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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Aerospace Engineering

Aerodynamics, turbulent flows, computational fluid dynamics, propulsion, turbulent combustion, laser diagnostics, optimal structural design, composite analysis and measurements, fracture mechanics, microstructure measurements and analysis, active materials, trajectory optimization, spacecraft dynamics and control, control of flexible structures, aeroelasticity; control theory and applications, including optimal, digital, collaborative and robust control; flight management, avionics, space borne imaging system design, unmanned air vehicles, unmanned ground vehicles.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomaterials, biomaterial interfaces, artificial organs, drug delivery and therapeutics, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, biomolecular machines, biomembranes, bio-nanotechnology, bio-mems, electrical biophysics, neural engineering, biomedical imaging, biomedical optics, biomedical ultrasonics, MRI, biomechanics, biofluidics and microfluidics, tissue mechanics, biomedical computation and modeling, ergonomics and rehabilitation engineering.

Chemical Engineering

Adsorption, biotechnology, catalysis, cellular bioengineering, complex fluids, separations, reaction engineering, simulation and mathematical modeling, environmental engineering, colloids and interfaces, energy, environment, flow in porous media, fluid mechanics, life science, materials processing, nanostructured materials, process control, sensing, microelectronic materials, electrochemical engineering, polymers, pharmaceutical engineering.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advanced sensing and computing technologies, augmented and virtual reality, cement-based composites, climate change, construction materials, construction engineering and management, context-aware computing, earthquake engineering, energy systems engineering, environmental and water resources engineering, environmental biotechnology, environmental sustainability, geotechnical engineering, hazardous waste management, hydraulics and hydrologic engineering, infrastructure engineering, materials and highway engineering, multifunctional materials, nutrient cycling, self-sensing and multifunctional materials, structural engineering, structural health monitoring, sustainable infrastructure design, and water & waste water engineering.

Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering

Earth system science, climate modeling, regional climate, Radiative transfer, biogeochemical cycles; Meteorology, air pollution meteorology, mesoscale meteorology; Remote sensing, microwave remote sensing, optical remote sensing; Planetary atmospheres and space environments, planetary magnetospheres; Comets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn; Space plasmas, solar and heliospheric physics, Magnetospheric physics, aeronomy, ionosphere and thermosphere, interstellar medium, cosmic rays and solar energetic particles; High energy density physics, radiation hydrodynamics; Space weather, numerical magnetohydrodynamics, modeling of the Sun-Earth system; High-performance numerical simulations, computational frameworks, computational fluid dynamics; Scientific instrumentation, space instrumentation, mass spectrometry, time-of-flight instruments, systems engineering; K-12 outreach, instructional technologies.

Computer Science and Computer Engineering

Computer Science and Engineering: Advanced computer hardware systems, VLSI design, low power computing, artificial intelligence, rational decision making, intelligent robotics, autonomous robot learning, cognitive modeling, natural language processing, and human-computer interaction, software systems and real-time technologies, educational technology, collaborative computing, compiler design, information retrieval and database systems, data mining, social networks, wired and wireless networks, mobile computing, network security, real-time and embedded systems, finite model theory, complexity theory, parallel computing.

Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering

Computer Science and Engineering: Advanced computer hardware systems, VLSI design; artificial intelligence, rational decision making, machine learning, cognitive modeling, natural language processing, and human-computer interface; software systems and real-time technologies, collaborative computing, compiler design, information retrieval and database systems, wired and wireless network protocols, network security, real-time and embedded systems; finite model theory, complexity theory, parallel computing. Electrical Engineering: solid state electronics and sensors, microelectronics, micromechanics, nanotechnologies; electromagnetics, remote sensing, terahertz devices, RF integrated circuit design, antennae; optics, holography, optical information processing, quantum optoelectronics, ultrafast optical science, VLSI design. Electrical Engineering - Systems: control, automotive powertrain control, manufacturing systems, robotics; communications, digital modulation, channel coding, source coding; signal processing, wavelets and time-frequency distributions, image and video coding, medical imaging, signal detection and target tracking, parameter estimate and bounds.

Engineering - Graduate, Other

Graduate Programs: Macromolecular Science and Engineering; Interdisciplinary Professional Programs (IPP): Automotive Engineering, Energy Systems, Financial Engineering, Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering, Integrated Microsystems, Manufacturing Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Program in Manufacturing (PIM).

Industrial and Operations Engineering

Operations research, linear and nonlinear optimization, stochastic processes, control of stochastic systems, production and manufacturing systems analysis, facility design, materials handling, health systems engineering, production/distribution/logistics, sequencing and scheduling, equipment replacement, physical and cognitive ergonomics, human factors, human-computer interaction, occupational safety, process optimization, computational methods, quality engineering, engineering management, financial engineering, supply chain management, enterprise systems.

Materials Science and Engineering

Nano materials, structural metals, organic conductors, biomaterials, polymers, ceramics, electronic materials, compound semiconductors, optical materials, materials synthesis, processing and manufacturing, mechanical behavior of materials, surface modification, theoretical modeling and computer simulation, materials characterization, materials chemistry and physics.

Mechanical Engineering

Biomechanics, dynamics, vibrations, computational mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, fire and combustion, design, manufacturing, environmental impact of manufacturing, materials, solid mechanics, systems and control, microelectromechanical systems, materials processing, reconfigurable machining systems, automotive engineering, laser-aided manufacturing, haptics, microfluidics, nanotechnology, environmental design, energy conversion systems, smart materials, tissue engineering.

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

System and structural reliability, nonlinear seakeeping analysis, analysis of advanced propulsors, remote sensing and autonomous vehicles, nearshore coastal hydrodynamics, design and analysis of offshore structures, offshore mooring system dynamics, dynamic positioning, computer-aided marine design, free-form surface design, wave mechanics, turbulent flow, ice mechanics, advanced ship production planning, and small-craft resistance and dynamics, marine environmental monitoring, underwater autonomous vehicles, fuel cell technology, multi-AUV cooperative navigation, underwater image processing, electric ship technology and control.

Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

Fission engineering: reactor physics, radiation transport, reactor safety, reactor design and analysis, computational methods and thermal-hydraulics; materials: reactor materials, environmental effects on materials, ion beam processing, radioactive waste materials; plasma physics and nuclear fusion: plasma-assisted processing, intense electron beam accelerators, laser-plasma interactions; radiation measurements: radiation detection and imaging, detector development; radiation safety, environmental sciences and medical physics: radiotherapy, nuclear medicine, radioactive waste management, radiological health engineering.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Active Aeroelasticity and Structures Research Laboratory

The Active Aeroelasticity and Structures Research Laboratory (A2SRL) is committed to advance the field of aerospace structures, particularly related to aerodynamic-structure-control and their interactions through research and education. A2SRL current research focuses on aeroelastic structures, active structures, and structural health monitoring applied to atmospheric and space flying vehicles. Theoretical, numerical, and experimental studies are conducted in especially dedicated experimental and computational facilities. A2SRL also houses a hover test stand facility designed and built to test up to 10-ft diameter Mach-scale active helicopter rotors, a 3'x6' high-temperature computer-controlled autoclave, and a high-frequency laser scanning vibrometer among other specialized equipment.

Advanced Ceramics Research, Laboratory for

The mission of the Advanced Ceramics Research Laboratory is to develop novel ceramic materials and advanced fabrication methods.

Advanced Civil Engineering Materials Research Laboratory

The mission of the Advanced Civil Engineering Materials Research Laboratory is to develop advanced high performance materials for large volume low cost civil engineering applications. Special focus is placed on micromechanics based design of strain-hardening cementitious composites, green and durable materials for sustainable infrastructure. The Laboratory conducts interdisciplinary strategic research in partnership with government and industry.

Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory

The Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory (ACAL) serves as the focal point for an interdisciplinary program of research that includes the theory, design, programming, and applications of advanced computer systems. The Laboratory has an extensive network of advanced workstations and advanced test and design equipment to support its activities in experimental research. In addition, it has access to a number of state-of-the-art experimental parallel computers.

Advanced Computing, Center for

The mission of the Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) is to serve as the nexus for research and education in scientific computing at the University of Michigan. Its goals are to foster community among students, faculty and staff with interests in high-end computing, and to serve their high-end computing needs. The CAC administers the doctoral program in Scientific Computing, and houses and maintains several large parallel machines for use of the scientific computing community at Michigan.

