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Over the years, the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor community have developed a symbiotic relationship to the benefit of everyone involved. As a result, students have a broad selection of activities, programs, and resources across the University and Ann Arbor. This page highlights some of the opportunities for all ME students. The list below is not all encompassing and if you have something you would like to include please email the ASO.

First, we would like to draw your attention to the student groups associated with the Mechanical Engineering department. 

University of Michigan


The University Library consists of many libraries and vast collections, but the best place to start your research is at the Shapiro Undergraduate Library. Most library research consists of finding books and finding journal articles. To find what books (and journals subscriptions, datafiles, CDs, etc.) that the University Library owns, connect to the Michigan Research Library Network, MIRLYN.

MIRLYN is the University's computerized library system. It includes an online catalog of the University's libraries, periodical indexes, access to other Big Ten and regional university catalogs, and other information about the libraries and their holdings. MIRLYN is an important resource, which you will need to access to conduct research.

To find out what databases we have and to find citations to scholarly articles, use Search Tools. The library also has a Research Subject Guide, Paul Grochowski, specifically for mechanical engineering. You may contact Paul at, (734) 647-5738, or visit him in the Duderstadt Center in room 2321A. 

The library also holds a number of workshops throughout each semester.

Services for Students with Disabilities

The University of Michigan complies with federal and state laws which affect qualified persons with disabilities. It is the policy and practice of the Mechanical Engineering Department to provide equal educational opportunities for students with documented disabilities in all programs and activities, including internships and field placements. Students with disabilities who require academic adjustments are encouraged to contact the instructor at the beginning of the term to discuss the specific needs.

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) provides services to students with visual impairments, learning disabilities, mobility impairments or hearing impairments. They also work with students who have chronic health problems or psychological disabilities. SSD offers services such as accessible campus transportation, adaptive technology, sign language and oral interpreting, readers and other volunteers, guidance for course accommodations, and requests to modify degree requirements. Services are free of charge.

Before and after a student enrolls at the University, SSD staff are available to answer questions and provide referrals concerning admission, registration, services available, financial aid, etc. In addition, SSD can help assess the need for modified housing, attendants, interpreters, transportation, classroom accommodations, note takers and adaptive equipment.

Some students may be particularly interested in the Volunteer Reader Program, which is run by SSD. It consists of students reading material onto cassette for use by students with visual impairments or print disabilities. The primary qualification the reader must have is a clear speaking voice. Volunteers are also needed to edit canned printed materials to be put onto disk. The primary qualification for this task is strong text-editing skills.

To request additional information call (734) 763-3000 (Voice/TTY)

To find out more about services, or to volunteer as a reader, note taker, or tutor, see

Students with Children

The University of Michigan has developed a website dedicated to the needs of students who juggle parenting or elder care, study and work. Please visit the Students with Children website.

Campus Safety Statement

Each year, the University of Michigan prepares an “Annual Safety Report” and publishes it in the Campus Safety Handbook. The report, which is issued each October 1st, contains detailed information on campus safety and security polices, procedures, and programs, including information on: emergency services, security telephone numbers, sexual assault policy, stalking laws, handling obscene phone calls, sexual harassment policy, dealing with workplace violence and threats, police agencies, health services, counseling services, safe transportation after dark, safety tips, and alcohol and drug policies and programs. The report also includes statistics concerning crimes on campus. If you would like to receive a complete copy, visit the University of Michigan Police website.

Rackham Graduate School

Rackham has two offices for graduate student support services, Graduate Student Success and Graduate Student Affairs.

Graduate Student Success (GSS)

GSS works in partnership with faculty and staff in departments and schools across the University to facilitate the academic success of all graduate students. We offer a continuum of services that supports students' academic achievement from early recruitment stages through final placement. Our programs include the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) for undergraduate students interested in attending U-M; the Summer Institute for incoming Rackham Merit Fellows; and the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), a program funded by the National Science Foundation to advance underrepresented minority graduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Graduate Student Affairs (GSA)

GSA strives to enhance the quality of graduate student life for Rackham students. Our aim is to promote an environment in which students can achieve their academic and personal goals. Our services are organized to provide innovative programs and activities, professional development, and social events that assist students in their transition and adjustment to graduate school. We provide positive interventions that offer student support and guidance in leading healthy lives and promote the academic and non-academic interests of students throughout the graduate and professional community. Also, GSA staff assists students with personal and academic matters affecting their academic progress and connects students to University resources.

