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Panos Papalambros

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Panos Papalambros

Professor, Mechanical Engineering; James B Angell Distinguished University Professor & Donald C Graham Professor; Professor of Art and Design; Professor of Architecture
3200A EECS (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
1301 Beal
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2122
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Phone: (734) 647-8401
Fax: (734) 647-3170

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Optimal Design Laboratory


Ph.D., Design Division, Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University, 1979
M.S., Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University, 1976
Diploma, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 1974

Research Interests

Design optimization; large scale system synthesis; automotive systems design, including hybrid vehicles; eco-design; product design.

Major Funding Sources

U.S. Army/Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command; National Science Foundation; General Motors Corporation; Ford Motor Co.; Johnson Controls, Inc.

Honors and Awards

Best Paper Award, European Marketing Academy and the International Journal of Research in Marketing, 2012

Stephen S. Attwood Award, University of Michigan College of Engineering, 2009

Ruth & Joel Spira Outstanding Design Educator Award, ASME, 2008

Best Paper in Design Automation, ASME/Ford, 2005

Distinguished Achievement Award in Systems and Design, JSME, 2004

Fellow, SAE, 2003

Best Paper in Electromagnetic Compatibility Symposium, IEEE, 2003

Donald C. Graham Endowed Professorship, 2000-present

Excellence in Service Award, COE, 1999

Machine Design Award (highest society award in the field of mechanical design), ASME, 1999

Design Automation Award (for contributions to design optimization and automation), ASME, 1998

Best Paper in Design Automation, ASME/Black & Decker, 1995

Fellow, ASME, 1993

Excellence in Service Award, MEAM, 1992

Best Paper in Design Automation, ASME/Eastman Kodak, 1992

Academic Leadership Fellow, CIC, 1990-1991

Young Engineer of the Year, ASME, 1986

Exxon Foundation Award for Excellence in Research, MEAM, 1983-1984

Exxon Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching, MEAM, 1981-1982

Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Tau Beta Pi, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 1980-1981

In the News...

2016 - ME Faculty Published Popular Text Books and Research Papers Featured in Top Scientific Journals

2015 - Members of the Optimal Design Laboratory win two ASME IDETC Best Paper Awards


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