Advanced High Temperature Alloys, Laboratory for

The Laboratory for Advanced High Temperature Alloys conducts research on the processing and properties of high temperature structural alloys. Materials systems of interest include nickel-based alloys, intermetallics and composites. Current projects focus on fundamental aspects of plastic deformation at low and high temperatures, solute-induced instabilities during directional solidification of single crystals and the influence of cold-crucible type investment casting processes on microstructure development and mechanical properties of intermetallics.

Air Quality Laboratory

In recent years the Air Pollution Modeling and Monitoring Laboratory has been involved in field studies for urban ozone, acid precipitation, and atmospheric toxics. It has also been responsible for the development and evaluation of air quality modeling techniques for urban to regional air pollution issues. Research volume for this Laboratory exceeds $500,000 per year with significant support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and industrial sponsors.

Aluminum Metallurgy and Processing, Center for

The Center for Aluminum Metallurgy and Processing (CAMP) is an interdisciplinary center aimed at enhancing the use of aluminum alloys through research along several fronts: the physical and mechanical metallurgy of aluminum alloys, their processing to a variety of conventional and non-conventional product forms, their forming and joining to fabricate components, and to invent alloys and composites with superior structural properties.

Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Laboratory is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of researchers conducting theoretical, experimental, and applied investigations of intelligent systems. Current projects include research in rational decision making, multiagent systems, computational game theory, cognitive modeling, machine learning, reinforcement learning, autonomous robot learning, sensing and perception, computer vision, automated planning, natural language processing, information retrieval, collaboration technology, and human-computer interfaces.

Atmospheric Sci. and Environmental Research, Laboratory for

The Laboratory for Atmospheric Science and Environmental Research (LASER) provides an education and research environment to examine a wide range of issues in the atmospheric sciences. Among LASER's broad areas of expertise are: atmospheric chemistry, climate modeling, global change research, atmospheric kinetics, air quality modeling, and pedagogic developments for all levels of atmospheric studies. Staff associated with this laboratory have research interests in: regional and urban air pollution, chemical kinetics, radiative transfer, remote sensing, aerosol-cloud-climate interactions, atmospheric dynamics, and global scale modeling of atmospheric and aerosol chemistry. In addition, LASER's advanced climate modeling computational effort is building to develop a high resolution computational framework for advanced climate simulation.

Atomic-scale Design of Electronics Materials

The Laboratory for Atomic-Scale Design of Electronic Materials is developing strategies for manipulating and identifying atoms in order to tailor new nanostructured materials and devices, as well as to examine the mechanisms of several fundamental processes at the nanoscale, including strain relaxation, alloy formation, diffusion, and segregation; and correlations between microstructure and electronic, magnetic, and optical properties.

Automated Modeling Laboratory

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.

Automation and Mechanical Structures, Laboratory for

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

Automotive Research Center

The Automotive Research Center (ARC) is a University of Michigan led, U.S. Army RDECOM Center of Excellence founded in 1994 to advance the state-of-the-art modeling and simulation of military and civilian vehicles. The Automotive Research Center (ARC) is the research module of the Army's National Automotive Center (NAC), and provides both educational opportunities and a unique cooperative partnership among the military, academia and the automotive industry. Current ARC University partners include Alaska-Fairbanks, Clemson, Iowa, Oakland, Tennessee, Wayne State, and Wisconsin-Madison. Research areas include: intelligent vehicle dynamics and control, human centered design simulation, high performance structures and materials, advanced and hybrid propulsion systems, and integrated system design and simulation.

Automotive Structural Durability Simulation Center

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.

Bioelectromagnetism Laboratory

The Bioelectromagnetism Laboratory purpose is to investigate the interactions of high power non-ionizing radiation (ultrawideband (UWB) radio-frequency and microwaves) with biological cells. A major application being explored in this lab is ultrawideband radiation-enhanced chemotherapy of cancer cells. Major equipment includes a 10's MW ultrawideband generator, antenna system, 4 GHz digital data acquisition system, biohood and incubator.

Biofluid Mechanics Research Laboratory

The Biofluid Mechanics Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan engages in a variety of scientific endeavors which have, as a common base, the underlying principles of fluid mechanics and transport processes. Its work involves investigations of the respiratory, cardiovascular, and ocular systems using both experimental (bench top and animal) and theoretical (analytical and computational) approaches. Members of the group work on both fundamental fluid mechanics problems, usually motivated by the physiological application, and on medical applications, often in collaboration with clinical investigators. In many instances combining both experimentation and theory allows an understanding of experimental data in a mechanistic framework, as well as prediction/suggestion and evaluation of new treatment modalities to the medical community. As evidence of the lab's broad approach, its work is supported by agencies which span a variety of scientific communities - National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, NASA and the Whitaker Foundation.

Biologic Nanotechnology, Center for

The Center for Biologic Nanotechnology brings together the multiple disciplines necessary to develop nanotechnology from conception through human trials. It creates and nurtures a collaborative environment, which fosters true scientific exchange between otherwise disparate laboratories, from multiple schools within the University. The Center provides an environment where young scientists can be trained in the multiple skills necessary to succeed as nanotechnologists in the new century.

Biologically-Inspired, Anistropic Flexible Wing for Optimal Flapping Flight

Started in August 2007 as a five-year project, this MURI investigation utilizes the insight gained from biological flight and focuses on hovering and forward flight modes of micro air vehicles (MAVs) with an emphasis on the instrinsically unsteady environment due to wind gust and flapping motion. The targeted parameters overlap those of bumblebees, hawkmoths, and hummingbirds that will provide biological guidance for the research. Anistropic structures are typically observed in natural flyer wings, and will be of central interest in our investigation, in particular passive shape control for lift enhancement. Specifically, the following aspects are being focused on: Learn from biology, Flapping kinematics and lift enhancement mechanisms, Wind gust and multiple time scales due to flapping, Nonlinear fluid-anisotropic structure interactions, Information and vision characterization.

Biomaterials and Biomechanics of Hard Tissue Laboratory

The Biomaterials and Biomechanics of Hard Tissue Laboratory studies biomaterials, biomechanics, and interfacial phenomena related to mineralized tissues and mineralized tissue replacement.

Biomechanics Research Laboratory

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.

Biomedical Optics Laser Laboratory

The Biomedical Optics Laser Laboratory performs research in biomedical optical diagnostics involving developing and applying laser-based methods of spectroscopy and imaging to noninvasively probe the complex living systems found in biology and medicine.

Biomedical Ultrasonics Laboratory

The Biomedical Ultrasonics Laboratory conducts basic and translational research to reveal mechanism involved in various aspects of ultrasound interaction with biological systems from cells to organs and to develop innovative technologies for precisely controlling such interaction for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. The primary objective is the development of new approaches to diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. Current projects include ultrasound technologies for mechanical and thermal tissue ablation therapy for cancer and cardiovascular diseases, ultrasound mediated drug and gene delivery, as well as quantitative ultrasound imaging for tumor detection.

Biomembrane Laboratory

The Biomembrane Laboratory explores arrays of micro-/nanopores for parallel precoding of the activity of ion channel proteins in lipid bilayers, engineering artificial ion channels, ultrasensitive biomimetic sensors with two fold amplification, juxtaposed lipid bilayers for electrophysiological recordings of gap junctions, and biosensors based on artificial synapses.

Biotransport Laboratory

The Biotransport Laboratory investigates a variety of biomedical phenomena, and the underlying fundamental biofluid mechanics and biotransport. Primary research areas include gas embolotherapy, biological micro- and nano-fluidics, artificial lungs, liquid ventilation, and cardiovascular mechanics.

Cell, Matrix and Tissue Engineering Laboratory

The Cell, Matrix and Tissue Engineering Laboratory focuses on the use of extracellular environments to control cell function. Our work involves characterizing cell-matrix interactions and developing new biomaterials for directing tissue regeneration. A main area of current interest is the use of composite protein matrices in cardiovascular, neural, and orthopaedic tissue engineering.

Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics Laboratory

The CMBL pursues a number of projects aimed at investigating the mechanics of sub-cellular structures at the nanometer scale, in addition to developing tools to enable such studies.

Cellular Engineering & Nano-Therapeutics Laboratory

The activites in the Cellular Engineering & Nano- Therapeutics Laboratory include: rational design/synthesis of novel biomaterials for drug and gene delivery applications; molecular engineering of oral "biomimetic" drug delivery systems; and development of "smart" polymer therapeutics; applications of nanotechnology in biology and medicine.

Center for Operations Science in Engineering (COSinE)

The Center for Operations Science in Engineering (COSinE) studies operations processes to develop the underlying science of operations and employs this knowledge about these processes ("operations science"), modeling, and mathematics to design, engineer, and improve the operations of systems and enterprises.

