Posted on Monday, June 18, 2018
Q: Is University of Michigan engineering a popular school for students from India?
Ans: University of Michigan(UM)’s ties to India are deep and substantive, across a range of disciplines and at many levels. In Fall 2017, there were over 800 students from India enrolled at the University of Michigan, close to half of whom were Engineering students. Students from India represents Engineering is the second largest international student population. As you can imagine, is a strong and growing portion of our international alumni base.
Q: How is College of Engineering committed and engaged in India?
Ans: As the university celebrates its Bicentennial, engineering alumni In India who go back to the 1950s are attending the event and engaging with the next generation of engineers. But more than the numbers, it is the stories about students’ pursuit to have a societal impact that truly embody the mission of Michigan Engineering. We want to provide scientific and technological leadership and improve 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, all over the world.
Our students from Society of Women Engineers at Michigan spend a week every year at Bharat's Children Academy and Junior College in Walchandnagar, to engage with young women and encourage them to pursue an engineering education.
Students from Blue Lab India Project have been collaborating with the Setco Foundation for close to four-years to help improve women’s health by developing low-smoke stoves in Dolatpura, Gujarat. The stoves direct smoke away from the user and increase fuel efficiency. They are produced in partnership with the Setco Foundation and local community members, thereby also improving women’s empowerment through greater financial security.
Q: How is the future education of engineering evolving?
Ans: The UM College of Engineering has launched a new strategic plan, Michigan Engineering 2020, with one pillar of this plan focusing on the future of education. Fundamentally, we are focusing on experiences that emphasize learning by doing. We are also looking at the use of the latest technology and techniques, examining new pedagogical methods like collaborative teaching, and advanced tools such as augmented and virtual reality for the delivery of engineering education. In order to take advantage of our insights, we are developing processes for continually evolving and innovating around the educational experience. To enable this effort, it is important that we identify the critical experiences and skills, such as automation, that our students need to be considered preeminent engineers.
Q:What are some of the key areas you are focusing on?
Ans: We are putting more resources into robotics. We already offer Master’s and PhD degrees and in spring 2018, we’ll break ground on the Ford Motor Company Robotics Building -- a 140,000-square-foot, $75 million facilities. It will hold a three-story fly zone for autonomous aerial vehicles, high-bay garage space for self-driving cars, large shared lab spaces, classrooms, offices and more. It will bring together faculty members from across campus to collaborate in this key area. When it opens in 2019, U-M will become one of an elite few universities in the U.S. with a dedicated robotics facility.
For the next generation of engineering students, a strong background in science and mathematics is important. Michigan sees these skills as a vital foundation that many other unique accomplishments should be built upon. Our education gives students deep fundamental understanding and expertise, but we also want our students to be well rounded, engaging outside the classroom and around the world.
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