Brian Love is Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Materials Sciences, and Dentistry. Since 2003, Dr. Love has advised over a dozen Tauber team projects.
What first brought you to the University of Michigan?
My wife who is also on the faculty and I had taught in Virginia for a number of years, but as native midwesterners, it was a struggle to maintain family connections. This was kind of an opportunity to come nearly home in a way. Michigan was a great school to come back to.
Describe your experiences as an instructor at Michigan, and working with the Tauber Institute.
As a Materials Scientist, many build or product-oriented projects organized through Tauber are executed. As a generalist and also engaged in product design, I can relate to what is being produced, whether its a metal casting, integrated products from components, or even solar cells based on a project last year. It has helped provide a more tactile sense to student interns working on these projects. Often, changing how something is made is out of scope, but understanding how something is built is still important.
What do you consider to be the highlights of your career thus far?
The undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. students I have interacted with either in the classroom or in my group are the product. It's an honor to work with them. The evolution and growth that I sense in them give me more satisfaction than anything else. The opportunity to work on projects that are interesting and the sense of renewal that occurs semester by semester and as students graduate and move on keep me fresh.
I'm proud of my publication record and the ability to craft 2 books along the way. One in my discipline and one a diversion book on sports linked peripherally with advances in materials.
What skills do you feel are most important for today's Tauber students to develop?
Like all project experiences, the ability to synthesize information plot a pathway and the ability to communicate along the way are all extremely important. It's also important to have some fun along the way and to work on teaming skills. Employers recruiting at Michigan know students are extremely competent technically. It's the project experience that makes U-M student talents even more impressive.