Center for Radiative Shock Hydrodynamics (CRASH)

The Center for Radiative Shock Hydrodynamics (CRASH) was established in 2008 through a $17 million cooperative agreement from the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Office of Advanced Simulation and Computing. With this agreement, CRASH is advancing predictive science in the nationally important area of radiation hydrodynamics (RH) via a unified, multi-prong approach.

To substantially improve the ability to do predictive simulations of high - energy - density and astrophysical flows, Center researchers are:
• Developing a software framework for RH to serve as a testbed for development, verification and validation of RH modeling elements.
• Developing a system for hierarchically validating the software framework.
• Extending an existing experimental effort, centered on radiative shocks, to obtain data and quantify uncertainties in the experiments.
• Simulating experiments and quantifying their accuracy.
• Establishing a doctoral program for Predictive Science and Engineering.

Center for Space Environment Modeling (CSEM)

During the last decade, a tightly integrated interdisciplinary group of faculty and students from the Departments of Aerospace Engineering; Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences (AOSS); and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) developed the first high-performance computational models of the space environment using modern numerical algorithms and adaptive mesh refinement. The group has been consistently successful in winning high-profile major awards from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Department of Defense to develop new computational technologies for space environment modeling. In order to provide an intellectual identity and increase the visibility of this successful grassroots initiative, these faculty have formed the Center for Space Environment Modeling (CSEM).

Combustion and Synthesis Kinetics & Diagnostics Laboratory

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.

Communications and Signal Processing Laboratory

The Communications and Signal Processing Laboratory's areas of specialization include digital modulation, channel coding, source coding, information theory, optical communications, detection and estimation, spread spectrum communication, and multi-user communications and networks. Signal processing research projects include fast algorithms, inverse scattering, wavelets and time-frequency distributions, image and video coding, medical imaging, signal detection and target tracking, parameter estimation and bounds, musical instrument sound synthesis and analysis.

Compliant Systems Design Laboratory

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).

Composite Structures Laboratory

The Composite Structures Laboratory was established in 1988 by the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Its activities involve research and training of graduate and undergraduate students in the Static and Dynamic Behavior of Structures made of Advanced Composite Materials. During the last decade, research projects have been funded by the NASA Langley Research Center, The AFOSR, The ARO, the ARL and the NSF. In addition, funds have also been received from various industries, most notably the USCAR and its allied industrial partners. Most activities are conducted in the basement of the FXB Building and spans several laboratory rooms designed for different types of experiments.

Compound Semiconductor Nanostructures, Laboratory for

The Laboratory for Compound Semiconductor Nanostructures?conducts research on the growth and characterization of thin films of III-V semiconductors for a variety of applications. Specific areas of interest are in the interaction of defects with strain relaxation, morphological evolution, and compositional uniformity. Films are grown using Molecular Beam Epitaxy, and characterized using atomic resolution Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. Self assembly of nanostructures and formation of defect arrays are directed using in situ Focused Ion Beams.

Computational Materials Research and Education, Center for

The Center for Computational Materials Research and Education (CCMRE) fosters interdisciplinary and innovation research in computational materials science at the University of Michigan. Faculty in the CCMRE are leaders in the development and application of cutting-edge scale-spanning simulation methods for materials research, and educate and train students in computational methods for the simulation of materials phenomena ranging from electronic structure to macroscopic properties. The CCMRE provides the infrastructure, including desktop and graphics workstations, massively parallel computer clusters, and team laboratory space, for collaborative research between groups that specialize in a variety of computational methodologies. The CCMRE involves faculty from several departments, and includes the Soft Materials and Nanoscale Systems Simulation Laboratory, Molecular and Structural Dynamics Laboratory (MSDL), and Non-Equilibrium Materials Processes Laboratory.

Computational Mechanics Laboratory

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 Nanoscience and Soft Matter Simulation, Laboratory for

The Laboratory for Computational Nanoscience and Soft Matter Simulation investigates complex processes in soft materials and nanoscale systems using state-of-the-art molecular, mesoscale and multiscale simulation methods. Theory and simulation are used to study self-assembly of nanoparticle and colloidal building blocks. Current project areas include nanoscale assembly in hybrid organic/inorganic nanomaterials, bio-inspired assembly, building block assembly for nanocomputing, nano-electronics, and solar energy applications, and structure and dynamics of supercooled liquids and glasses.

Computational Reacting Flows Laboratory

The Computational Reacting Flows Laboratory explores diverse high-fidelity numerical modeling approaches to fundamental and practical combustion and reacting flow systems that are applicable to internal combustion engines, gas turbines, micro-combustors, and fuel reformers for fuel cells. The Laboratory is equipped with a 24-CPU Linux cluster based on Intel Pentium 4 processors, and a number of serial workstations for large-scale simulations.

Concrete Pavement Performance, Center for

Center for Concrete Pavement Performance conducts research on concrete pavements and materials to determine causes of varying pavement performance for Michigan's road condition of heavy truck loading and severe environment (wet and freezing). The Center for Concrete Pavement Performance develops: (1) performance-based specifications for pavement types and life-cycle cost;? (2) pavement warranty assurance and control;? (3) effective pavement rehabilitation methods.

Confocal Microscopy Laboratory

Confocal microscopy is a cutting edge imaging technique that has long been a primary research tool in the life sciences arena. The Confocal Microscopy Laboratory facility is used to enhance and explore the effect of flow on complex fluids. Applications of the work are in such diverse areas as nanocomposites for automotive materials, DNA conformation for human genome mapping and colloidal gels for advanced material, such as optical filters.

Constellation University Institutes Project

The Constellation University Institutes Project (CUIP) is a consortium of approximately 20 universities in the United States working through a cooperative agreement with NASA to focus on addressing key technical challenges of the NASA Constellation Program. To this end, the portfolio of CUIP is comprised of the following key technical areas, or virtual institutes (Vis): Thrust Chamber Assemblies (TCA), Propellant Storage and Delivery (PSD), Reentry Aerothermodynamics (RA), Structures and Materials for Extreme Environments (SMEE), Systems Engineering and Integration (SEI). NASA centers heavily involved in Constellation application of these technical areas are engaged in extensive technical collaboration with the university researchers through research tasks. This collaboration is integrated within the Constellation Program and occurs for Constellation Program Level II Offices, The Crew Launch Vehicle Project, The Crew Exploration Vehicle Project, The Lunar Lander Project, and other Constellation Projects that are established over the course of the program.

Control Systems Laboratory

Faculty study fundamental properties of dynamical systems and develop algorithms to modify their behavior through control in order to satisfy performance objectives. Numerous system models are employed, including linear, nonlinear, stochastic, discrete event and queuing models. The faculty work on a wide variety of application projects, including automotive powertrain control, manufacturing systems, communication networks, robotics and aerospace systems.

Creep and Fatigue Laboratory

The Creep and Fatigue Laboratory houses constant load creep instrumentation with temperature capability from 125 ?C to 1000?C, instrumentation for stress relaxation and bolt load retention studies, conventional servo-hydraulic fatigue equipment and new ultrasonic fatigue instrumentation that operates at 20 kHz and allows the study of very high cycle fatigue behavior. ?Research in the laboratory investigates structure/mechanical property relationships to understand the creep and fatigue behavior of a wide range of structural materials, including magnesium, aluminum and titanium alloys for automotive and aerospace applications.

CUOS Biomedical Group Laboratory

The CUOS Biomedical Group Laboratory (MGL) applies ultrafast optical technologies to a wide range of biomedical applications. Particular emphasis is placed on ophthalmic applications with strong ties to the Department of Ophthalmology in the Medical School. It is housed in the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science.

Dimensional Measurement and Control in Manuf., Center for

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.

Direct Brain Interface Laboratory

The Direct Brain Interface Laboratory explores surface recordings of neurological signals in the brain and synthetic systems for remote activation based on these signals.

Discrete Design Optimization Laboratory (d*)

Discrete Design Optimization Laboratory (d*) conducts research on state-of-the-art computational approaches to mechanical design, with strong emphasis on the discrete modeling of product and processes tailored for the application domains.

Dynamic Systems Optimization Laboratory

The Dynamic Systems Optimization Laboratory (DSOL) is a multi-disciplinary research laboratory involving faculty members from the College of Engineering. It conducts research on dynamic systems, optimization theory and other applications involving sequential decision making over time. Examples of current research topics include: intelligent transportation systems (ITS), asset acquisition and retirement, complex systems optimization, and infinite horizon optimization. DSOL currently has National Science Foundation, as well as industrial support.

