WSU fulfills its
mission as Washington’s land-grant research university by reaching out. It delivers knowledge and the benefits of research activities to people throughout the state.
Statewide programs and services
In each of Washington’s 39 counties
Providing research-based educational programs and services—youth programs, civic leadership training, master gardener classes, and more— with measurable
Mt. Vernon, Prosser, Puyallup, and Wenatchee
Conducting research to sustain crop health and Washington growers’ productivity
Leading research and educational programs in agriculture, food and natural resources systems that are economically viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible
Serving all 39 counties in Washington, most counties in Idaho and, to a lesser degree, all Pacific Northwest states as well as Alaska and Hawaii
Delivering diagnostic services, consultation, disease surveillance, and outreach to safeguard animal health, the food supply, and public health
Seattle-based, working with leaders statewide
Partnering with businesses to raise awareness of WSU research innovations, participate in expert panels and advisory boards, and connect to industry leaders in relevant fields of research
25 locations statewide
Promoting economic vitality by providing advice, training and research to entrepreneurs and existing businesses
Engaging nearly 80,000 youth annually in all 39 Washington counties
Reaching out to kids and their families to build skills for life
Staff in Seattle and Pullman, events statewide
Organizing conferences and educational events of all sizes
Offering courses taught by WSU faculty, so you can earn a WSU diploma online
Offering online courses for personal enrichment and professional development
WSU research fuels growth throughout Washington and beyond.
WSU researchers lead a $40 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant that explores use of renewable forest materials to spawn an aviation biofuels industry.
About 15% of the $850 million annual North American market for wood-plastic composite decking products derives from research conducted at the WSU Composite Materials & Engineering Center.
Food and agriculture
Scientific advances made at WSU support Washington’s $49 billion food and agriculture economy.
WSU’s world-leading experts in small grain genetics and breeding have helped to make Washington one of the most productive wheat growing regions on Earth.
Washington’s more than $6 billion tree fruit industry leads the nation in production of apples, pears, and sweet cherries, thanks in part to WSU research and support. New apple varieties being developed at WSU will help drive future sales of the state’s leading agricultural commodity.
WSU’s partnership with grape growers and winemakers helped create Washington’s $8.6 billion a year premium wine grape industry.
Enterprises receiving no-cost business advising from WSU’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) achieved twice the sales growth of non-SBDC clients. SBDC clients’ sales grew an average of 10.5%, as compared to the statewide average of only 5.1%. Their businesses grew in both domestic and export markets.
SBDC advising helped save 484 existing jobs and led to the creation of 643 new jobs in 2014. It helped client enterprises access nearly $41 million in new capital to grow their businesses.
As a public investment, the SBDC pays huge dividends. Every dollar spent on the SBDC program delivered $5.25 in additional federal and state tax revenues.
Innovations and enterprises of WSU faculty and alumni have invigorated not only Washington’s economy, but the national economy as well. Among them:
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (power systems protection), launched by alumnus Edmund Schweitzer
Stratasys (3D printing), co-founded by alumnus S. Scott Crump, who pioneered 3-D printing technology
Decagon Devices (scientific instruments), founded by WSU soil sciences professor Gaylon Campbell
Digilent (technology-based educational design tools), co-founded by WSU electrical engineering professors Clint Cole and Gene Apperson