Elias Schewel

Inspired by issues of sustainability in today's developing "technocracy," this University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Student spent his last summer as a part of a tree sit in West Virginia. He is one to take action towards all things just.

Jim Bagian

Dr. Bagian is a truly interdisciplinary individual, as he has worked as a process and mechanical engineer, earned a medical degree, and was selected as a NASA astronaut. He now serves as the Director of the Center for Health Engineering in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Bagian's experiences have stressed the fundamental importance of communication in the pursuit of any goal.


Tatiana Hofmans

Ms. Hofmans is a leader of F.O.K.U.S, a student organization advocating acceptance and free expression of all forms of individuality. She is studying Mandarin Chinese and International Studies in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Ms. Hofmans advocates the importance of creativity and its role in creating change in the world.

Libby Ashton

Education has often been a problem sought to be solved by experienced policymakers (and unfortunately often to no avail). This is not the case with the University's Philosophy student Libby Ashton. Ms. Ashton is the Founder and President of rEDesign, a grassroots initiative to bring equal opportunities to the students of America's public education system.


Jeff McCabe

Mr. McCabe is a proponent of consumption of locally grown foods and is pioneering new methods of farming. He earned a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and has now created "Repasts, Present & Future" to support local nonprofits working in food production and education. Mr. McCabe is working to transform the way that people feed themselves everyday and challenge the paradigm of farming and foods.

Ralph Williams

Dr. Williams is an esteemed scholar of literature and an unmatched educator. He is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of English, Language, and Literature and recipient of the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Golden Apple Award. Dr. Williams' knowledge and passion transform the way his students think about literature and language. Engaging generations of students, he has been a member of the Michigan teaching community since 1970 and has been transformed, too, by his students! Can you say Go Blue?


Sharon Glotzer

Dr. Glotzer is a nanoscientist reexamining the notion of shape and its role in generating new materials. She is a Professor in the Departments of Material Science, Chemical Engineering, and Physics at the University of Michigan. She looks at molecular shape and form at a new level, opening doors to brand new creations.

Susan Dorr Gould

Dr. Goold is a health system researcher that uses unique methods to simultaneously educate the public and give the medical establishment a novel perspective on healthcare. She is a practicing physician and Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan. Dr. Goold is changing the traditional notions of how our healthcare system should be studied and transformed.


Jacob Bourjaily

Dr. Bourjaily has spent his academic career researching the use of analyticity to understand quantum field theory as well as string and particle phenomenology. He received Bachelor's from the University of Michigan in 2005, he has since recently completed his PhD from Princeton University and is now a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. A master of his field, Jacob's work is dedicated towards testing the boundaries our Universe.

James Reeves

James A. Reeves is a writer, educator, and designer. He's a partner at New Orlean's Civic Center, a creative studio dedicated to making cities more comfortable. He's driven 75,000 miles along the backroads of America which inspired his first book, The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir. He attended the University of Michigan to receive his BFA in Graphic Design.


Jim Toy

Mr. Toy is a pioneer in LGBT activism and education, having been a part of the Lesbian-Gay Male Programs Office at the University of Michigan for 23 years. He holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Michigan and is today a member of the Multicultural and Gender Affairs Committee. Mr. Toy has dedicated his life to defying old institutions of prejudice and discrimination, transforming the way that we think of an individual.

Julie Bateman & Ethan Shirley

Julie and Ethan have the future of our world as a whole in mind. Bateman, a Senior, and Shirley, a Graduate of the University of Michigan, built a school together which is set to open in May. The project was one of great collaboration with all areas of intellect: engineers, architects, and students. Through all of this, they are sure to keep sustainability in mind.


Trevor Weltman

Trevor Weltman is an undergraduate in Asian Studies. A fluent speaker of Mandarin and a student of Hindi, he has traveled and lived extensively in China and India. Most importantly, Trevor is a certified meditation instructor who—in line with his teacher's belief that spirituality be made available to all those who seek it regardless of class, caste, color, or creed—teaches meditation for free.

Ryan Krasnoo

University of Michigan student and Slam Poetry expert Ryan Krasnoo inspires all that he meets with his captivating voice and even further captivating pictures that he paints in the mind of audience members with his illustrative visuals painted by handcrafted poems. Also a broadcaster of sports at the University of Michigan, Mr. Krasnoo is a part of the Slam Poetry team and just completed his first novel.


Filmic Productions

Filmic Productions is a group of undergraduate students rethinking the traditional concept of visual media in the modern digital age. The group consists of Stephanie Hamel, Josh Buoy, Rodney Hyduk, Steve Coffey, Christina Bender, Chris Duncan, Emily Lyon, and Joe Kasper. They believe that cinema is everywhere and are challenging the notion that only a select few can produce films.

Joe Trumpey

Dr. Trumpey is a tremendous advocate for environmental conscientiousness and sustainable practices. He is a Professor in the School of Art & Design, as well as the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Dr. Trumpey takes common ideas of sustainability and implements them in his everyday live at an unparalleled level.


Detroit Treads

Detroit Treads is a group of University of Michigan students working on a project to make flip-flops from recycled rubber tries normally left to waste in Detroit. The group consists of Mr. Tian Lian, Mr. Kirk Goodman and Ms. Julia Tan. Detroit Treads is a prime example of the importance of combining disciplines when seeking to make a change in society.

Rebecca Coulborn

Rebecca Coulborn served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso between 2000 and 2001 before being medically separated. She went on to assist the ACLU in successfully challenging a discriminatory policy upheld by the Peace Corps which prevented her from ever completing her service. Rebecca has since devoted her life's research to HIV/AIDS. A graduate of University of Michigan's School of Public Health, she is currently serving with Doctors Without Borders coordinating operational research in Thyolo, Malawi.