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Recruiting Urban Technology Students from the University of Michigan

At the intersection of urbanism, technology, and design

Our first-of-its-kind Urban Technology bachelor’s degree program at the University of Michigan prepares students for careers at the intersection of urbanism, technology, and design.

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Who are our students?

Our growing program comprises a diverse group of 100 students who hail from over 15 countries. With 50% of our students identifying as female, 16% as URM, and 16% as first-gen, we are a community of creative, people-centric problem solvers who share the vision that technology is a way to improve lives and transform the urban systems of tomorrow.

Aakash Narayan

Odiso Obiora

Portrait of Ting Fong Chen

Ting Fong Chen

/ Intensive Skill Development

Through hands-on, project-based, collaborative learning, including immersive experiences in centers of urban innovation and studio-based work with real clients, our students scrutinize and reimagine how data, connectivity, computation, and automation can address the challenges of urban spaces and communities.

Our core curriculum focuses on urbanism, technology, and design, including programming, interaction design, urban systems, and data science. Students also complete a required minor to specialize their skills in areas such as computer science, public policy, real estate, sustainability, and entrepreneurship. They develop skills in UX design, service design, Python, JavaScript, data visualization, and more.

Our approach to examining and prototyping solutions to urban challenges means our graduates will be capable members of collaborative, multidisciplinary teams committed to working on urban challenges to improve sustainability, social justice, and well-being.

/ Future-Focused Curriculum

Cities

  • Why Cities?
  • Anatomy of the City
  • The Incomplete City: Design Workshop
  • Change-Making in Cities

Tech

  • Becoming Digital
  • Programs, Information and People
  • Data-Oriented Programming
  • Data Manipulation

Design

  • Listening – Design Ethnography Methods
  • Design and Urban Inquiries
  • Interaction Design and Urban Experiences
  • Service Design and Urban Needs
  • Strategic Design and Urban Systems

Student Work

This visualization built in d3.js, based on a map of all Yellow Taxi zones in New York City (including Newark Airport), aims to discover the relationships between the geographical locations of the zone and 1. The incoming trips from other zones to the zone; 2. The outgoing trips from the zone to other zones.

UT402: Creative Coding

Students working with a responsive environment prototype using computer vision, AI object detection, and projection mapping.

UT402: Reading & Writing the World

/ Field-Leading Experts

Our courses are taught by practitioners who have worked at places like Sidewalk Labs, Google, 18F (digital services in the federal government), HOK, Invest Detroit, D-Ford, and elsewhere, and researchers focused on climate change, internet inequality, spatial justice, and more. They know how to tap into industry expertise and interdisciplinary resources throughout the University of Michigan, one of the nation’s top public universities, to ensure our graduates are well-prepared to address complex challenges.

Career Preparedness and Employability

We support our students in preparing for impactful, rewarding careers in a variety of roles, such as user experience designer, policy analyst, entrepreneur, or program manager. Our full-time career and professional development team is your link to well-prepared, innovative talent to build your team and achieve your goals. Plus, Taubman College has an established track record with employers of preparing graduates to be creative problem solvers who make a difference.

A man and woman speaking during a career fair.

/ Connect with Us

Send us your open jobs and internships, which we will promote through the Taubman College Career Network, our online platform where students and alumni find opportunities.

Host a student for short-term experiential and observational opportunities, such as micro-internships, job shadowing, or a specific project.

Connect at our career and networking fairs held in person and virtually in the fall and winter semesters. There’s no cost to participate.