About Nexus

The home of online and professional education within the College of Engineering

The mission of Nexus is to extend and share the College of Engineering’s preeminent education with lifelong learners. As the College-wide home for online and professional education, Nexus partners with academic units and faculty to support the design and delivery of online credit courses and is responsible for the oversight of Michigan Engineering’s entire portfolio of professional education certificates.

Who We Are

Nexus is where knowledge seekers and the greatest minds in engineering connect in an agile learning environment to share ideas, multiply innovation, and catalyze learning. We enable a  learner-centered model of innovation and progress, offering the leading edge of knowledge  and thought from Michigan Engineering.

What We Do

Nexus provides professional education certificates; support for the design and delivery of online credit courses and degrees; and custom programs that are practical, grounded in research,  and taught by faculty and lecturers from throughout the College and beyond. By offering  multiple entry paths and delivery options — online, on campus, on location, and hybrid —  learners engage with renowned U-M faculty in a way that best fits their needs, priorities,  and preferences. 

Nexus also offers seed funding for new programs, market assessment, instructional design, project  management, and production services. Nexus also supports online teaching, reaches a global  audience of learners and companies, and experiments with innovative instructional strategies  and technologies that enhance the classroom learning environment. 

Established in 2019 as a result of the College’s ME2020 strategic plan, Nexus supports the educational mission of Michigan Engineering through three core domains.

Supporting the Educational Mission of Michigan Engineering
with Nexus’ Three Core Domains
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Professional Education



Years of professional education experience at CoE


Total enrollments since 1937

Engineering Short Courses Began
Summer Series for Industry by Dean G.G. Brown
Constructed Chrysler Center for Continuing Education

Courses & Enrollment

  • Offering 40+ professional education open enrollment courses  
    • Face-to-face, hybrid, and online delivery modes 
    • Approximately 100 programs run per year 
  • Approximately 1,500 enrollments per year  
  • Sponsors include Amazon, Apple, GM, Lockheed Martin, Toyota, etc.  
  • Over 55 instructors

Online / Distance Learning



Years of distance learning


Years of university credit courses and degrees through distance learning


U-M organization to offer graduate degrees through distance learning

Michigan Engineering Television Network began teaching students at industry sites
600+ NCFD students enrolling in graduate courses
Over 1,000 distance learning graduate degree recipients

Courses & Enrollment

  • 5 online Master of Engineering degrees in partnership with Integrative Systems + Design
    • Automotive Engineering  
    • Energy Systems Engineering  
    • Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering
    • Manufacturing 
    • Systems Engineering + Design  
  • Over 330 online degree graduate students enrolled per year 
  • 40+ online courses from multiple CoE academic units  
  • Ranked #6 Best Online Graduate Engineering Program (2021 U.S. News & World Report)

Faculty Support & Learner Impact

New, Industry-Relevant Programs


1:1 faculty consultations for remote teaching support, May-July 2020


Total lecture recordings, June-Dec 2020


Face-to-face professional education programs transitioned to remote delivery, March-Sept 2020


Increase in professional education enrollments from the previous year


Online M.Eng. degrees powered by Nexus, uninterrupted by COVID-19

Let's Work Together

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We want to build relationships with people and organizations and welcome the opportunity to connect with you.

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