4th Annual Lurie Nanofabrication Facility Users Symposium

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The University of Michigan Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF) offers easy access to equipment, processes and expert staff support for research on semiconductors, MEMS and microsystems, microfluidic/nanofluidic systems, III-V compound devices, organic materials and devices and advanced coating, patterning, nanofabrication technologies and bio applications. It is available for use by research groups from universities, government, and industry, and provides expertise to help and advise researchers with their projects. Building upon the success of earlier events, we continue our annual tradition of bringing the whole Lurie Nanofabrication Facility community together to learn about each other’s work and celebrate the wide variety of research…

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Doll family gives $2M to endow entrepreneurship director position

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Venture capitalist and University of Michigan alumnus Dixon Doll and his wife, Carol, have given $2 million to endow the position of executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Engineering. The gift names the position the Dixon and Carol Doll Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. Dixon Doll received his master of science in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. from U-M in 1965 and 1969, respectively. Carol Doll, a U-M alumna, received her bachelor’s degree in speech and a teaching certification in 1965. “Long ago, I realized that without my Michigan degrees, I never would…

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Annual research funding rises to record $1.39 billion

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The total volume of research at the University of Michigan reached a record $1.39 billion in the 2016 fiscal year that closed June 30, a 7.2 percent increase from the previous year. “As one of the largest and most diverse research universities in the world, U-M plays a significant role both in generating a steady stream of innovative ideas and in educating the people that together underlie the nation’s economic success and quality of life,” said S. Jack Hu, vice president for research. “The growing investment in U-M research is a measure of the continuing confidence of our sponsors in…

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Wigginton appointed assistant vice president for research

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Nicholas Wigginton has been appointed assistant vice president for research–research initiatives in the University of Michigan Office of Research, effective Nov. 1. As assistant vice president for research, Wigginton will work with faculty and staff to support the development of new interdisciplinary initiatives that build on the strengths and priorities in research and scholarship of the schools and colleges, as well as of the university as a whole. He will facilitate relationships across campus as well as with government, industry and foundations to identify emerging opportunities, foster innovative collaboration and develop new funding models. Wigginton comes to U-M from Science,…

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$27M investment to globalize driverless vehicle research

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A $27 million investment from a Chinese firm will strengthen the efforts of the University of Michigan, along with industry and government partners, to advance autonomous, connected vehicles and robotic technologies for a safer and more sustainable future around the world. President Mark Schlissel and Vice President for Research S. Jack Hu on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding with Frontt Capital Management Ltd., a Shenzhen-based investment firm focused on developing the intelligent vehicle industry in China. The funding will: • Establish a Joint Research Center for Intelligent Vehicles at U-M to support faculty projects on autonomous vehicle technologies. •…

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Big Data: Advancing Science, Changing the World

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Please join the Michigan Institute for Data Science for its Annual Symposium, “Big Data: Advancing Science, Changing the World,” November 15th – 16th at the Michigan League and the Rackham Graduate Building. The symposium will feature preeminent data scientists from around the world, and will highlight U-M researchers whose work is on the leading edge of innovation and discovery in data-intensive science. Confirmed speakers include: Robert Groves, Georgetown University, former head of the Census Bureau and former U-M faculty member Sudip Bhattacharjee, Census Bureau, University of Connecticut Lynn Vavreck, UCLA, contributor to New York Times’ “The Upshot” blog Tom Luo,…

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Wolverines meet Deere

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John Deere, like other successful multinational companies, always has a hopper of engineering ideas they would like to explore: exciting new technology, improvements to their existing product line, novel product ideas and more. One such project on the list was to develop new and refined functionality for their TANGO E5 Autonomous Lawnmower.  Based on the requirements and timing of the project and U-M’s expertise in robotics, John Deere felt this was an excellent project for some eager and talented students. So John Deere turned to the Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP) at U-M’s College of Engineering. Each year, MDP partners with…

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Registration opens for TE3 conference

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The University of Michigan will host the TE3 conference on Friday, October 28th at the Michigan League Ballroom. Targeted to transportation policymakers, economists and researchers, as well as automotive and fuel supply industry community members, the Conference on Transportation, Economics, Energy and the Environment brings economic scholars together with government and industry practitioners to explore transportation and fuel research for energy and environmental policies that will foster progress toward long-term climate protection and business goals. CONFERENCE OVERVIEW What transportation energy and environmental policies will foster progress toward long-term climate protection goals given the volatility of energy markets and uncertainties in consumer behavior? Relevant factors include technology cost and investment needs for…

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U-M Office of Tech Transfer to host Celebrate Invention

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YOU’RE INVITED! Tuesday, October 4th, 3 – 6 pm, Michigan League Ballroom Join the Office of Tech Transfer as they celebrate the accomplishments of U-M innovators, who reported 428 new inventions in FY16. Network with business, venture, university and community leaders amidst displays of some of our University’s best examples of innovation and entrepreneurship. If you have not yet registered, there is still time for you and your friends to help us Celebrate Invention together. Brief remarks begin at 4:45 pm. REGISTER HERE

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