Wayne State, TechTown, NextEnergy launch technology innovation consortium

Initiative anchored by WSU's $6.6 million purchase of former NextEnergy Center

DETROIT, May 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wayne State University today announced a $6.6 million investment in Detroit Urban Solutions, a technology innovation consortium dedicated to developing cutting edge solutions to challenges facing Detroit and other urban areas. A partnership between Wayne State, TechTown Detroit and NextEnergy, in collaboration with numerous other organizations, the consortium will focus on smart cities technologies, including mobility, energy, digital health and civic technologies.

Detroit Urban Solutions has been in the works for years and is coming to fruition with Wayne State's purchase of the NextEnergy Center across the street from TechTown's headquarters. The university plans to transform the building into the Wayne State Industry Innovation Center (I2C), a facility for university and industry collaboration and research, with a focus on cyber physical systems including cyber security, connected and autonomous vehicles, and smart city technologies.

"A focus area in Wayne State's five-year strategic plan is that the university will become a hub of innovation. This is strong action toward that goal," said WSU President M. Roy Wilson. "Building on the momentum generated by Wayne State's Integrative Biosciences Center and Anderson Engineering Ventures Institute, TechTown, Henry Ford Health System and several others, we're turning this key part of Midtown into an energized district where cross-sector collaborations will continue to drive our city forward."

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