Engineering Res. Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSystems

The Engineering Research Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSystems (WIMS) is focused on the intersection of three key areas: microelectronics, wireless communications, and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). The WIMS Engineering Research Center is developing the technology base needed to produce these microsystems, including precision sensors, micropower circuits, wireless interfaces, and wafer-level packaging. It is also developing the interdisciplinary educational programs that will produce engineering leaders for the emerging microsystems field. It is also studying the societal impacts that these developments will have.? This Center is funded by the National Science Foundation. It consists of three partnering universities (Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Michigan Technological University), the State of Michigan, and a consortium of automotive, chemical, and microelectronics companies.

Engineering Res. Center in Reconfigurable Machining Systems

The Engineering Research Center in Reconfigurable Machining Systems (ERC/RMS) was established in 1996 to develop the science base for reconfigurable manufacturing, specifically in machining. Three research areas are: (1) System-level design, (2) Machine-level design, and (3) Ramp-up and calibration. A test bed is available for proof-of-concept demonstrations and research integration.

Environmental and Sustainable Technology Laboratory

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.

Environmental and Water Resources Laboratory

The Environmental and Water Resources Laboratory is the College of Engineering's central facility for the analysis of organic and inorganic compounds of environmental significance. This facility is also central to one research center and a variety of federal-sponsored multi-investigator and multi-institutional projects established to solve hazardous waste problems.

Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory

This state-of-the-art laboratory is undergoing renovation in 2009. It is dedicated to applying advanced molecular biology and analytical tools to addressing key questions in water treatment, waste water treatment, sustainable landfill engineering, and resource recovery from wastes (energy/materials/water). Students and faculty are engaged in research related to microbial community dynamics, public health implications of waste treatment strategies, pharmaceutical and micropollutant fate, nutrient management, and technologies for waste management and energy-recovery. The renovation will add capabilities in landfill bioreactor simulation, biomechanical analysis of waste, and algae microbiology.

Ergonomics, Center for

The Center for Ergonomics is a multi-disciplinary organization devoted to education and research in ergonomics, the study of work and the efficiency and safety of human-machine systems. The Center is equipped to measure all facets of human perceptual, information-processing and motor performance. Engineering guidelines, CAD software, technical reports, and 2-day to 5-day short courses are provided to assist those practicing engineers who wish to improve the safety and performance of people in a large variety of operating systems.

First-Principles Materials Simulation Laboratory

Part of the Center for Computational Materials Research, the First-Principles Materials Simulation Laboratory implements and develops first-principles electronic structure methods in combination with statistical mechanical schemes to elucidate, optimize and design equilibrium and non-equilibrium materials phenomena. Materials of interest include oxides, alloys and crystalline organic compounds for energy storage and conversion technologies such as batteries, fuel cells, and photo-voltaics. First-principles methods are used to optimize properties and predict phase-stability of new materials and nano-systems as well as to predict multi-component diffusion, electronic transport, nucleation and catalysis.

Fuel Cell Control Systems Laboratory

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.

Functional MRI Laboratory

The Functional MRI Laboratory is an interdisciplinary facility dedicated to the advancement of our understanding of human brain function and for the development of novel technology for imaging human brain function. Faculty, students and staff from several colleges and schools at Michigan collaborate on studies of basic cognitive neuroscience, brain physiology and function in normal subjects and patients with a variety of clinical disorders, and engineering developments. Engineering projects include development of new imaging techniques, signal processing techniques for artifact removal and information extraction, and modeling brain physiology.

FXB Flight Vehicle Institute

The FXB Flight Vehicle Institute has as its primary focus the analysis and design of flight vehicles in an educational setting. This broad perview will include issues related to airplanes, helicopters, rockets, satellites and interplanetary missions. The Institute has faculty, undergraduate and graduate student involvement. Extra curricular project-based work at the undergraduate level is promoted. Furthermore, the Institute's scope is to sponsor workshops, issue scholarly reports and papers and serve as a leading academic organization in teaching and research related to flight vehicles. Another goal and priority of the Institute is to establish international as well as industrial collaborative activities so that those involved in flight vehicle issues at other institutions can also participate, as guest lecturers, researchers and students at the Institute. The Institute also supports the François-Xavier Bagnoud Professorship of Aerospace Engineering and the François-Xavier Bagnoud Fellowships.

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

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 Engine Systems Research Collaborative Research Laboratory

The General Motors/University of Michigan Collaborative Research Lab in Engine Systems Research (GM/UM ESR CRL) was established to carry out research and development activities in areas that are of critical importance to GM's internal combustion engine and aftertreatment systems research and development. The GM/UM ESR CRL leverages the special expertise of the University of Michigan to understand and exploit the fundamental processes which control engine operation in order to maximize efficiency and minimize emissions. 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 development and application of optical diagnostics to direct-injection engines, thermal characterization of direct-injection engines, premixed diesel combustion and aftertreatment, and modeling of engine and aftertreatment systems.

Ground Robotics Research Center

The GRRC conducts research in autonomous ground vehicles and mobile robots. Their vision is to help establish Southeastern Michigan as center of activity for these emerging new technologies through supporting programs in research and education.

Heat Transfer Physics Lboratory

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.

Hetergeneous Multiscale Materials Laboratory

The Heterogeneous Multiscale Materials Laboratory (HMML) uses a stochastic approach in constructing fibrous microstructure networks in a variety of engineered and biological materials so that transport and mechanical properties can be studied at the micro- and nano-scales.

High Temperature Corrosion Laboratory

The High Temperature Corrosion Laboratory (HTCL) provides the capability to conduct corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, and hydrogen embrittlement tests in high temperature aqueous environments and, in particular, simulated light water reactor environments. The corrosion laboratory has unique facilities for conducting both high and low temperature corrosion, stress corrosion cracking (SCC), electrochemical testing and mechanical testing. The HTCL consists of five refreshed autoclave systems (titanium or stainless steel construction), two mounted in constant extension rate machines and two in constant load machines, plus two static autoclaves (titanium construction) and a high temperature (550?C) steam CERT system. A single-sample supercritical water CERT system and a multi-sample CERT system with crack growth rate capabilities are operational. Each autoclave system is isolated from the other systems with independent water and computer monitoring systems. The lab also contains two full-featured corrosion measurement systems and two additional potentiostats.

Human Neuromechanics Laboratory

The Human Neuromechanics Laboratory focuses on how the nervous and musculoskeletal systems interact to produce coordinated movement. Studies span the ranges from basic to applied and from experimental to theoretical.

Hydraulics Laboratory

Research facilities in the Hydraulics Laboratory include flumes for the study of turbulent mixing in stratified or flowing fluids. The Coastal Laboratory includes wave generators for use in the 35 ft x 45 ft wave basin which is also used as a hydraulic model test facility. Data acquisition capabilities include instrumentation for accumulating and processing data for a wide variety of applications. Faculty and students use the laboratory facilities to study the impact of waves on coastal structures, investigate the reliability of levees, the control of hazardous contaminant releases, and the effect of turbulence on aquatic life.

Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory

The Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory (HETL) was recently established to support efforts to the discover and develop materials, processes and systems that have the potential to significantly: * increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of producing hydrogen from domestic natural resources including research on photoelectrochemical, thermochemical and fuel processing systems, * enhance our ability to conveniently and inexpensively store large amounts of hydrogen including research on advanced chemical storage systems, and * improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of devices used to convert hydrogen into electrical and/or thermal energy including research on fuel cells, and biomimetic systems.

Image Computing Laboratory

The Image Computing Laboratory focuses on computational medical imaging (functional PET and SPECT imaging, multi-modality fusion, 3d Compton scatter SPECT, attenuation correction for PET, iterative techniques of image reconstruction, theoretical performance assessment for large scale imaging systems) and pattern recognition.

Integrated Manufacturing Systems Laboratory

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.

Intelligent Maintenance Systems, Center for

Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (CIMS) is concentrated on bringing about innovations on wireless and web-enabled 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 CIMS 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).

Interactive Systems Group

The Interactive Systems group investigates Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Educational Technology, Multimedia, and Collaborative Systems. The HCI field studies how systems can augment how people interact with computational systems. HCI includes topics such as cognitive modeling, usable privacy and security, ubiquitious computing, and information access. Collaborative Systems is also a topic within HCI, and it is the study of how computational systems can augment how groups of people (including Internet-scale groups) interact. Educational technology examines how the new generation of computational and communications technologies can facilitate and support the K-12 education, including a transition to more project-based pedagogy. Multimedia examines how to augment musical and video experiences, as well as how to automatically create content-based metadata and support multimedia-based pedagogy.

