Preparing the Next Generation of Engineering Leaders in Academia

Developed by expert faculty, Michigan Engineering’s annual NextProf workshops have established a reputation as preeminent events in a nationwide effort to strengthen and diversify the next generation of academic leaders.

  • Meet mentors & future collaborators – expanding personal networks
  • Attend panel discussions with successful faculty
  • Learn about the faculty search process
  • Prepare for the academic job market
  • Plan for the rigors of first faculty positions
  • Understand how to build a successful research program

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4th+ year PhD Students & Recent Doctoral Graduates

“NextProf prepared me well in advance for what an academic job was. How you find an academic job. Who are the people that I need to be talking to. How does this all work.”


Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering

J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing Technology and Vice President for Research, University of Michigan


“From a research and creativity view, diversity is important because different people bring different ideas. Second, we need faculty that reflect our student population so that we have role models for the students.”


1st - 2nd Year PhD Students & Master's Students

Michigan Engineering PhD & Postdoctoral Researchers

August 28-31, 2023

October 22-24, 2023

May 18-19, 2023

Why NextProf?


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NextProf’s innovative model gives participants a candid view of academic life, along with the tools and network to support their success. Attendees will leave NextProf with a clear understanding of the profession.

You can read more about the impact of NextProf Nexus and NextProf Pathfinder, including stories from participants, in this featured article from the Michigan Engineer magazine!

Who might you hear speak?

Where have our alumni landed?

Michigan Engineering PhD & Postdoctoral Researchers

May 18-19, 2023