Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Students in ENGR 100 Introduction to Engineering at UM-Dearborn put the final touches on a semester project that involves building a “Rube Goldberg” machine — an intentionally over-engineered device — to complete the simple task of inflating and popping a balloon. Ghassan Kridli, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, says the exercise teaches students to define the interfaces between devices, recognize the importance of communication among teams, and the importance of testing and validating systems. (Photo by Kate Malicke, UM-Dearborn)

Employees can consent now to receive electronic W-2 forms
U-M employees can consent now to receive an electronic PDF copy of their 2012 U-M Form W-2. Electronic W-2’s save money and natural resources, and will be available online Jan. 4, nearly a month before hard copies are mailed to those who opt for that delivery method.

Cooper to receive Candace J. Johnson Staff Award
Lauded as someone devoted to helping the helpers in the Department of Psychiatry, Dawn Marie Cooper has been named the 2012 recipient of the Candace J. Johnson Staff Award for Excellence.

Design Expo highlights undergrad creativity
The culmination of hard work and creativity by engineering undergraduate students from all disciplines was on display recently as more than 85 student projects were highlighted at the Michigan Engineering Design Expo.

The Michigan Difference

A conservator gives back
Cathleen Baker, a conservation librarian at the U-M Library, has established a new fellowship that gives students, practicing conservators, and researchers the opportunity to actively conserve materials from the library’s extensive collection. The first fellows in the program — Lauren Calcote and Aisha Wahab — currently are working at the library. “Conservators, whether they are associated with institutions or in private practice, are not usually in a financial position to leave their work temporarily to pursue a short-term project that will benefit the profession and our cultural heritage,” Baker says.