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Active Materials and Mechanics Laboratory

Coordinator: Samantha Daly
3121 GG Brown
Phone: 734-763-8137

Research in the AMML laboratories lies at the intersection of experimental mechanics and materials science, with an emphasis on using novel methods of experimentation coupled closely with theoretical and computational modeling.

Algorithmic Synthesis Laboratory

Coordinator: Kazu Saitou
3007 EECS
Phone: 734-763-0036
Fax: 734-647-3170

Algorithmic Synthesis Laboratory (ASL) investigates theories and methods for modeling, abstraction, and algorithmic synthesis of mechanical, industrial, and biomedical systems. We emphasize the mathematical abstraction rooted on the fundamental understanding the target systems and the algorithmic generalization utilizing the tools in mechanical, industrial, computer science and engineering, including but not limited to, geometric and kinematic reasoning, image and pattern recognition, stochastic planning and optimization. Members of the laboratory are exposed, through our collaborators and sponsors, to broad application domains ranging from mechanical and industrial engineering to medical and pharmaceutical engineering.

Automated Modeling Laboratory

Coordinator: Jeffrey Stein
G029 Auto Lab
Phone: 734-763-7388
Fax: 734-764-4256

The Automated Modeling Laboratory focuses on the development of methodologies and tools to assist engineers with their system modeling and simulation tasks. The objective of our research is to develop algorithms and software tools that facilitate the systematic development of models. This includes documentation about the models assumptions, accuracy, range of validity, quality, etc.

Automotive Research Center

Primary Investigator: Anna Stefanopoulou
2043 Auto Lab

The Automotive Research Center (ARC) is a University-based U.S. Army Center of Excellence for advancing the technology of high fidelity simulation of military and civilian ground vehicles. It represents the key basic research partner of the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Warren, Michigan. The ARC was established in 1994 at the University of Michigan. Our partnership base has evolved over the years to meet the research needs of our Army sponsors and now include Wayne State University, Oakland University, the University of Iowa, Clemson University and Virginia Tech.

Automotive Structural Durability Simulation Center

Director: Jwo Pan
1123 Auto Lab
Phone: 734-764-9404

The purpose of the Automotive Structural Durability Simulation Center is to work with industry to solve real engineering problems in the area of automotive structural durability. Center researchers accomplish this by developing techniques for automotive components modeling, subsystem and full vehicle dynamic simulation, stress and fatigue life prediction, and design optimization.

Bio-MicroElectro Mechanical Systems Lab

Coordinator: Nikos Chronis
2178 GG Brown

Bioengineering Research Partnership (BRP)

Director: Thomas D. Wang, MD,PhD
Affiliated Member: Kenn Oldham PhD, Katsuo Kurabayashi, PhD
109 Zina Pitcher Place, BSRB Level D
Phone: 734-936-1228
Fax: 734-647-7950

The Biomedical Research Partnership (BRP) is a collaborative effort between the College of Engineering and the School of Medicine at the University of Michigan to develop miniature imaging instruments to visualize real time biological activity in mouse models of human disease. Expertise in engineering provides methods to reduce the size of scanning micro-actuators that perform high speed scanning with large axial displacements in a small form factor. Knowledge of molecular biology provide new specific imaging agents with improved pharmacodynamics properties to access important targets expressed by normal and diseased tissues in vivo. Animal models that recapitulate human disease are used to verify in vivo imaging performance and validate specific molecular probe activity. Synergy between these two campuses are used to produce new imaging methodologies to study the intense renewal kinetics of cells and molecules in the epithelium in live animals to advance our knowledge of engineering, biology and medicine.

