College of Engineering and Computer Science



Enhance our distinctive learning experience to produce talented graduates with the knowledge and skills essential for critical thinking, meaningful civic engagement, international competency, an appreciation for the arts, lifelong learning and the ability to lead and adapt in a rapidly changing world.

Objective B
Diversify and enrich academic and professional programs, including non-degree.

  • Wright State’s Institute of Defense Studies and Education unveiled a state-of-the-art professional training program designed to teach students how to defend against cyber attacks and construct computer systems that are more prepared to fend them off.
  • Wright State was awarded a five-year, $2.86 million National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant to increase the representation of women in STEM fields in the region.
  • Wright State, the University of Dayton, Central State University, and the Air Force Institute of Technology collaborated to start the state’s first master’s program in Clean and Renewable Energy.
  • The Department of Computer Science and the College of Liberal Arts collaborated to provide dual majors to students interested in pursuing computer science or computer engineering and philosophy, English, or history degrees.
  • The Department of Computer Science developed a Master of Science in Cyber Security program, the first of its kind in Ohio.
  • The College of Engineering and Computer Science expanded distance learning courses to include computer science and mechanical engineering and to support the Lake Campus Mechanical Engineering program.
  • The College of Engineering and Computer Science established the Distinguished Speaker Series.

Objective C
Recruit and retain a nationally/internationally recognized diverse, learning centered faculty and staff.

  • Joseph Slater, Ph.D., received the Affiliates Societies Council Outstanding Engineering Educator Award, and Thomas Hangartner, Ph.D., received the Fulbright Scholar Award.

Objective D
Enhance the quantity and quality of dialogue with our various communities to ensure our academic relevance and distinctiveness.

  • College of Engineering and Computer Science alumnus Eric Graham spearheaded the creation of Advaretech, a for-profit company focused on commercializing Wright State–developed technologies.
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate students received numerous honors: Khadijeh Alnajjar, Student Research Achievement Award at the International Biophysical Society Annual Meeting; Madhu Mahankali, American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship to research the connection between phospholipase D, reactive oxygen species, and the basis for arterial damage; and Christopher Vaiana, Air Force Director’s Military Award.



Enhance student access to and successful participation in higher education through quality and innovative instruction and student life programs that increase graduation and career placement for a diverse student body.

Objective A
Improve the enrollment and retention of direct-from-high-school, graduate and nontraditional student populations.

  • The Ph.D. in Engineering program celebrated its first 100 graduates in Fall 2011.  The program, a unique interdisciplinary collaboration between the Departments of Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering; Electrical Engineering; and Mechanical and Materials Engineering, is set to realize unprecedented growth and is recruiting top students from around the world.
  • Retention activities in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, under the leadership of Dean Nathan Klingbeil, Ph.D., have become a national model.
  • The College of Engineering and Computer Science created new articulation and partnership agreements with community colleges in Ohio.

Objective B
Enhance the academic success of students.

  • Introductory Mathematics for Engineering Applications, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, provided students with the necessary math skills to begin their fundamental engineering and physics courses. This course has received national recognition for its success in achieving high student retention.
  • All first-year students are advised by College of Engineering and Computer Science academic advisors, who help students register for classes and learn about scholarship opportunities.

Objective C
Develop effective educational processes to assist students in meeting post-graduate career and educational goals.

  • The College of Engineering and Computer Science offered an assistantship program to provide scholarships, internships, and a path to employment for 30 undergraduate students at the Air Force Research Laboratory.
  • The Aerospace Professional Development Center helps match students and workers with jobs in the Ohio aerospace and defense industry.



Expand our scholarship in innovative and targeted ways to address regional, national and global needs.

Objective A
Build a national and international research reputation

  • The College of Engineering and Computer Science is home to four Centers of Excellence: Product Reliability and Optimization, Human-Centered Innovation, Knowledge-Enabled Computing, and Micro Air Vehicles. These centers drive innovation through cutting-edge research and strategic industrial and government collaborations.
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science students built an incubator to be used in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and created a design to improve artificial limbs for military veterans.
  • Wright State received a $5 million contract from the Air Force for research related to unmanned aerial vehicles.

Objective C
Foster discovery at all levels in the educational pipeline (K–16+)

  • Nearly 2,000 high school students from around the United States traveled to Wright State to participate in the National Science Olympiad Tournament, which features science and engineering competitions involving everything from astronomy and fossils to balsa structures and battery-powered vehicles. Leading up to the national tournament, the university hosted two Science Olympiad Invitationals.



Provide leadership to promote and support social, cultural and economic development within the region through our collaborations with local, state, national and global partners.

Objective B
Enhance the university’s presence with the Dayton/West Central Ohio regions, and beyond, in ways that benefit communities.

  • Wright State embedded a faculty member in the Mound Laser & Photonics Center, Inc., as part of an agreement to speed the commercialization of research and overcome roadblocks that often keep businesses and universities from working closely together.

Objective C
Offer degree and other education programs consistent with regional and state needs.

  • The Aerospace Professional Development Center worked closely with the aerospace and defense industry and government, higher education institutions around Ohio, and on STEM initiatives in the Dayton region to offer career coaching, match employees with job openings, identify skills gaps in the workforce, and assist students in finding internships.
  • The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offered Ohio’s first Master of Science in Cyber Security, providing students the knowledge and skills needed to protect computer systems and computer networks.
  • The College of Engineering and Computer Science received a $1.3 million grant from the State of Ohio that was paired with matching funds from 30 area businesses to create new internship opportunities for students in STEM fields.



Develop and sustain the human, financial and physical resources required to accomplish the university’s strategic goals.

Objective C
Generate increased revenue.

  • Created in 2008, the Institute of Defense Studies and Education provides educational programs using best practices relevant to the U.S. Department of Defense, including certificate programs in Supply Chain Management, Psychology of Terrorism, and Cyber Security.

Objective D
Increase investments in facilities/technologies to achieve strategic goals.

  • The Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building, which is expected to be completed in 2015, will serve as a collaborative research location for Wright State’s neuroscience and engineering departments.