October 2017
Ellen Arruda and Noboru Kikuchi Elected to National Academy of Engineering
Ellen Arruda and Noboru Kikuchi, University of Michigan (U-M) Mechanical Engineering (ME) professor and professor emeritus noted for leadership in their fields, have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

U-M ME's Dawn Tilbury Heads National Science Foundation Engineering Directorate
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected U-M Mechanical Engineering professor to serve as head of its Directorate for Engineering. Dawn Tilbury is a professor of mechanical engineering and former associate dean for research at U-M's College of Engineering. 

Recognition & Achievements
  • ME PhD student Johanna Heureaux receives 2017 STAR Award MORE>>
  • Schwind receives 2017 DOE SCGSR Award MORE>>
  • Fu's research featured in MIT Technology Review MORE>>
  • The 2017 Michael Korybalski Distinguished Lecture MORE>>
  • Cui, Okwudire and Awtar receive ASME Best Conference Paper on Mechatronics MORE>>
  • Barton receives ASME DSCD Young Investigator Award MORE>>
  • Tiny device offers insight into how Cancer spreads MORE>>
  • Kinetic sculpture installed MORE>>
  • From robot to rodent MORE>>
  • Latest two-legged walking robot arrives at Michigan MORE>>
  • ME welcome three new faculty members MORE>>
  • Barton selected as a Miller Faculty Scholar  MORE>> 
  • How stem cells grow into structures that could aid understanding of infertility MORE>>
  • Liu's research featured in The Scientist magazine MORE>>
  • Pipe's research featured on phys.org and Engadget MORE>>
  • Awtar elected ASME Fellow MORE>>
  • Violi receives 2017 Adel Sarofim award MORE>>
  • Atreya receives SFPE 2017 Arthur B. Guise Medal  MORE>>
  • ME Alum Damon Boyd, BSE ME '95, and family endow scholarship fund MORE>>
  • Arruda featured in Detroit News article MORE>>
  • Yoram Koren's work makes U-M bicentennial list of most important research advances MORE>>
  • Self-driving cars can be even safer with connected technology  MORE>>
  • Yue Fan's Research Published in Nature Communications  MORE>>
  • Liu's Paper Accepted to Chemical Communications 2017 Emerging Investigator Issue  MORE>>
  • Congresswoman Dingell Praises U-M ARC at 23rd Annual Program Review MORE>>
  • Sienko Research group wins first place in the Unite for Sight Innovation Pitch Contest for SubQ assist device MORE>>
  • Wang receives 2017 ASME J.P. Den Hartog Award MORE>>
  • ME student athletes thrive in and out of the classroom  MORE>>
  • Allen Liu's high school research student, Katherine Shao, receives multiple accolades for research project MORE>>
  • Barber receives 2017 ASME Mayo D Hersey Award MORE>>
  • Arruda named Maria Comninou Collegiate Professor  MORE>>
  • Kenneth Ho receives 2017 Ivor K. Mclvor Award  MORE>>
  • Dawn Tilbury to head NSF Engineering Directorate MORE>> 

  • Nine ME students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships MORE>>
  • Rodriguez receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship  MORE>>
  • ME students receive 2017 Leaders & Honors Awards MORE>> 

U-M ME's Jyoti Mazumder Receives ASME/SME Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal
The M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal of ASME/SME is awarded to an individual who has had significant influence and responsibility for improving the productivity and efficiency (either by research or by implementation of research) of the manufacturing operation. 

U-M ME's Kon-Well Wang Honored with ASME J.P. Den Hartog Award

The ASME J.P. Den Hartog Award is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of dynamics and vibration. This award recognizes lifetime contributions to the teaching and practice of vibration engineering. 

U-M ME's Jim Barber Receives ASME Mayo D. 
Hersey Award
The Mayo D. Hersey Award is bestowed on an individual in recognition of distinguished and continued contributions over a substantial period of time to the advancement of the science and engineering of tribology. 

Nine ME Students Receive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships
Eight ME graduate students and one undergraduate student have received National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF) this year. With this record, the U-M ME Department is among the ME programs nationwide with the highest number of 2017 recipients.

ME Welcomes Three New Faculty

The U-M ME Department is pleased to welcome Rohini Bala Chandra, Elliott Rouse and Alex Shorter as Assistant Professors. 

Tiny Device Offers Insight into How Cancer Spreads

As cancer grows, it evolves. Individual cells become more aggressive, break away to flow through the body and spread to distant areas. What if there were a way to find those early aggressors? How are they different from the rest of the cells? And more importantly: Is there a way to stop them before they spread? 

Self-Driving Cars Can Be Even Safer with 
Connected Technology
A car barrels through a red light, but the Lincoln MKZ leading the cross traffic doesn't T-bone it. In fact, the Lincoln never enters the intersection. It gradually slows down and yields to the law-breaking vehicle with time to spare. 

I mproving Heat Transfer and Energy Conversion 
in Polymers

Understanding how heat travels inside a material is critical to improving the performance, efficiency and reliability of the devices and systems in which it is incorporated. 

In collaboration with U-M MSE Professor Jinsang Kim's group, U-M ME Professor Kevin Pipe's lab is using molecular design principles to improve thermal conductivity in polymers.

Improving Quality in Laser-aided 
Additive Manufacturing 

Additive manufacturing techniques have great potential to improve productivity and energy efficiency during part fabrication. The "bottom up" approach, creating parts layer by layer, "cuts out many steps of the traditional manufacturing process and makes it an appealing method," said Jyotirmoy Mazumder, Robert H. Lurie Professor of Mechanical Engineering. "But the technologies used today all fall short in the same area: inline quality control."

Patterning and Morphology in Biological and Nonliving Systems 

Understanding the ways in which materials deform and develop stresses and how they respond to those stresses is relevant both to biological as well as nonliving systems, including lithium-ion batteries, other semiconducting devices and alloys used for structural applications, such as automobiles, aircraft and buildings. Chemistry, too, plays a role, impacting both living and nonliving systems in important - but not yet fully understood- ways. 

Puzzling Out a Giant Rubik's Cube
U-M ME Students Unveil Working Device in Capstone Design Class

A giant Rubik's Cube newly installed on the University of Michigan's North Campus is believed to be one of the world's largest hand-solvable stationary versions of the famous puzzle. 

U-M ME Gears Up to Celebrate 150 Years
In 2018, one year after the University of Michigan observes its 200th anniversary, the U-M Department of Mechanical Engineering will mark a major milestone of its own as it celebrates its 150th. 

The ME Department has a series of educational and fun events scheduled for September 21 and 22, 2018.

U-M ME 2016-2017 Annual Report Released

U-M ME released its 2016-2017 Annual Report featuring updates on the department and the latest research of our world-renowned faculty. 


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