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Angela Violi

Angela Violi

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Chemical Engineering
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Professor, Applied Physics
Professor, Biophysics
Associate Chair for Research
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering

The Violi Lab


3005B EECS
1301 Beal, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (734) 615-6448


PhD, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Italy, 1999
BS, Graduation Cum Laude Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Italy, 1994

Research Interests

Multiscale simulations of complex systems, nanoparticle growth and self-assembly, nanoparticle interactions with biomolecular systems, applied chemical kinetics, aerosols. Chemical and physical properties of fuels, alternative fuels, lubricants.

Research Areas

Biomechanics & Biosystems Engineering, Energy, Micro/Nano Engineering, Mobility Automotive & Transportation, Multi-scale Computation, Thermal Sciences

Honors & Awards

  • Henry Russel Award, Rackham, 2013
  • Education Excellence Award, University of Michigan College of Engineering, 2010
  • ME Achievement Award, University of Michigan Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2008
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, April 2007
  • John Zink Award, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 2000
  • Bernard Lewis Fellowship for "High Quality Research in Combustion," International Combustion Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland, August 2000
  • Fellowship at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Naples, Italy, January 2000
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Fellowship, 1996 - 1999
  • Fellowship at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, April - May 1998
  • Enichem Prize for Distinguished Thesis, 1994
  • Erasmus Fellowship at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University College of London, England, 1992 - 1993
  • Enichem Award of Merit for Best Curriculum Studiorum, Naples, Italy, 1991

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

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Seven faculty members receives College of Engineering Awards 2020-21
Seven Mechanical Engineering Faculty have been awarded 2020-21 College of Engineering Awards! Congratulations to them for their outstanding achievements.

Angela Violi and Jesse Capecelatro receive the 2021 Mechanical Engineering Department Achievement Award
The annual Mechanical Engineering Department Achievement Awards have been given to Professor Angela Violi and Professor Jesse Capecelatro. 

Faculty featured in Blue Sky Podcast

Shanna Daly and Angela Violi Recognized for Outstanding Work by U-M WiSE
Both professors have been recognized by the Women in Science and Engineering Program for their achievements in their field and in education.

Angela Violi named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
The 2020 honorees, approved Feb. 20 by the Board of Regents, are Miranda D. Brown, Angela Violi, Gyorgyi Csankovszki, John Montgomery and Susan Scott Parrish.

Angela Violi receives the J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders
The Society of Automotive Engineers' J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders has been awarded to Angela Violi.

Professors Violi and Wooldridge announced as Fellows of the Combustion Institute
Two department professors recognized for outstanding contributions to combustion.

Sick and Violi recipients of Blue Sky Initiative
Inspired by startup funding models, Michigan Engineering reinvents its internal R&D grant structure with the Blue Sky Initiative.

Violi's Group Publishes Article at NIPS on Machine Learning
Prof. Violi and Prof. Hero’s (U-M EECS) groups have recently joined forces and developed a data-driven sparse learning approach to model reduction in chemical reaction networks.

Violi receives 2017 Adel Sarofim award
The Adel Sarofim award is presented every two years to a scientist for outstanding advancements in understanding combustion processes, formation of combustion by-products and mechanisms of their health effects.

Violi's paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS)
The paper is titled "Formation and emission of large furans and oxygenated hydrocarbons from flames"

Twelve ME Faculty Recognized for Prestigious Professional Society Awards in 2015

Violi receives 2015 ASME George Westinghouse Silver Medal
This award was established to recognize eminent achievement or distinguished service in the power field of mechanical engineering

Violi receives UM Faculty Recognition Award
The award is for mid-career faculty who have distinguished themselves through research, teaching, mentorship and participation in service activities

Violi receives 2013 Henry Russel Award
This award recognizes mid-career faculty who have demonstrated an impressive record of accomplishment in research, scholarship and/or creativity, as well as their conspicuous ability as a teacher

Violi's Article Featured in Journal
Associate Professor Angela Violi's article on examining the formation of soot is given distinction in The Journal of Chemical Physics.

ME Faculty Receive CoE Awards

Angela Violi Receives NSF CAREER Award

Angela Violi to Speak in Chemical Engineering