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Volker Sick

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Volker Sick

Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Associate Vice President for Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering, UMOR; Co-Director, General Motors Engine Systems Research Collaborative Research Laboratory
2007 AL (W.E. Lay Auto Lab)
1231 Beal
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2133
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Phone: (734) 647-9607
Fax: (734) 764-4256

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Habilitation Physical Chemistry, University of Heidelberg, 1997
Dr. rer. nat., University of Heidelberg, 1992

Research Interests

Development and application of laser-based and other optical measurement techniques to enable studies of mass and energy transfer at high pressures and high temperatures in mechanically restricted and vibrating environments, such as present in IC engines, stationary combustion, and multi-phase mixing processes.

Major Funding Sources

United States Department of Energy; National Science Foundation; General Motors; Ford; DaimlerChrysler

Honors and Awards

Master’s Mentoring Award, Rackham, 2012

International Leadership Citation, SAE, 2012

Education Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2012

Silver Combustion Medal of the Combustion Institute, 2008

Michigan Leadership Advisor of the Year Award (for work with the Formula SAE team), The University of Michigan, 2007

Service Excellence Award, University of Michigan College of Engineering, 2007-08

Outstanding Student Group Advisor Award, CoE Epeians, 2006

Harold C. Simmons Award with James D. Smith, Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems, 2006

Distinguished Paper Award with Claudia M. Fajardo, The Combustion Institute, 2006

Faculty of the Term, Pi Tau Sigma, Michigan Pi Rho Chapter, 2006

Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2003

Excellence in oral presentation, Society of Automotive Engineers, 2002, 2004

Teaching Incentive Award for outstanding performance in education, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2001

Teaching Incentive Award for outstanding performance in education, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1999

Forest McFarland Award, Society of Automotive Engineers, 1999

Venia Legendi and Privatdozent, University of Heidelberg, 1997

Research Fellowship, German Science Foundation, 1994-1995

In the News...

2016 - Volker Sick appointed to FISITA Academic Advisory Board

2015 - Twelve ME Faculty Recognized for Prestigious Professional Society Awards in 2015

2015 - Sick receives ASME Internal Combustion Engine Award


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