Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, October 9, 2009

Engineering students Boyang Zhao, left, and Don Li practice driving Segway personal transporters at a training session Thursday. (Photo by James Iseler)

U-M is first school in nation to use Segways for student tours
Prospective students soon may get a feel for Michigan Engineering’s cutting-edge nature in tours that are a first of their kind for colleges anywhere: They’ll be rolling across North Campus atop a Segway personal transporter. Acting upon a recommendation from three students who researched the issue for their Industrial and Operations Engineering course, the College of Engineering purchased 10 of the two-wheeled, battery-powered devices to use on campus tours this fall.

Coleman not aware of letter sent to lawmakers
President Mary Sue Coleman said Thursday she was not aware that an organization she belongs to was sending a letter about the state budget situation to state legislators. The letter encourages lawmakers to adopt a budget agreement reached by leaders of the House and Senate. The agreement includes elimination of the Michigan Promise Scholarship for college students.

Leaders meet to report and build on internationalization efforts
Global engagement efforts have more than doubled at several U-M schools and departments this decade, and university leaders attending the Provost’s Forum on Internationalization on Thursday offered even more ideas to promote these contacts — the theme of the ongoing Accreditation 2010 effort.

Conference to offer insights on the 'Future of Design'
Thirty design experts will discuss how concepts are evolving during the "Future of Design" conference, hosted by the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning today and Saturday. Each participant will have 15 minutes to present his or her views. The presentations will be at Rackham Auditorium and are free to the public.

The Michigan Difference

Engineering a better world
More than two-thirds of Cambodian children don’t complete a primary education. For nearly two years, Andrea Messmer worked to change that. The College of Engineering alumna was general manager at the Schools for Children of Cambodia, the latest in a series of jobs from which she derived satisfaction by helping others around the world.