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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 exceptional faculty that help comprise U-M alumni.

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 fascinating, and she wanted to continue this line of study for her doctoral research. She was highly encouraged by her professor in India who told her that if she wanted to learn control systems, U-M was a great place to go.

Rackham Alum Gives $1 Million to Support Graduate Students

The Rackham Graduate School announces a $1million gift for initiatives identified by the dean that will support graduate students across campus. The gift comes from Rackham alumna Roz Abrams who received her Master’s degree in Speech from U-M in 1971 and considers her years in graduate school as one of the most important aspects of her life and success.

On this generous gift, she comments, “It is the obligation, duty, and honor of all people in this society who do well to give back. If it’s a question of money, that’s the least you can do out of the hope that any of the recipients live great lives and become good American citizens. I can help some people. I’m trying to brace myself because I have a place on the pyramid for others to stand on.”

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