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

Brei to receive the award at the SPIE Smart Structures+Nondestructive Evaluation conference.

Three-dimensional (3D) printing is about to get smarter.

CubeSat was created to provide Michigan students, faculty, staff, and alumni 100 years in the future a diverse perspective of the world in 2017 through stories told by the Michigan community.

Saitou is recognized for contributions in computational assembly and disassembly design of mechanical products.

The ASME Committee of Past Presidents confers the Fellow grade of membership on worthy candidates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements.

GHDI "focuses on training a new generation of engineers to collaborate with stakeholders to define problems and develop and implement solutions to address essential health care challenges through engineering design."