Innovation is the design and creation of new technologies, materials, and devices that help mankind live a better life and improve the quality of our society. With over half of our externally funded research coming from industry, we are a world leader performing applied, hands on, real world innovation that makes a difference to industry, people and society. In the last five years we have had contracts with over 40 different industries including 20 within the State of Michigan. The college also does do basic research funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, The United States Navy, and The United States Air Force to name but a few funding agencies. Much of our innovation and research involve undergraduates, and there are wonderful opportunities as an undergraduate to be involved with innovation.