Super Plastic

A new ‘super plastic’ that can direct heat away from its source opens up a wide range of possibilities for making more efficient electronic devices. 

Find more stories on enabling revolutionary materials


Prof. Anne Curzan gives you permission to start your sentences with “and” or “but.” But don’t just take our word for it, watch her explanation of this superstition. 


Step forward with us as we strive to create breakthrough engineering solutions. Step forward and become a victor for engineering.

Because this is our world - and our world needs victors.

Giving to the Michigan Engineering Fund to support generations of Michigan Engineers!

“Congratulations to the Mahajans and our nephew Krishna Mahajan (BSE MSE ’15)!  Continuing a Patil and Mahajan family tradition (Jayshree Mahajan BSE ChE ’08 & Arjun Mahajan BSE ChE ’13) in Ann Arbor.

Go Blue!
- Pravin Patil BSE ChE ’97 & Asha Patil BS ’89 M Arch ‘91

Become a Victor

Last Thursday, more than 2,000 students picked up piggy banks on The Diag as part of the “LSA Victors Change Lives”campaign.

Over this week, students are being asked to drop their “spare change” in the piggy banks and return them to locations around campus. The idea is to create a culture of student philanthropy on campus and to empower students to realize that small gifts matter.

Many prominent student groups partnered with LSA to help launch and promote this student philanthropy initiative, including: Michigan in Washington, Semester in Detroit, Michigan Community Scholars Program, The Residential College, Lloyd Hall Scholars, Kessler Scholars, Appreciate + Reciprocate and LSA Student Government.

I’m glad I was able to contribute a little bit toward the “Michigan Engineering Fund” - Scholarship fund.

My mother had 2 degrees from Michigan - the first in Mathematics (May 1943), then a 2nd degree from Michigan in Mechanical Engineering (May 1949). After that, she worked at the US Patent Office until she retired from reviewing aeronautical patents.

Her father, my grandfather, had his 2nd degree from Michigan in Chemical Engineering in 1912 (his first degree was a BA from Williams College in 1907); he went on to Penn State and MIT. He was a science and math instructor in high schools and colleges.

We have several other relatives who went to Michigan.  I remember living in Willow Run when I was about 5 years old when my mother ( was finishing up her 2nd degree. I remember one time she took us to see the campus and I was awed at how large it was. I didn’t know until I was much older that women studying engineering was very unusual in her day (1940s).

—  Barbara Taylor, family of alumni

Meryl Davis and Charlie White became the first Americans to clinch a gold medal in ice dancing this Monday at the Sochi Olympic Games. Although they are 27 and 26 respectively, Davis and White are technically LSA juniors and they have both expressed their desire to finish their degrees.

This article from The New York Times talks about how they have grown from shy kids into Olympic champions over the past 17 years of training together. Davis and White grew up and trained in SE Michigan and the Motor City gets some recognition in this article : “Whatever financial ills have stricken Detroit, and whatever prestige it has lost as an automotive center, it has emerged as a world figure skating capital.”


Victors for Robots

A $54 million robotics center at the University of Michigan will help advance the field as researchers say it’s reaching a tipping point – poised to deliver autonomous technologies that are woven into our everyday lives.