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Ellen Arruda

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Ellen Arruda

Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
3674 GGB (George G. Brown Laboratory)
2350 Hayward
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125
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Phone: (734) 763-5328
Fax: (734) 615-6647

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Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992
M.S., Engineering Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University, 1988
B.S., Engineering Science, Pennsylvania State University, 1985

Research Interests

Mechanical behavior of materials including polymers, elastomers and soft tissue; tissue engineering of tendon and muscle constructs; constitutive modeling of growth, remodeling and functional adaptation in soft tissue; deformation mechanisms in polymers; crystal transformation mechanisms in semi-crystalline polymers; split Hopkinson pressure bar testing of polymers and elastomers for high strain rate applications including crashworthiness in automotive applications.

Major Funding Sources

National Science Foundation; Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; DOW Automotive; Ford Motor Company

Honors and Awards

Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2012

Fellow, American Academy of Mechanics, 2010

Fellow, Society of Engineering Science, 2008

Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2008

Cadell Memorial Award, 2007

Centennial Fellow, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University, 2006

Research Excellence Award, College of Engineering, The University of Michigan, 2006-2007

Outstanding Achievement Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Michigan, 2004

CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 1997-2002

Untenured Faculty Research Grant, 3M, 1997-2000

Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, The University of Michigan, 1995

Career Development Award, The University of Michigan, 1995

Junior Faculty Fellowship, General Electric, 1993

In the News...

2016 - A football helmet design that listens to physics

2015 - Arruda, Thouless, and Zhang featured on Local 4 news segment


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