James Duderstadt

National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Education

For his excellence in the development and implementation of strategies for engineering education; and for his successes in bringing women and minorities into the Nation's technological work force.

For his excellence in the development and implementation of strategies for engineering education; and for his successes in bringing women and minorities into the Nation's technological work force.

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Birth
December 5, 1942
Age Awarded
49
Country of Birth
USA
Key Contributions
Revolutionized Modern Engineering Curriculum At The University Of Michigan As Provost And Advocated For Underrepresented Demographics In Stem
Awarded by
George H. W. Bush
Education
Yale University
California Institute of Technology
Areas of Impact
Theory & Foundations
Affiliations
University of Michigan
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James Duderstadt became dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan at only 36 years old. In his 40 year career at the university, Duderstadt is best known for restructuring the school, making improvements and advancing the university to prepare for a new age in education.

“We’re entering a world in which lifelong learning becomes not only a need of every individual, but the responsibility of a democratic society to provide it,” Duderstadt said in an interview with The Michigan Daily.

Duderstadt's teaching, research, and published works span the fields of nuclear science and engineering, applied physics, computer simulation, science policy, and higher education policy. Duderstadt’s legacy also transformed the engineering curriculum at the University of Michigan, and encouraged underrepresented groups to pursue STEM careers. As President of the university from 1988 to 1996, Duderstadt brought up issues like diversity and repositioning the University for the digital age — ideas that have become mainstays of the University’s identity.

By Jennifer Santisi

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