NextInnovator Engineering

A professional development workshop for Michigan Engineering’s graduate student community

Explore career paths outside academia

Developed by expert faculty and industry partners, NextInnovator is one of Michigan Engineering’s annual NextProf workshops. Together, we are leading a nationwide effort to strengthen and diversify the next generation of academic and professional leaders.

NextInnovator Engineering 2024

NextInnovator is an in-person event open to all Michigan Engineering graduate students and postdocs curious about pursuing career pathways in:

Participants will hear personal insights from U-M faculty and alumni, learn about diverse career paths, and strengthen their professional network. 

Registration Closed

The deadline to register has passed. Those selected will be notified in mid-to-late April.

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The NextInnovator workshop is open to current Michigan Engineering PhD students (all years) and postdocs.

What to Expect

We bring together a diverse cohort of participants to hear real stories from industry experts and informally network with peers and mentors.

Speakers include faculty, research professors, and alumni from Michigan Engineering and other organizations.

Note: The Nextprof Engineering Workshop is exclusive to University of Michigan applicants: PhD engineering students (all years) and postdocs.

Other Opportunities

If also considering an academic career, please keep in mind:

  • Senior-level PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers may also apply to NextProf Nexus 
  • 1st- and 2nd-year PhD students and Master’s students interested in applying to PhD programs may also apply to NextProf Pathfinder.

    U-M PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers interested in academic careers may also apply to a host of workshops under the Rackham-CRLT Preparing Future Faculty series.

Contact Us

Questions? Email [email protected]