Design is an act of creating products and systems to fulfill specific needs under physical and social constraints. In the global marketplace, where products are imported from the countries with the lowest production cost, design innovation is a key to helping industrialized nations stay competitive. 

We research tools, methods and processes to create and optimize innovative products and systems: 

  • Micro/nano structures and devices
  • Surgical and medical devices
  • Smart materials and structures
  • Mechatronic devices and systems
  • Mass-produced assemblies
  • Automotive and aerospace products
  • Manufacturing enterprise
  • Global supply chains
  • Product lifecycle
  • Technology-policy systems


  • Micro and nano precision systems
  • Smart structures and materials
  • Nanoscale systems
  • Compliant mechanisms
  • Multidisciplinary design optimization
  • Assembly, disassembly and supply chains
  • Medical device design
  • Global health design
  • Sustainable design of products, processes, and policies

Recent News

The American Society of Biomechanics recognizes Shorya Awtar for his outstanding work in translational biomechanics research, entrepreneurship, and societal benefit. 

Affordable proof-of-concept device automates the manual squeezing required by bag valve masks.

U-M ME 250 and 350 classes make the most of their new class structure while still learning the fundamentals.

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.

We congratulate Professor Shih on this prestigious honor.

Shanna Daly has been awarded the National Science Foundation's CAREER Program Award.