College of Engineering

Just Alumni Sharing Knowledge (Just ASK)

Just ASK is about current Engineering graduate students connecting one-on-one with alumni. These mentoring relationships are intended to focus on: academics, study skills, and day-to-day issues surrounding graduate school; career planning and networking; and guidance on personal issues. Just ASK mentors are Engineering alumni who have volunteered to share their experiences with graduate students. Any current graduate student may request contact with a mentor.

Student/Alumni Professional Network

The College of Engineering Student/Alumni Professional Network is a service that enables students and alumni to connect via email - a great way to gain career related advice, explore careers in engineering and network. The Student/Alumni Professional Network is coordinated by the Engineering Career Resource Center, and is available on ENGenius.Jobs.

Engineering Career Recourse Center (ECRC)

The Engineering Career Resource Center provides a host of services for students from job searching, resume critiquing, mock interviews, professional development workshops, and many more. In addition, the ECRC hosts a career fair in the fall and winter terms.

Ann Arbor Spotlights

Ann Arbor Events Calendar

The Ann Arbor Events Calendar is a place to start if you are looking for activities happening in the coming weeks. 

A2 Art Festivals

Each summer, Ann Arbor hosts four unique Art Fairs. The art fairs are hosted simultaneously in the streets of downtown typically in July. Students are encouraged to avoid driving downtown during the fair and to expect significant delays if driving cannot be avoided.

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

The Mission of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, math and technology. Their Vision is to be the leader in imaginative and interactive learning experiences. As a volunteer, you can help the museum with various education programs such as the weekend Sciencepalooza, science festivals, Members' nights, and other special events.

Ann Arbor Observer

The Ann Arbor Observer is a publication that is available monthly during the summer. It is a great resource for activities happening in Ann Arbor community. In addition, it highlights significant businesses, organizations, and individuals in the Ann Arbor community. All “permanent” Ann Arbor residents get the Observer in the mail free of charge.

Farmers' Market

Located in the historic Kerrytown District in a lovely open-air marketplace, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market features locally grown food, plants, handcrafts and prepared food items. The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is a producers-only market, which means that all of the wonderful items are grown, baked or crafted by the vendors who sell them.

Summer Festival

Each year the Ann Arbor community hosts a Summer Festival with live music, arts, and entertainment for all ages.

The Treasure Mart

Since 1960, The Treasure Mart has been committed to recycling and reuse. The constantly changing inventory of gently used merchandise includes beautiful antiques, nostalgic collectibles, a wide variety of useful household items, and a healthy dose of friendship and fun. Imagine the hundreds of thousands of wonderful items that have found new homes! Selling on consignment means dollars spent in the store will go back to the local community. The store is a win-win for everyone, and is always worth a visit from old and new friends alike. 


Founded on March 15, 1982, by Paul Saginaw, Michael Monahan and Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman's began as a delicatessen serving non-kosher traditional European-Jewish delicatessen dishes and sandwiches. In 1997, Monahan sold his share of the company to Saginaw to focus on his original business venture, Monahan's Seafood Market. As Zingerman's grew, it expanded its offerings to gourmet foods from around the world, making its own bread at Zingerman's Bakehouse and creating dairy products at Zingerman's Creamery. It opened a second restaurant, Zingerman's Roadhouse, which focuses on regional American cuisine. The enterprise now owns several brand names that make up the Zingerman's Community of Businesses, including the aforementioned enterprises in addition to Zingerman's Mail Order, Zingerman's Coffee Company, Zingerman's Training, Inc., and Zingerman's Catering. Zingerman's sponsors several mail-order food clubs and occasional culinary study tours.

826 Michigan

826michigan is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Volunteers can help as a tutor, workshop leader, or workshop helper.