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 firstname.lastname@example.org, (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 https://ssd.umich.edu/.
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
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
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.