University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman highlighted the Energy Institute and the dedication of its new building (at the 14 min, 28 second mark). “Next week, we will dedicate the U-M Energy Institute. This will be a new chapter for what began in 1948 as the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project. “Memorial,” to honor University lives lost in World War II. And “Phoenix,” because of rebirth –finding peaceful uses for what was then known only for its devastation: atomic energy.
Mary Sue Coleman highlights the Energy Institute as part of her Leadership Address
It was a bold idea. It built on Michigan’s research strengths and public ethos. No other university took such a step to honor its fallen alumni. And it continues, as the Energy Institute, using science, technology and public policy to address the challenges of the 21st century.
There is an important footnote to the Memorial Phoenix Project. It was the University’s first formal fundraising campaign.