New year, new opportunities for reflection and growth

Sent to: Michigan Engineering faculty, staff and students

Greetings Michigan Engineering colleagues – and Happy New Year! It’s great to see you back on campus for a new academic term following a well-deserved break.

Each new year presents opportunities for reflection and growth, and 2024 is no exception. In the year ahead, we may encounter opportunities that push us academically and professionally, invite us to reevaluate past assumptions, or challenge our culture. In these moments, our values are our touchstones and a source of strength.

This year we also have opportunities to grow and develop our community, in part informed by our Michigan Engineering DEI 2.0 plan. If you haven’t already, consider registering for one of several DEI 2.0 Listening Sessions or provide feedback via this short DEI 2.0 survey. Your input will help shape the College’s comprehensive plan over the next five years. Guiding our progress through this effort will be our new executive director for culture, community and equity, Gabe Javier, as well as the OCCE team and DEI 2.0 Implementation Committee. 

Looking back at the past year, it is important to acknowledge the many significant achievements of our community, including the launch of our new Electric Vehicle center; two new NSF centers, the Science and Technology Center (STC) for Complex System Particles and the Material Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) for Materials Innovation; and the Michigan Semiconductor Talent for Automotive Research (M-STAR) initiative – and more contributions to our educational and research missions than I can list. I am excited to see where our groundbreaking research and discovery, collaborative and inclusive action, and creativity, innovation and daring take us in 2024. 

Thank you for your commitment, your passion, and your dedication. Go Blue!

Steven L. Ceccio, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of Engineering
Vincent T. and Gloria M. Gorguze Professor of Engineering