EE Est. 1889
CE Est. 1971

ECE @ Michigan: People Powering Innovation

More Histories and Narrative Sources

This historical survey borrows greatly from existing surveys, namely:

Thomas B. A. Senior, The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: A Brief Overview (1970 – 2010), 2014. Prof. Senior’s history contains a wealth of information about faculty staffing, administrative appointments and activities, curriculum details, and degrees granted.

Thomas B. A. Senior, Radlab History. 2011. This detailed history includes information about the early beginnings at Willow Run.

Richard K. Brown, The Department of Electrical Engineering: A 75-Year History (1895-1970). Much of the early history is taken from Bailey’s writings. He includes a survey of the labs. Includes many anecdotes about the faculty. Richard K. Brown (BSE MSE PHD EE 1940 ’41 ’52) was hired in 1947.

Melville B. Stout and Alfred H. Lovell, “History of the Department of Electrical Engineering,“ c. 1953. Much of the information duplicates Bailey’s article. Stout (BSE MSE 1922 ’24) and Lovell (BSE MSE EE 1909 1914 were both faculty members. Lovell served as department chair from 1945 to 1953. The typed manuscript is found in the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.

Benjamin Bailey, "A Brief History of the Department of Electrical Engineering," 1944. Benjamin Bailey (BSE MS PhD EE 1898, 1900, 1907) was hired in 1899, and served as department chair for 22 years. The typed manuscript is found in the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.

James Duderstadt, "A 50 Year History of Social Diversity At the University of Michigan," 2016. James Duderstadt was the President of the University of Michigan from 1988 to 1996. He currently holds the title of President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering.

Emmett N. Leith, “A short history of the Optics Group of the Willow Run Laboratories,” in Trends In Optics: Research, Developments and Applications, 1996.

Anne Duderstadt, "College of Engineering: A Photographic History Celebrating 150 Years." 2003. The Millenium Project.

A History of Computing at the University of Michigan. Highlights from 1946 to 2012.


Internal departmental reports.

University of Michigan press releases.

Memoirs and other information documented in the University of Michigan Regents Proceedings.

A variety of other source documents available online.