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Bracketology: Engineering the top slot

With the odds at a trillion to one, UMICH Engineering Professors share their technique for picking the perfect March Madness basketball bracket.| Short Read
With the odds at a trillion to one, UMICH Engineering Professors share their technique for picking the perfect March Madness basketball bracket.

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With the odds at a trillion to one, Michigan Engineering professors share their technique for picking the perfect March Madness basketball bracket. Sifting through historic data collections and finding the right metrics, who better to predict a winner than an engineer?

About the Professors

Karthik Duraisamy, Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering, closes his windows during March Madness so his neighbors can’t hear his anguished cries for his beloved Maryland Terrapins.

Levi Thompson, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, still holds on to his commemorative 1500 points scored basketball he earned playing in high school.

Jenna Wiens, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, played ball in high school but was a better engineer. She predicts upsets for bragging rights.

Pat Hammet is an adjunct Assistant Professor of Integrative Systems and Design. He spends a week in Vegas every March predicting winners and says his teaching technique mirrored his point guard play.

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