Fluids research at U-M has a wide range of applications including:

  • Naval technologies
  • Automotive engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Aircraft technologies
  • Biological models such as the mechanics of fish swimming

We have strong ties to other U-M engineering programs, including Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. 


  • Development of laser-based and other optical measurement techniques to study reactive and non-reactive flows such as those found in combustion and internal combustion engines
  • Multi-dimensional measurement of velocity during thermoplastic injection molding to understand the influence of processing parameters on final part properties and molding time
  • Testing photoacoustic techniques for leak detection and their possible application to the leak testing of automobile parts and other consumer products
  • Experiments to decrease the turbulent boundary layer skin friction of commercial and military transport ships


Sources include:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Office of Naval Research
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • automobile and other commercial industries


  • Turbulence physics
  • Nanoscale biofluidics
  • Multiphase flows
  • Electrical and radiation based tomography
  • Fluid structure interaction
  • Free-surface flows
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Spectral method development

Recent News

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency awards Steve Skerlos with a 2020 Green Chemistry Challenge Award for his Pure-Cut technology. 

Dr. Steve Skerlos, founder and CTO of Fusion Coolant Systems and professor of mechanical, civil, and environmental engineering at the University of Michigan, has been named ThomasNet's September 2019's Champion for Industry.

ME Professor, Steve Skerlos, has raised $8 million with help of Michigan Investment in New Technology Startups, among other supporters. 

Kurabayashi group and Shanghai Jiao Tong University researchers recently discovered enzymes that produce ibuprofens with record-breaking enantiomer purity.

In his internationally recognized laboratory, Ceccio conducts novel experiments to better understand the complex dynamics of cavitation and other multiphase bubbly flows at the macro and micro scales.