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Portrait of Rayhaneh Akhavan Rayhaneh Akhavan
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 763-1048
Computational fluid dynamics with emphasis on turbulence physics, modeling, and control; bio-mimetic fluid dynamics; multi-scale modeling and simulation including direct, large-eddy, lattice Boltzmann, and stochastic simulations; spectral and spectral multi-domain methods; parallel computing.
Portrait of Vedat Arpaci Vedat Arpaci
Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Heat transfer; optics; acoustics; radiation; combustion; microscales of complex turbulent flows; irreversible thermodynamics; internal combustion engines; turbulence; energy; unsteady turbulence; microgravity.
Portrait of Ellen Arruda Ellen Arruda
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
(734) 763-5328
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.
Portrait of James Ashton-Miller James Ashton-Miller
Albert Schultz Collegiate Research Professor & Distinguished Research Scientist; Associate Vice President - Research Policy and Compliance, OVPR; Director, Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 763-2320
Biomechanics including mobility impairments in the elderly; trips, slips, and falls; elderly decision-making and risk-taking in physical tasks; birth related injury; female stress urinary incontinence; spine biomechanics; athletic injuries; occupant vehicular safety.
Portrait of Arvind Atreya Arvind Atreya
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 647-4790
Combustion; fire; heat and mass transfer; energy conservation; fire suppression; diffusion flame ignition and extinction under microgravity conditions; soot and NOx formation and oxidation in diffusion flames; flame spread; diesel engine combustion.
Portrait of  Austin-Breneman Jesse Austin-Breneman
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 647-3342
Design research, complex systems design, design of product eco-systems, multi-disciplinary design teams, multi-disciplinary design optimization, modeling of team-based design decision-making, design for emerging markets, socially-engaged design, design for entrepreneurship
Portrait of Shorya Awtar Shorya Awtar
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 615-0285
Precision engineering; mechatronics; flexure mechanisms; high-precision high-bandwidth motion systems for applications in nanometrology and nanomanufacturing; MEMS sensors and actuators; minimally invasive surgery.
Portrait of  Banu Mihaela Banu
Research Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 936-0378
The research focuses on lightweight materials, with emphasis on developing micro- and nanocellulose composites, natural fiber composites and associated manufacturing processes for automotive and aerospace applications, multi-scale modeling of materials and simulation of forming processes, manufacturing of personalized dental ligaplants.
Portrait of James Barber James Barber
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Jon R. & Beverly S. Holt Professor, College of Engineering
(734) 936-0406
Solid mechanics including thermoelasticity; elasticity; solidification; contact mechanics; tribology; elastodynamics, fracture; stability of thermoelastic contact; friction, contact of rough surfaces.
Portrait of  Barton Kira Barton
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 764-7293
Control theory and applications; high precision motion control; iterative learning control; high-performance nano-scale printing for electrical and biomedical applications; micro/nano-manufacturing; control for manufacturing; cooperative control; control for autonomous vehicles
Portrait of Michael Bernitsas Michael Bernitsas
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Mortimer E Cooley Collegiate Professor, Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering
(734) 764-9317
Current Energy Conversion; Enhancement of High-Damping, High-Reynolds Vortex Induced Vibration; Suppression of Vortex Induced Vibration; Mooring System Dynamics; Structural Redesign and Topology/Material Evolution; Riser and Pipeline Mechanics
Portrait of  Boehman Andre Boehman
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Director, W.E. Lay Automotive Laboratory
(734) 764-6995
Automotive engineering including: fuel production and formulation, alternative fuels, diesel combustion, spark ignition combustion, autoignition, spray behavior, particulate emissions, NOx emissions, emissions control, thermodynamics of energy conversion systems
Portrait of Claus Borgnakke Claus Borgnakke
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 936-0432
Combustion and turbulence modeling; engine combustion; pollutant formation; thermodynamic properties; diesel engine combustion; natural gas operation of diesels; compressible turbulence models; metal hydride heat pumps and hydrogen storage; refrigerant properties.
Portrait of Diann Brei Diann Brei
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 763-6617
Design; smart materials and structures; sensor and actuator design; structural dynamics; vibration and noise control; mechatronics, smart mechanisms
Portrait of  Cain Stephen Cain
Assistant Research Investigator, Mechanical Engineering
(0) 936-2306
Development and use of novel experimental methods and instrumentation to quantify changes in biomechanics that accompany learning, adaptation, or fatigue; human/bicycle dynamics; human gait; human balance; sports biomechanics; MEMS inertial sensor applications.
