October 2016
Nine ME Students Receive National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships
Eight ME graduate students and one ME undergraduate student have received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF) this year. With a total of nine NSF GRF awardees, the U-M ME Department yielded the highest number of 2016 recipients among ME departments nationwide.

Recognition & Achievements
  • Cui wins Best Student Paper Award at DSCC 2016 MORE>>
  • Stefanopoulou appointed the William Clay Ford Professor of Manufacturing MORE>>
  • Ulsoy receives ASME Rudolf Kalman Best Paper Award  MORE>>
  • Li and Wang win ASME 2016 Best Paper Award MORE>>
  • Li receives Baxter Young Investigator Award MORE>>
  • Fu's research featured as cover story of two Small issues MORE>>
  • Maghsoodi wins second place in ASME IDETC/CIE 2016 Best Paper Award MORE>>
  • Sienko gives talk on Global Health Design Initiative MORE>>
  • ME alumnus Bruce Gemmell featured in New York Times Article MORE>>
  • Dasgupta wins AVS 2016 Paul Holloway Young Investigator Award MORE>>
  • Violi's paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS)  MORE>>
  • Ersal receives UMOR Research Faculty Recognition Award  MORE>>
  • Student Spotlight: Mauro Rodriguez MORE>>
  • 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 Award MORE>>
  • Four ME students receive Rackham Summer Awards MORE>>
  • Nine ME Students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships MORE>> 
  • Kovalenko and Saez selected for 5th place in the MTConnect Student Challenge MORE>> 
  • Volker Sick appointed to FISITA Academic Advisory Board MORE>> 
  • Professor Kota's article featured in Detroit Free Press  MORE>> 
  • $50 million renovation boasts mechanical engineering state-of-the-art student-centric education facilities MORE>>
  • ME project-based design/manufacturing class series thrives 
  • Tilbury receives ESD Gold Award MORE>>
  • Xinyu Tan receives Helen Wu Award MORE>>
  • Designing for the future in the developing world MORE>> 
  • ME students receive Engineering Leaders and Honors awards MORE>>
  • Song receives ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, Sun receives Honorable Mention MORE>>
  • The mysterious biomechanics of riding - and balancing - a bicycle MORE>>
  • Barton and Siegel receive ME Department Achievement Awards MORE>>
U-M ME Welcomes New Faculty Members

The U-M ME department is pleased to welcome (pictured from left) Jesse Capecelatro, Daniel Cooper, Yue Fan and Bogdan Ioan Popa, who are joining the faculty as assistant professors.

U-M Robotics Building Design Approved  
ME faculty play integral role in robotics at U-M, conduct vital research

Robotic technologies for air, sea and roads, for factories, hospitals and homes will have tailored lab space in the University of Michigan's planned $75 million Robotics Laboratory. There are multiple U-M ME faculty involved in robotics research who will have lab space in the new facility. Read the full story and more about our faculty via the link below.

2015-2016 U-M ME Annual Report Released  

The U-M ME department has released its 2015-2016 Annual Report. Check out our faculty's latest research, department accolades, updates and more!

 U-M ME Faculty in the News  

It's no secret that our faculty are continuously conducting cutting edge research, and it doesn't go unnoticed. U-M ME faculty are making the news whether it be print or broadcast. Click the links below for a sampling of those recently featured for their work.

ME Start-up FlexDex Surgical gets Media Coverage 
FlexDex Surgical, an innovative medical device company founded by Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Shorya Awtar and Medical School Professor James Geiger, has received coverage from several media outlets.

New Microfluidic Platform Helps Scientists Study Aging
ME Associate Professor Nikos Chronis' work focuses on micro and nano electro-mechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS) and microfluidics technologies to address both fundamental questions in neuroscience and clinical needs in the medical field.

A Window into Battery Life for Next-gen Lithium Cells
Dendrites, whiskers of lithium that grow inside batteries and can cause fires like those in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, are the bane of next-generation lithium batteries.

U-M ME Assistant Professor Neil Dasgupta and research team including U-M ME Research Fellow Kevin Wood, U-M MSE Professor Katsuyo Thornton, U-M ME PhD student Eric Kazyak, U-M MSE PhD student Kuan-Hung Chen, Laboratory Fellow from Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNNL) Ji-Guang (Jason) Zhang, and, U-M MSE PhD Alex Chadwick, release findings of a visualization cell of a battery.

Their research paper, "Dendrites and Pits: Untangling the Complex Behavior of Lithium Metal Anodes through Operando Video Microscopy," was also recently published in ACS Central Science.

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.

MEUS & Career Week Scheduled
Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Symposium (MEUS) and Career Week have both been scheduled for the 2016-2017 academic year. Career Week is planned for November 14th through the 18th and MEUS will take place on December 8th.

Hedrick Honored with 2016 Alumni Merit Award

U-M ME alumnus Karl Hedrick received 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 is a world-renowned scholar in the field of automatic control systems, where his research has made tremendous impact on the application of advanced theory to a wide variety of vehicle dynamic systems including automotive, aircraft and ocean vehicles.

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 at the University of California San Diego, gave the 2016 U-M ME Korybalski Lecture.


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