July 2016
$50 Million Renovation Boasts Mechanical Engineering State-of-the-Art Student-Centric Education Facilities  
The major renovation brings new classroom spaces, teaching labs for our world- class hands-on classes, administrative and student advising offices, a student Learning Center and more.

Nine ME Students Receive National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowships
U-M ME Department yielded highest number of fellowship recipients among peers
Eight ME graduate students and one ME undergraduate student have received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships this year. With a total of nine NSF GRFP awardees, the U-M ME Department yielded highest number of fellowship recipients among peers.

Recognition & Achievements


  • A new textbook for ME 482 Machining Processes MORE>>
  • Okwudire selected to receive the ISFA 2016 Young Investigator Award MORE>>
  • Mazumder awarded M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal MORE>>
  • Fu's research featured as cover story of two journals MORE>>
  • Three ME students receive 2016-2017 MICDE Fellowships MORE>>
  • Ceremony and lecture honoring Huei Peng as Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Mechanical Engineering MORE>>
  • Ceremony and lecture honoring Michael Thouless as Janine Johnson Weins Professor of Engineering MORE>>
  • Understanding cochlear mechanics to better replicate natural hearing  MORE>>
  • Flynn awarded 2016 NDSEG Fellowship MORE>>
  • ME selected as a Minus K Technology Educational Giveaway winner MORE>>
  • Four ME students receive Rackham Summer Awards MORE>>
  • Kovalenko and Saez selected for 5th place in the MTConnect Student Challenge  MORE>>
  • Sick appointed to FISITA Academic Advisory Board MORE>>
  • Kota's article featured in Detroit Free Press MORE>>
  • Tilbury receives ESD Gold Award  MORE>>
  • Tan receives Helen Wu Award MORE>>
  • ME students receive Engineering Leaders and Honors awards MORE>>
  • Song receives ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, Sun Receives Honorable Mention MORE>>
  • Cain's article: The Mysterious Biomechanics of Riding - and Balancing - a Bicycle was published in The Conversation MORE>>
  • Barton and Siegel receive ME Department Achievement Awards MORE>>
  • Four ME faculty receive named professorships MORE>>

  • Student Spotlight: Marc Henry de Frahan MORE>>
  • Okwudire receives an SAE Ralph Teetor Educational Award MORE>>
  • Saving sunlight: storable solar energy through nanotechnology MORE>>
  • Dasgupta wins 2016 AFOSR YIP Award MORE>> 
  • ME Faculty Receive CoE Awards MORE>> 
  • Perkins' micro-sensor a game changer MORE>>
  • Peng named director of U-M's Mobility Transformation Center MORE>>
  • Ashton-Miller receives Kappa Delta Award MORE>>
  • Kurabayashi and Liang's research featured on cover of Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B 
  • Hu appointed as U-M Vice President for Research MORE>>
  • Arruda, Thouless and Zhang featured on Local 4 news segment MORE>>
  • Liu gives lecture for Saturday Morning Physics MORE>>
  • Jin selected for 2016 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Award MORE>>
  • Okwudire selected for 2016 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Award MORE>>
  • Former ME student's article featured as the cover of the Journal of Applied Physics MORE>>
  • Duan wins Best Paper Award at 2015 Dynamic Systems and Controls Conference MORE>>



U-M ME Alum Spearheads Project, Inspires High School Students to Learn to Love Engineering
U-M ME alumna Katherine Avery creates two-part workshop
Autonomous vehicles may be the way of the future and what better approach to get high school students interested in pursuing careers in engineering than creating a two-part workshop focused on learning more about them.

U-M ME Receives $5.4M for Energy Research  
ME's Stefanopoulou and Sakamoto are project leads working on "transformational" engine and battery projects
Two new Department of Energy grants totaling $5.4 million will allow University of Michigan engineering researchers to continue working on projects that help to advance U.S. energy security and help achieve climate goals.

Heat Radiation Increases 10,000 Times at the Nanoscale - Findings Published in Nature 
ME's Meyhofer and Sangi Reddy led work, findings have applications across nanotechnology
New U-M ME ultra-low vibration lab allows for engineers to measure how heat radiates from one surface to another in a vacuum at distances down to two nanometers.

ME Project-Based Design/Manufacturing Class Series Thrives
ME's X50 Series allows sophomores, juniors and seniors to get "hands-on" with projects, work with industry partners

The U-M ME department's core design curriculum has been recognized nationwide for its breadth, depth and innovation.

A Football Helmet Design That Listens to Physics 
Arruda and others from U-M ME create new helmet design that aims to blunt some dangerous physics that today's models ignore
U-M ME Professor Ellen Arruda is one of the project leads for a new football helmet design that could actually help to dissipate the energy of a collision.

Carbon Capture Analyst: 'Coal Should Stay in the Ground' 

U-M ME Professor Steve Skerlos and postdoctoral research student Sarang Supekar have found that most economic analysis of carbon capture and storage, or CCS, technology for coal-fired power plants severely underestimates its energy efficiency.

U-M ME Alum Karl Hedrick Honored with 2016 Alumni Merit Award

Mechanical Engineering alum Karl Hedrick has been selected to receive the 2016 U-M ME Alumni Merit Award. Hedrick (BSE ME '66) is the James Marshall Wells Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of California Berkeley. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Automatic Control Theory and his research focuses on the application of advanced control theory to a wide variety of vehicle dynamic systems including automotive, aircraft and ocean vehicles.

Throughout his career he has been awarded a number of honors including, ASME, Dynamic Systems and Control Division's Outstanding Investigator Award, DSM&C Journal's Best Paper Award and ASME's 2006 Rufus Oldenburger Medal which recognizes significant contributions and outstanding achievements in the field of automatic control.
Saving Lives at Birth Grant to Have Positive Impact on Maternal and Infant Mortality
Sienko's Research Group uses funds to create innovative solutions to prevent maternal, infant deaths in the hardest to reach regions of the world

U-M ME Professor Kathleen Sienko's Research Group, the Laboratory for Innovation in Global Health Technology, received the Saving Lives at Birth Grant aimed to fund innovative solutions to prevent maternal, infant deaths in the hardest to reach regions of the world.

Korybalski Lecture Brings Albert Pisano to Campus
Ninth annual lecture titled "Engineering as a Force for the Public Good"

On May 9th, 2016, Dr. Albert P. Pisano, Dean of the
Jacobs School of Engineering, Professor, and Walter J. Zable Chair University of California San Diego, gave the 2016 Korybalski lecture.

Internal Combustion Impact: Improving Efficiency and Emissions
Bohac's research centers on improving efficiency of and reducing emissions from internal combustion (IC) engines
Over the past five years, Bohac and his research team have been part of a U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) collaboration with Bosch, Stanford University and several other companies. The group's mission was to develop engine and powertrain technologies that enable a 25 percent improvement in fuel economy in a passenger vehicle while meeting California's super ultra-low emissions standards - without sacrificing performance.

ME New Addition Awarded with the 2016 AIA Michigan Building Award
Mechanical Engineering's new Center of Excellence in Nano Mechanical Science and Engineering has been recognized with the 2016 AIA Michigan Building Award. The honor is part of AIA Michigan's Annual Awards Program, which is meant to encourage and promote excellence in architecture.

ME Professor Volker Sick's Study Abroad Program Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary

It started with ten students and three different lab projects and now, ten years later, more than 50 attended with five to six lab projects, making it U-M's largest undergraduate education abroad program.

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