Over the last 127 years, since the first program in electrical engineering was established in 1889, ECE students, faculty, and alumni have developed world-changing technology and products in almost every field imaginable. Our students travel to dozens of countries each year for service projects and internships, and many of our alumni return to their home countries to work, contributing to our global impact.
As we enter 2017, the University will be celebrating 200 years of Michigan Excellence. During this Bicentennial year, ECE@Michigan will be sharing many stories about our own history, the alumni who influenced it, and all of the exciting research and technology that is taking place in our labs and classrooms today.
In honor of this celebration, we are encouraging you to be a Bicentennial Benefactor. Our Bicentennial Benefactor giving program is divided into six different giving levels:
|$ 0 - 201||Electrons Level|
|$ 201.70 - 499||Circuits Level|
|$ 500 - 999||Signals Level|
|$ 1,000 - 2,016||Networks Level|
|$ 2,017 - 4,999||Devices Level|
|$ 5,000 and above||Systems Level|
We will attribute all gifts made between November 2016 and December 2017 to the Bicentennial Benefactor program. All donors will be acknowledged on our webpage. Donors who give at the Devices and Systems levels will also receive special recognition in the EECS Building.
Your gift will support student programs and research opportunities, alumni programs and networking opportunities, and student-alumni mentoring. It will support outreach to the K-12 population that otherwise hears little about the magic that is Electrical and Computer Engineering. And we have plans to do much more – like initiating our ECE Expeditions program. ECE Expeditions will take ECE students to a number of companies both locally and in Silicon Valley where they will be given tours, meet working engineers and alumni, and learn about company culture.
We are doing all of these activities on the faith that quality programs like this will be supported by YOU - individuals who see the promise that our discipline holds for a better future.
To quote Benjamin Bailey (BSE MSE PhD EE 1898, 1900, 1907), our third department Chair who studied by the light of a kerosene lamp:
“If a student had been told in 1895 that he would someday be able to talk across the ocean, he would hardly have believed it.”
And look at what we are doing today! We do the seemingly impossible through hard work, inspiration, and sometimes pure happenstance. It’s part of our tradition.
Our discipline was founded by some of the greatest inventors in modern history – whose creations have transformed our world. ECE inventors literally bring light to the darkness, control power and energy, connect us through wired and wireless communication, allow us to sense the world, and help us manage information. They also bring us ever evolving and smarter electronics and computers.
No other engineering discipline stretches as far as ours – and is so integral to modern technology.
Your support is our energy for a bright future. We lit up the world 127 years ago – and we’re still doing it – but in ways that are sustainable for the future.
Celebrate our past, give to the present, and participate in the future as you become a Bicentennial Benefactor.
On behalf of our students, thank you – and Go Blue!
"My mom is a widow, and while she contributes to my educational expenses greatly, her sole income alone would be unable to cover the astronomical out-of-state tuition. I would've had to either take out massive loans or forgo attending the university altogether, the latter being more likely. It's tough working so hard in high school to maintain high grades and test scores, only to then find out that you can't afford to attend your top choice school. Luckily Michigan helped us out in an incredible way, and we'll be forever thankful." -Brandon Wilson, EE undergraduate student
"Fellowships are key. I am very blessed to be supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship along with a Rackham Merit Fellowship. I don’t have to worry about where my money is coming from. I know I will get paid every month, so I can focus on what really matters. Fellowships provide the freedom to look at research that may not be well funded at the time, and not have to worry about how you will survive." - Elizabeth Dreyer, EE graduate student