Wayne State is known for supporting undergraduate research as early as the freshman year, and the College of Engineering is no exception. In fact, the college offers an Undergraduate Research Award Matching Fund Program, providing students with support and faculty mentorship on a wide range of research projects.

Mechanical engineering students have hands-on opportunities to solve challenging problems in WSU's research laboratories. Led by globally respected faculty, teams of undergraduate and graduate students work side by side, performing ground breaking research in areas such as:

  • biomechanics
  • energy conversion
  • combustion engines
  • emissions controls
  • machine design
  • manufacturing processes
  • computer graphics                  
  • structural health monitoring
  • continuum mechanics
  • fluid dynamics
  • micropower generation and harvesting
  • acoustics and noise control
  • laser diagnostics
  • composite materials

Students can either select courses that involve research projects or become student research assistants supported by individual faculty grants. Such participation is not only fun and rewarding, but also beneficial in pursuit of employment or graduate study.

  • Advanced Composites Research Laboratory
  • Center For Automotive Research
  • NVH Lab
  • Dr. Ming-Chia Lai's Research Group  
  • Dr. Tan's Vibration and Acoustic Research Group