Mechanical Engineering Chair Position

Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at the University of Michigan (U-M) seeks applicants and nominations for the position of Department Chair. The University of Michigan Mechanical Engineering Department is home to 68 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 21 research faculty, 56 staff, over 450 graduate students (including over 250 Ph.D. students) and 800 undergraduate students.  U-M ME is well known for its outstanding strengths in major mechanical engineering core disciplines as well as in interdisciplinary and emerging thematic areas.  The Department is consistently ranked among the top nationwide and worldwide by various ranking systems, such as the QS World rankings, U.S. News & World Report, and the National Research Council Ph.D. Program Assessments.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding scholar with an earned doctorate in a research field related to Mechanical Engineering and will have an exemplary record of achievement in research, teaching and service at a level commensurate with appointment as a tenured full professor.  The person must also possess visionary leadership abilities, a broad appreciation for the diverse perspectives within Mechanical Engineering, and a strong interest in promoting sponsored research programs and mentoring faculty.  The qualified candidate should be able to lead and support the faculty to ensure that learning of the highest quality flourishes at all levels, from undergraduate education to graduate and post-doctoral research. The candidate must be able to work with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and administrators to achieve common goals, to build upon a supportive and inclusive climate and to maintain and enhance rapport with alumni and industry representatives.

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus, and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do. Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at:

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, .Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair, and inclusive environment—can be found at:

The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory/affirmative action employer. Underrepresented minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. The College of Engineering is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, service, and administrative leadership activities to the diversity and excellence of the academic community and who will build collaborative ties with other departments within the College of Engineering and the University. The University of Michigan is responsive to the needs of dual career families.

Applicants should electronically submit a detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter describing professional background, qualifications, and leadership experience as well as a two-page synopsis of their views on the current challenges and opportunities facing mechanical engineering education and research. The deadline for ensuring full consideration of an application is December 1, 2017, but the position will remain open and applications may still be considered until the appointment is made. The search will be conducted in confidence until finalists are invited for campus visits at which time professional references will be contacted.

Please submit your application to the following:

If you have any questions regarding the web application submittal process or other inquiries please contact Professor André L. Boehman, Chair, ME Search Committee, at