Sridhar Kota

Sridhar Kota
Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Herrick Professor Emeritus of Engineering
Executive Director, MForesight




George G. Brown Laboratory

2350 Hayward 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125

(734) 936-0357


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1988
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1986
M.S., Materials Engineering, University of Mississippi, 1982
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Osmania University, 1980

Research Interests

Bio-inspired engineering design - soft robots, complaint and shape-adaptive systems; Topology, size and shape optimization of complaint mechanisms - product design for no-assembly; Design for manufacturability; Technology policy and advanced manufacturing.

Honors and Awards

University of Michigan Office of Research Distinguished Innovator Award (2017)
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Tibbetts Award (2015)
University of Michigan Regents’ Award for Distinguished Public Service (2014).
Herrick Foundation Endowed Professorship (2013-present)
Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award, University of Michigan (2012)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Educator Award (Society Award 2010)
ASME Swanson Foundation White House Fellowship (2009-12)
Best Paper Award, ASME International Design Technical Conf., Montreal, QC (2010)
Best Paper Award, ASME 2009 International Design Technical Conferences
International Design (ID) Magazine First Place Winner of the 2006 Sharpest Product.
ASME Machine Design Award – highest society award in field of Mechanical Design (2004)
ASME Fellow (2002)
American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Best Paper Award - AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, Aug.2001, Montreal. AIAA-2001-4144
ASME Leonardo Da Vinci Award “for significant original contributions to the field of mechanical design through invention of a device with practical applications” (1997)
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Teaching Excellence Award (1995)
Best Paper Award in Applied Mechanisms and Robotics, National Conf. Cincinnati (1993)
George Wood Award for “Contributions to the Growth of the Science of Applied Mechanisms and Robotics” (1993)
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Ralph Teetor Educational Award. (1993).
Mechanical Engineering Department Teaching Excellence Award (1993)
Proctor and Gamble “Best Paper Award” in Applied Mechanisms and Robotics (1989)
Faculty advisor to four ASME student-design competition awards – First place Undergraduate Div. 2007, Third Place Graduate Div. 2004, Second Place Graduate Div. 2007, First Place Graduate Div. 1994 and First Place Undergraduate Div. 1992.

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Related News

In the Conversation, Sridhar Kota talks about how the global pandemic has interrupted supply chains for almost 75% of US companies.

Researchers from the University of Michigan have developed a helmet solution to provide support for COVID-19 patients, protect health care workers and safeguard hospital systems.

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States

Sponsored by the U-M Office of Research, the award honors faculty who have made important and lasting contributions to society by developing novel ideas and insights through their research, and then translating them to practice

Professor Sridhar Kota's article, "Slightly Better iPhones Won't Fix the U.S. Economy," was featured in Fortune Magazine.

Professor Sridhar Kota's article, "Universities Must Help Educate Woefully Uninformed Lawmakers," was featured in Wired Magazine.