The Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at Wichita State University invites applications for Assistant Professor. Applicants must be committed to fostering an inclusive environment and promoting the success of underrepresented students. Applicants should have a demonstrated record of excellence in, or show exceptional promise for, high-quality research, teaching, and professional development. In addition, applicants must have a demonstrated record of interest in, and commitment to, the mentorship of students from first generation, underrepresented, and low-income populations. Teaching and service expectations will not exceed those of other faculty positions.
Applicants whose technical interests complement and augment the Department’s existing strengths and are well positioned to develop collaborations as part of multidisciplinary research teams are of particular interest. Our hiring priority is focused on fundamental engineering research with applications in the areas of robotics and AI, autonomous vehicles, microfluidics, clean energy systems and storage technologies, and non-traditional advanced manufacturing. A large fraction of our students work throughout the year in paid internships at the 20+ companies on our Innovation Campus. In addition to the companies, the Innovation Campus is home to the National Institute of Aviation Research (NIAR), the new Deloitte Smart Factory@Wichita, and the John Bardo Center, where both the Innovation Hub and GoCreate maker spaces are located. We have state of the art facilities for robotics and automation; computer aided design and manufacturing; 3D printing of plastics and metals; composites and coatings; mechanical, structural, and environmental testing; failure analysis; crash dynamics; extended reality; reverse engineering; multiple wind/water tunnels; and, a research machine shop. We are interested in outstanding candidates who are committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship and to a diverse campus climate.
WSU is family friendly. Available to all faculty are educational benefits for spouses and dependents, same-sex spouse benefits, and family leave. Very important for new faculty, there are also provisions to pause tenure review if they become a parent. WSU is a recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Catalyst award to assess and create avenues for women and minority STEM faculty to achieve their career goals.
Enrollment is growing steadily at Wichita State, and in particular, in the College of Engineering. A large fraction of our students works throughout the year in paid jobs at the 20+ companies on the Innovation Campus. In addition to the companies, the Innovation Campus is home to the National Institute of Aviation Research (NIAR), the new Deloitte Smart Factory@Wichita, the Crash Dynamics Lab, and the John Bardo Center where both the Innovation Hub and GoCreate maker spaces are located. We have state of the art facilities for robotics and automation, computer aided design and manufacturing, composites and coatings, mechanical, structural, and environmental testing, failure analysis, crash dynamics, extended reality, and reverse engineering as well as multiple wind/water tunnels and a research machine shop. The National Science Foundation recently ranked WSU 4th among all U.S. universities in aerospace research and development expenditures, and 1st in industry-funded aerospace research and development. The College of Engineering is ranked #59 nationally by USN&WR.
A bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a directly related field at date of hire. Strong evidence toward committed teaching, research excellence and diversity is expected.
Preferred areas of specialties include, but not limited to, robotics and AI applications, micro fluidics, space thermal applications, clean energy systems and storage technologies, and non-traditional advanced manufacturing.
Application packages should be submitted online through https://jobs.wichita.edu/postings/27298, and include the following documents:
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
- Statement of Research
- Statement of Teaching
- Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how WSU thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our diversity plan.
- 3-5 references (contact information only)
Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2022 and continue until the positions are filled. Inquiries about the position and nominations of potential candidates should be directed to Dr. Brian Driessen, Search Committee Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering.