A paradigm shift in manufacturing with benefits for many

Mass production. That is the way of manufacturing in the world today. Large factories manufacture goods in large quantities and then ship them out globally to sellers and eventually, the products reach end-users. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on this process as personal protective equipment (PPE) went out of stock and back-ordered, and other necessary equipment needed during the crisis was in short supply.

Changing from hands-on learning to virtual simulations

This week is a pivotal one for the University of Michigan (U-M) Mechanical Engineering (ME)  undergraduate students. In a normal semester, it is time to put the finishing touches and conduct tests on their semester-long team projects in ME 250 and ME 350. It all culminates during the U-M ME Undergraduate Symposium (MEUS) where they meet in the BorgWarner Galleria of GG Brown for a showdown of machines and what always proves to be a solid demonstration of problem-solving.

Professor Miki Banu awarded the Research Faculty Achievement Award

Miki BanuMiki Banu is a Research Associate Professor for U-M ME and has been with the department since 2013.  Banu and her research have contributed to green technology and sustainable manufacturing, including a process to extract and use bamboo fibers to reinforce thermoplastic and thermoset composites, reducing carbon emissions. Banu is also a member of U-M's Global CO2 Initiative where she explore