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Ellen Arruda

Ellen Arruda

Tim Manganello/BorgWarner Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Professor, Program in Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Maria Comninou Collegiate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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2370D GGB
2350 Hayward, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: (734) 763-5328


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992
M.S., Engineering Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University, 1988
B.S., Engineering Science, Pennsylvania State University, 1985

Research Interests

Mechanical behavior of materials including polymers, elastomers and soft tissue; tissue engineering of tendon and muscle constructs; constitutive modeling of growth, remodeling and functional adaptation in soft tissue; deformation mechanisms in polymers; crystal transformation mechanisms in semi-crystalline polymers; split Hopkinson pressure bar testing of polymers and elastomers for high strain rate applications including crashworthiness in automotive applications.

Research Areas

Biomechanics & Biosystems Engineering, Mechanics & Materials

Honors & Awards

  • 2022 Member, College of Fellows, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
  • 2021 A.C. Eringen Medal, Society of Engineering Science
  • 2019 Nadai Medal, ASME
  • 2018 James R. Rice Medal, Society of Engineering Science
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering, Class of 2017
  • Harold Johnson Diversity Service Award, University of Michigan, 2017
  • 2016 Southwest Mechanics Seminar Series Speaker - Nominated to speak at University of Texas, Austin, Texas A&M University, College Station, and the University of Houston, Houston, February 16-18, 2016
  • Finalist, Head Health Challenge III, NFL, NIST, GE, Under Armour, 2015
  • Outstanding Engineering Alumnus Award, Pennsylvania State University, 2015
  • Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, University of Michigan, 2014
  • Trudy Huebner Service Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2014
  • Ann Arbor Spark Best of Boot Camp Award, 2012
  • Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2012
  • Excellence in Research Award, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, 2012
  • Fellow, American Academy of Mechanics, 2009
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2008
  • Fellow, Society of Engineering Science, 2008
  • Research Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2006-2007
  • Centennial Fellow, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, The Pennsylvania State University, 2006
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, ME Department, University of Michigan, 2004
  • NSF CAREER Award, 1997-2002
  • 3M Untenured Faculty Research Award, 1997-2000
  • Career Development Award, University of Michigan, 1995
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, MEAM Department, University of Michigan, 1995
  • General Electric Junior Faculty Fellowship, 1993

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

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