Biomechanics Research Laboratory

Director: James Ashton-Miller
Affiliated Member: Art Kuo, Kathleen Sienko
3216 GG Brown
Phone: 734-936-0366
Fax: 734-763-9332

The Biomechanics Research Laboratory (BRL) maintains an international reputation for research excellence. Investigations in BRL are aimed at exploring the mechanical causes of neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disabilities, diseases, and injuries. The lab seeks to gain basic insights into problems that have wide socioeconomic impact, from spine deformities in the young to falls in the elderly. Fundamental research is carried out that seeks to understand how the brain coordinates and controls a myriad of muscles in human locomotion and how aging affects that control. Scientific hypotheses are formulated and tested using experimental and analytic tools. The insights gained are used in medicine, ergonomics, kinesiology, psychology and other fields to improve preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative techniques.

Cavitation and Multiphase Flow Laboratory

Coordinator: Steve Ceccio
1077 Autolab

The Cavitation and Multiphase Flow Laboratory is devoted to the study of a wide variety of multiphase flows, including gas-liquid flows, solid-gas flows, three-phase flows, cavitating, and boiling flows on both the laboratory and full scales.

Center for Dimensional Measurement and Control in Manufacturing

Director: Jun Ni
Affiliated Member: Jack Hu
3001F EECS
Phone: 734-615-4315
Fax: 734-763-5700

The Center for Dimensional Measurement and Control in Manufacturing is a National Science Foundation - Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. The Center maintains a strong industry/university cooperative research program with three focused thrust areas: (1) dimensional measurement principles and systems, (2) dimensional control for machined parts, and (3) dimensional control of stamped parts. The Center brings together expertise from mechanical engineering, industrial and operations engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, and materials science and engineering, to address research needs and challenges in dimensional measurement and control.

Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems

U-M Co-Director: Jun Ni
1206 HH Dow
Phone: 734-936-2918
Fax: 734-936-0363

Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (CIMS) is concentrated on bringing about innovations on predictive maintenance technologies, including intelligent machine degradation assessment methodologies, e-prognostics, and e-diagnostics to enable manufacturers and customers to have products and machines with near-zero breakdown conditions. The IMS plans to develop intelligent prognostics software such as digital Watchdog Agent TM (prognostics on a chip and algorithm) for in-situ machine degradation assessment and remote monitoring as well as web-enabled agents for internet augmented intelligent maintenance and e-service business decision-making systems (e.g. e-business tools).

Center for Laser Aided Intelligent Manufacturing

Director: Jyoti Mazumder
1132 / 1133 / 1134 / 1136 GG Brown
Phone: 734-647-6824
Fax: 734-763-5772

The Center for Laser Aided Intelligent Manufacturing (CLAIM) is a university/corporate partnership dedicated to advancing the applications of laser technology to such materials processing/manufacturing applications as welding, drilling, cladding, chemical vapor deposition, ablation, direct metal deposition and surface treatment.

Center for Lasers and Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing

Coordinator: Jyoti Mazumder
2041 GG Brown

Center Mission: The University of Michigan Center for Lasers and Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing is created to develop a fundamental understanding of laser-aided intelligent manufacturing to reduce lead-time for concept-to-product manufacturing for U. S. industry.

Combustion and Synthesis Kinetics & Diagnostics Laboratory

Contact: Margaret Wooldridge
2202 GG Brown
Phone: 734-647-4790
Fax: 734-647-3170

The Combustion and Synthesis Kinetics & Diagnostics Laboratory is a facility where a range of laser-based diagnostics will be used to investigate basic characteristics of fundamental processes that are either related to combustion, especially pollutant formation, combustion-assisted materials synthesis, or chemical fire suppression and sprays. Its intention is to be both productive for the projects of individual interest and to be used as a resource pool for the rest of the thermo-fluid science faculty. Furthermore, the combination of all available equipment will result in efficiencies of scale.

Compliant Systems Design Laboratory

Director: Sridhar Kota
2231 GG Brown
Phone: 734-936-0357
Fax: 734-647-3170

The Compliant Systems Design Laboratory (CSDL) develops novel engineering solutions by utilizing mechanical compliance in design. The lab also develops analytical and computational tools for synthesis and analysis of compliant mechanisms integrated with actuators to form compliant system. Applications include microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), Adaptive Structures, and Product Design for No-Assembly (DNA).