Portrait of  Capecelatro Jesse Capecelatro
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 936-2137
Developing large-scale simulation capabilities for prediction and design of the complex multi-physics and multiphase flows relevant to energy and the environment.
Portrait of Steve Ceccio Steve Ceccio
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Chair and Professor, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering; ABS Professor
(734) 936-0433
Fluid mechanics with emphasis on experimental methods, multiphase flows, high Reynolds number flows, cavitation and bubbly flows, optical flow measurement methods, electrical and radiation based tomography.
Portrait of Michael Chen Michael Chen
Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Heat transfer and fluid mechanics, including fundamentals and manufacturing applications; buoyant and thermocapillary convection; multiphase flows; asymptotic, computational, and experimental methods; alloy solidification theory; laser processing; welding; spray forming; spray coating.
Portrait of Nikos Chronis Nikos Chronis
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering; Associate Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
(734) 763-0154
Bio-MicroElectroMechanical Systems (Bio-MEMS), Lab-On-A-Chip Systems, Microfluidics and Micro-optics, Polymer Micromachining, Bio-imaging and Neural Networks.
Portrait of  Chung Haseung Chung
Associate Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 647-0123
Laser material processing; Additive manufacturing; Heat and mass transfer phenomena; Thermal deformation modeling; and Energy efficiency modeling.
Portrait of John Clark John Clark
Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Heat transfer, thermodynamics, solar energy, solar thermal processes, solar systems design, economics, multi-phase systems, thermal recovery heat exchangers.
Portrait of  Cole David Cole
Associate Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Strategic issues related to the restructuring of the North American industry and trends in globalization, technology, market factors, and human resource requirements.
Portrait of  Coleman Rhima Coleman
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
(0) 764-7740
My research is focused on investigation 2 key areas of manipulating cell behavior for cartilage tissue regeneration: 1) genetic reprogramming of cells; and 2) cell-matrix interactions.
Portrait of Maria Comninou Maria Comninou
Professor Emerita, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
Elasticity; elastodynamics; fracture mechanics; dislocations; fatigue.
Portrait of  Cooper Daniel Cooper
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
My research, which focuses on making impactful contributions to the areas of manufacturing and sustainability, considers multiple scales: identifying significant opportunities to cut emissions and/or costs by conducting large scale analyses on processes, factories and material supply chains, and pursuing a rigorous technical analysis in order to capitalize on the opportunities.
Portrait of  Daly Shanna Daly
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 763-0822
Front-end design processes; idea generation; creativity and innovation; design cognition; design ethnography; design decision-making; design problem finding and framing; concept development; cross-disciplinary design practices; prototypes; divergent and convergent thinking; design education
Portrait of  Dasgupta Neil Dasgupta
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 764-9655
Renewable energy and energy storage; nanomanufacturing; atomic layer deposition; high-resolution microscopy and spectroscopy of nanomaterials; surface science and catalysis; electrochemistry; nanowires; energy policy and economics
Portrait of Joseph Datsko Joseph Datsko
Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Manufacturing processes, mechanical properties of materials, modeling of the manufacturing processes, effect of processing on the strength of fabricated parts.
Portrait of Walter Debler Walter Debler
Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Fluid mechanics: convection and buoyancy induced flows, stability, mixing processes, oil slick mechanics, jets and drop formation, experimental methods.
Portrait of  Dong Pingsha Dong
(734) 615-7484
Advanced design and analysis methods for fabricated structures; geometric discontinuity, and residual stresses; fracture mechanics based Engineering Critical Assessment (FFS) methodologies for life extension of aging structures through Fitness-for-Service (FFS) based, inspection, assessment, repair, and monitoring; Advanced computational computational procedures for integrated evaluation of material characteristics, manufacturing process effects, and structural performance; Novel analysis methods for characterizing residual stresses and distortions in welded structures and effective mitigation techniques
Portrait of David Dowling David Dowling
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 936-0423
Fluid mechanics and acoustics; turbulence and turbulent mixing; fluid-structure interaction, free-surface flows; liquid polymer flow.
Portrait of  Elvati Paolo Elvati
Assistant Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering
(0) 936-0575
Cellular membranes of human cells and several classes of small pollutants/drug-like molecules (e.g., carbonaceous nanoparticles, dendrimers, surfactants); Develop a procedure to automatically reduce the complexity of extended kinetic reaction network employing biased MD and AIMD.
