Innovation is more than just talk at WSU. It permeates everything we do, all we aspire to become and reaches far beyond our campus boundaries. Find out how we're student centered, innovation driven.

Innovation is more than just talk at WSU. It permeates everything we do, all we aspire to become and reaches far beyond our campus boundaries. Find out how we're student centered, innovation driven.

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WSU's new Division of Innovation and New Ventures takes ideas from anywhere -- students, staff, community members -- to get products and new businesses off the ground. The INV team offers cutting-edge design thinking practices and collaboration with a growing ecosystem of WSU and community resources to make things happen.
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Innovation and Design

WSU's College of Innovation and Design develops high-demand skills through hands-on experiences and collaborative, project-based learning.

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Academic Innovation

With our student-centered approach and innovative commitment to applied learning, Wichita State graduates enter the job market real-world experience on their resumes.

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Wichita State advances faculty and student research by removing barriers between disciplines and rewarding collaboration and creativity.

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Economic Development

WSU is a major economic driver and force for the greater public good. We serve the region through workforce development, targeted research and business partnerships.

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Shocker alum designs Guinness World Record paper airplane

A paper airplane design developed by recent Wichita State alumni Julian Chee was used to break the world record for longest paper airplane throw of 252 feet. Chee talks about how WSU gave him the experience and skills to succeed in his career. 


1 - Only Masters program in Innovation Design in the state of Kansas

The Master of Innovation Design (MID) degree program merges arts, science and technology courses, creating opportunities for student/faculty collaboration across WSU’s colleges

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18K - Square footage of the GoCreate Makerspace on WSU's Innvoation Campus

GoCreate is a creative community workspace open to creators of all ages and experiences. Bring an idea and they will help make it come to life!

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30+ Centers and Institutes, many of which work closely with local, regional and national businesses

Wichita State's research and academic capacity is elevated and expanded by a growing list of centers and institutes that serve as conduits for new knowledge and insight.

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Top 15 in U.S. college engineering R&D expenditures

Wichita State continues to rise in the National Science Foundation's ranking of U.S. college engineering R&D expenditures

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$402 million in research grants awarded at WSU

As one of the fastest-growing research universities in the country, Wichita State continues a run of record-setting annual research funding.

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Only National Science Foundation I-Corps site in the state of Kansas

The Shocker Innovation Corps nurtures and supports WSU entrepreneurial teams interested in transitioning their STEM ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace.

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94 student startups created through the office of Innovation and New Ventures

The College of Innovation & Design and the Center for Entrepreneurship collaborate to deliver programming around innovation, education, venture creation, and making connections to support WSU and regional startups.

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$20K awarded to student entrepreneurs in the annual Shocker New Venture Competition

Wichita State's Center for Entrepreneurship's Shocker New Venture Competition helps student develop and pitch their ideas and business concepts to a panel of business, finance and industry professionals.

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Wichita State University's Innovation Campus brings together resources, ideas, expertise and student talent to make the world a better place. The Innovation Campus features more than 20 national and international companies in an environment designed to foster collaboration and interaction.
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Partnership logos: Spirit Aerosystems, Fairmount Technologies LLC, Firepoint, Hexagon, Hyatt Place, GoCreate, Dassault Systems, Sedgwick County Kansas, Airbus, BCG, City of Wichita, Deloitte, NetApp, Martin Defense Group, The YMCA, Textron Aviation


Wichita State University is one of five finalists for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities' 11th annual Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) University Awards.
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Beyond the classroom, beyond the campus

Thanks to our location in Kansas' largest city, Wichita State students have applied learning and real-world research opportunities other school can't match. Our vast partnerships in virtually every industry provide students with diverse opportunities to train like professionals—while still in school.