Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, March 11, 2013

College of Engineering expanding partnerships to India

College of Engineering Dean David Munson took a weeklong trip to India last week to explore educational opportunities for U-M students there.

"Our trip is designed to develop a platform for student engagement with companies owned by CoE Indian alumni," Munson said.


Above: Engineering student Sita Syal (right) talks to students at an Indian primary school along with a local teacher, Manisha Ben. Below: College of Engineering Dean David Munson (right) and engineering student Jenna Bertke visit a ruin in India. (Photos by James Holloway, College of Engineering)


During the trip Munson's group visited two large companies: Setco, near the town of Vadodara, and Walchandnagar Industries in Walchandnagar.  Both companies run primary and secondary schools that may serve as sites for a May trip sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers.  

"Our hope is to help the students identify opportunities to engage in a variety of student-led engineering projects in Indian communities. We believe that this will be a more successful strategy," said James Holloway, associate dean of CoE who accompanied Munson.

"I want more College of Engineering students to be able to experience India. It will expand our thinking in new directions," said Sita Syal, a student who was on the trip.

During the trip last week, Munson was accompanied by Holloway; Krishnakumar Garikipati, professor of mechanical engineering and mathematics; Amy Conger, director of international programs at CoE; Lin Cargo, associate executive director of advancement at CoE; and seven students from two student groups — the U-M Society of Women Engineers and Better Living Using Engineering Lab.