Portrait of Bogdan Epureanu Bogdan Epureanu
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 647-6391
Research focuses on biological and epidemiological systems, aerospace and automotive structures, and turbomachinery. Examples include creating novel mechano-chemical dynamic models of nanoscale intracellular transport processes, developing the next generation of highly-sensitive diagnosis and monitoring techniques, discovering novel methods for forecasting tipping points in complex systems such as disease epidemics and ecological systems, developing innovative reduced order models of multi-physics systems such as Li-ion batteries and complex structures, creating advanced system identification and control methodologies for smart structures and fluid-structural systems. These blend novel methods and theory with fundamental experiments in linear and nonlinear dynamics from macro to nano-scale.
Portrait of  Ersal Tulga Ersal
Assistant Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 763-7388
System dynamics and control; mathematical modeling; model reduction; multi-body dynamics; networked hardware-in-the-loop simulation; biomechanics. Application areas: vehicle dynamics; vehicle powertrains; energy systems; driver modeling; human stance and balance.
Portrait of  Eustice Ryan Eustice
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Associate Professor, Department of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering; Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
(734) 647-9411
Simultaneous localization and mapping for mobile robotics using visual perception; underwater image registration and processing; underwater vehicle navigation; autonomous underwater vehicles;
Portrait of  Fan Yue Fan
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Long time scale atomistic simulation, irradiation defects structure evolution in structure materials, deformation mechanisms and mechanical properties in amorphous system
Portrait of David Felbeck David Felbeck
Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical behavior of materials, failure analysis, high-performance composite materials.
Portrait of Jianping Fu Jianping Fu
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering; Associate Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology; Associate Director, Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care
(734) 615-7363
Cell Mechanics and Mechanobiology, Mechanotransduction, Stem Cell Biology, Bioengineering, and BioMEMS
Portrait of Krishna Garikipati Krishna Garikipati
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Mathematics
(734) 936-0414
Prof. Garikipati's work draws from nonlinear mechanics, materials physics, applied mathematics and numerical methods. He is particularly interested in problems of mathematical biology, biophysics and the mechanics of biology. Current research interests include: (1) growth and remodeling or biological tissue, cell adhesion and cell mechanics (2) stress-defect interactions and transport in semiconductor/microelectronic materials, and (3) multiscale aspects of material behavior with an emphasis on plasticity at small scales.
Portrait of Vikram Gavini Vikram Gavini
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 763-9685
Developing computational and mathematical tools for electronic structure calculations at macroscopic scales, multi-scale modeling, analysis of approximation theories, electronic structure studies on defects in solids.
Portrait of Brent Gillespie Brent Gillespie
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 647-6907
Haptic interface and robotics
Portrait of  Gourgou Eleni Gourgou
Assistant Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering
(0) 936-2423
I. Cell physiology of micro-interference & technology inspired approach of cell physiology : use of nanoparticles to interrogate physiological systems, neurophysiology by the use of microfluidics, neuronal function under stress, cell physiology under stress; II. Non-linear dynamics in biological systems of various scales: neuronal circuits and axonal transport dynamics, modeling of calcium dynamics, small model organisms' manipulation; III. Memory and learning in invertebrate model organisms.
Portrait of William Graebel William Graebel
Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Fluid mechanics, including computational fluid dynamics, heat pumps, thermoelectrics, computer modeling.
Portrait of  Grizzle Jessy Grizzle
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Professor, Electrical Engineering; Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
(734) 763-3598
Analysis and feedback control of nonlinear systems; control of bipedal robot locomotion; automotive powertrain control; hybrid electric vehicles; nonlinear discrete-time systems.
Portrait of Karl Grosh Karl Grosh
Associate Chair for Facilities, Planning and DEI, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Biomedical Engineering Department
(734) 764-9414
Structural acoustics and vibration; finite element methods; electroacoustic transducers; cochlear mechanics; noise control; gear dynamics; contact noise; biomechanics of soft tissue.
Portrait of  Gross Michael Gross
Assistant Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering
(0) 936-0426
Optical diagnostics for combustion research; High-speed infrared imaging and spectroscopy; High-repetition-rate lasers; Advanced internal-combustion technologies
Portrait of  Guo Jay Guo
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering; Professor, Applied Physics
Polymer-based photonic devices and sensor applications, organic photovoltaics, plasmonic nanophotonics/metamaterials, nanomanufacturing technologies and applications.
