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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.

Honors & Awards

James R. Rice Medal, SES, 2018
Member, National Academy of Engineering, 2017
Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2012
Fellow, American Academy of Mechanics, 2010
Fellow, Society of Engineering Science, 2008
Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2008
Cadell Memorial Award, 2007
Centennial Fellow, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University, 2006
Research Excellence Award, College of Engineering, The University of Michigan, 2006-2007
Outstanding Achievement Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Michigan, 2004
CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 1997-2002
Untenured Faculty Research Grant, 3M, 1997-2000
Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, The University of Michigan, 1995
Career Development Award, The University of Michigan, 1995
Junior Faculty Fellowship, General Electric, 1993

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track