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Alumni Spotlight: Patricia Griffin

Patricia Griffin recognizes that many graduate students weren’t as financially fortunate as she was. As a Ph.D. student in Education at U-M in the 1970s, she recalls, “Not everybody had the financial freedom I had. While I was in graduate school I was lucky enough to...

Alumni Spotlight: Charles Betsey

Charles Betsey spent most of his childhood in Detroit.  His family moved to Ann Arbor the summer before 9th grade and like many local kids, he had aspirations of becoming a Michigan Wolverine. “I still remember the joy I felt the day I received my acceptance letter to...

Alumni Spotlight: Yildiz Bayazitoglu

Rackham alum Yildiz Bayazitoglu has been shaping graduate students in mechanical engineering at Rice University for four decades. Her distinguished research and exceptional teaching and mentoring are hallmarks of her illustrious career, one that showcases the...

Alumni Spotlight: Meera Sampath

Meera was drawn to U-M even while completing her master’s degree in Control Systems in India. She was studying the research of Professor Semyon Meerkov, a renowned U-M faculty member, for her masters’ thesis; she found his work and the whole domain of controls...

Alumni Spotlight: Lisa Davis

Lisa Davis fell into a job she loves through a summer internship after her Master’s degree at U-M. “I applied to an internship pool and they placed me with this office.  I had no idea what I was getting into and didn’t know anything about working for the government. ...

Alumni Spotlight: Roz Abrams

“For me, graduate school was one of the most important aspects of my life and success.” Some alumni find that sentiment centers on academic achievement or incredible mentoring from faculty. For Roz Abrams, celebrated television broadcaster and award winning...