Portrait of Robert Hess Robert Hess
Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Dynamics and control systems, biomechanics of humans.
Portrait of John Hoard John Hoard
Associate Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 764-5263
Automotive and light truck powertrain systems: challenges of meeting low emissions while improving fuel efficiency at affordable cost. Integration of aftertreatment with base engines to minimize emissions over vehicle lifetimes. Matching of engines and transmissions to vehicle and customer requirements. Diesel exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler fouling.
Portrait of  Hortop Amy Hortop
LEO Lecturer III, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 764-4064
Lecturer for ME450 (Design and Manufacturing)
Portrait of  Hu Jingwen Hu
Associate Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering; Associate Research Scientist, UMTRI
Numerical modeling of human, ATD, and vehicles under impact loading. FE simulations of head and neck injuries in rollover crashes, development of subject-specific brain FE models to predict brain deformation in neurosurgery, and injury mechanism and occupant protection for vulnerable populations, including children, pregnant occupants, obese occupants, and wheel-chair occupants.
Portrait of Jack Hu S. Jack Hu
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Industrial and Operations Engineering; J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing Technology; Vice President for Research, University of Michigan
(734) 615-4315
Manufacturing systems: configuration design, performance analysis (quality, productivity and responsiveness), mass customization. Assembly and materials joining: Assembly system design, variation propagation analysis, joint design, joining/welding methods Sheet Metal forming: stamping, hydroforming Engineering statistics: statistical process control and monitoring, robust design
Portrait of Greg Hulbert Greg Hulbert
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 763-4456
Computational mechanics; finite element methods; structural dynamics; flexible multibody dynamics; dynamic response of composites; vehicle dynamics; engineering mechanics education.
Portrait of Eric Johnsen Eric Johnsen
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 647-1450
Fluid mechanics, with an emphasis on multiphase flow, cavitation and bubble dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, high-speed flow and shock waves, turbulence and mixing, interfacial instabilities, plasmas, and high-performance computing. Applications include biomedical engineering, energy, aeronautics, turbomachinery, naval engineering and high-energy density physics.
Portrait of Elijah Kannatey-Asibu Jr. Elijah Kannatey-Asibu Jr.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 936-0408
Multi-sensor monitoring of manufacturing processes, specifically machining, welding, and laser processing; multiple-beam laser processing.
Portrait of Massoud Kaviany Massoud Kaviany
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Applied Physics
(734) 936-0402
Heat Transfer Physics: efficient and innovative energy transport and conversion (transformation) through atomic tailoring of the principal energy carriers (phonon, electron, fluid particle, and photon). Current energy-related projects include thermoelectricity, phonoelectricity, and thermal switch.
Portrait of Noboru Kikuchi Noboru Kikuchi
Roger L. McCarthy Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 615-8180
Computational mechanics including mechanics of composite materials, structural design optimization, analysis of material processing; development of computational methods for composite mechanics using the homogenization method; topology and shape optimization of elastic structures; development of adaptive remesh methods for simulation of metal forming processes.
Portrait of Yoram Koren Yoram Koren
Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering ; James J. Duderstadt Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering; Paul G. Goebel Professor Emeritus of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering; Director, NSF Engineering Research Center for Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems
(734) 936-3596
Reconfigurable manufacturing systems; global manufacturing; flexible automation; sensing and controls of machining processes; generation of complex surfaces in CNC
Portrait of Sridhar Kota Sridhar Kota
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Herrick Professor of Engineering
(734) 936-0357
Bio-inspired engineering design. Topology, size and shape optimization of complaint mechanisms - product design for no-assembly, adaptive structures and MEMS. Electromechanical systems design, design for manufacturability. Public policy and advanced manufacturing.
Portrait of Grant Kruger Grant Kruger
Assistant Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 763-6351
Biomedical device design and manufacturing; control systems; mathematic modeling, analysis and prediction; software engineering; embedded systems development; metrology; process monitoring and fault diagnosis; digital signal processing; intelligent maintenance systems.
Portrait of Katsuo Kurabayashi Katsuo Kurabayashi
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Associate Chair for Graduate Education, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
(734) 615-5211
Microelectromechanical systems; microscale thermal engineering and design; heat transfer in micro/nano structures; semiconductor processing for micromechanical structure fabrication; microfluidic device; sensors and actuators.
