation as "doctoral university: highest research activity" by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, as well as the foundation's most comprehensive classification for community engagement. WSU is among the nation’s top public universities for total research expenditures ($218 million) according to the National Science Foundation.

The College's hands-on learning environment stems from studying and working under the direction of recognized world leaders who conduct pioneering research and development in interdisciplinary fields and disciplines such as:

  • Automotive safety
  • Big data and business analytics
  • Biomedical and healthcare engineering
  • Cyberphysical systems
  • Green technologies
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Water


Huang and Rickli
Basu and student


A leading expert on water, energy and emissions interface, sustainable energy technologies, hydraulic modeling and water supply. Director of Healthy Urban Waters. Co-director of the Urban Watershed Environmental Research Group (UWERG). Wayne State University civil and environmental engineering professor.

Carol Miller

150 years in the heart of Detroit