Interface Science of Multifunctional Materials, Laboratory for

The Laboratory for the Interface Science of Multifunctional Materials uses thin film fabrication and characterization techniques to understand the nanoscale structure-property relationships of advanced bulk materials and thin films which include oxide semiconductors, ferroelectrics, catalysts, and chemical sensors. Pulsed laser ablation and molecular beam epitaxy techniques are used to synthesize multifunctional thin films and nanoscale heterostructures. A state-of-the-art focused-ion-beam (FIB) system is used to fabricate various nanostructures for tunable sensors and devices. The atomic structure and chemistry of interfaces are characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (including Z-contrast imaging) and analytical electron microscopy (such as x-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy). The local electronic properties and atomic bonding features of nanosized defects are studied by electron energy-loss near edge structure (ELNES) analysis and unique in situ STM/HRTEM techniques within TEM. Problems under investigation include interfacial structure and chemistry, epitaxial growth of thin films, crystal defects, segregation phenomena, and electrical/magnetic/optical properties. Considerable emphasis is focused on understanding the structure-property relationship of materials interfaces at the atomic scale.

Irradiated Materials Testing Complex

The Irradiated Materials Testing Laboratory provides the capability to conduct high temperature corrosion and stress corrosion cracking of neutron irradiated materials and to characterize the fracture surfaces after failure. The laboratory consists of a high temperature autoclave, circulating water loop, load frame and servo motor for conducting constant extension rate tensile (CERT) and crack growth rate (CRG) tests in subcritical or supercritical water up to 600?C. A scanning electron microscope (SEM) is also available for the analysis of fracture surfaces for sample fractured in either CERT or CGR modes in the autoclave system. Both the autoclave system and the SEM are mobile and may be used in either the hot cell or the accompanying laboratory.

Laboratory for Intelligent Structural Technology

This state-of-the-art laboratory is dedicated to the creation of smart structure technologies for the next-generation of engineered structures. To advance structural health monitoring as a viable structural asset management tool, students and faculty are engaged in the design of wireless sensors, distributed data interrogation algorithms for dense sensor networks, microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors and multifunctional materials tailored at the micro- and nano-scales. Other laboratory research thrusts include the exploration of decentralization in control and damage detection algorithms.

Laser Aided Intelligent Manuf., Center for

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.

Laser Materials Processing Laboratory

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.

Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory

The Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratories carry out theoretical, commercial and governmental experimental research on a wide variety of marine hydrodynamic problems at both laboratory as well as full scale (Ocean Engineering Laboratory). Activities include theoretical, numerical and laboratory experimentation in marine resistance and propulsion, seakeeping, drag reduction, remote sensing of sea features, boundary layer and surface flows, interaction of natural forces with coastal structures.?The Ocean Engineering Laboratory also operates a state-of-the-art, coastal survey vessel and an underwater remote-operated vehicle for precision underwater surveying.

Materials Chemistry Laboratory

Chemistry serves as a method of constructing materials atom by atom, molecule by molecule. The Materials Chemistry Laboratory uses simple molecular chemistry as a starting point for the construction of nanosized organic and ceramic building blocks. These building blocks are used to create new monoliths, coating, and fibers that offer novel structural, photonic or electronic properties.

Materials Preparation Laboratory

The Materials Preparation Laboratory provides facilities for the preparation and characterization of materials for materials research studies. The lab houses a grinding and polishing table for metallographic sample preparation, a tube furnace for annealing and heat treating, an electropolishing and etching system, a jet-electropolisher for making TEM disc samples, a slow speed cut-off wheel, a slurry drill, and a microscope and camera for imaging sample surfaces.

Mechanical Properties of Materials Laboratory

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

Metastable Materials Laboratory

In the Metastable Materials Laboratory, studies of the kinetics and thermodynamics of nanocrystalline and amorphous materials are conducted. The lab is equipped with facilities for x-ray diffraction, calorimetry, mechanical alloying, and annealing of samples. One x-ray diffractometer is a General Electric powder instrument, and the other is a specialized Seeman-Bohlin thin-film diffractometer, both using computerized data acquisition. A state-of-the-art Perkin Elmer differential scanning calorimeter allows the measurements of enthalpies of transformation for samples weighing as little as one milligram. An argon-flow furnace utilizes titanium-gettered argon gas for high-purity annealing.

Michigan Ion Beam Laboratory

The Michigan Ion Beam Laboratory for Surface Modification and Analysis (MIBL) was completed in October of 1986. The laboratory was established for the purpose of advancing our understanding of ion-solid interactions by providing up-to-date equipment with unique and extensive facilities to support research at the cutting edge of science. Researchers from the University of Michigan as well as industry and other universities are encouraged to participate in this effort. The lab houses a 1.7 MV tandem ion accelerator, a 400 kV ion implanter and an ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD) system. Additional facilities include a vacuum annealing furnace, a surface profilometry system, and a scanning laser surface curvature measurement system. The control of the parameters and the operation of these systems are mostly done by computers. They are interconnected through a local area network and the World Wide Web, allowing off-site monitoring and control.

Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute

Policy, economics and societal impact of the energy challenge:Recognizing that the pathway to the implementation of technological solutions is via public policy, economics and societal impact, the UM is pursuing a comprehensive approach to overcoming barriers to the implementation of technical solutions to the challenges described below.

Carbon neutral electricity sources:With the top-ranked Nuclear Engineering department and a large and growing activity in solar energy materials science, this thrust will address energy sources that minimize or eliminate the production of greenhouse gases. In addition to solar and nuclear energy, established programs to tap wind and ocean energy are developing those sources for local deployment.

Energy storage and utilization: Energy storage is a limiting technology in the development of vehicles powered by batteries and hydrogen. The development of lightweight, cost-effective, high energy density batteries and research on hydrogen storage technologies are major focal points of this thrust. Improved energy utilization in lighting is the major focal point in energy utilization.
Transportation systems and fue: UM is at the center of the worlds automotive industry and automotive engineering is the nations premiere program. The development of alternate power plants and fuels for transportation is a strong and growing program involving significant interaction with the automotive industry and growing interaction with the petrochemical industry. The conversion of fuels into more attractive forms is a major challenge in the move away from fossil fuel consumption for transportation.

Michigan/AFRL Collaborative Center in Control Sciences

The Michigan/AFRL/Boeing Collaborative Center in Aeronautical Sciences (MAB-CCAS) was established in April 2006. The MAB-CCAS mission is to develop, sustain, and amplify an internationally recognized center of excellance in computational aeronautical sciences research and education through strategic, robust interaction between the faculty and students and AFRL. The overall scope includes: Large scale, high resolution, multi-physics modeling and simulation, Validation, verification and uncertainty assessment in computational sciences, Software tool development. The current research emphasis of the MAB-CCAS includes issues motivated by high speed flight vehicles and micro air vehicles, with specific tasks investigating: Numerical techniques for high speed flows and shocks, Shock and boundary layer interactions, Simulation and modeling of plasma and aerothermodynamics, Flapping wing aerodynamics, Computational techniques for fluid-structure interactions, Simulation of modeling of dielectric barrier actuators.

Michigan/AFRL/Boeing Collaborative Center in Aeronautical Sciences

The Michigan/AFRL/Boeing Collaborative Center in Aeronautical Sciences (MAB-CCAS) was established in April 2006. The MAB-CCAS mission is to develop, sustain, and amplify an internationally recognized center of excellance in computational aeronautical sciences research and education through strategic, robust interaction between the faculty and students and AFRL. The overall scope includes: Large scale, high resolution, multi-physics modeling and simulation, Validation, verification and uncertainty assessment in computational sciences, Software tool development. The current research emphasis of the MAB-CCAS includes issues motivated by high speed flight vehicles and micro air vehicles, with specific tasks investigating: Numerical techniques for high speed flows and shocks, Shock and boundary layer interactions, Simulation and modeling of plasma and aerothermodynamics, Flapping wing aerodynamics, Computational techniques for fluid-structure interactions, Simulation of modeling of dielectric barrier actuators.

Micro/Nano/Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory

The Micro/Nano/Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory focuses on understanding cell function through the development and use of novel micro-, nano- and molecular scale technologies. Technologically, we develop microfluidic cell culture devices, tunable nanochannels for single DNA molecule manipulation, reconfigurable surfaces for cell and tissue engineering, high throughput gene delivery and knockdown arrays, 3D cell culture technologies, flow cytometers and other cell sorting technologies, microscale biochemical assays. Biologically, we have interest in lung physiology (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Ventilator induced lung injury, …), reproductive science (Sperm sorting, Microfluidic embryo culture, ….), DNA replication stress (Nanochannel based DNA linearization), cancer biology (Breast cancer metastasis on a chip, Cancer stem cell culture, Cancer spheroids, Cancer migration, Cell invasion), Stem cells (Embryonic, Hematopoietic, Cancer), Cells signaling (EGF, GPCR signaling in response to spatio-temporal stimulation), and several other parts of the body.

