Vision, Mission & Values

Our Mission & Vision

From the Surface of the Earth to the Fringes of the Solar System

The University of Michigan College of Engineering provides scientific and technological leadership to the people of the world. We seek to improve the quality of life by developing intellectually curious and socially conscious minds, creating collaborative solutions to societal problems, and promoting an inclusive and innovative community of service for the common good.

Our mission at U-M Climate & Space is to provide scientific, technological and educational leadership in climate and space research to Michigan and the world.

■ We use observations, modeling and theory to discover and explain phenomena in disciplines spanning from the Earth’s surface to the outer reaches of our solar system and beyond.

■ Our inclusive and innovative community inspires students to develop as intellectually curious, engaged citizens to tackle scientific and societal problems.

■ We use the knowledge we generate to inform the public, stakeholders and policy makers.

Our Values

Our values at U-M Climate & Space reflect the values of the University of Michigan College of Engineering.

■ Leadership and excellence

■ Creativity, innovation and daring

■ Diversity, equity and social impact

■ Collegiality and collaboration

■ Transparency and trustworthiness


The teaching and research mission of the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering is enhanced by learning from and working with a diverse intellectual community within an environment of full inclusion – a supportive and welcoming workplace that values all individuals and their perspectives, contributions and ideas. We welcome members with diverse global experiences across all forms of dimensions and intersections, including race, ethnicity and national origins, gender and gender identity, sexuality, class and religion. We are especially committed to increasing the representation of those populations that are underrepresented in the Earth and Space Sciences. We are committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining a diverse population of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and staff. We work to identify and promote practices and structures that support inclusion, safety and diversity’s development in our department’s work through programs supported by our Diversity Ally, mentoring activities and our student organizations.


The Justice, Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (JEDI) committee works to improve the culture in the department of Climate, Space Science and Engineering (CLASP).

Our strategy & Department Overview

Learn about our strategy at U-M Climate & Space and our department’s efforts in exploration, research and serving the common good. Browse the booklet “Discovery and Innovation for a Better World.”

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Discovery and Innovation for a Better World

Download the booklet