Encouraging Crazy Ideas

Parag Patil

Parag Patil is a neurosurgeon in the University of Michigan Health System. He is one of the few neurosurgeons in the country with an engineering background. He was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to study Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University in the UK. 

Madeline Huberth

Madeline Huberth is a joint LSA/Interdisciplinary Physics and School of Music/Cello Performance major. Huberth has performed nationally and internationally as part of orchestras, chamber ensembles, and most recently, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. She is currently writing her Honors Senior Thesis on the impact of auditory feedback on the quality of musical performance. 

 

Mawuli Gyakobo

Mawuli Gyakobo is one of the University's current African Presidential Scholars. Dr. Gyakobo (School of Public Health, University of Ghana) specializes in the study of chronic diseases, with a regional emphasis on rural Ghana.

Chris Van Allsburg

Chris Van Allsburg is an illustrator and writer of children's books. Allsburg graduated from the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Design in 1972.

 

AJ Holmes, Ali Gordon, and Carlos Valdes

This trio of musical theater majors collaborated to create the first full staging of a University-sponsored musical made by current students. 

Robert Bartlett

Robert Bartlett is a Professor Emeritus of Surgery. In the realm of medicine, there are few doctors who possess as much gravity and world renown as Dr. Bartlett. He has had the greatest impact as a result of his work on developing the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine, or ECMO for short. 

 

Jameson Toole

Jameson Toole -- University of Michigan 2010, Jameson Toole is a PhD in MIT's Engineering Systems Division with the support of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. His research focuses on using large behavioral data sets generated from the web (Twitter, Facebook, Google, etc.), cell phones, or any other means, to find emergent patterns in human behavior and dynamics. Toole completed his undergraduate degrees at the University of Michigan majoring in Physics, Mathematical Physics, and Economics.

Jared Genser

University of Michigan Law School 2001, Jared Genser is a human rights lawyer and World Economic Forum Young Leader. His clients have included former Czech Republic President Václav Havel, former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, and Liu Xiaobo.

 

Scott Page

Scott Page is a Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan, where he is the associate director of the Center for the Study of Complex Systems. 

Monica Ponce de Leon

Monica Ponce de Leon is Dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, a position she assumed in 2008. Ponce de Leon is a Venezuela-born architect, was a founding principal with Nader Tehrani of Office dA, and recently launched her own design practice. Ponce de Leon previously was a professor of architecture and the director of the Digital Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  is Dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, a position she assumed in 2008. Ponce de Leon is a Venezuela-born architect, was a founding principal with Nader Tehrani of Office dA, and recently launched her own design practice. Ponce de Leon previously was a professor of architecture and the director of the Digital Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. 

 

Kathleen Sienko

Kathleen Sienko is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. The focus of her work is on designing and deploying medical devices in developing nations. Sienko creates low-cost, easy-to-use, and culturally appropriate medical devices for resource-limited settings. 

Donia Jarrar

Donia Jarrar is a Masters student in musical composition.

 

Thomas Zurbuchen

Thomas Zurbuchen is a Professor in Space Science and Aerospace Engineering and is also one of the entrepreneurial leaders on campus. His group currently operates six space instruments in flight and is in the process of building the next one. 

Ann Marie Sastry

Ann Marie Sastry is a Professor of Mechanical, Biomedical, and Material Science Engineering. Sastry is a global battery expert and is also the founder and CEO of Sakti3, a U-M spinout founded in 2008. 

 


Paul N. Courant, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, is Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Information and of Economics, and former Provost of the University of Michigan. As Provost he negotiated the book-scanning contract with Google, which advanced the University's project to digitize the entire contents of its Library and enabled the creation of the HathiTrust Digital Library. 

University of Michigan 1998, Marvin Ammori is an internationally recognized lawyer whose expertise is in Internet and media law, freedom of speech, and cybersecurity law. He has acted as counsel on some of the most important cases involving the Internet, media, and the 21st Century First Amendment, including as lead lawyer before the FCC in the Comcast-BitTorrent case, regarding network neutrality. 
 

 

Darshan Karwat

Darshan Karwat, is a Rackham Ph.D student studying aerospace engineering. Darshan has undertaken a project in which he will devote at least one year to not produce any waste.

Erik Hall