Portrait of Edward Lady Edward Lady
Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Thermal sciences, power systems, cryogenics, boiling heat transfer, superconducting power transmission.
Portrait of Ron Larson Ronald Larson
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Chemical Engineering; George Granger Brown Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering; Professor, Macromolecular Science & Engineering; Professor, Biomedical Engineering Department
(734) 936-0772
Complex fluids, polymers, fluid mechanics, surfactants, biomolecules, transport theory, rheology, instabilities, constitutive theory.
Portrait of George Lavoie George Lavoie
Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 936-0431
Internal combustion engines, combustion and emissions, engine Modeling, flammability, fuels, automotive evaporative emission control systems, carbon canisters,optical engine diagnostics, and currently HCCI engines and HCCI engine modeling.
Portrait of  Liang Xiaogan Liang
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 764-7547
Advanced Nanofabrication and Nanomanufacturing Technologies Nanolithography in Combination with Bottom-Up Methods for Assembling and Tailoring Nanomaterials into Functional Device Architectures Scale-up Applications in Photovoltaics, Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics, Nanofluidic Devices, and Integrated Bio/Chemical Sensors
Portrait of  Liu Allen Liu
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
(734) 764-7719
Mechanobiology and mechanotransduction, bottom-up synthetic biology, droplet microfluidics, systems biology of endocytosis and cell migration.
Portrait of Wei Lu Wei Lu
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 647-7858
Modeling and simulation of nano/microstructure evolution; mechanics in nano/micro systems; mechanical properties and performance of advanced materials and the relation to their microstructures.
Portrait of Jon Luntz Jon Luntz
Associate Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 615-3889
Mechamatronic system design methodology; smart materials and structures
Portrait of Zheng-Dong Ma Zheng-Dong Ma
Research Scientist Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 764-8481
Computational mechanics including flexible multibody dynamics, structural optimization, structural dynamics and structural acoustics; development of numerical tools for the evaluation and analysis of rattle noise.
Portrait of  Martz Jason Martz
Assistant Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 647-1384
Conventional and advanced combustion modes within internal combustion engines; experimental characterization and mathematical modeling of the combustion processes within the cylinder of internal combustion engines; fuel conversion efficiency through the use of both advanced and conventional combustion modes
Portrait of Jyoti Mazumder Jyoti Mazumder
Robert H. Lurie Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Materials Science and Engineering; Director, Center for Laser-Aided Intelligent Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering; Director, NSF I/UCRC for Lasers and Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing, U of M Site
(734) 647-6824
Transforming the field of materials processing by laser from a technological art to scientifically based engineering; laser aided manufacturing; atom to application; technical approach including on-line optical diagnostics, transport phenomena modeling, non-equilibrium synthesis of materials with tailored properties, and their evaluation and characterization.
Portrait of Herman Merte Herman Merte
Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 647-9475
Heat transfer including dynamics of phase change, boiling, and condensation; study of boiling heat transfer (pool and flow) in microgravity; heat transfer in wire bundles.
Portrait of Edgar Meyhofer Edgar Meyhofer
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Biomedical Engineering
(734) 647-7856
Nanotechnology, bionanotechnology, cellular and molecular biomechanics
Portrait of  Motamarri Phani Motamarri
Assistant Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 764-6461
I am passionate about developing new computational methods and applying them to areas related to nanotechnology, materials science and solid mechanics. I have deep interest in computational mathematics and its analysis aspects.
Portrait of James Moyne James Moyne
Associate Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 936-3645
Industrial networks, networked control systems, network performance, model-based process control, real-virtual environment fusion, prediction technologies, renewal energy “grid” networks and diagnosis, “Big Data” methods.
Portrait of Jun Ni Jun Ni
Shien-Ming (Sam) Wu Collegiate Professor of Manufacturing Science; Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Director, S.M. Wu Manufacturing Research Center; Co-Director, Multi-Campus National Science Foundation Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems; Deputy Director, NSF-Engineering Research Center for Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems
(734) 936-2918
Intelligent Maintenance of Large Industrial Systems; Optimization of Manufacturing Operations; Manufacturing Process Modeling, Analysis and Design; Precision Engineering and Metrology; Quality Control Methods.
Portrait of Lauro Ojeda Lauro Ojeda
Assistant Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 647-1803
Mobile robotics, position estimation, sensor fusion, adaptive systems, control systems, simulation and digital signal processing.
