10 ways we make an 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. Through an array of programmatic pathways, interdisciplinary research experiences and industry partnerships, Wayne State students are at the forefront of everything from automotive safety and autonomous vehicles to sustainable manufacturing, global supply chain management and advanced materials manufacturing.

Number 1

One of only 16 universities in North America — and the only institution in Michigan — competing in the EcoCAR3 competition, sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Number 2

Professors H.R. Lissner and Larry Patrick developed the WSU Tolerance Curve in 1960, which predicts the risk of head injury and remains the foundation for motor vehicle safety standards throughout the world.

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The Automotive Safety Group is an interdisciplinary research effort working to develop ideas that will reduce injury risk in automotive crashes and could ultimately reduce crashes altogether.

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The Global Automotive Purchasing Supply Chain Network, a program partnership between the Mike Ilitch School of Business and the Automotive Industry Action Group, is educating and developing talent in global automotive purchasing and supply chain management.

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Home to the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Group, a collaboration of faculty experts in technologies such as automation, 3-D printing and lightweight materials. The group leads Wayne State's partnership in the Obama administration’s LIFT institute and membership in the federally designated Advance Michigan program.

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In partnership with Ford Motor Company, the Professional Engineering Management Master’s Program is designed to prepare experienced engineers for leadership roles and increased technical responsibilities. In nearly a quarter century, the program has helped more than 500 Ford engineers advance their careers.

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Charles Winter, professor of chemistry, is leading an National Science Foundation-sponsored research program to pioneer new molecules and chemical reactions that have the potential to revolutionize the manufacture of computer chips and other high-tech devices.

Number 8

Computer science professors Jing Hua and Hongwei Zhang are conducting groundbreaking research to drive the future of autonomous vehicles, studying visual perception data processing to allow cars to respond to traffic inputs and the complex processes behind vehicle-to-vehicle communication, respectively.

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Home to the Center for Automotive Research, which conducts interdisciplinary studies and coordinates instructional programs in engine and fuel optimization to educate students, solve practical problems and benefit Michigan's economy.

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Host of the Engineering Summer Academy in Sustainable Manufacturing, a 10-week undergraduate program sponsored by the NSF that pairs students from across the country with WSU faculty mentors for unique research experiences.