When University of Michigan alumnus and Shape Corp. CEO Gary Verplank (B.S.E. ’63) visited campus, he brought back a big idea to his team at the tier-one automotive supplier in Grand Haven. And Brian Oxley, his materials science engineer, got to work.
The result is a foray into student program support at the Multidisciplinary Design Program through the College of Engineering.
Every year, the Multidisciplinary Design Program works with organizations on their engineering challenges and creates a team of the brightest U-M students to work for two semesters toward a solution. The students are jointly mentored by a company employee and a U-M faculty member throughout the project.