Scientific Computing and Flow Physics Laboratory

Director: Eric Johnsen
2016 Lay Auto Lab
Phone: 734-764-2122

Research in the Scientific Computing and Flow Physics Laboratory draws from applied mathematics, numerical analysis, physical modeling and high-performance computing to develop new techniques for numerical simulations and modeling of fluid mechanics problems. We use these techniques to uncover the basic physics underlying complex multiscale flows, including multiphase flows, unsteady flows, high-speed flows and shock waves, turbulence and mixing, interfacial instabilities, plasma dynamics and non-newtonian flows. Our work applies to biomedical engineering, energy, aeronautics, turbomachinery and naval engineering.

Computational Mechanics Laboratory

Director: Greg Hulbert
Affiliated Member: Zheng-Dong Ma
3001B / 3005 / 3007 EECS
Phone: 734-936-2925
Fax: 734-647-3170

Established in 1988, supports more than 20 doctoral students, post-doctoral scholars and visiting professors working with Professors Greg Hulbert and Noboru Kikuchi, facilities include more than 15 engineering workstations, along with a multimedia presentation lab.

Computational Mechanics Laboratory

Coordinator: Noboru Kikuchi
Affiliated Member: Zheng-Dong Ma
3005 EECS
Phone: 734-615-8180

Computer methods for mechanical engineering are intended. More specifically, basis for CAE including design optimization and nonlinear mechanics is the main research topic. Many CAE related computer codes have been developed, and they are still now integrated in some commercially available CAE software.

Computational Physics Group

Director: Krishna Garikipati
3003 EECS
Phone: 734-936-2925

The Computational Physics Group works on theoretical and computational aspects of problems in Biological Physics, Materials Physics and Mechanics, using methods of nonlinear continuum mechanics, numerical analysis and applied mathematics.

Design Lab

Director: Steve Skerlos
3007 EECS
Phone: 734-763-0036
Fax: 734-647-3170

The Design Laboratory of the University of Michigan, from its creation in 1989, has been a leader in innovative application of engineerng design. Our faculty span the breadth of the Design Science horizon and we are constantly stretching those boundaries into even more novel areas such as MEMS, Environmental Design, and Smart Materials and Structures. Our main strength is our team sprit. Collaboration and interdisciplinary research and education produce a unique mix of talent and experience here. With so many players in such a variety of areas, we bring more to the field.

Energy Storage and Materials Simulation Lab

Coordinator: Donald Siegel

Phoenix Memorial Energy Institute Laboratory
The Energy Storage and Materials Simulation Lab (ESMS Lab) aims to address the materials and systems-level challenges facing the development of efficient methods for high-density energy storage. Our primary emphasis is on applications in transportation (fuel cell and battery electric vehicles) and power generation (enabling base-load intermittent sources). We make extensive use of high-performance computing, and have additional expertise in the areas of mechanical properties of materials, surface & interface science, metallic alloys, and multi-scale modeling.

Engineering Research Center in Reconfigurable Machining Systems

Director: Yoram Koren
Affiliated Member: Dawn Tilbury, Elijah Kannatey-Asibu Jr., Galip Ulsoy, Jack Hu, James Moyne, Jun Ni
1100 HH Dow
Phone: 734-763-9999
Fax: 734-763-5700

In 1996, with an 11-year grant from the National Science Foundation, leading manufacturers and the State of Michigan, Professors Yoram Koren and A. Galip Ulsoy inaugurate the Engineering Research Center for Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems (RMS). It was a massive response to industry's need for speedier transformation of manufacturing in an era of overwhelming technological change. The RMS Center was the first NSF-sponsored ERC in the U-M College of Engineering.

From 2007 to 2010 the ERC/RMS has continued its stream of innovations, funded by sole industry support. ERC/RMS methodologies, patents and machines have been implemented in industry and improved product quality and factory productivity by significant margins. Professor Koren was the Center Director from its launch in 1996 through 2010 and Professors Ulsoy and Jun Ni have served as deputy directors.

