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 ($227.7 million) according to the National Science Foundation.

The College of Engineering'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 health care engineering
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Green technologies
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Water




Shawn McElmurry

Co-leader of the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership. Recipient of grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation to rapidly address the Flint water crisis. Recipient, 2013 ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Society of Civil Engineering. Member of the editorial board for Environmental Diseases

Shawn McElmurry