Improving Sustainability

Supporting education, research, and independent thinking on a variety of fronts was the motivation behind the establishment of the Bosch Sustainability Fellowship. The new $20,000 annual award is granted to a University of Michigan master’s student conducting promising research linking sustainable engineering to applications of societal importance such as energy conversion, storage, or efficiency. “The future requires creating innovative, sustainable solutions that can be applied to our everyday lives and we look forward to hearing the ideas students will develop as part of this fellowship,” says Maximiliane Straub, Robert Bosch, LLC CFO and Bosch Community Fund board member. The fellowship is co-administered by the University of Michigan Energy Institute and the College of Engineering. “The Bosch Fellowship is a perfect example of how multiple units from across the University can work together to bring a company’s vision for student engagement to life,” says Umesh Patel, senior director at the Business Engagement Center. Electrical engineering student Mike Hand, the inaugural recipient of the fellowship, is exploring ways to further improve diesel calibration efficiency, which could impact development time and reduce cost. “With the freedom afforded by this fellowship, we can work to accomplish something that otherwise might not be realizable,” states Hand. “In general, diesel is a lot more efficient than gasoline and if these systems work the way we think they can, it would make sense to definitely have more than three percent of the cars on the road today utilizing diesel.” With more than 90 U-M alumni employed globally, Bosch, a manufacturer of automotive, consumer, industrial, energy, and building technologies, has a long research relationship with the University, sponsoring various engineering projects over the years.

Impact

Provides $500,000 graduate student support through annual fellowships.

Campus Partners

Business Engagement Center, College of Engineering, Energy Institute