Total funding for the Center through 2009 was $48M. The testbed, facilities, student areas and conference rooms were built and furnished using ERC/RMS.

Environmental and Sustainable Technology Laboratory

Director: Steve Skerlos
2190 GG Brown

The Environmental and Sustainable Technology Laboratory (EAST) is dedicated to technology, knowledge, and policy innovations that reduce the impact of engineering design and manufacturing decisions on the environment. Primary activities include the life cycle evaluation of technology systems and fundamental research leading to novel technologies that minimize environmental and health risks in manufacturing.

Epureanu Research Group

Director: Bogdan Epureanu
Phone: (734)-647-6391
Fax: (734)-647-9379

Our research group is located in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. We focus 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. We blend novel methods and theory with fundamental experiments in linear and nonlinear dynamics from macro to nano-scale.

Fuel Cell Control Systems Laboratory

Director: Anna Stefanopoulou
Affiliated Member: Huei Peng
3039 PML

The experimental set-up in the Fuel Cell Control Systems Laboratory allows the implementation of multivariable controllers, fault detection, and diagnostic algorithms for the regulation of reactant flow and pressure, stack temperature, and membrane humidity. It is anticipated that the development and testing of real-time control and diagnostic systems will accelerate the use of Fuel Cells by enhancing their safety, increasing their efficiency, and ensuring their robustness in real world applications. The lab collaborates with The Schatz Energy Research Center, Ford Motor Company, United Technologies, National Science Foundation and the Automotive Research Center.

General Motors/University of Michigan Collaborative Research Laboratory in Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing

University Co-Director: Jack Hu
2408 LEC
Phone: (734) 647-7020

The General Motors Collaborative Research Lab in Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing (GM/UM AVM CRL) was established to carry out research and development activities in areas that are of critical importance to GM's vehicle manufacturing operations, with particular emphasis on automotive body manufacturing processes and systems. It also helps facilitate the exchange of technical personnel and knowledge between GM Research and Development and the University of Michigan. Current research thrust areas include assembly, welding and joining, metal forming, and manufacturing systems.

General Motors/University of Michigan Automotive Collaborative Research Laboratory: Engine Systems Division

University Co-Director: Volker Sick, also University co-Director for the Automotive Research Laboratory
2007 Auto Lab
Affiliated Members: Hao Chen, David Reuss

The program advances the understanding of key processes to optimize design and strategies for highly efficient passenger car engines with ultra-low exhaust emissions through a concerted effort by University of Michigan, GM Global Research and Development, and GM Powertrain. Projects focus on advancing fundamental knowledge about stochastic engine processes to develop predictive simulations at the engineering level.

Global Health Design Initiative (GHDI)


The Global Health Design Initiative provides students with an opportunity to address global health challenges through clinical immersion and design coursework. Students have performed design ethnography at hospitals in Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nicaragua, and China to identify and prioritize healthcare challenges that can be partially addressed through engineering design. The overarching objectives of such clinical immersion experiences are to provide students with an opportunity to apply and further develop design ethnography skills, establish intercultural and interdisciplinary communication skills, and gain an understanding of the local and broader contexts of design.

GM/UM Advanced Battery Coalition for Drivetrains

University Co-Director: Wei Lu, Margaret Wooldridge
Tel: 734-998-0006
Fax: 734-998-0028

The GM/UM Advanced Battery Coalition for Drivetrains (ABCD) is designed to create validated battery material, cell, and pack models, to speed their insertion into advanced electrified drivetrains, and to educate successive generations of industrial and academic workers to execute the resulting technology plans. ABCD is designed further to promote collaboration with university, government, and industrial partners in advanced technology workstreams that admit new technology challenges and workers and integrate them with ABCD's overall aims.

GM/UM Smart Materials & Structures Collaborative Research Laboratory

University Co-Director: Diann Brei

The mission of the GM/UM SMS CRL is to exploit the emerging capabilities of smart materials and structures to create and support innovative advanced device technologies for automotive applications of value and interest to GM and extension to dual technologies for strategic partners.

