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Welcome Assistant Professor Don Siegel


Don Siegel has joined the Mechanical Engineering department as an assistant professor.

Siegel earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematical physics from Case Western Reserve University and completed post-graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a PhD in physics. His research interests lie in the areas of energy storage and the mechanical properties of lightweight alloys.

Since 2005, Siegel has been a scientist for Ford Motor Company, where he led a team of professionals in the company’s Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Storage Materials division. He said he’s learned first-hand that the transportation sector is a microcosm for some of the most pressing issues facing the United States (energy independence)–and mankind (renewable energy, energy storage and greenhouse gas emissions).

“Technology will play a large role in surmounting these obstacles,” he said. “In the Mechanical Engineering department, I’ll have the opportunity to expand my research into advanced technologies for energy storage and sustainable mobility.”

Accepting a position at U-M was an easy decision. “The ME department at U-M is one of the best in the country,” he said, “and there’s no shortage of outstanding faculty to collaborate with.”

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