Microfluidics Research Laboratory

The Microfluidics Research Laboratory researches microscale fluid devices, controls and transport.

Mobile Robotics Laboratory

The Mobile Robotics Laboratory develops and prototypes experimental mobile robot systems including innovative mobile robots, obstacle avoidance systems, positioning systems, and robotic aids for the disabled.

Molecular and Structural Dynamics Laboratory

The Molecular and Structural Dynamics Laboratory (MSDL) investigates rate and transport phenomena that occur during materials synthesis, processing, and application, using atomic scale computer simulations and inelastic light scattering experiments. Projects include the study of nanoscale assembly of hybrid inorganic-organic materials, amorphous and nanoporous structures, structural developments in self-healing composites, crystallization and phase transformations, dislocation-grain boundary interactions in brittle compounds, and the fabrication of optical waveguides using ion implantation.

Muscle Mechanics Laboratory

The Muscle Mechanics Laboratory is the center for research on many aspects of skeletal muscle, including tissues associated with skeletal muscle, such as nerve and tendon. Our research on skeletal muscle includes whole muscles and muscle groups, muscle fiber bundles, single muscle fibers and fiber segments, motor units, numerical modeling of muscle contractility and injury, and in vitro tissue engineered skeletal muscle. In addition, many of our faculty are interested in denervation and reinnervation of skeletal muscle.

Nano/Microstructural Dynamics Simulation Laboratory

Part of the Center for Computational Materials Research and Education, the Nano/Microstructural Dynamics Simulation Laboratory focuses on computational and theoretical investigations of the evolution of microstructures and nanostructures during processing and operation using continuum approaches. Active areas of research include coarsening with or without the presence of stress, instabilities of strained films during heteroepitaxial growth, and self-assembly of quantum dots.

Nanomechanics Laboratory

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.

Nanostructured Energy Conversion Devices, Laboratory for

Laboratory for Nanostructured Energy Conversion Devices (LNECD).

Our laboratory is a highly collaborative research environment, where students and faculty from several different departments participate in the development of novel nanostructured materials, devices, and processing methods, with a strong focus on energy-related topics. The focus is on the solid-state interconversion of light and electricity (organic-based photovoltaic and light-emitting devices), as well as heat and electricity (semiconductor-based thermoelectric devices).
The highly interdisciplinary nature of the research demands a diversified make-up of the laboratory personnel. Thus, LNECD is co-directed by Prof. Shtein (Materials Science and Engineering) and Prof. Pipe (Mechanical Engineering), and is staffed by graduate and undergraduate students from several academic departments, including:
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Macromolecular Science and
- Physics
The research facilities include thin-film deposition equipment, thin-film and optoelectronic device characterization tools, and high-resolution optical and topographical microscopy instruments. We are actively constructing novel materials purification and processing equipment.

Neural Communication Technology, Center for

The Center for Neural Communication Technology (CNCT) is an NIH-funded P41 Center (NIBIB, P41 EB002030) whose mission is to develop microscale implantable devices that offer long-term, high-fidelity interfaces to the nervous system. The CNCT is working toward a future when technology will interface with the brain, creating opportunities for scientific discovery and ushering in revolutionary treatments, therapies, and neural repair. The CNCT's core research includes advanced probe technology, electrical and chemical interfaces, biocompatibility studies, and drug delivery systems, combined with equally balanced efforts in service, training and dissemination to maximize the impact of our technology on the global research community.

Neural Engineering Laboratory

The Neural Engineering Laboratory conducts basic and applied research to advance the treatment of neurological disorders. Activities are focused on the development of microscale neural interfaces, neuroprostheses, and methods for neuromodulation , with the goal of treating injury (such as paralysis) and diseases (such as Parkinson's Disease). Projects at the forefront of our research involve NeuroChemical Sensing, Multi-Function (Electrical and Chemical) Devices, and Peripheral Nerve Interfaces.

Neutron Science Laboratory

The Neutron Science Laboratory provides a hands-on neutron measurement experience for students within NERS. The lab is equipped with D-D and a D-T neutron generators with a capability of ~1E06 and ~1E10 neutrons/sec, respectively. The neutron generators are also available for researcher in NERS and elsewhere within the University who require a neutron radiation field for the conduct of their research.

Nuclear Measurements Teaching Laboratory

The Nuclear Measurements Teaching Laboratory is a spacious, well-equipped student laboratory located in the heart of the departmental activities. The room is setup so that three laboratory stations are set along lab benches that run along two of the walls, with windows and blackboards filling the other two walls. The central area of the room has a circle of tables. Students normally begin the laboratory with an introductory lecture on the experiments, and then move outward to the laboratory stations to conduct experiments. Each laboratory station has an oscilloscope and PC equipped with a multichannel analyzer. The PCs are networked so that students can communicate with printers and other computing resources as needed. Each laboratory station has the necessary electronics and detectors to conduct the experiment du jour. The electronics components that the students use include:pre-amplifier, shaping amplifier, time-to-amplitude converter, pulser, SCA, discriminator, coincidence unit. The students conduct their experiments using the detectors: geiger CsI, BaF, BGO scintillators, CZT, and BF3 detectors. A separate ante-room is used for storing a complete set of calibrated check sources and attenuators. More intense and interesting unknown radioactive materials are supplied by the nearby Phoenix Memorial Laboratory, which is also the storage home for our PuBe source of fast and thermal neutrons. With three laboratory stations functional, each lab section is limited to 9 students, with 6 students being the ideal. This forces each student to participate in the laboratory experience and ensures a more thoroughly supervised learning environment. The laboratory is kept locked when not in use. However, students commonly request and are granted access to the room (without sources) to check their data or experimental setup. With an instructor present, the students can re-do their experiments to explore their understanding more fully. Students are provided with film badges and must use the frisker prior to leaving the room. By the end of the course, the students are intimately familiar with the safe handling practices associated with radioactive materials and have developed an intuitive feel for the scale of radiation sources and fields.

Ocean Renewable Energy Laboratory

The Ocean Renewable Energy Laboratory conducts research and development on harnessing/harvesting the hydrokinetic energy of ocean/river currents.

Optical Sciences Laboratory

Optics research at Michigan focuses on a range of subjects including fundamental physics and materials science to fiber optical communications systems, integrated optics, and ultrafast optical science. Research in the Optical Sciences Laboratory includes spectroscopy of quantum dots, quantum computing, spectroscopy of solids, cavity quantum electrodynamics, and holography including imaging through tissue such as for optical mammography, biophysical studies of biomolecular structure, 100 terahertz optical communications networks, and production of high power femtosecond laser systems for applications in coherent x-ray generation, particle acceleration, and laser surgery. Many faculty in the Optical Sciences Laboratory are also affiliated with the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science.

Optimal Design Laboratory

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.

Organic Materials Science Laboratory

The Organic Materials Science Laboratory facilitates the design, synthesis, processing, and microstructural characterization of organic molecular, polymer, and biomaterials, with a particular focus on optoelectronically active devices including thin-film transistors and biosensors. Of specific interest are studies of microfabricated neural probes designed to record and stimulate from the Central Nervous System. Instruments include electrochemical analysis, polarized optical microscopy, molecular modeling, and tissue culture.

Organic Optoelectronic Materials and Devices Laboratory

The Organic Optoelectronic Materials and Devices Laboratory studies the structure-property relationships of organic semiconductors, and their application to electronic and optoelectronic devices (e.g. transistors, LEDs, solar cells, memories, etc.). As part of this work, we are developing novel techniques for organic semiconductor processing (e.g. large-area vapor-phase deposition, high-resolution direct patterning (solvent-free printing), molecular self-assembly, etc.). One of the key challenges is to preserve the molecular-level order while fabricating organic electronics at low-cost. Another is to understand the interplay of material properties, process conditions, and device performance. Our work is highly interdisciplinary, involving chemistry, materials characterization, device physics, chemical engineering. The areas of potential impact range from alternative energy technologies, to chemical catalysis, to biotechnology, and even quantum computing.

Orthopaedic Research Laboratory

Research in the Orthopaedic Research Laboratories is categorized into ten project groups: clinical research, fracture healing, growth and development, lower extremity sports research, physical force effects on tissues in vivo, physical force effects on cells in vitro, shoulder and knee joint biomechanics research, structure and function of bone and bone constructs, tissue engineering and aging fragility in bone and cartilage.