Portrait of  Okwudire Chinedum Okwudire
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 647-1531
Design and optimization of mechatronic systems, with current applications to sustainable manufacturing and the automotive industry. Research projects include: precision, speed and energy efficiency improvements in motion delivery systems of manufacturing machines; passive and active vibration control in ultra-precision manufacturing machines; modeling and control of electric power assist steering systems; actuator dynamics of gasoline direct injection engines; sustainable manufacturing in less developed countries.
Portrait of Kenn Oldham Kenn Oldham
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 615-6327
MEMS and micro-mechatronic systems; design for controllability; optimal and robust control; micro-robotics; low-power servo control; vibration control; smart structures.
Portrait of  Orosz Gabor Orosz
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 763-2769
Nonlinear dynamics and control, time-delay systems, networks and complex systems, dynamics and control of connected vehicles, ground robots and autonomous vehicles, neural networks, gene-regulatory networks.
Portrait of Jwo Pan Jwo Pan
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 764-9404
Fracture and failure of materials, fatigue testing and modeling, constitutive laws for porous and pressure-sensitive materials, sheet metal forming, crankshaft fillet rolling and residual stresses, rolling modeling and fatigue, modeling/testing of fusion welds, solid state welds and mechanical joints, modeling/testing of deformation behavior of lithium-ion battery
Portrait of Panos Papalambros Panos Papalambros
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; James B Angell Distinguished University Professor & Donald C Graham Professor; Professor of Art and Design; Professor of Architecture
(734) 647-8401
Design optimization; large scale system synthesis; automotive systems design, including hybrid vehicles; eco-design; product design.
Portrait of  Park Young Geun Park
Assistant Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering
(0) 936-2410
Optofluidics; Functional Nanomaterials; Bioinspired Active Optical System; Solar Optics Based Active Panel for Energy Harvesting and Storage: Integrated Molecular Detection System
Portrait of Donald Patterson Donald Patterson
Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Internal combustion engines, emissions.
Portrait of Raymond Pearson Raymond Pearson
Professor Emeritus, Department of Physical Medicine; Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Automatic control of mechanical systems, mechanical design, biomechanics, design of prosthetic and orthotic devices.
Portrait of Huei Peng Huei Peng
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; US Director, US-China Clean Energy Research Center-Clean Vehicle Consortium; Roger L. McCarthy Professor
(734) 936-0352
Vehicle dynamics and control; electromechanical systems; optimal control; human driver modeling; vehicle active safety systems; control of hybrid and fuel cell vehicles; energy system design and control for mobile robots.
Portrait of Noel Perkins Noel Perkins
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Donald T. Greenwood Collegiate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
(734) 936-0403
Dynamics including vibration and stability, nonlinear dynamics, experimental methods. Applications to nonlinear dynamics of elastic cables, nonlinear fluid-structure interaction, DNA supercoiling, sports engineering, MEMS inertial sensor applications, vehicle systems, axially moving materials.
Portrait of Marc Perlin Marc Perlin
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering; Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
(734) 763-4754
Nonlinear water-wave dynamics, contact-line dynamics, drag-reduction technologies, and coastal engineering.
Portrait of Kevin Pipe Kevin Pipe
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Associate Professor, Applied Physics Program; Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
(734) 763-6624
Microscale heat transfer, especially related to electronic and optoelectronic devices; thermoelectric energy conversion; scanning probe techniques; photovoltaic energy conversion; organic and hybrid organic/inorganic devices.
Portrait of  Popa Bogdan Popa
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Acoustic metamaterials, active media, non-reciprocal materials
Portrait of  Remy C David Remy
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 764-8797
Design, simulation, optimization, and control of legged robots, prosthetics, orthotics, active exoskeletons, and other nonlinear systems; Exploitation of natural dynamic motions; Actuators for force/torque controllable systems
Portrait of  Reuss David Reuss
Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 936-0426
Observation-based development of in-cylinder fluid flow and combustion theory in reciprocating internal combustion engines.
Portrait of Kazu Saitou Kazu Saitou
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 763-0036
Computer modeling and optimal synthesis of mechanical (and non-mechanical) products and systems. Computational design for manufacture/assembly/environment. Simultaneous design of products/manufacturing systems/supply chains. Computer modeling and synthesis of MEMS/NEMS. Chemo/bio-informatics. Structure-based virtual screening for drug discovery and design.
