Maintaining the Triangle of Excellence
Scholarship, Scale and Scope
In 1854, Alexander Winchell, a professor of physics and civil engineering, stepped into a classroom and taught the first engineering class at the University of Michigan. Winchell’s educational venture was the beginning of what would be 155 years of excellence in education and research. Today, Michigan Engineering is a global leader in engineering education and research. The reason: a rare combination of high-quality scholarship, large-scale impact and a broad scope of teaching, research and service opportunities, all of which the Progress & Promise: 150th Anniversary Campaign will elevate to new levels.
Michigan Engineering is a 21st-century educational institution with a reputation for excellence that attracts talented engineering students from across the country and around the world. An elite faculty, also assembled from around the globe, guides students through a challenging curriculum and broadens the learning experience by sharing rich and varied cultural backgrounds. Student teams provide hands-on technical experience. Numerous annual awards – for faculty and students alike – are a testament to Michigan Engineering scholarship, which has few peers.
Small and large. Far and wide. The College of Engineering has a well-known face. Its instruments traveled aboard the Mars lander. Its interdisciplinary teams are looking into ways to use nanotechnologies to deliver medications to individual body cells. International relationships with other universities expand educational horizons. Michigan Engineering’s web is vast, and its students are helping to shape the world.
Michigan Engineering’s 11 academic departments and more than 60 engineering fields reach nearly every point on the educational compass. Student organizations and new service-learning opportunities provide invaluable life lessons. And as part of the University of Michigan, the College puts astonishing resources at the fingertips of students and faculty – law, literature, business, medicine, music, art and other disciplines – all of which complements and expands the engineering experience.