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Diversity, Water, and the Future of Work: A Conversation with Earl Lewis

Former U-M Vice Provost and Dean of the Rackham Graduate School Earl Lewis is returning to the University of Michigan as the director of the soon-to-be-established Center for Social Solutions. Lewis spent 15 years at U-M as a faculty member before becoming provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory University and then, in 2013, president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. We talked to him about his pending return and the value of a project like this on our campus.

Reimagining Computer Design

Rackham Associate Dean Valeria Bertacco will head new $32 million center aimed at transforming the design and manufacturing of next-generation computing systems.

The Center for Applications Driving Architectures, or ADA, will develop a transformative, “plug-and-play” ecosystem to encourage a flood of fresh ideas in computing frontiers such as autonomous control, robotics, and machine-learning. The center is a five-year project led by U-M and includes researchers from seven universities, pending final contracts: Harvard University, MIT, Stanford University, Princeton University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Washington. “The electronic industry is facing many challenges going forward,” says Bertacco, Rackham associate dean for physical sciences and engineering, “and we stand a much better chance of solving these problems if we can make hardware design more accessible to a large pool of talent.”

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