Much of the research being conducted in the Ph.D. in Engineering Program is interdisciplinary in nature and focused on solving "real world" problems through synergistic relationships with industry and government.

Program faculty collaborate with industrial partners and government research laboratories in discovering fundamental knowledge in various engineering fields.

The program supports research in seven focus areas:

For the 2003-2004 academic year, over half of the total research funding received by the College of Engineering and Computer Science was dedicated to engineering research.

Recent and current sources of research support include federal agencies, military agencies and local industries. Research sponsors include Anteon; Delphi Chassis Systems; Lexis-Nexis; MRLets Technologies, Inc.; NASA; NSF; OAI; Pfizer, Inc.; Procter & Gamble; Systran Federal Corporation; U.S. Air Force; U.S. Department of Energy; U.S. Navy; Universal Technology Corporation; and Veridian Engineering.

Research at Wright State is not limited to on-campus facilities. Several industrial laboratories, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base laboratories, the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and the laboratories of other local and regional universities are involved in joint research efforts with Wright State University.