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, Mobility and Autonomous Driving
- Green technologies
Dr. Lai's primary skills and interests are in the fields of thermal fluid engineering, engine combustion and emissions, energy conversion, alternative energy technology, optical diagnostics and computational fluid dynamics applications.
- New NSF IUCRC planning grant at Wayne State tackling electrification and infrastructure research for autonomous and connected vehicles
- Wayne State conducting NSF-funded research on real-time computing system for connected autonomous driving
- Wayne State researcher develops IISE award-winning airline scheduling optimization tool
- Wayne State researchers collaborate with international team on improving longevity and functionality of lithium metal batteries