Teaching Engineering Labs and Capstone Design Courses

Dear College of Engineering Faculty,

As we consider how to instruct our laboratory and capstone design courses remotely, we must balance the health and well-being of our community with our academic mission. Adhering to University guidance, all laboratory and capstone design courses must be conducted remotely in an accessible and inclusive manner.

In moving away from in-person meetings, please consider the following:

  • Students will participate and collaborate in a virtual manner. This means that in-person meetings are to be eliminated and learning spaces, including laboratories and shops, are to be closed to students doing coursework related projects.
  • Physical build development and empirical testing course requirements will be replaced with virtual prototyping, simulation, and/or analytical-based validation of design solutions. 
  • At this time, we expect many CAEN labs to remain open, with actions taken (such as eliminating every other seat) to increase social distancing.
  • Final grades may be determined based on student-work done to date.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns or feedback during this time. We are here to help. You can submit those via this form.

It is critically important that we adhere to all the recommendations of the healthcare professionals during this period:

  • Anyone who believes they are sick should stay home.
  • Anyone who has traveled recently to places with a CDC Level 3 Travel Notice must stay home, self-quarantine and monitor their health for 14 days from their last day in that country. 

We must fully support and accommodate any faculty member, staff member, postdoctoral scholar, GSI, or IA who is unable to come in, or who is expected to quarantine for fourteen days. Requesting or expecting these individuals to report is a violation of our values.

Expect to receive a message later today from Steve Ceccio regarding continuity of research. Research operations must still continue, balancing the safety of our campus and continuity of research with CDC recommendations and guidance on social distancing.

Above all, please try to maintain a calm and empathic environment, and prioritize the health and well-being of our entire community.

Be well
Joanna and Mary-Ann

Joanna Mirecki Millunchick
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
College of Engineering, University of Michigan
1221 Beal Street
Ann Arbor MI 48109