Automotive and manufacturing
Urban learning. Global impact.
Detroit is the birthplace of the auto industry. And while the city is undergoing an unprecedented transformation, the region remains a global leader in manufacturing and automotive production thanks to the Big Three and more than 10,000 manufacturing facilities located in Southeast Michigan. In Midtown, Wayne State's position as a major urban research university is driving innovation in these areas. Through an array of programmatic pathways, interdisciplinary research experiences and industry partnerships, WSU students have direct access to employers and are at the forefront of everything from automotive safety and autonomous vehicles to sustainable manufacturing global supply chain management and advanced materials manufacturing.
Manufacturing is the heart of the U.S. economy
Huang believes that sustainability education and innovation is at the heart of rebuilding U.S. advanced manufacturing.
Distracted driving simulation lab
The research group studies the effects of drugs, texting and other distractions on driving performance.
Engineering technology and electric-drive vehicles
Yaprak research interests include: Network engineering, network design, monitoring, management, capacity planning, wireless sensor networks and embedded networking
Self driving vehicle technology
Hua has worked on the use and real-time processing of visual perception data that allow cars to “see” and respond to traffic inputs.
Design of hybrid and electric vehicles and their subsystems
Ku is an expert on the design of hybrid and electric vehicles and their subsystems.
Occupant safety protection in automobiles
King is an international expert on safety devices in automobiles, the mechanisms of spinal injury, and experimental models of head injury. He can answer questions about overall occupant safety protection in automobiles and the history of automotive safety developments. King received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in 1966.
Pioneer in advanced controls research for engines and other complex systems
Chalhoub can answer questions about engine dynamics, lubrication (tribology) and internal combustion engine efficiency.
How cars move from concept to manufacture
Rickli is an expert on sustainable manufacturing, manufacturing quality monitoring and remanufacturing systems.
Vehicle performance and dynamics - braking systems and advanced manufacturing
Chin-An Tan, professor, mechanical engineering. Tan is an expert on structural dynamics, vibration, and control; system analysis, and mechatronics. He can answer questions about vehicle performance and dynamics — especially braking systems — and on advanced manufacturing. Tan received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.