The University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment is committed to training the next generation of climate-change experts. The School will develop a comprehensive university-level program on climate-change in the areas of mitigation and adaptation, and create a joint Master's program with the College of Engineering to teach 'systems approaches' to problems of climate change and long-term sustainability. The program will enable engineers to design and implement technology and policies that will solve the critical sustainability challenges of the 21st century. Graduates of the Master's program will have expertise in advanced engineering design, systems analysis and modeling, and the application of ecological principles in order to meet the challenges of climate change, energy security, ecological degradation, air and water pollution, human health, and resource scarcity. The program will initially cover sustainable energy systems, sustainable design and manufacturing, and sustainable water resources and will span the School of Natural Resources and Environment and chemical, mechanical, civil and environmental engineering departments.
For the Master's program, the school commits to offer the following student support:
? Named Student Fellowships in Climate and Sustainability: ,000 for a two-year fellowship; (,000 for an endowed fellowship)
? Named Student Internships focused on mitigation of climate change: ,000 per student per year (,000 for an endowed internship)
For the comprehensive program, the school will offer the following:
? Named MS Student Fellowships in Resource Management and Adaptation to Climate Change: ,000 for a two-year fellowship (,000 for endowed fellowship)
? Named Student Internships focused on helping communities cope with climate change : ,000 per student per year (,000 for endowed summer internship)
Student Exchange Program: ,000 per student per year (,000 for endowed program to bring graduate students and junior faculty from selected Chinese and Indian universities to Ann Arbor for research and graduate training on climate change mitigation and adaptation)
The University of Michigan has a rich selection of sustainability courses (more than 400) and over 300 faculty conducting research in this field. Utilizing these strengths, the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan is uniquely positioned to design new programs to train the next generation of interdisciplinary scholars to tackle the challenges of both mitigating and coping with climate change. Within our school, we have professors representing 18 disciplines, ranging from ecology to economics to engineering to public policy. All work together to find solutions to society's problems. The dean and several faculty members also helped to coordinate the first National Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change on the U.S.