Haptix Laboratory

Director: Brent Gillespie

The Haptix Laboratory is home to a set of research projects aimed at developing and applying human/machine interface devices to exploit the human sense of touch (haptics).

Heat Transfer Physics

Director: Massoud Kaviany
2186 / 3108 GG Brown
Phone: 734-764-3487
Fax: 734-647-3170

The Laboratory on Transport, Reaction, and Phase Change in Porous Media synthesizes and analyzes porous media for heat and mass transfer applications. The approach of the lab combines the fundamentals and applications of thermal transport, and materials with special functions for this particular medium. Scientists/engineers trained in this discipline acquire the knowledge in fundamental sciences, with a large range of length and time scales and physical and chemical phenomena, and in scores of applications, that directly affect the industry and the environment. Objective: Our research is on transport and transformation kinetics of thermal energy involving phonon, electron, fluid particle and photon, with innovative use in new technologies. Our current projects include, molecular design of thermoelectric materials used for cooling or power generation. While small electronic band gaps and relatively high carrier concentrations help with desirable enhancing electrical properties (Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity), enhancing phonon scatterings help with desirable lowering phonon conductivity. Using quantum and molecular dynamics computation, we search for molecular structures (including nano-structures) with high thermoelectric figure of merit. In laser cooling of ion-doped crystals, the absorbed photon has a deficit in overcoming the electronic gap and this is made up by absorbing phonons (thus cooling the crystal). We look at increasing the efficiency (and extending the cooling range to cryogenic temperatures) of this laser cooling by optimizing the photon absorption using nano powders, and by examining the role of crystal phonon density of states and the dopant concentration. In MEMS cryo-cooler project, we use a novel staged micro thermoelectric cooler designed to cool functional microstructures. The thermoelectric materials used are telluride compound films, and with complete back etching and using suspension posts, we plan to eliminate substrate parasitic heat transfer. We also examine onset of motion of dropwise condensate (on inclined substrate) under applied DC potential, experimentally, with theoretical description based on overcoming of the static three-phase contact line (TCL) friction by electrowetting (i.e., exerting electrostatic force thus causing an imbalance in TCL surface tension forces).

Human Biomechanics and Control Laboratory

Director: Art Kuo
3411 GG Brown
Phone: (734) 764.6484

The Human Biomechanics and Control Laboratory (HBCL) studies the mechanics, energetics, and control of human movement. Mechanics refers to the importance of the dynamics of the human body in nearly all movements. Inertia of the limbs and other body segments places constraints on what movements are possible, and how much effort is needed to produce them. Muscles have mechanical properties such as elasticity that also constrain or determine movements. Laboratory techniques for studying mechanics includes analytical models, computational simulations, and recordings of kinematics and forces produced during movements. Energetics refers to the metabolic or chemical energy expended by humans to produce movement. Minimization of energy expenditure is an important factor in most movements. It may be estimated through measurements of oxygen consumption. The HBCL incorporates models and/or measurements of energetics in many studies. Control refers to the central nervous system's influence through feedback and feedforward commands to the muscles. The HBCL applies methods of control systems design and analysis to the study of human movement.

Integrated Manufacturing Systems Laboratory

Director: Jun Ni
1100 HH Dow

The Integrated Manufacturing Systems Laboratory is the largest manufacturing laboratory in the US, with numerous machine tools, measurement and inspection systems and other research equipment. This facility houses the activities of the Engineering Research Center for Reconfigurable Machining Systems (ERC-RMS) and the S. M. Wu Manufacturing Research Laboratory.

Jianping Fu's Group

Coordinator: Jianping Fu
Phone: 215-746-2266
Fax: 215-746-1752

My group's interests lie at the nexus of micro/nanoengineering, applied physics, biology and biotechnology. In the coming years, we will focus on developing integrated systems for high throughput quantitative micro/nanoscale analysis of molecular and cellular functions. More specifically, we will develop integrated techniques to investigate biomolecules confined in micro/nanofluidic environments. We will study molecular interactions with nanofluidic structures and explore the opportunity of using nanofluidic devices for ultra-sensitive biosensing and detection. We are also interested in developing synthetic micro/nanoscale ex vivo stem cell microenvironment to direct stem cell behaviors, and further employing them to identify the extrinsic physical factors and their downstream signaling pathways that regulate stem cell functions.

Laboratory for Automation and Mechanical Structures (LAMS)

Coordinator: Galip Ulsoy
2277 GG Brown
Phone: 734-763-2227

The focus of research in LAMS is in two areas: (1) Automation of mechanical systems, and (2) dynamics and vibration of mechanical structures.

Laboratory for Innovation in Global Health Technology (LIGHT)

Coordinator: Kathleen Sienko
1109 / 3121 GG Brown
Phone: 734-764-8308

The Laboratory for Innovation in Global Health Technology focuses on the co-creative design of low-cost and simple technology solutions to healthcare challenges in resource-limited settings.

Laboratory for Transport & Interaction in Porous Media

Director: Massoud Kaviany
2186 / 3108 GG Brown
Phone: 734-764-3487
Fax: 734-647-3170

The Laboratory on Transport and Interaction in Porous Media synthesizes and analyzes porous media for heat and mass transfer applications. The approach of the lab combines the fundamentals of thermal transport (phonon, electron, fluid particle, and photon) and interaction (energy coversion), with special functions for this particular medium. Scientists/engineers trained in this discipline acquire the knowledge in fundamental sciences, with a large range of length and time scales and physical and chemical phenomena, and in scores of applications, that directly affect the industry and the environment.

Laboratory for Turbulence Physics and Computation

Director: Rayhaneh Akhavan
2016 GG Brown
Phone: 734-763-1048
Fax: 734-647-3170

The Laboratory for Turbulence Physics and Computation seeks basic insight into the complex physics of turbulent flows through numerical simulations in order to develop novel turbulence control and turbulence modelling strategies.

Laser Materials Processing Laboratory

Director: Elijah Kannatey-Asibu Jr.
1109 / 1133 GG Brown
Phone: 734-936-0408

The Laser Materials Processing Laboratory conducts research in many facets of laser manufacturing including weld pool fluid flow, heat affected zone microstructure, thermal analysis of dual beam laser welding, on-line monitoring of laser weld quality, and process monitoring.

Materials Characterization Lab

Coordinator: Ellen Arruda
Affiliated Member: Samantha Daly
3121 GG Brown

Mechanical Properties of Materials Laboratory

Director: Michael Thouless
2157 GG Brown

The Mechanical Properties of Materials Laboratory does numerical and experimental research in the fracture and deformation of engineering materials.

Mechanical Testing Lab

Coordinator: Ellen Arruda
Affiliated Member: Samantha Daly
1025 GG Brown

Michigan Industrial Energy Center (MIEC)

Director: Arvind Atreya

The Michigan Industrial Energy Center is located at the University of Michigan within the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The MIEC team consists of industrial energy efficiency experts who have conducted over 300 industrial energy assessments, published numerous articles on industrial energy efficiency, and provided training to thousands of energy managers nationwide.

Microsystems Technology and Science Laboratory

Coordinator: Katsuo Kurabayashi
Affiliated Member: Edgar Meyhofer, Kazu Saitou, Steve Skerlos

Nanomechanics Laboratory

Director: Edgar Meyhofer
1100 GG Brown

The research interest/mission/fields of the Nanomechanics Laboratory include molecular and cellular biomechanics, single molecule biophysics, biomolecular nanotechnology, cell physiology, comparative functional morphology and ultrastructure, development of microscopy-based techniques for the manipulation and detection of single molecules.

Optimal Design Laboratory

Director: Panos Papalambros
3200 EECS
Phone: 734-647-8401
Fax: 734-647-8403

The Optimal Design (ODE) Laboratory is dedicated to research in design methods and tools that improve the design process and the quality of designed artifacts. The analytical decision-making paradigm is used to study product development methods from an interdisciplinary perspective that includes engineering, business, psychology, art and architecture. Studies in automotive systems, such as hybrid propulsion technologies, are specifically emphasized.

Powertrain Control Laboratory

Director: Anna Stefanopoulou
G008, 1082 Auto Lab
Phone: 734-936-0424
Fax: 734-764-4256

The Powertrain Control Laboratory's research addresses the theory and design of control systems for internal combustion engines and advanced powertrains. The lab focuses on transient system behavior for engines equipped with innovative mechanisms: electronic primary throttle, intake runner valves, air by-pass valve, variable camshaft timing actuators, variable valve timing actuators, exhaust gas recirculation valves, variable nozzles turbine and hybrid turbochargers.

Precision Systems Design Lab

Coordinator: Shorya Awtar
Affiliated Member: Pramod Sangi Reddy
2009 GG Brown
Fax: 734-64-3170

This lab conducts research in the design of high-precision high-bandwidth motion systems for macro, micro and nano scale applications. Our design philosophy is based on the principles of Precision Engineering and Mechatronics, and relies heavily on the engineering disciplines of kinematics, mechanics, dynamics and controls.

Quantitative Laser Diagnostics Laboratory

Director: Volker Sick
1123 / 2007 Auto Lab
Phone: 734-647-9607

We focus on developing and applying 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 to address the next generation of questions in combustion research.

Rehabilitation Robotics Group

Coordinator: Dan Ferris
1402 Washington Heights Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: 734-647-2740

The University of Michigan Rehabilitation Robotics Group consists of 11 faculty members working in the field of rehabilitation robotics. Rehabilitation robotics is the field of science and engineering concerned with powered devices for improving function or mobility in individuals with disabilities. It includes powered devices for movement therapy (e.g., after a stroke or spinal cord injury) and of robotic devices for the chronic assistance of human function (e.g., powered prosthetics and orthotics). The group has members from five different units – Biomedical Engineering; Kinesiology; Mechanical Engineering; Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; and Psychology. Each Rehabilitation Robotics Group member directs a research laboratory developing and/or testing technologies to aid in the rehabilitation of individuals with neurological or musculoskeletal disabilities.

S.M. Wu Manufacturing Research Center

Director: Jun Ni
Affiliated Member: Albert Shih
1051 / 1100 HH Dow
Phone: 734-764-5299
Fax: 734-936-0363

The S. M. Wu Manufacturing Research Center conducts basic and applied research in manufacturing science and engineering. Its broad scope of research consists of six different research laboratories for: assembly and materials joining, dimensional measurement, drill research, in-process quality improvement, machine tools and machining, and sheet metal stamping and material forming.

Sensory Augmentation and Rehabilitation Laboratory (SARL)

Coordinator: Kathleen Sienko
1109 / 3121 GG Brown
Phone: 734-764-8308

The Sensory Augmentation and Rehabilitation Laboratory focuses on the design, development, and assessment of medical devices, especially for balance-impaired populations such as vestibular-deficient patients, patients with sensory deficits (peripheral neuropathies), and the elderly. We also study the effects of aging (and specialized balance disorders) on postural control and balance as well as the design of preventative and rehabilitative devices for these populations.

Smart Materials and Structures Laboratory

Director: Diann Brei
Affiliated Member: Jon Luntz
2203 GG Brown

The Smart Materials and Structures Laboratory designs smart structures, with particular concentration on the development of innovative actuators incorporating smart materials such as piezoelectrics, electrostrictives, and shape memory alloys. Lab researchers are interested in continuing research in actuators as well as branching out into other smart structure applications such as vibration control, shape control and health monitoring.

