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People-First Engineering helps make the world a better place by closing critical gaps and elevating all people. It’s a framework that requires just three things. 

But it requires all three.

Excellent engineering fundamentals

Convergence of disciplines

Equity-centered values & global worldviews

For our community, people-first is both a goal and a practice. What you do every day at Michigan Engineering—whether it’s learning, working, teaching or doing research—helps reimagine what the field can and should be.

We want to hear from you.

The world should hear about people-first engineering in your words. You are the people who make it possible.

Please share a sentence or two about how YOU are taking—or aspire to take— a people-first approach to engineering.

Then pick your exclusive Michigan Engineering gift as a small token of our thanks!

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Question: What does it mean to be a people-first engineer?
Enter your sentences here, and you might see them around campus or on social media.

Tell us a story!

Need some inspiration?

See how other Michigan Engineers are talking about this.

Grace Hsia smiling

“You cannot innovate in a vacuum. That is not how the world works. The world needs innovators, students like those at the University of Michigan who will reach out and talk to the users who will have the courage to ask the hard questions, to learn how to build a better solution that will create real world impact. That's what I see every day right here.”

Grace Hsia, BSE '12, founder of Warmilu
Lola Eniola-Adefeso smiling in a portrait

“If we're not looking broadly, we end up with blind spots that create situations where technology and products are not useful or do not work well for all people.”

Lola Eniola-Adefeso, Associate Dean for Graduate & Professional Education, professor of chemical engineering
Mariah Fiumara putting on safety glasses

Where we’ve really seen our students put people first is by learning that the only way to succeed is through engaging community members. For example, our project team MHealth Team Flow is working to create reusable period products for people in developing countries that meet their needs. So they talked with the community and learned about different cultural norms, available fabrics, and their varied levels of comfort with the topic. . . not only did they develop a new product, but they also addressed the challenge of teaching people to use it safely."

Mariah Fiumara, staff, Student Affairs Assistant Director

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People-First Engineering Framework is part of Michigan Engineering's Strategic Vision. Questions? Contact us.