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Michael Hand receives Tau Beta Pi Fellowship to pursue his graduate studies in control systems

Hand likes the idea of being able to improve the efficiency of existing systems by implementing advanced or specialized control algorithms.| Short Read
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ichael Hand received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the EECS Department at the end of 2011, and immediately continued his studies as a graduate student here at Michigan. The national honor society, Tau Beta Pi, recently informed him that he will receive a one-year fellowship to support his studies in Electrical Engineering:Systems.

Mike is particularly interested in the area of Control Systems. He likes the idea of being able to improve the efficiency and sustainability of existing systems by implementing more advanced or specialized control algorithms, especially in new areas of technology. Control systems can be applied to many different areas of research and technology, and he is particularly interested in integrating his knowledge with the field of mechanical engineering.

Mike is currently working at Whirlpool in Benton Harbor, MI in the control systems group, finding ways to conserve energy and reduce waste in common household appliances. He said that his experience at Whirlpool “will provide me with insight into Control System Design in a practical, application-focused setting, which will augment the theoretical and design courses which comprise my coursework plan.”


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About the TBP Fellowship

Tau Beta Pi (TBP) is the only national engineering honor society that represents the entire engineering profession. The TBP Fellowship Program, adopted in 1928, is considered to be its “single most important project for the advancement of engineering education and the profession.” Establishing the program was extremely important to the society’s president at the time, A. D. Moore, who was also an extremely popular and distinguished faculty member of EECS.



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