University of Michigan

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (commonly referred as Michigan, U-M) is a public research university located in state of Michigan in United States. It is oldest university of state and flagship campus of University of Michigan. It also includes two regional campuses in Flint and Dearborn. The university was founded in 1817 in Detroit as Catholepistemiad or University of Michigania, almost 20 years before Michigan Territory formally became a state. Since its establishment in Ann Arbor, the university has physically expanded to include more than 584 major buildings with combined areas of more than 31 million gross square feet (712 acres or 2.38 Km2). It transforms its academic programs from a strictly classical curriculum to one that includes science and research. During 20th century and early 2000s, University of Michigan was site of much student activism.

In October 14, 1960 when Presidential Candidate John F. Kennedy visited University, he gave an impromptu speech on steps of Michigan Union that led to a University of Michigan student movement which contributed to establishment of Peace Corps. The university was also focal point in argument over confirmatory action within higher education admissions. In 2009 world university rankings the university was ranked 19thamong universities worldwide. In 2010 Michigan was ranked 15th in world university rankings. University has one of world’s largest numbers of living alumni at 460,000. The university is alma mater to late U.S president Gerald Ford. University owns University of Michigan Health System and has one of largest research expenditures of any American university.

Athletic teams of universities called Wolverines are members of Big Ten Conference and Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The athletic program is known for its success in ice hockey and football, the football team plays in Michigan Stadium, also known as “The Big House”, the largest college football-only stadium in world.


The Ann Arbor campus is divided into four main areas like North, Central, Medical and South Campuses. The physical infrastructure includes more than 500 major buildings, with combined area of more than 31 million square feet (712 acres or 2.38 Km2). The Central and South Campus areas are contiguous, while North Campus area is separated from them, primarily by Huron River. There is also leased space in building scattered throughout city, several occupied by organizations affiliated with University of Michigan Health System. An East Medical Campus has recently been developed on Plymouth Road, with several universities owned buildings for outpatient care, diagnostics and outpatient surgery.

All four campuses are connected by bus service, the majority of which connect North and Central Campuses. There is a shuttle service connecting University Hospital, which lies between North and Central Campuses with other medical facilities throughout northeastern Ann Arbor.

Computer Engineering Education

Computer engineers get education about core principles, theories and application of computer engineering and science. They are generally trained in an engineering college of school affiliated to a university. A computer engineer can specialize in software, hardware, network or systems engineering. Apart from specific educational qualifications and coursework, a computer engineer needs to gain certain additional attributes and skills to succeed in today’s challenging and diverse job settings. To become a computer engineer, several individuals enroll in bachelor’s degree program. This degree level qualifies an individual for most computer engineering positions. An understanding of computer programming along with studies in math and science prepared a student to embark on computer engineering career.


Colleges look for certain high school classes on student’s transcripts as prerequisites for a computer engineering bachelor’s degree program. According to institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, students should have at least four years of English and two years of social science. Four years of science are suggested as well including chemistry and physics. Students should also take mathematics during all four years of high school, including classes in trigonometry and pre-calculus.


A computer engineering Bachelor’s degree program will include considerable amount of science and mathematics classes in addition to general educational requirements of college or university. Students should expect classes like introduction to computing, software engineering, computer hardware and computer design. Electives for computer engineering degree might include operating systems, artificial intelligence or database design.


Computer engineers learn how to design and create software application and computer systems. They should also learn how to test and evaluate computer networks, business applications and operating systems. Most of this work involves documented planning diagrams and flowcharts as well as use of complex computer algorithms. Computer engineers should be able to understand and use programming languages as well.


A number of degrees can direct to career in computer engineering. Systems software engineers might major in computer science or computer information systems. Other relevant tracks of studies are mathematics, information systems and computer science. Students can also choose to focus their elective choices in specific area like business or physical sciences in order to prepare for future career.


According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer engineers need to pursue continuing education throughout their career in order to keep up with changing technologies. A master’s degree might be necessary for complex positions, though there are also several certification courses designed to provide proficiency in certain technology, software or application. These courses might be offered at local colleges, distance learning programs or through a software vendor.