Driving through the tunnel, the Ann Arbor sun illuminates the reflecting blue solar array. I take a hard right and loop Quantum onto mid-field, right above the M. The national championship solar car team takes the Big House field, with me behind the wheel. The fans roar as details of our race, the battle we fought so passionately to win, is announced over the thundering loud speakers. There isn’t much to date that can compare to the hundreds of thousands of people’s voices, echoing their cheers across the city for you. Crammed inside the carbon fiber chassis I called home for the summer, a smile sneaks upon my face as I take this incredible experience in.
Jake Fratzke. Junior, ME. @willyjfrat1
Guten Tag! I’m currently gearing up for my ten month internship with ZF in Saarbruecken, Germany. While there, I’ll be working as a purchasing intern coordinating delivery schedules for transmission parts between the international plants. I owe my chance for this incredible international opportunity to MRacing. ZF is one of the many companies that make what we do possible through their sponsorship. They came to our team a few months ago looking for an English speaking intern for the school year, which is good because I can’t speak German…like at all. I’m super excited and terrified at the same time, but everything seems to be coming together! My visa is almost ready, I bought two suitcases that I’ll be attempting to fit my life into, and after three weeks of frantic searching, I’ve finally found an apartment with four German students who seem absolutely incredible. The countdown to departure at the end of October has begun! So until then, you might catch me around campus working in the shop, giving tours, or letting my pre-departure panic be publicly known, like in this photo of me experiencing international apartment hunting (and I thought Ann Arbor was difficult). I hope you’ll follow me on my international adventure! Auf Wiedersehen!
Materials Science and Engineering, junior: @AlissaRecker
U-M started the first collegiate aeronautics program in the U.S. in 1914. Since then, the Department has graduated more than 6,000 aeronautical and aerospace engineers. Today and tomorrow we’re celebrating our Aero Centennial on a Michigan scale. See all the cool stuff that you can participate in. http://aero100.engin.umich.edu/ #MichiganAero100
I’ve had a great, busy start to the semester. As always, it all begins with the welcome events on campus, which are great ways to welcome new students and returning students back from the long summer. After moving in and starting the first few days of classes, we had Festifall, a huge event on central campus that highlighted all of the students groups on campus. The entire main diag and surrounding pathways were filled with hundreds of clubs, groups, fraternities, sororities, and teams that students could get involved in. Being around the north campus community most often, I was shocked to see such a large variety of groups students could get involved with, and just how much variety there is.
Two days later was the Go North! Fest, geared more towards engineering. All of the student teams working out of the Wilson Student Team Project Center were there, along with a bunch of non-engineering student groups. This event was also a great way for engineering students and others to see what is out there. To me, its these out-of-class experiences that really define my Michigan experience. There is nothing better than being able to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom outside of it in a meaningful way, while also being able to do it with some amazing friends.
Justin Lopas, Junior, ME
Over the course of six weeks, we documented an eclectic group of students whose lives were centralized around a dorm room in Bursley Hall on North Campus.
We then shared the photos with them and recorded their reactions.
It’s move in time! This came in from Instagram, and all we can say is…stay calm and GO BLUE on!
"The struggle is too real right now, now that I’m out of the dorms and without the parents’ help. But it’s gonna be worth it, once I’m all settled in and ready for that #UmichEngin grind. #Mgineer #goblue #movein Also on two hours of sleep rn. Great way to get use to dat #sleepdeprivation"