Summer Academy in Sustainable Manufacturing

What Sets the REU site apart?

The REU Site: Summer Academy in Sustainable Manufacturing's metropolitan location in midtown Detroit, MI and its closeness to the heart of US automotive manufacturing offer participants a unique experience. The site allows participants to experience the resurgence of Detroit, MI; interact with industry, and research sustainable manufacturing issues facing industry today.



Students will work closely with a faculty mentor(s) on a sustainable manufacturing research project; interact with other outstanding undergraduate students who have a deep interest in sustainable manufacturing; attend valuable lectures, talks, and field trips focused on research and professional development/training experience; and compete in a poster/presentation symposium administered by faculty mentors and industry representatives. The program will run from June 1 to August 10, 2018. Student participants will be provided with a $5,000 stipend, up to $500 for travel to and from Wayne State University, and room and board at the WSU dormitories on campus.The Summer Academy for Sustainable Manufacturing is a 10 week undergraduate research program at Wayne State University in midtown Detroit, MI. This NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site offers unique summer research experiences in the challenging field of sustainable manufacturing to local and national undergraduate students from two and four-year institutions. Four sustainable manufacturing technical areas, yielding inter-disciplinary research projects, are targeted as the site's intellectual focus: (1) nano-coating and lightweight materials and manufacturing, (2) energy storage materials, batteries, and inversion devices, (3) remanufacturing and manufacturing sustainability assessment, (4) computer simulation and tool development for manufacturing sustainability, and (5) chemical-energy-water nexus. Upon completing the program, participants will have contributed to a cutting edge sustainable manufacturing research project that will lead to increased confidence to pursue STEM and academic careers.

Past participant statements

"The REU program was so worthwhile to my professional and personal development. Not only did I learn a lot about the research process, but I learned a ton about myself. Because of this program, I am much more open with my communication. I never thought I would be the type of person to go to graduate school, but after this program, I realized that it is now my goal to go to graduate school and eventually become a professor instead of just working in industry for my whole career. Without this program, I would probably still be a very shy person, and a student who knew she liked chemical engineering, but not what she wanted to do with that. I also would have never had the confidence to apply for my current coop position."

"The REU program was very beneficial for my graduate career. It showed me how graduate students pursue their research goals in collaboration with their research advisors to further the body of scientific knowledge. I also learned that graduate student life is different from an undergraduate experience; the REU at Wayne State being a taste of graduate career. This assisted me in my transition from an undergraduate to graduate degree."

"The REU program I participated in totally changed my career/academic path. It inspired/allowed me to pursue work and further education in environmental engineering. Prior to this program I was skeptical about going to grad school. Now I am almost certain I will. Additionally, my mentor was been incredibly valuable in enriching this past year beyond the program with great professional and academic experiences. Through her I have networked and gained professional and academic skills that going to classes never could have provided for me, and as a result my opportunities in both industry and academia have expanded immensely."

"Before I participated in the REU program, I had no exposure to research or what graduate school was like what so ever. This REU provided me with the opportunity to see what research and graduate school is like. I never planned on attending graduate school until the REU program. REU programs offer such a unique experience, and my REU experience has changed my plans for the future in such a great away. I am very thankful for my REU experience and the people I have met through it, I would not be where I am today without it."

Students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to participate in the summer research program.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: CLOSED

Program Period: Not available

Contact Us

For more information about the program, application procedures, research projects, or faculty mentors, contact either of the following program directors.

Dr. Jeremy L. Rickli:

Dr. Yinlun Huang: