Faculty Affiliates

First Name Last Namesort descending School Research Interests
Sara Adlerstein Gonzalez School for Environment and Sustainability

My main interest in research is to understand ecological processes and population dynamics of aquatic organisms at the ecosystem level, in particular those aspects that are relevant to resource management. Recently I have been investigating spatial and temporal scales needed to study the spatial distribution of fish abundance and obtain indices of abundance of fish populations in marine and freshwater ecosystems. Since fish, as other aquatic organisms, cannot be directly observed large scale population studies must rely on analysis of data from scientific surveys or commercial operations. The analysis of this information requires specialized statistical modeling. Currently my focus is in the Great Lakes.         

Peter Adriaens College of Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Areas of remediation design, microbial sensing, and sustainable industrial practice.         

Todd Allen Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (NERS)

Materials for advanced nuclear energy systems, corrosion, nuclear fuels, and nuclear policy.

John Allison College of Engineering- Materials Science & Engineering

My major research interest is in understanding the inter-relationships between processing, alloying, microstructure and properties in metallic materials – and in incorporating this knowledge into computational tools for use in research, education and engineering.  An important part of my research is development of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) tools – and thus collaborations with other computational and experimental groups are an essential element of my work.  Central to my research are investigations on the evolution of microstructures - current examples include precipitate evolution, recrystallization and grain growth and texture development in magnesium, aluminum and titanium alloys.  I am also interested in mechanical behavior of these materials, with an emphasis on development of mechanistic and phenomenological understanding of the influence of microstructure on properties such as strength, ductility and fatigue resistance.

Arvind Atreya College of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering

Combustion generated pollutants, energy and environment, industrial energy conservation and pollution prevention, and management for sustainable manufacturing         

Rohini Bala Chandran Mechanical Engineering

Thermal and fluid sciences, multiscale computational model development, radiative heat transfer, optics, chemical kinetics of heterogeneous reactions, electrochemical engineering, semiconductor physics

Mihaela Banu Mechanical Engineering

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.

Avik Basu School for Environment and Sustainability

Sustainable development in developing countries, understanding the differences between experts and laypeople in environmental decision-making, designing sustainable developments to be more acceptable to rural residents, promoting the adoption of sustainable transportation, and designing environments that simultaneously enhance individual and communal well-being.

Stuart Batterman School of Public Health: Enivornmental Health Sciences & College of Engineering: Water Resources and Environmental Engineering

Exposure assessment, human health risk and environmental impact assessment, and innovative measurement techniques for air pollutants      

Jacinta Beehner LSA Anthropology

The overarching theme of my research has been to identify situations where male and female reproduction come into conflict with one another. When animals sexually reproduce, one sex generally invests more in the production and care of offspring than another. In mammalian species, this is typically the female, due to the high costs of gestation and lactation. Such an imbalance leads to conflicting reproductive strategies for males and females – a theoretical framework known as sexual conflict. In addition to identifying these situations across mammals, I also want to understand how this conflict plays out in terms of physiology and behavior. The bulk of my research program is focused on female counterstrategies to male coercive reproductive tactics, such as infanticide. This includes strategies such as male-mediated pregnancy termination (for pregnant females) and deceptive fertility (for lactating females). Ultimately, my goal is to incorporate these strategies into evolutionary models that are able to predict social systems across mammals.

I tackle this research from an evolutionary perspective while utilizing a comparative (i.e., examining the same research question across different species) and mechanistic (i.e., assessing fecal hormone profiles) approach. My study subjects have been non-human primates (baboons, geladas, and – recently added – capuchins) living in their natural environments in Africa and the Americas. These primates provide ideal study subjects because they are highly social animals with a high degree of reproductive skew. In other words, not all animals get to reproduce equally (the primary currency for evolution), and thus my main line of inquiry is to determine why some animals are more successful at reproduction than others.

Kathleen Bergen School for Environment and Sustainability

I am an ecologist who combines field and geospatial data and methods to study the pattern and process of ecological systems. I also strive to build bridges between science and social science. What motivates my work is recognition of the complexity of the relationship of humans and ecological systems. These relationships and their emergent properties can be studied at different spatial scales and levels of organization. Knowledge gained from field studies, geospatial data, and analysis can be used to build models that help scientists and to understand the implications of human actions on the social and natural systems of which they are a part.

Thore Bergman LSA Department of Psychology & Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Dr. Bergman is interested in social behavior and social cognition from an evolutionary perspective. His research on social cognition in primates focuses on the cognitive abilities that underlie social behavior. Specifically, he looks at how dominance and family relationships structure primate social groups and then ask what do the members of these groups know about this structure? Ultimately, he is interested in the causal connections between sociality and cognition. Dr. Bergman is also interested in vocal communication, primarily as it relates to other social behaviors. How do vocalizations mediate social interactions? What social factors might favor larger vocal repertoires? Much of his research addresses sexual selection, looking at how primates assess competitors and potential mates. Recently, he has become interested in hormone-behavior interactions. He uses non-invasive hormone sampling as a way to both measure the physiological consequences of behavior and to assess potential determinants of behavior. Finally, he is interested in the ways that ecology shapes social systems and behaviors.

Dr. Bergman’s research addresses these questions in two types of free ranging primates: 1) Gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada) in Ethiopia, and 3) Capuchins (Cebus capucinus) in Costa Rica. His research involves observation, vocal recordings, hormonal and genetic sampling, as well as playback experiments.

Rosina Bierbaum School for Environment and Sustainability

Global change, air and water quality, endangered species, biodiversity, ecosystem management, endocrine disruptors, environmental monitoring, natural hazards, and energy research and development         

Andre Boehman Mechanical Engineering

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

Alex Bryan

Staff coordinator for Sustainable Food Program, linking students and operations. Supporting any sustainable food initiative on campus.

Mary Anne Carroll College of Engineering: Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, & Chemistry

Instrument development and field measurements focusing on the impacts of global change on atmospheric oxidant photochemistry and atmosphere-biosphere interactions         

Yang Chen LSA Statistics

Research interests include computational algorithms in statistical inference and applied statistics in the field of biology and astronomy.

Herek Clack Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research focuses on reducing the environmental and health impacts of a variety of airborne aerosols. Current areas of activity include:

  • Electrostatic precipitation of aerosols with particular interest in the coupling between the fluid and electric fields (i.e., electro-hydrodynamics);
  • Non-Thermal plasmas as a means for inactivating airborne infectious agents such as viruses & bacteria in ventilation air;
  • Aerosol optical properties, with emphasis on new emission sources of particulate carbon and potential contributions to atmospheric climate forcing and climate change;
  • Air toxic compounds emitted from combustion processes and their control;
  • Liquid droplet combustion, especially non-ideal behavior contributing to formation of products of incomplete combustion.
Daniel Cooper 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.

Bill Currie School for Environment and Sustainability

Ecosystem Modeling, Terrestrial Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Ecosystem Responses to Environmental Change Related to Energy Production         

Glen Daigger Civil and Environmental Engineering

Daigger’s research has focused on the fundamental science and engineering supporting the advancement of technologies and practices which have been transformational for environmental engineering. These have included topics such as wastewater nutrient removal and recovery (biological and chemical), treatment process optimization and control (particularly biological treatment systems), control of activated sludge bulking and foaming, which can be debilitating and lead to excessive treatment costs if not properly addressed, and the highly efficient coupled attached and suspended growth systems.

Raymond DeYoung School for Environment and Sustainability, Environmental Psychology and Conservation Behavior

Psychology of environmental stewardship; and the relationship among the concepts of self-interest, competence and psychological well-being    

James Diana School for Environment and Sustainability

Behavior and ecology of many temperate fishes, including muskellunge, brown trout, lake sturgeon, yellow perch, largemouth bass, and alewives. Extensive aquaculture systems in Southeast Asia, as well as expansion of aquaculture in Michigan. Conservation of natural resources, either through work on endangered species such as the Paiute trout and lake sturgeon, or through the understanding of ecologically sensitive aquaculture practice. Great Lakes ecology and restoration.          

Ivan Eastin School for Environment and Sustainability
Brian Ellis Civil and Environmental Engineering

My research interests cover topics related to the sustainable and safe development of emerging energy technologies. Included among these activities are geologic storage of CO2 and large-scale hydrualic fracturing of unconventional oil/gas reservoirs. We examine important water-rock interactions that occur in these subsurface systems through a combination of experimental studies (bench-scale high-pressure flow-through and batch reactors), imaging techniques (computed micro-tomography, SEM, XRF, XANES), and geochemical modeling. Specific topics of interest: permeability evolution in fractured geologic media, release/transport of groundwater contaminants from shale gas reservoirs, development of regulatory policy pertaining to hydraulic fracturing activities.

Tulga Ersal College of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering

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.

Jonathan Fay Center for Entrepreneurship

Jonathan currently manages the nationally acclaimed NSF Innovation-Corps program (NSF I-Corps) in the Midwest region. Jonathan is committed to increasing the diversity of future innovators. Many of the programs designed under Jonathan’s leadership at the CFE have the explicit goal of providing on-ramps into entrepreneurial ecosystems for those that come from non-traditional innovation backgrounds.

Prior to U-M, Jonathan had senior operating roles in several medical device startups in Silicon Valley. The companies ranged from infant hearing screenings, to asthma diagnostics, to hearing devices. Most recently, Jonathan was the COO/CTO of EarLens Corporation. In addition to his responsibilities as the operational head of the company, he raised capital from a variety of sources including SBIRs, angels, strategic partners, and VCs. Jonathan has over 20 patents and received his PhD in Biomechanics from Stanford.

Galen Fisher College of Engineering: Chemical Engineering

Heterogeneous catalysis, Lean NOx emissions control, Fuel Processing for Fuel Cells and Emissions Control, Three-way Catalysis, Exhaust Sensors

Robert Goodspeed Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

My research focuses on how new information technologies can be used to improve the planning process and planning outcomes, and involves mixed-methods studies of innovative urban planning practice, the use of GIS to develop novel methods, and theoretical analysis of sociotechnical practices like crowdfunding and smart cities

Carina Gronlund Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research

Carina Gronlund is an environmental epidemiologist and research assistant professor at the Institute for Social Research in the Social Environment and Health Program. In collaboration with state and Detroit government and Detroit community partners, she studies the separate and combined effects of climate change and air pollution and vulnerabilities by social, pre-existing health, and built environment characteristics. This research will help cities understand how to adapt to climate change.

She received her BA in Biology from the University of Chicago, with a specialization in Ecology and Evolution. Subsequently, she worked as a research assistant in the Clinical Trials Office at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, MI before pursing a Masters in Public Health at the University of Michigan. She completed her MPH in 2008 and then completed her PhD in 2013 in the University of Michigan Department of Environmental Health Sciences, where she was a National Institute on Aging Public Health and Aging trainee. Her dissertation focused on associations between high temperatures and hospital admissions and mortality among the elderly as well as sociodemographic and land cover characteristics that modify these associations. As a Graham Sustainability Institute Dow Postdoctoral Fellow, she studied vulnerability to the cardiovascular effects of high temperatures using longitudinal studies of cardiovascular risk from 7 U.S. cities.

Seth Guikema Industrial and Operations Engineering


  • Predictive Data Analytics


  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Urban Sustainability and Resilience

Risk Management

  • Disaster Risk Assessment
  • Risk Analysis
Gloria Helfand School for Environment and Sustainability

The incentives associated with pollution policies in a variety of contexts, the distributional effects of environmental programs, policy analysis, and a range of environmental issues         

Ian Hiskens College of Engineering: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Hiskens' research focuses on power system analysis, in particular the modelling, dynamics and control of large-scale, networked, nonlinear systems.         

Lesli Hoey A Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Food Systems Planning, International Planning, Program Evaluation

Xun Huan Mechanical Engineering

Uncertainty quantification, data-driven modeling, numerical optimization, optimal experimental design, Bayesian analysis, machine learning

Aileen Huang-Saad College of Engineering: Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

As Assistant Director of Academic Programs in the UM College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship, she is responsible for managing the Program in Entrepreneurship, teaching the capstone Entrepreneurship Course, and developing new focus areas such as Social Entrepreneurship and a Masters Program in High Tech Entrepreneurship. She also conducts research on innovative teaching methods and entrepreneurship.

Barbara Israel School of Public Health

Community Action Against Asthma
Community Action to Promote Healthy Environments
Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center
Healthy Environments Partnership
Measurement Approaches to Partnership Success

Pamela Jagger School for Environment and Sustainability

Pam Jagger is a global leader in interdisciplinary population and environment research. She is an applied political economist whose research focuses on the dynamics of poverty and environment interactions in low-income countries. She leads the interdisciplinary Forest Use, Energy, and Livelihoods (FUEL) Lab, and is the Director of the National Science Foundation funded Energy Poverty PIRE in Southern Africa (EPPSA), a 5-year collaborative program to support research and training on the topic of energy access in Southern Africa. FUEL Lab research is currently organized around three themes: environment and livelihoods, environmental governance, and energy poverty. The first theme focuses on quantifying the role of forests and the other environmental resources in household consumption and income generation, and understanding how contributions change in response to land use land cover change, implementation of conservation and development projects, and population dynamics. The second theme examines the livelihood impacts of changes in environmental governance and institutions on access to environmental goods and services. The third theme examines household energy access including understanding the effectiveness of interventions designed to mitigate energy poverty and improve access to electricity and cleaner cooking and novel research questions related to the effects of land cover and land use change on energy access and human health. Dr. Jagger has worked as a policy research scholar with the World Bank, Resources for the Future, the International Food Policy Research Institute, and the Center for International Forestry Research.

Olivier Jolliet School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences

Life cycle impact assessment, risk assessment of chemicals, prediction of the intake fraction for indoor air emissions, and new material and technological solutions for sustainability         

Andrew Jones School of Public Health, Nutritional Sciences

Andrew Jones is a public health nutritionist, interested in understanding the influence of agriculture and food systems on the nutritional status of women and children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Specifically, his research examines four major areas:

  1. how agricultural and landscape biodiversity influences diet quality and food security among smallholder farming households in LMICs;
  2. how livestock rearing impacts anemia among adolescent girls and women of reproductive age through both nutrition- and infection-related pathways;
  3. the role of food systems changes associated with the “nutrition transition” in LMICs in potentiating risk of concurrent iron deficiency and obesity, and the impacts of urbanicity and household food security in mediating these dynamics; and;
  4. the implications for food systems of aligning dietary recommendations with goals for environmental sustainability.
Douglas Kelbaugh A Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Urban design, architecture, community planning, and sustainability         

Branko Kerkez Civil and Environmental Engineering,

My goal is to enable smart water systems. My research interests include sensors, data and water.

Stephen Kesler College of Literature, Science, and the Arts: Geological Sciences

Environmental geochemistry related to the recovery and use of minerals         

Jong-Jin Kim A Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Environmental technology, green buildings, and sustainable building materials         

Nicholas Kotov Chemical Engineering

Biomimetic nanostructures, self-organization of nanocolloids, ultrastrong nanocomposites, energy materials, chiral nanostructures, implantable biomedical devices.

Christian M. Lastoskie Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Chemodynamics- what is it?  The adsorption of gases in nanoporous materials; the movement of microorganisms in aquifer media; the binding of metals onto intracellular proteins: these are all phenomena associated with chemodynamics, the study of chemical fate and transport.  Our research group investigates both theoretical and applied aspects of chemodynamics using an integrated program of molecular modeling, computer simulation and experiment.  An interconnecting theme of our work is the application of atomistic methods and statistical simulation to address a spectrum of research problems spanning chemical, biomedical and environmental engineering.

John Lee College of Engineering: Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

Nuclear reactor theory, reactor core physics and design analysis, reactor kinetics, fuel cycle analysis, reactor safety analysis, power plant simulation and control.         

Maria Carmen Lemos School for Environment and Sustainability

(a) the intersection between development and climate, especially concerning the relationship between anti-poverty programs and risk management (b) the use of technoscientific information, especially seasonal climate (El Nino forecasting) in building adaptive capacity to climate variability and change (drought planning, water management, and agriculture) in the U.S. (Great Lakes) and Latin America (Brazil, Mexico and Chile); (c) the impact of technocratic decisionmaking on issues of democracy and equity; (d) the co-production of science and policy and the role of technocrats as decisionmakers; (e) the role of popular participation in urban environmental policymaking and policymaker/client interactions; (f)U.S.-Mexico border region environmental policymaking especially regarding transboundary water conflict, environmental health, a common use of shared natural resources.

Jonathan Levine A Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning: Urban Planning

Transportation and land use planning, public transit planning and evaluation, public economics

Victor Li College of Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering, & Materials Science and Engineering

Sustainable infrastructure development, hazard mitigation and environmental improvement through materials technology         

Xiaoxia (Nina) Lin Chemical Engineering

Biological switching, microbial symbiosis, metabolic modeling and engineering, bioenergy, systems biology, synthetic biology         

Suljo Linic Chemical Engineering

Fuel cells, chiral synthesis, carbon catalysis, catalysis at nano-scales, fundamentals of surface activity and selectivity.         

Brian Love Materials Science and Engineering

Biomass conversion linked with recycling, life cycle assessments, and sustainable production methods. Here, we are focused internationally, with project ideas linked with natural fiber extraction and reprocessing.

Nancy Love Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

My research focuses on environmental biotechnology and water quality with an emphasis on engineered treatment systems. My specific interests focus on the fate of chemical stressors in these systems (e.g., toxins, pharmaceuticals, trace contaminants), the use of technologies to sense and remove these chemicals, antibiotic resistance, and on resource recovery from wastewater.         

Tom Lyon School for Environment and Sustainability & Ross School of Business

Corporate environmental strategy, government regulation of business, industrial organization, energy and the environment

Johanna Mathieu Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

My research focuses on ways to reduce the environmental impact, cost, and inefficiency of electric power systems via new operational and control strategies. I am particularly interested in developing new methods to actively engage distributed flexible resources such as energy storage, electric loads, and distributed renewable resources in power system operation. This is especially important in power systems with high penetrations of wind and solar. In my work, I use methods from a variety of fields including controls, optimization, and statistics. I am also interested in using engineering methods to inform energy policy and energy economics.

Adam Matzger College of Literature, Science & the Arts: Department of Chemistry

Organic polymers and Organic Materials; Energy Science; Materials Chemistry; Optics and Imaging; Organic Chemistry; Organometallic Chemistry; Sensor Science; Surface Chemistry; Sustainable Chemistry     

Sarah Mills Graham Sustainability Institute

As the Senior Project Manager for Graham’s Climate + Energy activities, Sarah manages UM's partnership with the Michigan Office of Climate and Energy, helping communities across the state consider energy in their land use planning, zoning, and other policymaking. Through this work, she is developing templates, case studies, and other guidance documents that can help local governments across the state set policies related to clean energy.

Sarah also conducts research at the intersection of energy policy and land use planning--especially in rural communities.  Her current work focuses on how renewable energy development impacts rural communities (positively and negatively), the disparate reactions of rural landowners to wind and solar projects, and how state and local policies facilitate or hinder renewable energy deployment.

Jeremy Moghtader

Jeremy is the Farm Manager for University of Michigan Campus Farm.

Paul Mohai School for Environment and Sustainability

Professor Mohai’s teaching and research interests are focused on environmental justice, public opinion and the environment, and influences on environmental policy making. He is a founder of the Environmental Justice Program at the University of Michigan and a major contributor to the growing body of quantitative research examining disproportionate environmental burdens and their impacts on low income and people of color communities. In 1990, he co-organized with Dr. Bunyan Bryant the “Michigan Conference on Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards”, which was credited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as one of two events bringing the issue of Environmental Justice to the attention of the Agency. He is author or co-author of numerous articles, books, and reports focused on race and the environment, including “Environmental Racism: Reviewing the Evidence”, “Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards”, “Toxic Waste and Race at Twenty”, and “Which Came First, People or Pollution?”. His current research involves national level studies examining the causes of environmental disparities and the role environmental factors play in accounting for racial and socioeconomic disparities in health. Through a grant from the Kresge Foundation, he is also examining pollution burdens around public schools and the links between such burdens and student performance and health.

Michael Moore School for Environment and Sustainability: Environmental Economics

Economic analysis of environmental and natural resource policies; economic aspects of biodiversity and species conservation; and consumption of environmentally-friendly products         

Joan Nassauer School for Environment and Sustainability

Human preferences and behavior in relation alternative landscape patterns and management.regimes and associated ecosystem services. Design techniques for contributing to transdisciplinary research and policy development.         

Mojitaba (Moji) Navvab A Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning: Architecture

Daylight, electric light, architectural technology, building energy efficiency, energy modeling and simulation, environmental control systems, and PV systems         

Richard Norton Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Chair of Urban and Regional Planning: Environmental Planning, Sustainable Development, Land Use & Planning Law, Coastal Area Resource Management, Planning Theory, and research methods

Marie O'Neill School of Public Health

Cardiovascular mechanisms for air pollution health effects

Climate change, weather and health

Environmental equity and susceptible populations

Environmental exposure assessment

Air pollution, temperature and health in Latin American cities

Lynda Oswald Stephen M. Ross School of Business: Business Law

Property and environmental law issues, particularly issues relating to land use law, regulatory takings, and environmental liability         

Panos Papalambros Mechanical Engineering

Design optimization; large scale system synthesis; automotive systems design, including hybrid vehicles; eco-design; product design.         

Shobita Parthasarathy Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy

Shobita Parthasarathy’s research focuses on the governance of potentially transformative science and technology in comparative perspective. To date, much of her work has focused on the ethical, social, political, and legal dimensions of the new life sciences.

Huei Peng College of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering

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.         

Ivette Perfecto School for Environment and Sustainability

Major research interest involves biological diversity in agrecosystems. Research focuses on the effects of agricultural intensification and its impact on biodiversity and pest control ecosystem services. Another aspect of the research relates to urban agriculture and arthropod mediated ecosystem services. Most of this research is conducted in Mexico, Puerto Rico and Michigan. More general interest is related to sustainable agriculture and food sovereignty in Latin America.

Thomas Princen School for Environment and Sustainability

Ecological and social sustainability, over consumption, sufficiency, ecological economy, institutional design, business and environment, and transnational relations         

Barry Rabe Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy: Public Policy & College of Literature, Science and the Arts: Environment

Political feasibility of pollution prevention and subnational governmental capacity to anticipate policy challenges posed by global warming         

Lutgarde Raskin College of Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor Raskin works on a variety of biological water and wastewater treatment processes.         

Richard Robertson College of Engineering: Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Current research interests range from the molecular dynamics of mechanical relaxation of polymers to the high-speed, low-cost manufacturing of fiber composite structures and includes fracture processes in polymers and composites and failure analysis. Related to mechanical relaxation is the physical aging of polymer glasses. The nature of molecular motion in polymer glasses and the parameters that control the kinetics of physical aging are being studied. The goal is to be able to predict aging rates at normal service temperatures where experimental measurements would take too long. Current study of fracture processes ranges from fundamental studies of the mechanisms of crack propagation in brittle materials to the use of fracture in fiber composite structures for crash energy absorption. Research into high-speed, low-cost fiber composite structure manufacturing involves several problems of the "liquid molding" process, in which liquid resin is injected into a closed mold containing a fiber preform. The problems being studied are the design and manufacture of the fiber preform and the displacement of air and the wetting of the fibers by the injected resin. A related problem being studied is the repair of such composite structures after damage         

Kazuhiro Saitou Dept Mechanical Engineering

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.

Johannes Schwank College of Engineering: Chemical Engineering

Fundamental and applied research in heterogeneous catalysis, thin films, and chemical sensors         

Albert Shih Dept Mechanical Engineering

Design and manufacturing; biomedical device design; biomedical manufacturing; medical innovation; surgical thermal management; machining of advanced engineering materials; micro manufacturing; precision engineering; optical metrology.

Donald Siegel Mechanical Engineering

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

Carl Simon School of Public Policy: Mathematics and Economics

His research interests center around mathematical models which involve natural dynamics or motion over time.         

Steven Skerlos College of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering & Civil and Environmental Engineering

Environmental and Sustainable Technology (EAST) systems; life cycle product and process optimization; and pollution prevention in manufacturing         

Anna Stefanopoulou Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research Topics:
Energy Storage Fuels and Combustion Transportation Energy

Anna G. Stefanopoulou is the Director of the Energy Institute, and the William Clay Ford Professor of Manufacturing at the University of Michigan. She has been on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering since 2000. She obtained her Diploma (1991, Nat. Tech. Univ. of Athens, Greece) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and her Ph.D. (1996, University of Michigan) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She served as the Director of the Automotive Research Center a multi-university U.S. Army Center of Excellence in Modeling and Simulation of Ground Vehicles (2009-2018). She was an assistant professor (1998-2000) at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a technical specialist (1996-1997) at Ford Motor Company where she developed nonlinear and multivariable models and controllers for advanced engines; her algorithms were implemented and tested in experimental vehicles.

She has been recognized as a Fellow of three different societies; the ASME (08), IEEE (09), and SAE (18). She is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the ASME Dynamics Systems and Control Division and the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society. She is the Founding Chair of the ASME DSCD Energy Systems Technical Committee and a member of a U.S. National Research Council committee on the 2025 US. Light Duty Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards. She is a recipient of the 2017 IEEE Control System Technology award, the 2012 College of Engineering Research Award, the 2009 ASME Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award, a 2008 Univ. of Michigan Faculty Recognition award, the 2005 Outstanding Young Investigator by the ASME DSC division, a 2005 Henry Russel award, a 2002 Ralph Teetor SAE educational award, a 1997 NSF CAREER award and selected as one of the 2002 world’s most promising innovators from the MIT Technology Review.

She has co-authored a book, 20 US patents, and more than 250 publications (5 of which have received awards) on estimation and control of internal combustion engines and electrochemical processes such as fuel cells and batteries.

Jeffrey Stein Mechanical Engineering

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.

Samuel Stolper School for Environment and Sustainability

Sam Stolper is an environmental and energy economist. His research, teaching, and writing are aimed at the design and implementation of environmental policy that is both efficient and equitable. He teaches courses on this subject to graduate students at SEAS as well as undergraduates in the Program in the Environment (PitE). Prior to joining SEAS, Sam was a postdoctoral associate at MIT, jointly through the Department of Economics and the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR).

Jing Sun Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Control system development and optimization for marine and automotive propulsion systems, with in-depth experience and expertise on system modeling, identification, control algorithm development and integration, control system rapid prototyping and experimental validation. Modeling, control and optimization of fuel cell systems and fuel cell based combined heat and power (CHP) systems, emphasis on transient 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 applications to marine and automotive systems. Methodologies and tools for developing and managing complex dynamic control systems with interactive subsystems and constraints.         

Alan Taub Materials Science and Engineering

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.

I am also the Senior Technology Advisor for LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow) which is a new lightweight metals manufacturing innovation institute.  LIFT is a $150M public-private partnership developing new manufacturing processes for lightweight metals (AHSS, Al, Mg, Ti).  The Institute is located in Detroit, MI and conducts research on industry-relevant applications with LIFT members from academia, industry and federal laboratories.

