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Preparing the Next Generation of Engineering Leaders

Explore academic and professional career options

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.

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.

  • Meet mentors & future collaborators – expanding personal networks
  • Attend panel discussions with insightful 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

NextProf Engineering

Ann Arbor, MI

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

Michigan Engineering PhD & Postdoctoral Researchers interested in careers in academia

NextInnovator Engineering

Ann Arbor, MI

Thursday, May 9th, 2024

Michigan Engineering PhD & Postdoctoral Researchers interested in careers in industry and government

NextProf Pathfinder

Atlanta, GA

October 6-8, 2024 

1st – 2nd-year PhD Students or Master’s Students intending to apply for a PhD program 

NextProf Nexus

Ann Arbor, MI

August 26-29, 2024

4th+ year PhD Students, Recent Doctoral Graduates interested in careers in academia

Why NextProf?

See where other NextProf alumni have landed.

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Past speakers include inspiring leaders from across the U.S.



Contact Jennifer Downey, NextProf Program Manager, [email protected]