Perceptual Robotics Laboratory (PERL)

The Perceptual Robotics Laboratory (PeRL) studies problems related to autonomous navigation and mapping for mobile robots in a priori unknown environments.  The goal of this work is to enable robots with the ability to autonomously navigate, map, and explore their environment, recognizing previously visited places much as a human would.  Since GPS does not work underwater, underground, on other planets, or even inside buildings, solving this problem is critical to developing practical, capable, autonomous mobile robots.  To study this problem, the research methodology within PeRL balances theory with experimental validation " developing algorithms (software) in the areas of underwater computer vision and image processing, Bayesian filtering and smoothing, and systems engineering, in conjunction with new platform development (hardware) such as time-synchronized acoustic navigation systems, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), and ground robotics.  Current PeRL projects include autonomous ship-hull inspection for the Navy, multi-AUV cooperative navigation, active safety situational awareness for automotive vehicles, large-area acoustic and optical simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), and the design of a multi-AUV SLAM testbed.

Planetary Sciences, Center for

About 13 Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences faculty members are deeply involved in a variety of theoretical and experimental studies of our solar system. There has also been cross disciplinary research carried out, involving faculty members in other Departments within the College of Engineering, as well as Chemistry and Geology in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Funding for most of these activities has come from NASA, with significant, but lesser support from the National Science Foundation. The major objectives of the Center are (1) to foster scientific communication, cooperation on future opportunities and discussions on how to take advantage of them; (2) to drive strategic planning; (3) to improve the visibility of the UM planetary science activities; (4) to enhance cooperative technology and modeling development, when appropriate; and (5) to provide enabling organizational support for approaching large proposal opportunities.

Plasma Sciences and Technology Laboratory

The Plasma Science and Technology Laboratory?s focus is on understanding and applying plasma science to real world problems. Plasma science is a highly interdisciplinary field whose primary subject matter is ionized gas. DC, Rf , and microwave plasmas are investigated over a wide pressure window. The Laboratory tackles those fundamental plasma science problems and issues that have the potential for application. This applied plasma science approach addresses the need for basic plasma science research to improve our understanding of such phenomena and better apply plasma technology to real world problems. The lab has four major thrust areas: plasma space propulsion, plasma processing, environmental mitigation, and energy conversion. Particular attention is paid to those applications that protect the environment and those that improve the quality of life in underdeveloped countries.

Plasma, Pulsed Power, and Microwave Lab

The purpose of this lab is to investigate the fundamental physics and technology of interactions between beams of electrons, ions, plasma, microwaves, laser light and radio frequency radiation with plasmas, materials, structures, and biological cells. Numerous state-of-the-art, high-power accelerators, lasers, high power microwave sources, and diagnostic instrumentation are utilized in this research.

Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory

The Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory (PEPL) performs research on spacecraft plasma propulsion and space plasma physics. Though it is housed within the Aerospace Engineering Department, faculty from Nuclear Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Space Physics participate in PEPL research. PEPL operates two vacuum facilities for plasma physics research, the Large Vacuum (LVTF) and Cathode (CTF) Test facilities. The LVTF is the largest vacuum facility of its kind at any university in the nation. This facility is used to test ion thrusters, Hall thrusters, tethers, and for space plasma simulation. The CTF is used to test hollow cathodes and Field Emitter Arrays cathodes. In addition to vacuum facilities, PEPL has an impressive array of laser/optical, probe, microwave, electron beam, and mass spectrometry plasma diagnostics tools at its disposal.

Polymer Transport Laboratory

The primary focus of the lab is in situ measurements of dynamic viscosity and gelation in polymerizing structures, and relevant structure-properties determinations. Areas for the research are tied to biomedical materials, matrix development for cellular immobilization, and biological fixation processes for wound healing, sealing, etc. A related thrust is linked with gelation induced by defective proteins.

Position-Sensing Radiation Detector Laboratory

The Position-Sensing Radiation Detector Laboratory ( consists of several laboratories dedicated to the development of room-temperature semiconductor and gas detectors. These laboratories are used for the design, system fabrication, and testing of complex detectors and electronic readouts. Sophisticated electronic hardware is applied to explore spatially-varying fundamental detector performance parameters.

Powertrain Control Laboratory

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

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

The Quantitative Laser Diagnostics Laboratory is involved in the development and application of quantitative laser diagnostic tools for reactive and non-reactive flows with a particular emphasis on internal combustion engines.

Radiation Detection Laboratory

The Detection for Nuclear Nonproliferation Lab is used to explore novel techniques for radiation detection and characterization for nuclear nonproliferation and homeland security applications. In addition, we study the detailed response of liquid and plastic sintillaction detectors in the presence of neutron and gamma-ray sources. The laboratory is equipped with detection systems, electronics, and fast (GHz) digitizers for pulse acquisition. Pulse analysis is performed on several PC's.

Radiation Effects and Nanomaterials Laboratory

The Radiation Effects and Nanomaterials Laboratory is for the preparation and analysis of materials for the study of radiation effects and nanoscience/technology. The laboratory facilities include: a Regarku Miniflex x-ray diffractometer (XRD), a high temperature furnace, a Gatan precision ion polishing (PIPS) workstation, an ultramicrotomy workstation, a carbon coater, and other standard equipment for TEM sample preparation. In addition, there are several computers with modern software packages for XRD and TEM data processing, analysis and simulation in the laboratory.

Radiation Imaging Laboratory

The Radiation Imaging Laboratory goal is to develop high-energy gamma ray imaging camera for industrial, space and medical applications. The laboratory explores the fundamental properties of nuclear radiation detectors, develops novel pulse processing electronics, simulates, builds and tests unique radiation imaging cameras, and explores new ideas in radiation image formation and reconstruction.

Radiation Laboratory

Areas of focus include antennas, from HF to terahertz frequencies; computational electromagnetics and modeling techniques; electromagnetic wave interactions with the environment; microwave and millimeter remote sensing; plasma electrodynamics and space electric propulsion; polarimetric radars and radiometric imaging; radar scattering computations and measurements; radio wave propagation predictions for mobile communications; RF and microwave front-end design for wireless applications; RF integrated circuit design; and RF/microwave and millimeterwave micromachined active and passive components and sub-systems.

Radiological Health Engineering Laboratory

The Radiological Health Engineering (RHE) Laboratory ( includes equipment and space for the development and testing of new instruments and systems for application to specific radiological health problems. Work is concentrated on practical systems and radiation measurements methods deployable within the immediate future. The laboratory includes a large dark room, a low-background shielded room, an area for gamma ray spectroscopic analysis of large objects, and facilities for bench-top and analytical radiation detection experiments. Low-level (environmental) alpha, beta, x ray, and gamma ray spectroscopic capability is included. Equipment is available for the measurement of radon gas through the counting of charcoal canisters, and for real-time measurements of radon gas progeny in the air. A state-of-the-art thermoluminescent detection (TLD) system capable of reading a variety of dosimeters of different types and forms is operated in the laboratory for the measurement of doses in a variety of conditions. A number of phantoms and survey meters are available for testing of radiological imaging devices and monitoring of radiation environments. Work is conducted in novel detector and dosimeter design, as well as improvements in measurement methods for medical, industrial, laboratory and nuclear power radiation safety applications.

Research on Soft, Thin Film, Materials, Laboratory for

The Laboratory for Research on Thin Film, Materials examines problems associated with the structure, phase behavior and dynamics of thin film polymer and polymer-based nanocomposite systems. Specifically, the program on polymer thin films comprise problems in three general categories: (1) wetting, interfacial instabilities and pattern formation, and self-assembly; (2) the influence of confinement and interfacial interactions on the glass transition, diffusion and viscosity, as well as on the phase and ordering transition temperatures of polymer mixtures and block copolymers, respectively; (3) the organization of nanoparticles (C60 fullerenes, nanotubes, semiconductor and metallic nanoparticles) in thin films. The goal is to develop new rules to design and to "tailor" properties of thin films for various applications. The lab employs a range of experimental tools, including scanning force microscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, optical microscopy dielectric spectroscopy.

Research on Thin Films, Laboratory for

The Thin Films Laboratory houses growth and analysis equipment for fundamental studies on the growth of thin films and the evolution of microstructure in these films for a large variety of applications. Vapor phase growth equipment, both sputtering and e-beam evaporation, are combined with a large array of in-situ characterization equipment.

S. M. Wu Manufacturing Research Center

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.

