Robotics In Michigan Event Returns: Robotics represents a major economic opportunity and Michigan has the resources to be a global leader in this critical technology. Michigan Robotics Day, to be held Monday, April 9, is geared towards promoting robotics technology awareness and excitement as well as providing an opportunity for STEM related activities and outreach. This is Michigan’s second annual event in support of National Robotics Week. The event, to be held at the University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex in Ann Arbor, features a keynote from Lawrence Burns GM’s longtime champion of vehicle electrification, “connected” vehicles, fuel cells, bio-fuels, advanced batteries, autonomous driving, and a series of innovative concept vehicles. He was elected a Member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2011. Today he teaches engineering practice, industrial and operations engineering, at the University of Michigan and an advises numerous organizations including Google, Hess Corp. and VantagePoint Capital Partners. He serves as a director of the Roundtable on Sustainable Mobility at The Earth Institute, Columbia University. The event is intended for industry professionals, robotics researchers, state and federal economic development officials, STEM educators, and companies looking to recruit University of Michigan engineering students. FIRST Robotics teams are also encouraged to attend and bring their robots. Register and get more information on www.mirobotics.org.