Levi Thompson College of Engineering: Chemical Engineering

Fuel processing catalysts, fuel cells, and nanostructured films         

Geoffrey Thun Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning

Thün's research and creative practice ranges in scale from that of the regional territory and the city, to high performance buildings, to full-scale prototype-based work exploring responsive and kinetic envelopes that mediate energy, atmosphere, and social space. These operational scales are tied together through a methodology that entails a complex systems approach; one that assembles around each project a multiplicity of actors, forces and contexts and leverages these multivalent and sometimes contradictory agents towards integrated and synthetic design work.

Joseph Trumpey School of Art and Design

Trumpey's teaching focuses on experiential observation, drawing connections with the natural world.

John Vandermeer Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

I. Nonlinear dynamics, especially as applied to population models. Analytical and theoretical models of coupled predator/prey dynamical systems. Intransitive loops and the structure of communities.

II. Ecology of multidimensional agroecological systems -- intercropping systems and agroforestry systems in Tropical America, field work in Mexico amd Puerto Rico. The focus is on the role of biodiversity in the functioning of agroecosystems, especially the multispecies systems so common in tropical areas. Currently very active in the study of the ecology of the coffee rust disease.

III. Dynamics of biodiversity destruction and conservation -- socioeconomic and political analysis of neotropical conversion. Focus is on the quality of the matrix within which patches of natural habitat occur.  Includes sociopolitical as well as ecological forces involved in current debates about biodiversity conservation.

Runzi Wang School for Environment and Sustainability

Her research interest is to apply data science (particularly machine learning and remote sensing) in landscape planning and design. Her research areas include low impact development, water quality models, monitoring and predicting landscape change, and predictive models under alternative planning scenarios. She is also a landscape architect, with the focus on ecological design and data visualization. She teaches site engineering and ecological design studio.

Henry Wang College of Engineering: Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

Ecologically compatible bio-manufacturing processes         

Gary Was College of Engineering: Materials Science and Engineering

Major research interests center on radiation materials science and environmental effects on metals, including stress corrosion cracking, high temperature corrosion and hydrogen embrittlement. Current work in the area of stress corrosion cracking focuses on the determination of the mechanism of intergranular cracking in austenitic alloys in high temperature aqueous solutions with emphasis on the role of grain boundary structure, chemistry and deformation. Ion irradiation and stress corrosion cracking are linked through an investigation of the mechanism of irradiation in the assisted stress corrosion cracking of core components in nuclear reactors, by using proton irradiation to study the effects of neutron irradiation. Other current projects are on stress corrosion cracking in supercritical water, oxidtion of nickel-base alloys in very high temperature, impure He gas and irradiation creep of pyrolytic carbon.         

Glenn Wilcox Taubman College of Architecture

His research agenda focuses on the production of architecture as a technological and cultural artifact, with a specific interest in leveraging the power of computationally-based design and numerically-controlled machines towards new methodologies, materials, and systems of production.

Julia Wondolleck School for Environment and Sustainability

Environmental Dispute Resolution, Collaborative Ecosystem Management         

Ralph Yang Chemical Engineering

Nanostructured Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications:

New Adsorbents: for Air Separation, Natural Gas upgrading, CO2 Capture, “Direct Air Capture”, Biogas separation, Gas Storage (Hydrogen, Methane, etc.), Diffusion in Zeolites, and Cyclic Adsorption Processes (PSA and TSA)

Environmental Catalysis: New and improved catalysts for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with NH3 (NH3-SCR) and with H2 (H2-SCR), Low-temperature NH3-SCR.

Ji Zhu LSA Department of Statistics

His research interests include statistical learning, high-dimensional data and statistical network analysis. He is also interested in applications in medicine, computational biology, engineering, physics and business. Professor Zhu received a CAREER award from the NSF in 2008 and was elected a member of ISI in 2010 and a fellow of ASA in 2013.

Michaela Zint School for Environment and Sustainability & School of Education

Environmental and sustainability education, and risk communication