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1954 nuclear conference: Promoting a culture of openness

With the Ford Nuclear Reactor being built on North Campus, the hope was that this conference would help to advance the cause of nuclear medicine and power.|Medium Read
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Lee Boysel: the early history of microprocessing

Microprocessing changed the computing world, and Michigan alumnus Lee Boysel played a pivotal role.|Medium Read
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The smallest computer: Michigan Micro Mote

Measuring mere millimeters, with no keyboard or apps – it’s the coolest sensing device you’ve never seen.|Short Read
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John Henry Holland: rogue scientist

Complex adaptive systems and genetic algorithms “wizard” changed the way we think.|Medium Read
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Wolverines in space: The all-Michigan astronaut crews

Early prominence – and a strong NASA connection – leads to an outsized role in human spaceflight.|Medium Read
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Power to the pixel: Photoshop is born

A procrastinating Michigan Engineering grad student and his brother changed our view of the world. |Medium Read
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Home of holography: from theory to reality

Professors Emmett Leith and Juris Upatnieks turned the theory of holography into a practical reality.|Medium Read
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The nation’s pioneering surveying camp: Michigan’s “Camp Davis”

Founded in 1874, the camp continues to thrive as a haven for alumni.|Medium Read
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The naval tow tank: quite the attraction

Built into the West Engineering Building in 1904, the Physical Model Basin was the first of its kind.|Medium Read
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Cooley Lab: the first North Campus building

The lone, research-oriented structure soon would be joined by others.|Medium Read
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Center for Ergonomics: changing the world of work

Uniquely situated as pioneers in this nascent field, Michigan Engineering continues to lead.|Medium Read
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Detroit observatory: Michigan’s meteorological legacy

One man, one building and one telescope introduced Michigan minds to much more than just the night sky.|Medium Read