Transformative Research in
Urban Sustainability Training

What is T-RUST?


Pursue your PhD or Masters by working with local communities, businesses, industries, scientists, and policy makers to understand and address challenges in urban sustainability.

T-RUST is an innovative graduate training program at Wayne State University that integrates social and physical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in an effort to tackle complex challenges in urban sustainability. T-RUST aims to train students using integrated scientific, engineering, and social science approaches combined with innovative policy-making in an effort to foster innovation in urban sustainability.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1735038



Industry Collaboration

Build collaborative relationships with community leaders, industry experts, social impact organizations and governmental institutions. Students will acquire and engage in internships, research projects, and community service activities, that posses real-world application.


Innovative Research Opportunities

Through cutting-edge interdisciplinary research projects, students will gain competitive insights helping them become leaders in their field. Students will tackle questions pertaining to:

  • » Urban Ecological Systems
  • » Urban Redevelopment and the Blue Economy
  • » Sustainable Urban Water Infrastructure
Cross Discipline Experience

Cross Discipline Experience

Students and faculty from Biology, Engineering, Communication, Pharmacy, Anthropology, Economics, Geology, and other STEM disciplines work together and integrate scientific, engineering, and social science approaches toward innovation in urban sustainability.

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"Wayne State is an urban university with a diverse student body from 50 states and more than 70 countries. Those of us in T-RUST value, appreciate, and accept diversity."