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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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