Portrait of  Sakamoto Jeff Sakamoto
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 763-2219
As a materials scientist and engineer with an interest in synthesis, processing, and functionalization of ceramics and hydrogels, his research is highly interdisciplinary guided by the fields of energy storage/conversion and biomedicine.
Portrait of Pramod Sangi Reddy Pramod Sangi Reddy
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
(734) 615-5952
Nanoscale charge and energy transport, thermoelectric devices, microscale heat transfer, organic photovoltaics, scanning probe microscopy and optics.
Portrait of Albert Schultz Albert Schultz
Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering; Vennema Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Biomechanics including mobility impairments in the elderly, falls and postural stability; experimental and computer simulation studies of falling, tripping, gait, stair climbing, and responses to postural disturbances.
Portrait of Bill Schultz Bill Schultz
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering; Faculty Director, Ginsberg Center
(734) 936-0351
Fluid mechanics including waves, computation, stability, asymptotics; steep and breaking waves; spectral method development; mechanics of fish swimming; saliva rheology and swallowing physics,fluid mechanics of industrial processes including laser and arc welding, coating and mixing, and tribology.
Portrait of Richard Scott Richard Scott
Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 6479475
Dynamics including dynamics of rigid and flexible mechanisms; nonlinear vibrations.
Portrait of Albert Shih Albert Shih
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Biomedical Engineering; Associate Chair, Integrative Systems and Design
(734) 647-1766
Design and manufacturing; biomedical device design; biomedical manufacturing; medical innovation; surgical thermal management; machining of advanced engineering materials; micro manufacturing; precision engineering; optical metrology.
Portrait of  Shorter Alex Shorter
Assistant Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 764-8449
Design, Fabrication, Control and Evaluation of Human Assist Devices, Gait Analysis, Biomechanics, Instrument Design.
Portrait of Volker Sick 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
(734) 647-9607
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.
Portrait of Donald Siegel Donald Siegel
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 764-4808
Development of high-capacity materials and systems for energy storage applications; computational materials science; nanoscale chemistry and its impact on the mechanical properties of materials; thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations; multi-scale modeling; integrated computational materials engineering
Portrait of  Siegel Jason Siegel
Assistant Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 763-2868
I am working modeling and control of Lithium-Ion batteries. I use neutron imaging to better understand how Lithium is distributed throughout the electrode in high power applications.
Portrait of Kathleen Sienko Kathleen Sienko
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Miller Faculty Scholar Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Miller Faculty Scholar Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
(734) 647-8249
Medical device design, development, and assessment; wearable balance prostheses and rehabilitation aids; sensory augmentation; biofeedback; mechatronics; haptic interfaces; biomechanics including mobility impairments; affordable medical technologies for the developing world.
Portrait of Steve Skerlos Steve Skerlos
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 615-5253
Environmental and sustainable technology systems; life cycle product design optimization; pollution prevention technologies for manufacturing; metalworking fluid formulation and performance; membrane filtration; supercritical fluid delivery of lubricants; biological detection and control in aqueous systems; technology policy analysis.
Portrait of Anna Stefanopoulou Anna Stefanopoulou
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Director, Automotive Research Center
(734) 615-8461
Estimation and control of internal combustion engines and electrochemical processes such as fuel cells and batteries
Portrait of Jeffrey Stein Jeffrey Stein
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Associate Director, Automotive Research Center
(734) 936-3336
Systems and control including machine design, control, monitoring, and diagnostics; physical system modeling; automated modeling; bond graph theory; proper modeling of active suspensions; proper vehicle handling and ride models; high efficiency dynamic formulations for vehicle dynamics; monitoring and control of thermally induced spindle bearing loads; design and control of high speed spindles and novel milling machines.
Portrait of  Sun Jing Sun
Control system development and optimization for marine and automotive propulsion systems, with focus on system modeling, identification, control algorithm development and integration, control system rapid prototyping and experimental validation; Modeling, control and optimization of electrified vehicles, with emphasis on transient energy management for mobile applications; Adaptive control theory, with focus on algorithm and tool development aiming at improved transient performance and convergence properties; Advanced control methodologies, including optimal control and nonlinear control, and their real-time applications to marine and automotive systems.
Portrait of  Taub Alan Taub
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
(734) 763-1024
My major research interest is in understanding the inter-relationships between processing, microstructure and properties in materials; with an emphasis on mechanical, electrical and magnetic applications. Present research focus is on lightweight structures for land, sea and air transportation applications. Projects include incremental forming of sheet metal and nano-particle additions to aluminum alloys. For polymer composites, we are studying the effect of carbon nanotube and graphene additions to polymer composites utilizing electrical and magnetic fields to produce oriented particles for improved mechanical properties.