Smart Functional Polymer Laboratory

The Smart Functional Polymer Lab is exploring functional polymeric materials and their nanostructural assembly to develop advanced polymeric objects. Our research has focused on the rational molecular design, chemical and/or biological synthesis, and molecular assembly of functional polymers. Research topics under investigation include self-signal amplifying molecular bio-sensors, conjugated polymer-based flexible solar cells, negative index materials, walfare-gas sensors, polarized emission devices, and fluidic layer-by-layer molecular assembly method.

Smart Materials and Structures Laboratory

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

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.

Software Systems and Real-Time Computing Laboratories

The major focus of the Software Systems and Real-Time Computing Laboratories is on experimental design, implementation, and evaluation of systems software and real-time technologies that enable development of a wide range of emerging applications. Areas of research include biological databases, cluster computing, collaborative computing, compiler design, information retrieval and database systems, wired and wireless network protocols and architectures, data, network, and computer security, mobile computing, operating system and architecture interactions, real-time and embedded systems, QoS-sensitive and power-aware computing and communications, fault-tolerant computing, software reliability, and programming language design.

Solid Freeform Fabrication Laboratory

The solid freeform fabrication laboratory focuses on development of innovative layered manufacturing techniques. We design machines, develop materials deposition and processing systems, and implement real-time process control for our techniques. Applications of our techniques are being investigated for constructing tissue engineering scaffolds, energy storage, production and conversion devices, and high performance turbine engine components. We are also investigating nanofabrication techniques using near-field optics.

Solid State Electronics Laboratory

The Solid State Electronics Laboratory (SSEL) conducts research in microelectronics, micromechanics, optoelectronics, and micro and nano technologies based on silicon, compound semiconductors, and organic materials. Research areas include: advanced semiconductor process development, integrated systems and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), metrology and optical measurement systems; growth and characterization of wide- and narrow-bandgap semiconductors, high-speed and microwave device structures, optoelectric devices, and millimeter-wave heterostructure devices; thin-film transistors, integrated circuits and light-emitting devices on glass and plastic substrates; very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuits including sensor interface circuits, telecommunication and RF circuits, wireless telemetry, low-power microprocessor and mixed signal circuits, process modeling, testing and design for testability, and system integration.

Solid State Thermal Physics Laboratory

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.

Space Physics Research Laboratory

The Space Physics Research Laboratory (SPRL) was founded in 1947 and has built and flown over 35 scientific instruments on various spacecrafts. Research is conducted related to unmanned NASA and international Space missions. The 35 SPRL faculty are engaged in research on a wide variety of scientific topics in the Earth and Space Sciences. Among those topics are: spacecraft instrumentation, including particle detectors, EUV imagers, interferometers, probes and tethers; student programs for space exploration; space physics, including solar and heliospheric physics, MHD simulation, and magnetospheric physics; planetary science, including aeronomy (chemistry, physics, and dynamics) of planets, satellites, and comets; laboratory simulation of space and astrophysical phenomena; and radio and microwave remote sensing of the Earth.

Structrual Dynamics and Controls Laboratory

The research missions of the Structural Dynamics and Controls Laboratory 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.). Recent research activities are in the following areas: active, semi-active, and hybrid active-passive vibration control and isolation; smart structures and actuators; biologically inspired adaptive structures; vibration confinement and rejection; vibration delocalization of nearly-periodic structures; structural health monitoring; high precision shape control of structural surfaces; nanotube-based composites for damping enhancement; negotiation agent synthesis for large scale vibration control networks; dynamic and stability of gyroscopic structures; neural network modeling of nonlinear systems; helicopter rotor, driveline and airframe dynamics; modeling and control of automotive powertrain dynamics; automotive drivetrain noise and vibration.

Structural Metallics and Nanostructured Alloys Laboratory

The Structural Metallics and Nanostructured Alloys Laboratory conducts research on synthesis, processing and mechanical testing of structural metallic and bulk nanostructured materials for advanced aerospace and automotive applications. Graduate and undergraduate research conducted in this laboratory aim to develop a deeper understanding of material behavior under complex stress states and elevated temperatures. Material behavior related to glass-like response, superplastic, creep, and damage tolerant requirements are among some of the areas of study.

Structures Laboratory

Faculty and students use the Structures Laboratory for testing large-scale structural members and subassemblies. Primary areas of study focus on the behavior of buildings under earthquake-induced loads and the development of structural systems with high damage tolerance and self-monitoring capabilities. Besides testing specimens constructed with standard materials, such as steel and reinforced concrete, several studies involve composite structural subassemblies, members constructed with highly damage-tolerant fiber reinforced concrete, and concrete members that use fiber reinforced polymer reinforcement.

Technical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

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.

Theory in Computer Science Laboratory

The goal of the Theory in Computer Science Laboratory (THINCS) is to develop theories and techniques needed to understand computation and communication. Research projects include specification and validation of computer systems, finite model theory, complexity theory, parallel computing, design and analysis of algorithms, parallel architectures, quantum computing, scientific and statistical computing, computational linguistics, semantics of programming languages, theories of concurrency, computer security, design and verification of protocols, and combinatorial methods in computer science.

Tissue Simulation and Fabrication Laboratory

The Tissue Simulation and Fabrication Laboratory conducts research on scaffold engineering and visible human modeling.

Transport & Interaction in Porous Media, Laboratory on

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.

Transportation Energy Center

The Transportation Energy Center (TEC) is engaged in fundamental and applied research in the areas of advanced energy conversion and storage technologies. TEC initiatives cover a broad spectrum of research that impacts distributed generation of hydrogen from a variety of sources to supply fuel cell-based auxiliary power systems, small stationary fuel cell systems, and electric microgrids. The center is also developing high-performance synthetic fuels, and advanced chemical energy conversion and storage concepts.

Turbulence & Combustion, Laboratory for

The Laboratory for Turbulence & Combustion (LTC) investigates fundamental aspects of turbulent flow, mixing, and combustion through experimental studies, computational simulations, and development of advanced theoretical and numerical models. LTC includes a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including flow and combustion facilities, lasers, imaging systems, data acquisition systems, and computers.

Turbulence Physics and Computation, Laboratory for

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 modeling strategies.

Ultrafast Materials Science, Laboratory for

The Laboratory for Ultrafast Materials Science is focused on determining the physical mechanisms which are responsible for the deterministically sharp ablation and modification thresholds, electronic coupling of light to vibrational states of atoms at surfaces, non-thermal melting and phase transformation, laser induced shock waves and their impact on materials, etc. A wide array of optical, structural, and spectroscopic tools are used to explore these phenomena including surface electron spectroscopy, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, lab source and synchrotron x-ray diffraction, and dynamic transmission electron microscopy (at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory-LLNL). A strong collaboration has been formed with LLNL to combine hydrodynamic and molecular dynamics modeling of ultrafast laser-material interaction. We are currently involved in funded programs to study the enhance kinetics of MBE growth using ultrafast lasers and to study the fundamental mechanisms responsible for the deterministic threshold of ablation related to micromachining and Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy of turbine materials.

Ultrafast Optical Science, Center for

The Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS) exists to perform multidisciplinary laser research and spur the development of new technologies. CUOS researchers develop optical equipment and techniques to generate, manipulate, and detect ultrashort and ultrahigh-peak-power light pulses. They use these ultrashort pulses to study ultrafast physical phenomena in atomic, nuclear, plasma, and materials physics, in solid state electronics, and in high-energy-density physics.

Ultrasound Laboratory

The Ultrasound Laboratory investigates clinical applications of advanced ultrasound diagnostic and therapeutic systems.

Undergraduate Marine Design Laboratory

The Undergraduate Marine Design Laboratory (UGMDL) is a teaching laboratory utilized in undergraduate and masters-level marine design education. It consists of twenty-four team workstations equipped with high-end Macintosh workstations and extensive domain specific ship design software. The UGMDL also includes an LED projector presentation area for team design and software tutorial workshop presentations. The laboratory is also utilized for research on the marine design process.

Vibrations and Acoustics Laboratory

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

W. M. Keck Foundation Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

The W. M. Keck Laboratory for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is located in the Francois Xavier Bagnoud Building, home of the Department of Aerospace Engineering. The group is comprised of faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate students. The emphasis of research done by the group is on algorithm development and numerical simulations for a variety of physical problems, including aerodynamics, space plasma physics, combustion, structural dynamics, space propulsion, hypersonics, and radiation transport.

Walter E. Lay Automotive Laboratory

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: engine friction, combustion, emissions control, fuel efficiency, vehicular electronics design, and vehicle aerodynamics. 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.