Soft Tissue Mechanics Laboratory

Director: Ellen Arruda
1025 / 3126 GG Brown

The Soft Tissues Mechanics Laboratory (STML) at the University of Michigan studies the soft tissues of the human body, such as skin and heart. The goal is to build on the current understanding of the mechanics of these tissues through experimentation and modeling. At this time, there is particular interest in measuring the constitutive behavior of soft tissues and in developing a better constitutive model that relates the complex structure of the tissue to its mechanical response. Research in the STML is divided into three areas: experimental investigation, constitutive modeling, and finite element simulations.

Solid State Thermal Physics Laboratory

Director: Kevin Pipe
2211A GG Brown
Phone: 734-763-6624
Fax: 734-647-3170

The Solid State Thermal Physics Laboratory conducts research in heat transfer at micro and nano size scales, especially examining electronic/optoelectronic devices and thermoelectric/thermionic effects.

Structural Dynamics and Controls Lab

Director: Kon-Well Wang
2271 GG Brown
Phone: (734) 764-8464
Fax: (734) 615-8089

The research missions of the Structural Dynamics and Controls Lab (SDCL) are to develop better understanding of the dynamic characteristics of mechanical structures, and to create novel analysis, design, and control methodologies for achieving better system performance (e.g. low vibration, high stability, high precision, etc.).

Technical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Director: David Dowling
1021 Autolab

The Technical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory is used to conduct research in a wide range of fluid mechanical and acoustic topics. It currently houses research efforts involving multi-dimensional measurements of liquid polymer flow, detection and localization of hydroacoustic sound sources in reverberant environments, and instrumentation development work for high Reynolds number wall-bounded turbulent flows.

Variable Gravity Research Laboratory

Coordinator: Bill Schultz

Research areas include buble dynamics, dryout/rewetting of heated surfaces under microgravity conditions, pool boiling curves in microgravity, and origin of the dynamic growth of vapor bubbles associated with vapor explosions.

Vibrations and Acoustics Laboratory

Coordinator: Noel Perkins
Affiliated Member: David Dowling, Karl Grosh, Kenn Oldham
1106 GG Brown / 2200 EECS
Phone: (734) 936-3824
Fax: 734-647-3170

The Vibrations and Acoustics Laboratory conducts research in vibrations, acoustics, structural dynamics, nonlinear dynamics, and wave propagation.

The Violi Group

Coordinator: Angela Violi
2024 GG Brown
Phone: 734-936-0575

The research carried in this laboratory aims to develop a multiscale computational nanoscience to study the formation and fate of nanoparticles in the environment. The use of multiscale methods, such as the Kinetic Monte Carlo technique combined with Molecular Dynamics, makes it possible to follow the transformations that occur during nanoparticle formation and their interactions with other systems in a chemically specific way, providing information on both the chemical structure and the configuration of the system (i.e. their agglomerates).

Walter E. Lay Automotive Laboratory

Coordinator: André L. Boehman
Affiliated Members: Stani Bohac, John Hoard, George Lavoie, Huei Peng, Jason Martz, David Reuss, Volker Sick, Jason Siegel, Anna Stefanopoulou, Margaret Wooldridge
2045 W. E. Lay Automotive Lab
Phone: 764-8464

True to its namesake, former Mechanical Engineering professor Walter E. Lay (BSE ME '15), the Lay Automotive Lab has supported education and research since the early 1900s. Today, the Lab's research interests are wide-ranging but generally associated with: alternative fuels, batteries, engine friction, combustion, engine controls, emissions control, fuel efficiency, laser diagnostics applied to engines, vehicular electronics design, vehicle aerodynamics and vehicle powertrain design. It encompasses 20 engine test cells, a five-bay vehicle laboratory, machine shops, and instructional and computer laboratories, including Fluid Mechanics. Michigan Engineering's proximity to Detroit -- the heart of the nation's auto industry -- has made the Lay Automotive Lab a vital contributor to industry.

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Wilson Student Team Project Center

Coordinator: Don Geister
Wilson Center Building, 2603 Draper Dr.

Description: meets a critical need by providing students with dedicated space and facilities of teams to compete nationally, 10,000 square-foot center, located behind the Francios-Xavier Bagnoud Building and adjacent to Wave Field.