ORACLE TEAM USA's AC45 catamaran uses hydrofoils to "fly" above the water.

Racing for Control

With glory – and danger – on the line, precision engineering rules the day.

Flying on hydrofoils means more speed and more risk for the America’s Cup. With the boats and technology moving faster than ever, can these Michigan alumni help their team find the engineering solutions it needs to win in 2017?

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Into the Storm

Revealing a Hurricane's Secrets

The most turbulent region of a hurricane holds secrets about its potential for destruction. Michigan Engineering’s newly launched satellite system can reveal how these storms intensify in a warming world. |Long Read

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Portrait of J. Alex Halderman lecturing with projected text on the board behind him. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering.

Courage to Resist

High-Stakes Adventures of J. Alex Halderman

In the escalating struggle between the individual and the state, technology favors the powerful. That’s why J. Alex Halderman, Michigan Engineering computer scientist, and his team of researchers revel in righting the balance. |Long Read

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Fighting Cancer Wrong?

It’s Not Usually the Initial Tumor That Kills

Engineers are teaming up with doctors in the hunt for the elusive cancer stem cell. |Long Read

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Innovation Is for Finishers

Many researchers are hoping startups will help get their ideas to the marketplace— and universities are trying to help.

Entrepreneurs are helping universities to deliver on the promise that taxpayer-funded research will drive economic growth, and lately, universities are doing much more to help them succeed. |Long Read

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One graduate student’s journey to becoming a published researcher.

While faculty steer the ship, graduate students are the engines that drive university research. |Long Read

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Toolik Field Station in Alaska. Photo: Marcin Szczepanski, Michigan Engineering.

From the Edge of the Arctic

At the top of the world, the climate is changing fast. Alum Brie Van Dam tracks the planet’s vital signs. |Long Read

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Hacking Health Care

How big data is driving big changes in medicine

Jenna Wiens, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at U-M, might add extra years to your life, thanks to one of her algorithms. |Long Read

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A manufactured photograph of a blacked out Ann Arbor skyline with a green aurora filling the sky.

Lights Out

A Dramatization of Disaster and the Science Behind It

Eighteen hours before the power went out, scientists reported an enormous solar flare. |Long Read

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An Unlikely Partnership

It seemed like a simple project to help a village get clean water. Things aren’t always as simple as they seem.

Three University of Michigan students, members of an engineering student team called BLUElab, have come to Chaguitón to learn more about the village’s reported water problems and perhaps design a solution. |Long Read

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