ENGR 110 - The Engineering Profession

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Term: 2008
Published: June 25, 2012
Revised: July 5, 2012

In this elective course, students learn about each engineering field's intellectual and technological foundations, job opportunities and degree requirements. Students will also explore a term-long theme: how engineers are responding to the critical global challenges facing our world today. Students have the opportunity to better understand the engineering disciplines by solving relevant problems arising in each by addressing problem formulation, methods of solution and practical applications.

Course Level: Undergraduate

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About The Instructor

College of Engineering

Alec D. Gallimore

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Alec D. Gallimore is Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Engineering, and a member of the Applied Physics graduate program. From 2005 to 2011, Professor Gallimore served as an Associate Dean at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies where he was the Graduate School liason to Michigan’s graduate programs in engineering, the physical sciences, and mathematics.  Professor Gallimore's primary research interests include electric propulsion, plasma diagnostics, space plasma simulation, electrode physics, nano-particle energetics and hypersonic aerodynamics/plasma interaction. more...


  • B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
  • M.S., Ph.D., Princeton University

Barry Barkel

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  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Michigan
  • B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from University of Michigan
  • Graduate Studies Wayne State University   

David C. Munson, Jr.

David C. Munson, Jr. was with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1979 to 2003 where he was the Robert C. MacClinchie Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Research Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, and a faculty member in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. In 2003 he became Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 2006 he assumed the position of Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering. Professor Munson's teaching and research interests are in the general area of signal and image processing. more...

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering (with distinction) from the University of Delaware
  • M.S., M.A. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University

Elliot Soloway

Elliot Soloway's research interests are in the use of technology in education and developing software that takes into consideration the unique needs of learners. He was one of the founders of HI-CE, the Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education, where he works to develop technology-embedded curricula for school-based programs. He is a principal investigator of the Center for Learning Technologies in Urban Schools grant.

  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Ian Hiskens

Ian Hiskens is the Vennema Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. From 1980 to 1992, he was with the Queensland Electricity Supply Industry, where he held the positions of EMS Security Applications Engineer and Planning Engineer Transmission Systems. From 1992 to 1999, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia, from 1999 to 2002 a Visiting Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and from 2002 to 2008 a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. more...

  • BEng (Elec) and BAppSc (Math) from Capricornia Institute of Advanced Education
  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Newcastle, Australia


Jeff Fessler

From 1985 to 198, Jeff Fessler was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow at Stanford, where he earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1990.  He has worked at the University of Michigan since then. From 1991 to 1992 he was a Department of Energy Alexander Hollaender Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Division of Nuclear Medicine.  From 1993 to 1995 he was an Assistant Professor in Nuclear Medicine and the Bioengineering Program.  He is now a Professor in the  Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Radiology, and Biomedical Engineering.  He became a Fellow of the IEEE in 2006, for contributions to the theory and practice of image reconstruction. He received the Francois Erbsmann award for his IPMI93 presentation. more...

  • Ph.D., Stanford University

Rachael Schmedlen

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Radoslaw L. Michalowski

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  • M.S., Technical University of Poznan
  • Ph.D., Institute of Fundamental Technological Research (Polish Academy of Sciences), Warsaw, and Tech. Univ. Poznan (Poland)

Thomas H. Zurbuchen

Thomas H. Zurbuchen is an active researcher in Space Science and Aerospace Engineering. He performs experimental and theoretical studies in space and solar research. He is a program advisor of a professional space engineering  Masters program focusing  on systems engineering of space systems. He teaches hands-on engineering classes in this program. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1996, Dr. Zurbuchen worked in the Space Research Laboratory as a Research Fellow sponsored by a Young Researcher Award of the Swiss National Science Foundation. more...

  • M.S., University of Bern
  • Ph.D., University of Bern
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