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Shock the World Campaign
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Wichita State faculty are transforming the world
Associate professor Kim Cluff works with students in in WSU’s biomedical engineering lab.

Imagine being able to apply information gleaned from big data to solve some of Kansas’ most pressing issues or having the capacity to increase the quality of health for people living throughout Wichita.

Or, consider how we might bring disruptive technologies to the marketplace and improve lives by combining engineering, design and business as a collaborative discipline.

These aspirational goals can be realized when Wichita State hires faculty who are at the forefront of their fields in these and other areas that wrestle with some of the most daunting challenges facing us today.

Doing so requires the support of private donors who recognize the importance of attracting and retaining university faculty capable of affecting positive change in our community and inspiring students to transform the world.

Endowed faculty at the forefront of innovation
Vis Madhaven
Vis Madhavan


Dr. Madhavan is recognized internationally for his revolutionary research to improve manufacturing technologies for the aviation and defense industries. His prototype for a machining concept to reduce materials loss and set-up costs in components manufacturing resulted in a $1 million contract with the Department of Defense. He founded Fairmount Technologies to commercialize technologies for manufacturing components and assemblies. Dr. Madhavan is also a senior research engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He holds the Sam Bloomfield Chair in Engineering Innovation.

Trisha Self
Trisha Self

Health Professions

Dr. Self has dedicated her teaching, research and service to improving the lives of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. As the number of children diagnosed with ASD has increased dramatically, Dr. Self’s profile as a national expert also has risen. In Wichita, she created a team of health professionals from multiple disciplines to diagnose children before the age of 5 so they can receive the best care possible and increase their chances of living successful lives. Over the past 25 years, she has equipped hundreds of WSU students with the skills to help children with ASD. Dr. Self is the Paul M. Cassat Distinguished Chair in Communications Sciences and Disorders.

Jeremy Patterson
Jeremy Patterson

Innovation Design

Dr. Patterson is dean of WSU’s newest college, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation. Its mission is to help develop disruptive technologies and next-generation products. Its students learn how to combine engineering, design and business to create solutions that improve lives and have value in the marketplace. Dr. Patterson holds several patents and, as director of WSU’s Human Performance Lab, helped start more than 25 businesses before being named III dean in 2016. He is one of two WSU researchers who won a $1.1 million grant from NASA to develop a skin biomedical sensor to measure body functions.

Jeremy Patterson
You can help us attract faculty leaders who will bring positive change to our communities and beyond
Endow a chair or professorship
Chairs and professorships are the highest tribute a university can bestow on a faculty member. For that reason, they are coveted by the most accomplished educators and researchers. In practical terms, endowed positions give faculty the support they need to conduct research and launch new initiatives. These faculty members also attract and inspire the finest students and they help WSU recruit top educators who want to work at an institution dedicated to improving the lives of people in Wichita, Kansas and beyond.
Endow a faculty fellow
Faculty Fellow positions recognize the important work of our most dedicated faculty members, not only in educating students but also in activities that contribute to their profession and community. The financial support generated by the gift rewards them for the outstanding job they do every day and helps Wichita State recruit and retain top educators.

For more information

If you would like to learn more about investing in our faculty, contact Mike Lamb, WSU Foundation vice president, at 316-978-3804 or

Darin Kater