Adam John Brzezinski | Belleville, MI
University of Michigan, BSE Aerospace Engineering & Mechanical Engineering, 2005; MSE Mechanical Engineering, 2006; PhD Aerospace Engineering, 2011
Adam is currently a graduate student at the University of Michigan, studying Aerospace Engineering. He describes a typical day: As a graduate student, I spend most of my day trying to solve research problems proposed by my advisor. I typically divide my time between programming computer simulations (to develop hypotheses) and composing theoretical (proof-based) validation of these hypotheses. I also work on a project with an industrial sponsor that is focused on developing embedded techniques for fault detection.
Adam shares how the MRC has benefited him: The MRC program benefited me in many ways, from helping me improve my time-management skills to introducing me to motivated individuals with very diverse backgrounds. However, I think I benefited most from experiencing hands-on research at a high-quality University. When I entered the University of Michigan, I was convinced that I wanted to be an astrophysicist, and I chose to work on a UROP project with a faculty member in that department. However, I realized during my first year that I did not enjoy doing research in this field as much as I had thought. During my second year in UROP, I chose instead to work as an engineer on the Solar Car team, which I enjoyed significantly more. This experience, I believe, was a key factor in shaping my future academic and professional career.
Words of wisdom from Adam: I recommend that students have as many unique experiences as possible in all facets of their lives. The University of Michigan, the city of Ann Arbor, and the people you meet every day offer unprecedented opportunities to enrich your lives. Enjoy what you do, work hard, and never give up.