Welcome from Dr. Paul Richardson

Welcome back to our returning students and a warm welcome to our new students. Our faculty and staff will work hard to support a successful academic year that will yield personal growth to you, our students. I challenge you to apply yourselves diligently to make the most of the opportunities afforded by your studies. I am a firm believer that luck is where opportunity meets hard work. You are the only one person who can drive yourself and you are the only person who can stop you. Your personal journey through engineering will lead to some amazing experiences.

At this time, the engineering field offers unprecedented opportunities to explore new disciplines and impact society in positive and meaningful ways. I have been contacted by many companies seeking to fill engineering positions and some companies are hiring undergraduate students to fill vacant positions. Numerous studies predict continued growth in engineering related fields for years to come. The future for our graduating students is promising indeed.

Reflecting this trend, the ECE department has grown extensively across a broad spectrum. Student population and faculty size are at all time highs. We have added five new faculty, graduates of some of the best schools in the country, and we are actively pursuing two more faculty targeted to start in Fall 2016. Our new Robotics Engineering degree program has grown by 300%. We have new student and research laboratories and our faculty are active in sponsored research projects in a wide range of areas, including optical devices, autonomous vehicles, wireless networks, vehicle electronics and power/energy systems.

As the future fades into the past, I am confident that your efforts to grow and gain knowledge will produce extraordinary experiences that you will share with colleagues, friends and families.

Please contact me (313-593-5420; richarpc@umich.edu) for more information about our academics or for general questions.

Dr. Paul Richardson

Professor and Chair of ECE

Electrical and Computer Engineering

2050
Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems (IAVS)
Phone: 
313-593-5420
Fax: 
313-583-6336
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