Outreach Activities

WIMS Student Leadership Council
Participants: Undergraduate and Graduate Students

The WIMS Student Leadership Council (SLC) is a service and governing organization for the WIMS Engineering Research Center (ERC). The SLC organizes and runs educational and community outreach activities to expose students in the 5th grade through high school to the field of engineering and MEMS. These activities include the WIMS Superstar Challenge and the Women in Engineering program. The SLC also supports and contributes to programs run by external organizations at the University of Michigan.
The SLC serves as a governing organization by representing both undergraduate and graduate students involved in the WIMS ERC. It collects feedback and data from students concerning the progress and direction of the ERC and works with the Center Leadership and National Science Foundation towards improvements. It additionally fosters industrial interaction for students and collaborative activities with other educational institutions. The SLC is split into four standing committees: education, industrial, activities, and social. Each committee has a chairperson that is elected to a one year term by WIMS students.

2006: Christine Eun
Mark Richardson
Scott Wright
2007: Allan Evans


Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program
WIMS Superstar Challenge

Participants: 5th Grade Students

The Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) Wireless Integrated Microsystems (WIMS) Superstar Challenge is a program taking place over five Saturdays which teaches students in the fifth grade the fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and its applications to modern technology. Students explore these topics through hands-on experiments involving computer programming and robotics. The lessons also include Wireless Integrated Microsystems, Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), and Neuroprosthesis. Two programs are held per year at the University of Michigan. The program concludes with a closing ceremony involving students, their parents, participating faculty, student assistants, and academic staff.

2008: Christine Eun
Scott Wright
2009: Allan Evans
Scott Wright


Nanocamp and WIMS Educational Initiative
Participants: Middle and High School Students

The NNIN Nanocamp (2007-present) and the WIMS Educational Initiative (2005-2006) courses are single day programs for middle and high school students. The students participate in cleanroom activities and hands on experiments introducing them to MEMS and nanotechnology. The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF) at the University of Michigan typically holds 3-5 NanoCamps every year.

2005-2008: Scott Wright
2009: Allan Evans
Scott Wright


IMPACT Lab Tours
Participants: Undergraduate Students

The IMPACT Lab Tour allows potential graduate students to tour laboratories and learn about the ongoing development of MEMS. The students learn about numerous projects in the field and are involved in demonstrations of functioning device and test procedures. The students are also involved in panel discussions concerning the MEMS programs at the University of Michigan and visit the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility.

2006: Tao Li
Scott Wright


Women in Engineering
Participants: Female High School Students

The Women in Engineering (WIE) program encourages high school women to consider engineering as a career option. Students are exposed to the majors in Biosystem Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Engineering Sciences, and Computer Science and Engineering. Special sessions are also presented on women in engineering issues, diversity, cooperative education, and international education opportunities. The students tour the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility at the University of Michigan. The program concludes with a closing ceremony involving students, their parents, participating faculty, student assistants and academic staff.

2005: Christine Eun
Scott Wright
2006: Christine Eun
Scott Wright
Tao Li
2007-2008: Christine Eun


Tech Day
Participants: High School Students and Parents

Tech Day is the University of Michigan College of Engineering's annual fall program that invites prospective high school students and their parents to explore Michigan Engineering. Tech Day brings over 500 prospective students (and over 500 of their parents) together on campus. High school students in the 11th and 12th grades and prospective college transfer students attend the program. The students tour two engineering departments of interest, participate in panels and presentations on admissions, financial aid, and career opportunities, explore many exhibits, and tour the engineering campus. There are also group design competitions that offer a taste of engineering problems.

2006: Christine Eun
2007: Scott Green


High School Lab Tours
Participants: High School Students

The High School Lab Tour teaches high school students about the broad field of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The students visit research laboratories, learn about ongoing projects, and attend panel discussion concerning applying to and becoming an engineer at the University of Michigan.

2005: Tao Li
2006: Scott Wright