Strategic Vision

Vision top

Michigan Engineering aspires to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good.


We have a global perspective in all we do. We conduct research, teaching, service and leadership at scale.


We strive to be the best we can be at everything we do. We employ a “Great to Best” mindset as we seek to improve. We focus on excellence and impact.

College of Engineering

We will place a focus on our engineering disciplines. We will emphasize innovation and technological progress.

Common Good

We are embracing our public charter and ethos, with a commitment to serve all. We are closing the gaps in the State of Michigan and beyond.


Mission top

Michigan Engineering provides scientific and technological leadership to the people of the world. We seek to improve the quality of life by developing intellectually curious and socially conscious minds, creating collaborative solutions to societal problems, and promoting an inclusive and innovative community of service for the common good.

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.


Values top

Leadership and excellence

True to being “Leaders and Best,” we do not settle. We forge paths that inspire others, and push relentlessly for quality and preeminence in all we do.

Creativity, innovation and daring

“We’ve always done it this way” is never how we do it. We seek to improve the quality of life. Bold thinking and non-traditional action are among the tools we rely on to solve problems and create opportunities.

Diversity, equity and social impact

The best mix of talent achieves the greatest outcomes. People with different skills, backgrounds, identities and perspectives are necessary for us to realize our vision. Opportunities are created for all, and where barriers exist, we close the gaps. Every member of our community gets to be heard, should be involved and must be empowered to achieve to their full potential. We serve the common good.

Collegiality and collaboration

Camaraderie is a strength. When we disagree, we remain civil. We succeed in facing complex challenges by working together — across the lab, classroom or globe. Teamwork is fundamental to how we operate. We cannot fulfill our potential unless we are combining our strengths. Our individual abilities are joined to accomplish a united vision and mission.

Transparency and trustworthiness

A consistent respect for truth breeds good relationships. We depend on open and honest sharing of data, facts and individual perspectives. In difficult situations, where discretion is required or conversations are sensitive, we acknowledge the limits of what can be shared. Trust must be preserved.