What Do Engineers Do?

Whether you are a student, faculty member or alum from Michigan Engineering, you can leverage an amazing global community and make an impact on the world.


Engineers are bridge builders and game designers. They dream up new ways to make sustainable energy, fix the human body and launch people into space. They are creative and driven individuals who are looking to make a difference in the world. And they are just like you.

Michigan Engineers have access to incredible opportunities and are a part of a diverse community. Furthermore, they are problem solvers, creative thinkers, leaders, big thinkers, risk takers, and most importantly, they are making a difference in the world.

Students Making a Difference

Michigan Engineering students are agents of change, and they aren’t afraid to go after their dreams and tackle big projects. Here is a sampling of students who are striving to make a difference in the world.

Solar Car

The nine-time national champion U-M Solar Car Team designs and builds a new car each year that runs completely on solar energy, then enters it in the American and World Solar challenges.

The University of Michigan Solar Car Team, the biggest and best in the nation builds the fastest sunlight-powered vehicle it can within the competition’s restrictions. The goal is to win World Solar Challenge, five day race across the Australian outback. 37 teams from 25 countries vie for the world domination.


BLUElab

BLUElab is a student-run organization that aims to educate the community about, and provide sustainable solutions for national and international problems.

University of Michigan BLUElab engineering students develop a wind turbine in a Guatemalan village using only locally available materials and hand-woven fabric.


M-Heal

Modern day healthcare issues and low-resource settings in developing nations mean nothing to M-Heal, which creates sustainable solutions to these problems and more.

University of Michigan M-HEAL students travel to Guatemala to meet with doctors and nurses in rural areas to gather information for a remote stethoscope project they are working on.


Mars Habitat project

Michigan’s Bioastronautics and Life Support System (BLiSS) team is a student-run research team designing, building, and testing deep-space habitat prototype technology. The team conducts work and research in a lab in the Space Research Building on the North Campus of the University of Michigan.

The U-M Bioastronautics and Life Support Systems (BLiSS) team won a NASA X-Hab grant to design and prototype a portion of a Mars habitat. BLiSS is a student-run, multi-disciplinary team that designs, builds, and tests space habitats. This grant focused on the entrance, airlock module, and a small portion of the interior.


International Programs in Engineering

Michigan Engineers continue to uphold a strong tradition of studying, interning, researching and service abroad. 1 in 3 Michigan engineers graduate with an international experience, and over 880 students gain international experiences each year.