Portrait of Levi Thompson Levi Thompson
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Richard E Balzhiser Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering; Professor, Chemical Engineering
(734) 936-2015
Nanostructured materials for catalytic, electrocatalytic and photocatalytic applications; high capacity and capacitance materials for energy storage applications; high energy-density chemistries for redox flow batteries
Portrait of  Thompson Travis Thompson
Assistant Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering
Solid-state prototype battery development, developing scalable manufacturing processes, and identifying full cell integration methods.
Portrait of Michael Thouless Michael Thouless
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Materials Science and Engineering; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Janine Johnson Weins Professor
(734) 763-5289
Micromechanics modeling of materials; interfacial fracture mechanics and adhesion; mechanical properties of thin films and coatings; toughening mechanisms in polymers; mechanical properties of structural adhesives.
Portrait of Dawn Tilbury Dawn Tilbury
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering; Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
(734) 936-2129
Control theory and applications; logic control for manufacturing systems including diagnostics, fault handling, and recovery; modular control systems; networked control systems; performance management of computing systems; web-based tutorials for controls education.
Portrait of Galip Ulsoy Galip Ulsoy
C.D. Mote Jr. Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering; Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering; William Clay Ford Professor Emeritus of Manufacturing; Deputy Director, NSF Engineering Research Center for Reconfigurable Machining Systems
(734) 936-0407
Modeling, analysis and control of dynamic systems; rotating or translating elastic systems; manufacturing automation; vehicle control.
Portrait of  Umbriac Michael Umbriac
LEO Lecturer IV, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 615-4244
Lecturer for ME250 and ME350 (Design and Manufacturing)
Portrait of  Vasudevan Ramanarayan Vasudevan
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 647-5560
Optimization, modeling, design and control of nonlinear and hybrid dynamical systems especially as related to human and robot interaction with one another and the environment; specific applications include the locomotion of legged robots, driver modeling for retraining and semiautonomous vehicle active safety systems, and the development of techniques to automate diagnostic and rehabilitative tasks.
Portrait of Angela Violi Angela Violi
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Chemical Engineering; Professor, Biomedical Engineering; Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering; Professor, Applied Physics; Professor, Biophysics
(734) 615-6448
Multiscale simulations of complex systems, nanoparticle growth and self-assembly, nanoparticle interactions with biomolecular systems, applied chemical kinetics, aerosols. Chemical and physical properties of fuels, alternative fuels, lubricants.
Portrait of Anthony Waas Anthony Waas
Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering; Felix Pawlowski Collegiate Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering
(734) 764-8227
Mechanics of Aerospace Structures and Materials, Composite Structures, Structural Stability, Biologically inspired Materials, Nanocomposites, and Engineered Materials
Portrait of Kon-Well Wang Kon-Well Wang
Tim Manganello/BorgWarner Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering; Stephen P. Timoshenko Collegiate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
(734) 764-8464
Structural dynamics and vibration, metastable and multi-stable metastructures, vibration energy harvesting, adaptive material systems, structural control and health monitoring, vehicle system dynamics and controls.
Portrait of  Wang Thomas Wang
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Associate Professor, Internal Medicine; Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
(734) 936-1228
Biomedical instrument design, imaging systems, micro-optics, bio-microelectromechanical systems (bio-MEMS), miniature sensors, mirrors and actuators
Portrait of Alan Wineman Alan Wineman
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 936-0411
Mechanics of continua including nonlinear elasticity and viscoelasticity of polymers; theory of interacting continua; non-Fickian diffusion in polymers; yield-induced phenomena in polymers; modeling microstructural changes in polymers; studies in electrorheological fluids.
Portrait of Margaret Wooldridge Margaret Wooldridge
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering
(734) 936-0349
Combustion, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics including combustion synthesis; pollution mitigation; reburn and co-firing technologies; reaction kinetics; aerosol sampling and transport; optical diagnostics; gas dynamics.
Portrait of Wei-Hsuin Yang Wei-Hsuin Yang
Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Solid mechanics, applied mathematics, and numerical analysis including plasticity; structural optimization; manufacturing process optimization; structural crash worthiness; optional design of wheels; welding.
Portrait of John Young John Young
Associate Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Heat power, thermodynamics, experiential learning.